I heard a story about a Buddhist and a Hindu discussing religious topics. They both agreed they were on different paths but would end up at the same destination on top of the mountain—the place they allegorized as god. All they had to do was be faithful to their own religion and do enough good deeds to earn his favor.When they asked the Christian missionary what his thoughts were, he said: “I do believe that each of us are on different paths, but I don’t think that we will end up finding God on top of the mountain.” They asked him, “Why not?” He said: “Because in the Christian religion, God, who you say we have to search for on top of the mountain, actually came to the world and found us. We didn’t create our own path to find him.” They were startled and agreed that this God was more loving since he searched diligently for the people he created.
While other religions believe that you can earn your way to heaven if you practice faith and be a good person, the Christian religion states that no one is good, all have sinned, no one seeks God, and all of our attempts to please God fall short of the perfect standard that He requires (Gen. 8:21; Ecc. 7:20; Rom. 3:23; 29). Instead, the only way for man to be saved and reconciled was for God to take on human flesh (John 1:14) and be the propitiator (appease the wrath of God) for the sins of the world (John 3:16). Also, not only did Jesus bear the wrath of God in our place, but He lived the perfect life and imputed (gave us) His righteousness to us so that we could be justified freely by His grace (Eph. 2:7-8).This is the only way that man can be accepted before God. Acts 4:12 states, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” What a wonderful God we serve!