Is Jesus Christ the only Savior for humankind? How about other religions and their gurus?
Is Jesus Christ the only Savior for humankind? How about other religions and their gurus?
Thank you for this critical questions. Many people raised the same issue because Bible claims Jesus Christ is the only Saviour of all humanity. Did you ever think about this? If Jesus Christ is the only savior, God gave to men, as the Bible consistently claims, then the danger is many are deceived and they are on their way to destruction and eternity without God’s loving presence. That is going to be very severe and dangerous, isn’t it? Hence this is a very significant question.
Define the term.
Let us define the term savior. According to Merriam-Webster definition savior means, “one that saves from danger or destruction, one who brings salvation.” In a narrow sense of the term savior, there could be many saviors because the one who saves someone from dangers or destructions is a savior. If someone jumped into a roaring ocean and saved you from death, you would say he is the savior of your life, don’t you?
But in a broader sense of salvation which means the One who has the authority and power to grant you the deliverance or forgiveness of sins, rescuing from the power of sin on you, delivering from the power of devil, demons, canceling the eternal consequences of sins and protecting from the wrath of God on people’s sin, granting you eternal life in heaven forever, there is no other person come anywhere near to Jesus Christ.
Sin is humanity’s big and major problem. Bible emphatically says we all inherited the sin nature from Adam. Through one man (Adam) sin entered into this world and death as a result of sin. (Romans 5:12). Not only human death but also sin creates addiction and bondages finally causing to be under the power and dominance of darkness and devil. The salvation means to deliver people who are under addiction and bondages. In other words, salvation is to rescue such people from the kingdom of darkness and devil and transfer them to the kingdom of God’s beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Make people free from their addictions and bondages by granting forgiveness based on the ransom paid for their release – the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Finally, salvation also means giving people eternal life, instead of eternal damnation and hell, so that they can live in heaven for all eternity with the presence of their creator God. It is accomplished by Jesus Christ, not by any of our merits or works, but by the merit and word of Christ Jesus on our behalf-because of His death, burial, and resurrection for our sins.
The uniqueness of Jesus Christ is that- there is no comparison to Christ out there.
If the above description is the function of a true and real savior, then no one is even comparable or come closer to Jesus Christ. Hear the incarnation description of Jesus Christ. It says, “She (Virgin Mary) will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus because he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)
You see, there are several philosophers, thinkers, helpers, and teachers were and are in this world. Many so-called religions came out of their life. But you see, they remain only as helpers, teachers, philosopher, thinkers or good leaders. But there is a big difference between them and Jesus Christ.
Jesus was God wrapped in flesh in His incarnation.
None of those religious gurus or celebrities in the above groups claimed to be God. Nobody had even the audacity to claim that except Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I and the Father are one.” (John 10:30). He claimed to be God. He also said, “No one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:6). He said He is the one who gives eternal life and the one gets eternal life from Him will never perish. “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand; no one can snatch them out my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” (John 10:28-30). No other religious leaders or founders never claimed they are God not they can give eternal life.
John said this in 1 John 1 that “we have heard Him, we have seen Him, we have touched Him, and we have seen with our eyes that Jesus is the incarnated Word of God of life.” (1 John 1:1)
How about His authority to forgive sins?
No other religious gurus ever dared to announce the forgiveness of sins. Jesus said to a paralyzed man who was carried to Jesus by four men, “Son, your sins are forgiven…”. Then he looked at the crowd and said, “ But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
Jesus said to a sinful woman, who was weeping and wetting His feet with her tears, “Your sins are forgiven.” People in the house amazed and said among themselves, “Who is this who even forgive sins?” (Luke 7:48-49).
Jesus released people from demon possessions. One of the several accounts is given in Mark 5. A demon possessed man lived in the tombs and no one could bind him even with chains. If he was chained on foot and hand chains, he used to tore the chain apart and broke also the irons. No one could subdue him. He shouted at Jesus, “what do you want me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture me!” Jesus said to him, “Come out this man, you impure spirit.” Jesus asked what is your name? He replied, “My name is Legion” meaning, “for we are many.” And he begged Jesus again not to send them out of the area. They begged Jesus to send them to the pigs.” When Jesus said “come out of him, they all came out. Jesus permitted the impure spirit to go into pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned.
