“Buddhism should be judged as an abstract philosophy–a system of living,” not dependent on Buddha himself. With his death imminent, followers were entreated to focus on not himself, but his teachings; his way of life was to be disseminated.
And, we find in Hinduism “a conglomeration of thinkers and philosophies and gods,” not dependent on any one.
However, in Christianity, Christ is indispensable. He did not claim to be just a prophet, but the unique Son of God. He taught the heart is in rebellion against God and provided the unique solution, forgiveness through the cross. This is diametrically opposed to other religions, such as Islamism, where good deeds have to outweigh bad to get to heaven
Having lived a sinless life, Christ offering forgiveness through payment of His life is “an extraordinary truth,” His resurrection, the “ultimate demonstration of His uniqueness,”
Without Christ, there is no Christianity. In the words of John Stott, “If Jesus was not God in human flesh, Christianity is exploded. We are left with just another religion with some beautiful ideas and noble ethics; its unique distinction has gone.”
The Logic of God: 52 Christian Essentials for the Heart and Mind (Ravi Zacharias, 2019
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