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Only Way to God

  • Jesus was the only perfect person in the world.
    • God is perfect; therefore, perfection can only be in the presence of perfection.
      • If not, he wouldn’t be perfect anymore.
    • Only a perfect sacrifice can be enough to pay for our sins.
    • Because Jesus willingly sacrificed Himself on the cross and was resurrected, our sins are atoned, or paid for, and true disciples of Christ are now considered perfect in the eyes of God.
      • When God looks at us after we accept perfection (Jesus), he doesn’t remember our imperfection—sin.
    • Jesus has the only perfect system to deal with evil.
      • Most all other religions say that doing good works will outweigh the bad one has done.
        • In these systems, the payment for sin is one’s own good deeds, which are not perfect, like the gods in their religions.
          • Therefore, their system for dealing with sin is imperfect.
        • Jesus has the only perfect system to give true peace.
          • Part of true peace is knowing that you will be with God forever.
            • This is because true peace always aims toward perfection.
              • When we’re in heaven, we’ll be perfect and we’ll be with Perfection.
            • No other religion guarantees salvation. The majority of other religions believe that good works will save; but there is no way to assure oneself that his good works outweigh his bad.
            • Because no other religion can guarantee salvation, no other religion can claim to offer perfect peace.
          • Bible Verse Evidence
            • John 14:6—Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
            • Acts 4:12—And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Evidence of Existence

  • Non-Christian
    • Antiquities 18:3:1 by Flavius Josephus
      • Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works—a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews, and many of the Gentiles. He was [the] Christ; and when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him, for he appeared to them alive again the third day, as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him; and the tribe of Christians, so named from him are not extinct to this day.

Evidence of Resurrection

  • Jesus’ body was guarded by either a group of Temple police (10 men) or a Roman guard (4-16 men).
    • 3-4 would rotate so others could sleep
    • on guard who slept would be executed
  • A Roman seal was placed on the tomb to signify capital punishment from grave robbers.