So Much More Than Just a Teacher
Jesus truly was the most amazing person that ever lived. His impact has influenced more people in more cultures across the centuries than any other person. Christians understand that is because He is “God made flesh” who not only taught God’s truth to us but embodied it in perfection. Others simply regard Jesus as being a remarkably gifted teacher who presented truth about life in a fresh, new way.
For example, most every world religion has some commonality in the precepts of the various faiths. They are not stated in the same verbiage, but the concepts are present. Consider these examples of the Golden Rule….
Almost every world religion incorporates the Golden Rule, though usually in the negative form.
Hinduism: “This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you.”
Buddhism: “Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.”
Confucianism: It is said a student approached Confucius and asked, “Is there one word for the conduct of life?” Confucius gave the Chinese word for reciprocity, offering, “Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire. Do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you.”
Judaism: “What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow man. This is the law: all the rest is commentary.” We find this rule in the Talmud from the great teacher Hillel.
Islam: “None of you truly believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.” The great misfortune is that in Islam, the rule applies only to people who are a part of the Islamic faith.
Christianity: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Luke 6:31). We also find the Golden Rule in Matthew 7:12: “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” The wording in Christianity is noticeably different; it is expressed in a positive nature. Jesus is the first to word the rule in this way. (Copied).
So, what makes the Christian faith unique among all other religions? There are lots of reasons, but here are just a few. All religions are judged by their founder, his veracity of honoring what He taught in his life’s experience, and in the “whole counsel” of His teachings. Let me present to you “Jesus of Nazareth”, Son of God!
Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and died a horrendous death to pay for the sins of the world. He taught that we should “bless those who do all manner of evil against us”. On the cross, He asked the Father not to charge the sin of executing Jesus to those performing that act, “because they know not what they do”. He submitted to the abuse of the Roman soldiers without resistance. He had the power to calm the fiercest of storms in nature but did not offer any resistance to those soldiers. He died (just as He said that He would). He was buried “just as He said”. And, He did something no other religious founder has ever done, He rose from the grave, appeared to witnesses, ascended into heaven, and promised His visible, bodily return to gather His believers to Himself”. He did more than provide great teaching. He is our sin-substitute who paid sin’s penalty, our salvation, our Redeemer, our LORD, and our soon coming King!