The great difference between those who belong to the quote, Christian faith, end quote and other quote, religions, end quote is the truth of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. No other leader of any religion has ever claimed a resurrection due in part to their bodies being laid in a grave and remaining there.
Recently, January 12, five dead bodies in Brazil have been reported alive or resurrected from the dead. One survivor said, “I was in a dark place many people crying, shouting. Was I asleep? Now I am alive! I know I was dead. I was in a dark, ugly place. I do not know what happened, but I am back to life. God is alive.” This person apparently was headed for or was in hell, for this is not a description of heaven in the least. What many people do not realize is that there is a resurrection of the unrighteous dead as well as a resurrection of the righteous.
KJ Bible support: John 5:29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life, and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. Two resurrections are mentioned: resurrection of life, resurrection of damnation. In the book of Acts, we also have two resurrections.
Acts 24:15 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.
These references to two resurrections, life-damnation and just-unjust make it clear that all will be resurrected. Some will be raised to damnation or eternal punishment in hell and then in the lake of fire.
Revelation 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. The first death of the Christ-rejector results in physical death and an awful eternal existence in a place called hell. Later, all the unbelievers will be resurrected to stand before the Lord and give an account as to their deeds. Since all works fall short of God’s requirements, all works-related religious adherents will be found wanting at the judgment called the Great White Thrown Judgment.
The Failure of Works is clear in Scripture. Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. Romans 3:27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Romans 11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
Clearly, anyone who is trusting in their works will be included in the resurrection of damnation, not in the resurrection of life. Would to God, the great grace of God and the Holy Spirit of God would draw these ones to faith in Christ so that they could be included in the resurrection of the just. This resurrection called the first resurrection is divided into two parts. There will be a resurrection of the saints at the rapture of the church. 1Thessalonians 4:16,17 …dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Prior to the Millennial Reign of Christ, there is another resurrection of the just—Old Testament saints and Tribulation saints. Rev 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Rev 20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Those who place their faith in the substitutionary work of Christ in his death, burial, and resurrection will be resurrected in the two-part first resurrection. Have you trusted in the work of Christ for your salvation?
You can do that today. “Romans 10:13, For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”