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Religion is simply man-made efforts to get right with God. In all tribes, in all countries, man has invented ways that he thinks will make up for his sin and get him into God's good books, before he faces death and has to stand before the Judge of all the earth. Religions say that if a man does enough of one thing or another then that will cover his guilt and God will forgive him and allow him into heaven. There is no truth in this whatsoever.
In two very unique ways Christianity stands out amongst the religions of the world as it shows how:
1) God came to the earth as a man and 2) He dealt with the problem of sin, providing a just way for us to be cleansed of it.
One thing that is common with all religions is sin. Also, everyone knows that God is Holy and Righteous and sin cannot exist in His presence. When we sin, our conscience convicts us and we feel guilty. This occurs to all people everywhere because God has written His laws on all hearts. God knows every heart and in His love He has provided a way for man to receive forgiveness and to get right with Him. Our sin must be dealt with if we are ever to live with God. If we die in our sin we will not get to heaven, nor will we get a second chance (Heb 9:27-28) ... purgatory and reincarnation are myths.
The Bible, God's word, says that there is nothing we ourselves can do to remove the guilt of our sin and the penalty for sin is death. God doesn't want to send anyone to hell so He sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for our sins. The Bible says, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever should believe in him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16).
Often people make their own god by choosing a little from this religion, a little from that and come up with something that makes them feel comfortable ... a god that suits their lifestyle. No one will get to heaven through any religious activity or by being a good person or by doing certain things or by going to a particular church or by being baptised or anything else other than trusting in Jesus. The Bible says, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9). Jesus is the only way to receive forgiveness for sins and to be sure of heaven and He said that we must be born again to enter the kingdom of God (John 3:3).
To understand what God requires of you to be saved from the Judgement, please click on How To Be Saved.