In the revised edition of Christ Among Other gods: A Defense of Christ in an Age of Tolerance, Erwin Lutzer seeks to show that all religions are not equal.
The first three chapters take a broad look at various religions around the world and analyzes the idea of tolerance as promulgated by our culture. The remainder of the book (chapters 4–12) focuses on what makes the Christ of Christianity unique. He begins with Christ’s birth and then chronologically proceeds through Christ’s life, death, resurrection, ascension, and future return.
Lutzer points out: “The idea that God Himself would suffer and provide a sacrifice to reconcile and forgive mankind is unique to Christianity. No other religion says that the best of human effort and teachings cannot save us.”
As Scripture teaches in Romans 3:23, all of us fail to measure up to God’s standard of holiness. Some of us try to make ourselves feel better by comparing ourselves to others, but such comparisons prove pointless in comparison to God’s glory.
I loved Lutzer’s clear example of Willis Tower. The owners could brag about it being the tallest skyscraper in Chicago, but if we were to change the topic to which building was closest to the farthest star it would be a different story. The fact that Willis Tower is taller than other skyscrapers does not change the fact that it is still millions of miles from the closest star.
“We, like buildings, are only as tall as our standard of measurement,” Lutzer points out.
Yet, not only is it important to have a right understanding of who we are, but also of our Savior.
“Many false cults claim Christ as their Savior but deny His deity. But a Christ who isn’t quite God would be like a bridge broken at the farthest end. Such a Christ cannot even begin to build a bridge to span the infinite chasm that separates us from God. A counterfeit Savior always results in a counterfeit salvation,” writes Lutzer.
In the final chapter, Lutzer discusses what believers should do in light of the uniqueness of our Savior, reminding us of our special privilege to be fishers of men. But we don’t evangelize alone!
“Remember,” says Lutzer. “It is not our responsibility to convert anyone. We do what is possible; namely, plant the seeds of the gospel in the human heart. God does the impossible; name, plant faith and life in the human heart.”
(Disclaimer: This book was provided by Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review.)