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Some people are getting tired of arguing about qualifications of Barack Obama and John McCain. They would rather talk about religion. “How do you explain the difference between Jesus and founders of other religions like Buddha, Confucius and Mohammed?” was one question.

I recalled that Bishop Sheen answered it earlier: “Jesus is different in three ways: First, He is the only person in history whose coming was pre-announced. No one predicted the birth of Buddha in 563 B.C. or Confucius in 551 B.C. or Mohammed in 570 A.D., but the biography of Jesus was written hundreds of years before He was born, by prophets Isaiah, Micah and Zechariah. Even the Roman historian Tacitus, a pagan, wrote that people generally believed that “from Judea was to come the Master and Ruler of the world.”

“Second, once Jesus appeared, He divided all history into two periods, one before His coming (B.C.), the other after it (A.D.).”



“Third,” said Sheen, “while every person who came into this world came to live, Jesus came into it to die – for us. To Christ, death was the fulfillment of His life. He presented Himself as a Savior rather than merely as a Teacher, as John’s Gospel says: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life (John 3,16).” That beats the promises of any politician!

Peter Pohorsky




Grass Valley


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