Religion: Man pursues “god.”
Christianity: God pursues man.
Religion: Man tries to appease “god” by doing good.
Christianity: God sacrifices himself for man, to reconcile the relationship, because man is sinful.
Religion: If man works hard enough he might be able to reach salvation/nirvana.
Christianity: Man is hopelessly lost and a slave to sin. Only by God’s grace through faith can one be saved.
Religion: Truth is a path, lifestyle, doctrine, or teaching.
Christianity: Truth is Jesus.
Religion: Man, by his own will, reforms his life.
Christianity: God frees, and transforms man, empowering man with his Spirit so that man can lead a new life.
Religion: God is needy, wrathful, or indifferent toward creation
Christianity: God is love, because God is triune. Love only exist in community, and since God is self-existent and eternal he was love before creation, nor did he need creation to love.
Christianity can be twisted and perverted in any of these areas reducing it to just other religion that controlled by the hand of man.
However, when we understand and believe the *Gospel of Jesus it is the power of God to save, transform, and breathe life into our broken world.
*The Gospel of Jesus is the good news that says man is hopelessly lost and enslaved to the things of this world. But God in his great love pursues man, and made himself the substitute for the corruption and punishment our sin created, dying on the cross, and rising again the third day welcoming us to live under his rule as newly freed and redeemed slaves.