This is a common argument, but how can things which differ radically on major points be the same? Yes, there are some similarities, but they are far outweighed by the differences. Some people say there are two sides to every story. In reality, there is only one side, the truth, and everything else is a lie. Some people think it doesn't matter what you believe as long as you really believe it. What if you believe a lie? Just because you really believe something does that make it true?
Truth is independent of opinion.
Many people feel believers in the Anointed One are intolerant because we think Jesus is the one and only way to God. However, we did not make this up ourselves. This is what he said. If I say two plus two is four and you say it is eight, am I intolerant because I refuse to agree with your point of view?
Truth, by its very definition, is intolerant of error.
In the Gospels, Jesus used the phrase "I tell you the truth" 80 times.
He also said, "I came into the world to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me."
Jesus either spoke the truth or he spoke lies.
All other religions which believe in heaven state you can only get there by working for it and trying to live a good life.
You earn your salvation by making yourself worthy enough, but the God of the Bible says you are saved by his grace through faith in what he has done for you. If you can save yourself, Christ died for nothing. If you can work for your salvation, Jesus would have never needed to come to earth and lay down his life. It's human pride that makes one think they can earn entrance into heaven. God hates pride because it is the number one thing preventing people from knowing him and accepting his mercy.
If you can save yourself, why would you ever need God? You wouldn't. If you don't need God in this life and you don't need him to get to heaven, why would you want to live with him forever when you die? You wouldn't. God created you for one reason - to glorify him. If you could play any part in your salvation, God knows you would be boastful and proud. You would glorify yourself. God always wants all the praise and all the glory. This is why salvation must be all grace.
Believers in the Messiah are the only people in the world who have the assurance of salvation.
Ask any Jew, Muslim, Buddhist or Hindu if they know for sure they will go to heaven or achieve nirvana when they die. If they are honest, they will always say "no". They have no assurance because their religion depends on the person gaining enough merits or good points. How can you ever know for sure you have done enough good deeds to get to heaven? You can't. You could never know. There is a lot of talk about peace these days, but the fact is there is no true, lasting peace without the assurance of salvation.
You have a promise from God, who cannot lie, that if you accept the sacrifice he made for you and turn from your sins, you will live with him forever in heaven when you die. This is true joy and true peace!
No other religion in the world attempts to claim they have the assurance of salvation.
If you were to choose your faith based on the assurance of salvation alone, you would only have one choice. Faith in Christ is about God reaching out to you and doing for you what you could never do for yourself. God's requirement to enter heaven is perfection, and you can only be made perfect by God. All other religions involve people attempting to earn God's favor and mercy through living a good life. Make no mistake about it, living a holy life is very important but believers do good deeds because they are already on their way to heaven not because they hope to go there one day.
Lastly and most importantly, when you become a true believer in the one and only God of the universe, he places his Holy Spirit inside your body.
This point cannot be emphasized enough. When you accept Christ as your Lord and Savior, God's Spirit supernaturally inhabits your mortal body. The Holy Spirit who resurrected Christ from the dead is the same Spirit who gives you eternal life. Jesus said no one can enter heaven unless they are born of the Spirit. If you are counting on anything other than the cross of Christ to get you into heaven, you will be eternally disappointed. I realize this point of view is not politically correct, but I am more interested in being biblically correct. We live in a world where all roads lead to heaven. Unfortunately, it just doesn't work that way.
How do you get to heaven?