This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the worst.
— 1 Timothy 1:15
There are only two religions in the world, and it is not the religion of Christ and the religion of Buddha, the religion of Christ and the religion of Muhammad, the religion of anyone and the religion of somebody else. It is either Christ Himself, or it is YOU, because every pagan religion teaches you to save yourself by your own goodness. However, if there is anything that the Bible teaches from one end to the other, it is that you cannot do it!
No man can save himself. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “[T]ogether they [we] have become unprofitable” (v.12). “He who does not believe is condemned already …” (John 3:18).
In the Garden of Gethsemane, Christ was, in effect, saying, “Buddha, come, take a drink. Mohammed, won’t you take some of this cup? Confucius, it’s yours.” But there was no answer. It was not possible that anyone else could drink the cup. They would have been instantly extinguished when the infinite wrath of God fell upon them on the Cross.
Question to ponder:
Have you ever tried to save yourself by being “good enough”?