So what sets Christianity apart from other religions?
It’s an interesting question because the 3 major faiths (Christianity, Islam, Judaism) share some common roots. All trace their history back to God’s covenant with Abraham, all accept the first part of the Old Testament as sacred text, and all worship one God (Muslims call him Allah, Jews call him Yahweh, and Christians usually just call him God). The difference is Jesus. Jews believe that he was a good teacher and maybe a prophet, but just a man. Muslims claim he was a true prophet from God, but so was Muhammad and he was the last and greatest prophet. Christians claim that Jesus was not just a teacher or a prophet, but he was actually the Son of God.
On what basis does Christianity make such a claim? The resurrection! That one event is the thing that sets Christianity apart. It’s the cornerstone of the Christian faith. If true, than Jesus was the Son of God. If not, he was just a man. If true, then Christians are right to call Jesus Lord. If not, then Christians don’t have a Lord. I believe that the resurrection is true, therefore I believe that Jesus is the Son of God. In history there have been many good teachers, many good prophets, and many dying a martyr’s death but only one was raised from the dead. That’s what sets Christianity apart.
Here’s the way Paul (a former skeptic himself) explained it…
If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead…And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins…If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead.
The tomb was found empty. Christ still lives. That’s the Christian difference!