How about His full authority and power over devil and demons?
Bible says Jesus God has the authority and power to rescue people from the kingdom of darkness and bring them into the kingdom of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. There are only two kingdoms in this world – either the kingdom of darkness or the kingdom of Jesus Christ. God brings people out of the kingdom of darkness into His the kingdom of His son (Jesus Christ).
Jesus showed control over nature. Mark chapter 4 gives one of several examples of His control over nature. A destructive wind came up and the boat was tossed by the waves and was getting filled by water. Disciples about to die. Jesus said, “Be quiet! Be still.” At once the wind stopped blowing. No more waves.
His authority over sickness, blindness, food and even death.
Jesus showed authority over sickness, blindness, food, and over death. Jesus healed many sick people, many blind people got their sight back (Mark 14:46, Mark 8:22-25 and John 9), five loaves and two fish became sufficient food for more than 5 thousand people and twelve baskets were gathered after the all ate. Jesus raised Lazarus, a widow’s only son and Jairus’s daughter from death.
His authority to deliver us from the coming judgment and eternal damnation.
Finally, Jesus can deliver you from the wrath of God. It says in 1 Thessalonians 1:10, “Jesus rescues us from the coming wrath.” Wrath of God is upon on this earth because of the sins and wickedness of the people. A day of God’s wrath on all the untold atrocities of men is waiting and going to come soon. That day is called the day of great tribulation. Jesus is the one who saves people from the coming wrath of God.
Jesus said he is the one who determines the future eternal destiny of humans. Though the life history of Lazarus and rich man, he said, those people who come to him for salvation and eternal life will never end up in torment or hell after death. But those who won’t come to him will end up in torment and eternal hell. Hell is the opposite of heaven. Heaven is where God and all his goodness is. Hell is where no goodness of a loving God is present. This is a place of continued torments and cries thinking about the lost opportunities to accept the love and grace of God available today in the name of Jesus Christ.
Now you decide there any other savior in this world other than Jesus Christ? Did you ever hear anyone doing things like Jesus did? Jesus is the Son of God and the Son of Man, one hundred percent God and one hundred percent man, who was fit to give His life as a ransom for people’s sin and he reconciled the people to God through His body and blood that was sacrificed for all of our sins. 1 Timothy 5:6-7 says, “there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.”
The One who opened the way to come to the holy presence of God, the Father.
Bible says Jesus opened a new and living way for all of us through the curtain, that is, His body to enter to the holy place of God in heaven. Jesus Christ stands unique and he is the only savior of the world. Bible says in Acts 4:12, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Let us read this again and again. No other name like the name of Jesus is given for one to be saved.
The only One whose tomb is still open and verifiable by the public.
Finally, When all other religious gurus died like other human beings, Jesus Christ is the only one who died, buried and rose again on the third day. If you have any doubt about Christ’s resurrection from the dead, visit Jerusalem and witness the open tomb of Christ by yourself. It is still there, open and nobody inside. God send his Son for our salvation, God raised Him from the dead. He is not there in the tomb because He has risen.
Now after considering all the points made above, you answer the question raised- Is there any other savior in this world other than Jesus Christ? Did you ever hear anyone doing things as Jesus did?
I am unable to grant you faith to believe and trust Jesus Christ. Only God can give you faith to trust in Christ. Bible says, even your faith in Christ as your savior is God’s gift. I pray that God will open up your eyes to these truths explained above.
These are few compelling reasons in favor of the argument that Jesus Christ is the only savior of the world. No other gurus or founders of religion can ever come any where closer to His unique cards and claims. I hope you will see the truth in the above-cited points. Upon accepting Christ as your savior, God removes all sins from you. He dismisses it far away from you like east is from the west. (Psalm 13). Another analogy is God “will trample our sins under your feet and throw them into the depths of the ocean”. (Micah 7:9). God will use His power to help you come out of your bondages, addictions, sinful lifestyles, darkness or evil controls. He will make you a brand new creation. Old life and its pain, sufferings, and frustrations will be gone. He will make all brand new for you as He transforms you into a brand new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17). He will save you and your household and grant you eternal life.
This is the Savior humanity needs desperately!