A recent poll found that a majority of Democrats believe Christianity is as violent as Islam. Ludicrous? Crazy? Certainly but there is more to the story. I would like to take you back over 2000 years ago as we consider for a moment another “poll” and ultimately a verdict reached by a majority of people.
Barabbas or Jesus
[The following is from Mark 15:7-15
And there was one named Barabbas, who was chained with his fellow rebels; they had committed murder in the rebellion.
Then the multitude, crying aloud, began to ask him to do just as he had always done for them.
But Pilate answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?”For he knew that the chief priests had handed Him over because of envy.
But the chief priests stirred up the crowd, so that he should rather release Barabbas to them.
Pilate answered and said to them again, “What then do you want me to do with Him whom you call the King of the Jews?”
So they cried out again, “Crucify Him!”
Then Pilate said to them, “Why, what evil has He done?” But they cried out all the more, “Crucify Him!”
So Pilate, wanting to gratify the crowd, released Barabbas to them; and he delivered Jesus, after he had scourged Him, to be crucified. ]
A murderer by the name of Barabbas was chosen by the people instead of a peacemaker. Jesus Christ the only true Peacemaker was put on trial and found not guilty yet was murdered in the place of a murderer. When Jesus was standing before Pilate, the crowd began chanting “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” Are we any different today? Has our hearts changed or are we seeking again the murderer instead of the Peacemaker?
Like a Mirror
As God Himself, Jesus Christ willingly died to pay the penalty of us breaking God’s law. Check this out. Ever lied? Stolen something even something small? Ever lusted after another person? Jesus said lust is the same committing adultery in the heart. Always put God first in your life? Ever taken God’s name and used it as a cuss word? Muhammad and Hitler are not even hated as much to use their names to express disgust.
These questions reflect just a part of the Ten Commandments. They (the Ten Commandments) are a mirror showing us how we have all broken God’s law. We deserve Hell. We cannot keep God’s law and yet God demands perfection and complete holiness to enter Heaven. (In other words a person who could fulfill the whole law perfectly could enter Heaven).
God provided the perfect sacrifice, the one person who has ever been perfect and be sinless. Of course only God Himself is the only One who could fulfill this. Therefore as God in human form, Jesus Christ paid a penalty we could never pay so that all who repent and trust in Him alone can enter Heaven. Jesus rose again after three days in the grave defeating death (the second death, Hell – see Revelation 21:8).
“The cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8
So whether we think Christianity is like Islam or not, there is still hope. Our once broken relationship with God can be restored because of what Jesus Christ has done for us!
“God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
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