Ideas that Oppose Christianity

It is amazing that Christianity stands alone with its message while all other religious ideas have something in common. They say, "You have to achieve...!" Whether that achievement is self-focus, self-denial, self-degradation, working on yourself to be good enough, making yourself achieve certain things so that you may be acceptable, learning enough about this or the other... the main philosophy behind these requirements is, "You can/must achieve" - the focus is on self. The Bible, and therefore Christianity, on the other hand says, "There is nothing you can do but accept what has already been done for you. Christ died for your sins because you are helpless. He loves you and is ready to give you this great gift of eternal life. You can receive it through believing Him." Faith is all it takes - not works.

It is interesting that throughout history all of the great philosophies have
opposed the teachings of Christianity:

Greece said, "Be wise, know yourself!"
Rome said, "Be strong, discipline yourself!"
Religion says, "Be good, conform yourself!"
Epicureanism says, "Be sensuous, enjoy yourself!"
Education says, "Be resourceful, expand yourself!"
Asceticism says, "Be lowly, suppress yourself!"
Psychology says, "Be confident, assert yourself!"
Materialism says, "Be satisfied, please yourself!"
Pride says, "Be superior, promote yourself!"
Humanism says, "Be capable, believe in yourself!"
Legalism says, "Be pious, limit yourself!"
Philanthropy says, "Be generous, release yourself!"

JESUS SAYS, "Believe in me - and because you believe and have eternal life, SERVE OTHERS!"

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