......... Let's say you were in a room with three windows, and you had to choose one of these three windows to jump out of to escape the building. The problem is, only one of these three windows is two feet from the ground where you could jump out of it and land safely. The other two windows are three-thousand feet from the ground, meaning jumping out of them would lead to your inevitable death. You don't know which window it is, but you have to choose one to jump out of. Luckily, a person standing next to you says, "Here's a parachute, just in case you choose the wrong window." In this scenario, would you reason, "No, I don't need that parachute because I am certain I'll make the right decision and trust my judgement."? Or, would you grab the parachute knowing there is a possibility you could be wrong? Well...that parachute is Christianity.
The example I just gave above is a paraphrase of an article written by well-known Christian thinker, C.S. Lewis. Which I will get back to in a moment...but why is it significant?
I was asked a question by a co-worker about how I was so sure Christianity was the right religion when there are so many other religions in the world. I responded to his question like this:
"During my time in college, I read several books from people who studied all religions around the globe, and they all had one thing in common about their findings. And that was this.... that every single religion in the world EXCEPT Christianity teaches that you can be saved, redeemed, or get to heaven, by your own effort; by rituals , prayer, cleaning up your behavior, etc. What they found was that Christianity was the ONLY religion that taught that there was nothing a human being could do to be right in God's eyes. That we are all naturally condemned because of our sin nature, and there is nothing we can do about it. That we needed God to come to us because there is nothing we could do to get to him."
So if Christianity is the only religion that teaches that we can't be good enough or work hard enough to get to God, that we needed a savior to pay our sin debt because God only clears sin debt when a death occurs on behalf of that sin (which is what the sacrafices are for in common religions), then Christianity makes sense as to be the one to follow, because it then would be the only one that teaches that I would have nothing to lose if I'm wrong but still believe, but would have everything to lose if I'm wrong by NOT believing in it...As taught to us by C.S. Lewis.
If I turn to Christianity, I now have a blood covering for my sin, and I would naturally change my behavior, pray constantly, dedicate my life to God, and turn from my immoral behavior, which would satisfy the requirements of all other religions anyway, so if I'm wrong by following Christ, I'm still good....but... If it turns out Christianity was the right religion and I WASN'T following it? I risk an eternity in hell...sounds like you should grab the parachute....