Christianity is unique in two most important ways. All other religions recognize prophets i.e. Buddha, Mohammed, Dali Lama, and the list goes on…these other religions even recognize Jesus as a prophet. Only Christianity has a sin-bearing prophet that was resurrected.
For all other religions you must bear your own sins and hope that what you did on earth was enough. Other religions also recognize that their prophet is dead and can offer no help. Jesus was the prophet that arose from the grave, proving His Deity, and His ability to intercede on our behalf.
How does the Bible depict Jesus’ ability to intercede? Because He is the second person in the Trinity and equal to God, and only God can forgive sins. God does not just forgive by virtue of His position. No, Holiness requires a penalty. The plan of the ages has required blood atonement for sin. We see this in the first recorded death of an animal to clothe Adam and Eve.
“The nature of atonement as summed up in the words propitiation and redemption makes Christianity’s doctrine of salvation absolutely unique. Of all the religious systems of the world, Christianity alone provides the only thing that can save man from his lost state, namely, a sin-bearer. Of all the alleged redeemers in the world, Jesus alone can and does bear the sins of mankind in such a way that their consequences may be escaped. Other religions honor prophets, heroic figures, and even alleged saviors; but none has a sin-bearer, a propitiator, a true redeemer.” 
 Cottrell, J. (2002). The faith once for all : Bible doctrine for today (271). Joplin, Mo.: College Press Pub.
Published on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 @ 7:19 AM CDT