Christianity is unique among the major religions in that its essential doctrines are based on the birth, life, death, and resurrection of its founder, Jesus. Its veracity stems from the credibility of these historical events.
Other major religions, such as Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism, are based on the teachings of their founders only. Their fundamental doctrines do not hinge on the birth, life, and death of these men. These religions can exist apart from their lives.
Jesus Claimed To Be God
Jesus is the only founder of the world’s major religions who claimed to be God incarnate. Christianity would be reduced to a few platitudes without the historical confirmations of his deity.
Some founders of other major world religions claimed to be prophets of God, but none said he was God himself.
Jesus Fulfilled Prophecy
The Old Testament includes dozens of prophecies about the coming Messiah. Jesus fulfilled every one of them. No other person, living or dead, has ever fulfilled more than a fraction of them.
Jesus Performed Miracles
Jesus further validated his message and authority by healing the sick, raising several people from the dead, and rising from the dead himself.
No founder of any other major religion validated his message and authority by performing miracles, rising from the dead, or fulfilling ancient prophecies.
Liar, Lunatic Or Lord Of All
Many unbelievers say Jesus was a great human teacher, but not God. However, Jesus himself claimed to be God in the flesh. He was either a liar, lunatic or Lord of all.
If his claim was untrue and he knew it was false, Jesus was a liar. If he thought his claim was accurate when it was incorrect, he was a delusional egomaniac. If his claim was true, he was God incarnate.
No Credible Refutation
The Bible presents ample prophetical and historical evidence that Jesus was the Messiah and the second person of the Trinity. The earliest copies of the Gospel accounts that documented his life have been dated to within thirty years of his death.
No credible contemporaneous documents refuting the Gospel accounts have been found.
If such writings ever existed, we would have more copies of them than we have of the Gospel accounts, because they would have been widely disseminated by the influential leaders of the day that wanted to discredit Jesus and squash the early church.