―Buddhism was originated by Sidhartha Gautama. He died in 483 B.C.
―Mormonism was started by a man named Joseph Smith. He died in 1844.
―Jehovah’s Witness was begun by a man named Charles Taze Russell. He died in 1916.
―Christian Scientology was established by a lady named Mary Baker Eddy. She died in 1910.
―Islam was initiated by a man named Muhammad. He died in 632 A.D.
―Taoism was originated by a man named Laozi (Lao-Tze). He died sometime between 500-400 B.C.
―Bahai Faith’s founder was a man named Mirza Hoseyn ‘Ali. He died in 1892.
―Confucianism was initiated by a man named Kong-Zi. He died in 479 B.C.
―Shintoism is based on myth, that is, legendary stories and widely held but false beliefs and ideas.
―Hinduism was established by a guy named Manu and is also 100% based on myth.
Now get this:
The Almighty and Creator God desired from before the Beginning to dwell with man, so much so that His Word became flesh and began His dwelling among men sometime between 1 B.C. and 4 B.C. Jesus, the Christ, lived for thirty years and taught for three and a half years until He died on a cross. He was buried just like all the ones listed above who established world religions. The DIFFERENCE is that HE AROSE three days later; His risen body was seen by numerous witnesses; after forty days of showing Himself ALIVE, He went outside the city of Jerusalem, stood on top of a mountain called Olivet and told His followers to go everywhere and preach the gospel. Then He said, “Listen, I am with you always, even until the end of the world,” . . . and He ascended up into the sky right in front of all them. They saw it! They were forlorn, and an empty space filled their hearts and minds . . . they realized He was gone.
Then surprise of all surprises, two angels appeared in front of all those people gathered on that mountain and said, “Hey, guys, why are you all standing here gazing up into the sky? This same Jesus, who is taken up from you into the sky will absolutely come back in the same way you have seen Him go up into the sky.”
So, all these witnesses didn’t waste any time. They went back to Jerusalem and waited ten days like Jesus had told them to do in order to receive the POWER of the HOLY GHOST. They needed that POWER in order to go and tell others about the heart of God wanting to DWELL with them, LIVE with them in a daily relationship. Well, the day came ― the Christian Church was born on the Day of Pentecost, and ever since people have been sharing the love of God with nations of people around the globe. All this happened sometime between the years of 30 A.D. and 33 A.D.
The founder of Christianity was born and, yes, died. BUT, BUT, BUT, BUT, BUT rose from the dead, is alive today and will return one day to this earth. None, absolutely none, of the people whose names are listed as founders of world religions above has ever risen from the dead. In fact, they are still in their graves! But Jesus lives in the hearts of those who believe in Him, PLUS He sits on His throne in Heaven and will return here to this earth one day soon.
Yes, He is ALIVE!