1. Are we born good or bad?
It may seem wrong to think that people are born bad. However, it isn't simply that. Every person is born sinful and separated from God. This sinful human nature is a result of the fall in Genesis 3. Our sinful nature is seen by how easily we lie, steal or bully others even as young children. Because one man, Adam, sinned, we also have been born into sin. It is the condition of our hearts. Romans 5:8 says, "but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." This is an incredible love. God loved us when we were most unlovable. There is nothing we could do to fix ourselves or make ourselves better. Only through Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross can we be set free from our sinful condition Romans 8:2.
There are no good people or bad people. There are only people who have a relationship with Jesus and those that don't.
2. Why is the Bible true? Can we trust it?
The Bible is made up of 66 books, written by over 40 different writers, including shepherds, kings, priests, scholars, fishermen, and prophets, over a span of 1,500 years. The scribes who hand-copied Scripture took great care in their work. Accuracy was ensured by a number of safeguards, including the counting of letters in a line and on a page. Minor variations of about 0.5% do exist today, mainly in minor spelling and sentence structures. There are historical accounts that mention Jesus Christ. Such as Jewish historian, Flavius Josephus. Roman senator and historian, Tacitus, wrote about Emperor Nero who had falsely blamed “the persons commonly called Christians, who were hated for their enormities. Christus, the founder of the name, was put to death by Pontius Pilate, procurator of Judea in the reign of Tiberius.”
“But you, Bethlehem, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” Micah 5:2 written 700 BC
3. Why did Jesus have to be born?
All human beings sin against God’s holiness. And sin must be and is punished. Romans 6:23 There is no exception to this rule. Anyone with unforgiven sin in his life faces the horrifying prospect of eternal separation from God. Matthew 25:46. No forgiveness exists unless someone capable of forgiving our sins pays the penalty of shedding his blood. Hebrews 9:22. The sacrifice of blood shed by bulls and goats, in the Old Testament, was a temporary measure to secure forgiveness until the time of Christ. Galatians 3:23 Jesus was born to be that perfect sacrifice and atonement for our sins. This was God’s plan from the beginning, Genesis 3:15. We can do nothing to deserve this, but Christ's death has opened the only unobstructed way for us to God. Matthew 27:51.
4. Aren’t all religions the same?
God made it clear in the Old Testament that there were other gods. Exodus 20:3, Deuteronomy 5:6 They are supernatural beings who love to be worshipped but are not the true God revealed in Jesus Christ. In the New Testament, Paul taught that we should not believe every spirit “But test the spirits to see whether they are from God.” 1 John 4:1 And the litmus test, “...for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God” 1 John 4:2, John 14:6, Acts 4:12 Any religion that does not embrace, worship and obey Jesus Christ is a false religion.
Jesus said “Whoever does not honour the Son” — Jesus — “does not honour the Father who sent him.” John 5:23
5. What’s different about being a Christian?
Religions teach that we need to gain merit and earn our way to God. But the Bible teaches that God came to us “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Christianity is a relationship with God. We can approach our Heavenly Father by believing in Jesus Christ. Because Jesus suffered humanity’s pain, grief, betrayal, joy, temptation, He is able to empathise with all we go through. While many religions follow leaders who have died, Jesus rose from the grave. At least 500 people who saw Jesus before He ascended into heaven. 1 Corinthians 15:6.
Christians go to church, read the Bible and obey God’s not because we have to, but because of this relationship with God. We are thankful for God’s mercy and want to represent Him well with our lives.
“He is not here, he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” Matthew 28:6