Christianity is historical, public, objective, all other religions are private and subjective

How Christianity Got started vs. How other religions got started

Michael Patton, author of Now That I’m a Christian: What It Means to Follow Jesus, writes:

“The believer in the Islamic faith has to trust in a private encounter Muhammad had, and this encounter is unable to be tested historically. [ the link is to a post at a Muslim site, but the statement is Michael Patton’s – see full article below.]

We have no way to truly investigate the claims of Joseph Smith (and when we do, they are found wanting). [Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon religion]

Buddhism and Hinduism are not historic faiths, meaning they don’t have central claims of events in time and space which believers are called upon to investigate. You either adopt their philosophy or you don’t. There is no objective way to test them.

Run through every religion that you know of and you will find this to be the case: Either it does not give historic details to the central event, the event does not carry any worldview-changing significance, or there are no historic events which form the foundation of the faith.”

Read Patton’s full article here:  This is what it looks like:


How Christianity got started


How Other Religions got started


Adbul Hakim Murad, Paul Williams and other Muslims make a very unintelligent claim here. Islam denies real history, as it denies the crucifixion and death of Jesus Al Masih. Pray for God to open the hearts of Muslims to the truth of the history of the crucifixion of Jesus Al Masih).

About Ken Temple

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am a sinner who has been saved by the grace of God alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), through faith alone (Galatians 2:16; Romans 3:28; 4:1-16), in Christ alone (John 14:6). But a true faith does not stay alone, it should result in change, fruit, good works, and deeper levels of repentance and hatred of my own sins of selfishness and pride. I am not better than you! I still make mistakes and sin, but the Lord is working on me, conforming me to His character. (Romans 8:28-29; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18) When I do sin, I hate the sin as it is an affront to God, and seek His forgiveness in repentance. (Mark 1:15; 2 Corinthians 7:7-10; Colossians 3:5-16 ) Praise God for His love for sinners (Romans 5:8), shown by the voluntary coming of Christ and His freely laying down His life for us (John 10:18), becoming flesh/human (John 1:1-5; 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8), dying for sins of people from all nations, tribes, and cultures (Revelation 5:9), on the cross, in history, rising from the dead (Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 28, Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24; John 20-21; 1 Corinthians chapter 15). His resurrection from the dead proved that Jesus is the Messiah, the eternal Son of God, the word of God from eternity past; and that He was all the gospels say He was and that He is truth and the life and the way to salvation. (John 14:6)
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2 Responses to Christianity is historical, public, objective, all other religions are private and subjective

  1. Jonathan///// says:

    I have read some of your comments on brother Paul’s blog. You seem reasonably intelligent, well-read and a seeker of the truth. What makes someone like yourself reject the hollering truth. Is it pride? I had the same problem, so I recognize the symptoms in others. May God open up your heart the way he opened up mine.

  2. Ken Temple says:

    Greetings Jonathan,
    Islam is the “hollering truth” ? I don’t see much ultimate truth in it, compared to Christianity. It does not recognize that the root of the world’s problems is the sin nature in the heart of man. (Mark 7:20-23; Psalm 51:4-5; Romans 5:12) It has a bare monotheism and dry rituals and laws and harsh punishments and a history of violence and aggressive war against Persia and the Byzantine Empire and injustice against women and minorities and seems to have a root hatred of Jewish people. (The Hadiths of Al Bukhari and Al Muslim that say “there is a tree or rock that cries out, “there is a Jew here, come and kill him”; and “the war against the Jews will continue until the day of resurrection”.) Islam denies real history in the crucifixion of Jesus Al Masih, and got the doctrine of the Trinity wrong (5:72-25; 5:116; 19:88-92; 6:101) after some 600 years after the clear history of Christian doctrine. Many Muslims are sincere and peaceful and have a basic “fear of the Lord” similar to Proverbs 9:10. Most Muslims I have met are very nice and hospitable and gracious hosts. But the doctrines and practices are wrong and not the truth. What convinced you to turn to Islam? The Bible emphasizes pride as the root of sin much more than Islam does – Mark 7:20-23 Islam does not seem to emphasize the internal roots of sin very much(there is some, but not much); and it does not diagnose the human problem. It says that external obedience to dead rituals is the way to “clean up one’s life”. It is a deception and you can wash the outside, but still be full of sinful anger, pride, lust, selfishness, greed, jealousy, malice, evil thoughts. see Matthew 5:21-30

    Maybe it is your pride that is keeping from the truth of the gospel. You have to admit your sinful and prideful person and repent and turn to Jesus Al Masih and His work of atonement for sin alone to save you from eternal hell. Mark 9:48; Mark 1:15; John 3:36; Romans 3:19-26

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