Religion is man reaching UP
to God ...
by prayers, fasting, through prophets, correct dress codes, belonging to a particular group, eating right, being baptized, doing good works, the taking of communion, whatever.
Christianity on the other hand is not a religion, it is a relationship
with God's Son.
It is God reaching DOWN
The argument should never be that God is highly unfair by demanding we follow just One Way, One Truth and One Life (through His Son Jesus Christ) to be free of the penalty of sin which is death, but that it is nothing short of a miracle that He has chosen out of His great love for us, to give us ANY WAY OUT.
We are all sinners, we all deserve death. And even as I write this we are all dying. Why do you think we need all that deodorant, and soap, and perfume?
BTW the only way we can learn about this FREE gift of eternal salvation is though the Holy Bible. The Bible being the ONLY book on the entire planet that is:
innerant, God-breathed, God inspired, infalliable (translated: without error or contradiction) IN THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPTS. [OT in Hebrew, NT in Greek.] With the KJV being our most reliable SOURCE.
I should also like to point out the remarkable structure of the Bible. Although it is a collection of 66 books, written by at least 40 different men over a period of 2,000 years, it is clearly one Book, with perfect unity and consistency throughout. (Just wish I had the TIME and SPACE to tell you 'moore' about this beautiful, eloquent, and chiastic structure.)
There have been hundreds of books written on the subject of the evidences of the divine inspiration of the Bible, and these evidences are many and varied. Most people today, unfortunately, have not read any of these books. In fact, few have even read the Bible itself! Thus, many people tend to go along with the popular delusion that the Bible is full of mistakes and is no longer relevant to our modern world.
Of course I can understand some of the reasons WHY some folks shy away from the Bible today.
1) The Bible says over and over again both
HEAVEN and HELL are very real places. Jesus' first public sermon was on Hell. And two minutes after you take your last breath on this planet, you will wake up in either one of those two places. Still, even hell is but a holding tank for the damned until they are cast into the Lake of Fire, at the end of times; which in all ways, is even worse, than the hell they were just spat out of.
2) Nor was Jesus only a prophet ... or merely a good man, as many religions claim, for He said of Himself, He was God. (That is the main reason WHY the devout Jews of the time, and the Roman's had him killed.)
But you may say, but I am good person, and I am a Christian, and I don't believe in all that rubbish, fairy tale, stuff you scare children with.
Then let us see what The Holy Scriptures (KJV) say of such:
Only God is Good.
Just because you say that you are a Christian
does not make you one. Jesus knows your heart. And one day you will stand before Him, and He will either be your defense attorney, or your prosecutor. And as He is God, don't count on Him loosing too many cases. [I think probably NONE is the number I am thinking of.]
2 Timothy 3:16
Bible study is good for all kinds of reasons, but mainly because: "The TRUTH is in there!"
Finally, dear Members of TOM, The Bible proves itself best not by its prophesies coming true (which they have - over and over again) and not by archeological evidence (which there is an abundance of) and not even by its facts known to God, before science knew, but by the CHANGED LIVES of the people who read, study and begin to LIVE it.