Can you name another religion besides Christianity?
The Apostle Paul wrote a whole lot of the New Testament. Out of 27 New Testament books, Paul wrote 13 of them. One of the first books that Paul wrote is called Galatians – written to the churches in Galatia in the country of Turkey. Can you find Galatians in a Bible?
Listen to what Paul says to them near the beginning of his letter to the Galatians:
Galatians 2:16. yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.
Some of the leaders in the Galatian church were teaching that people had to obey a bunch of rules in order to be saved and please God. But the Bible says that you can’t earn your way to God, or perform your way to God, or obey your way to God, or achieve your way to God. It is only by Jesus alone that we be with God. Only by the free gift of his life offered for us on the cross.
In almost every other are of your life you will have to earn what you get. You’ll earn grades in school. You’ll earn your place on the team. One day maybe you’ll earn a college scholarship. Or you might earn a promotion at a job. But with Jesus there is never any earning. Everything is a gift that is received by faith.
And every other religion in the world besides Christianity teaches that you must earn your way to God. Can you name another religion besides Christianity? Every other religion teaches that we get to heaven by obeying rules and laws, or by being wise, or by being kind and doing good. Religion says we get to heaven if our good works outweigh our bad works when we die.
But Jesus says, “NO!” Jesus is simply asking us to trust in him, without earning. Without trying to be justified by works of the law. But simply by faith.
Do you have faith in Jesus today? Do you believe that he loves you no matter what? Me too.
Because of Jesus we are saved by faith not good works.
With Jesus we can live by faith very day, always trusting that he still loves us.
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Take a little bit of time to learn about other religions today. How are they different from Christianity? Here’s a good website for the basics.
You give yourself and heaven as a free gift. Thank you that I don’t have to earn it because I never could.
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