A Living Savior – Romans 1:4

by Pastor John Fredericksen

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This author’s unsaved brother relates the story of an acquaintance with a Hindu man from India. This man said, “Our faith is the only true religion in the world.” My brother’s emphatic response was, “Followers of every religion in the world think they are right and that theirs is the only true religion.” My response to my brother is that the faith of Christians is not a blind faith, but a faith based on the rock solid foundation of fulfilled prophecy, a risen Savior, and historical accuracy.

To begin with, everyone has faith. Even atheists have faith that there is no God, heaven, or hell. Yet, in a time of tragedy (such as it was on 9/11), nearly everyone, even atheists, instinctively use God’s name asking for His help. Romans 1:19 refers to mankind’s God-consciousness when it says, “… that which may be known of God is manifest in them, for God hath shewed it unto them.” Other religions have mortal prophets who promoted their philosophies, but Christians have a Divine Savior who has many documented miracles to back up His teachings. Other religions have leaders that simply died, but Christians have a Redeemer who paid for their sins through His death. Then the Lord Jesus “…shewed himself alive…by many infallible proofs…” (Acts 1:3), and He is “…declared to be the Son of God with power…by the resurrection from the dead” (Romans 1:4). The resurrection of our Savior was “…seen of above five hundred brethren at once…” (I Corinthians 15:6), and was witnessed by unbelieving Roman soldiers. Other religions often produce cruel, savage, and ruthless behavior on the part of their followers, such as we see in Muslim countries. While professing Christianity has produced many atrocities, such as the Spanish Inquisition, true Christianity seeks to follow “…the doctrine which is according to godliness” (I Timothy 6:3). There are countless examples of Christians living transformed lives that honor Christ and society. Other religions have books they follow, but Christians have an inspired Bible that has been proven true though hundreds of fulfilled prophecies, historically correct accounts, and archeology that constantly confirm its accuracy. Moreover, God’s Word has power to transform lives into godliness superior to any book used by other faiths.

Believer, you need not cower in the face of those who ridicule your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and the Bible. Stand strong in the abundance of evidence proving our Bible is true and that Jesus Christ is the true only Savior.

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