Which religion should I practice?


There are many people today who have not had the opportunity to become educated in matters of religion. There are others that may have received some education, but not enough to know that there is a true religion, and also false religions. People without much knowledge on the subject often tend to disregard all religions. You may have heard some people state that they are overwhelmed with the number of religions in the world today, and as a result they may remain indecisive about religion, or even go as far as to claim "all religions are acceptable". What is the answer? It's actually quite simple. Read on.


Map of World Religions


Above is the "Atlas of Faith"; a map of world religions as published Encyclopedia Britannica in 2003. It shows there are 4 primary categories of religions across the globe, consisting of:

  1. 33% Christianity
  2. 19.8% Muslim
  3. 13.3% Hindu
  4. 5.9% Buddhist

A variety of smaller religions and atheists/agnostics make up the remaining. Christians make up one-third of the world's population and lead the other categories by far. Why has the majority of the world’s population gravitated toward Christianity?
 

Proof Through Miracles

Looking in Scripture (New Testament), it is immediately clear that the people living 2000 years ago were initially attracted to Jesus after hearing about or seeing the miracles He performed, such as raising others from the dead, walking on water, the multiplication of the fishes, and the healing the sick such as the lepers, the blind, and the paralyzed. The list of miracles of Jesus as seen in Scripture is very lengthy. Similar could be said of Moses in the Old Testament. In a nutshell, miracles are historically what make people believe.

In the centuries after Jesus, additional miracles relating to Christianity have been recorded century after century, and these no doubt have contributed to the large numbers today who consider themselves Christians. Some examples:
 

  • The Incorruptibles - miraculously preserved bodies which first began to be discovered in the early centuries after Christ, which remain lifelike and free of decay without embalming for years and even centuries. The phenomenon has only appeared with devout Catholics but no one can explain why. These bodies are on display in churches all over Europe. See our Incorruptibles page for full details.
  • The Stigmata - Many Saints and holy persons mysteriously bore wounds corresponding to those suffered by Jesus Christ during his crucifixion. These unexplained wounds are referred to as the stigmata and again have only occurred with devout Catholics.
  • Eucharistic Miracles - repeated miracles throughout the last 20 centuries associated with the bread and wine consecrated by Catholic priests. Proof of these miracles are on display in churches all over Europe.
  • Miraculous Healings at Lourdes - the miraculous healings that have occurred repeatedly in Lourdes, France since 1858 (confirmed by doctors of many beliefs) after people have come in contact with the water at the site of the apparition in 1858. See http://www.lourdes-france.org/upload/pdf/gb_guerisons.pdf for the official list of cures.
  • Miracle at Fatima - the "miracle of the sun" witnessed by 70,000 in 1917 in Fatima, Portugal, after the numerous apparitions of the Virgin Mary there, through which numerous Catholic messages were given to the world.
     

These and other examples of miracles can be seen on our Miracles Page. What is important to note is that the non-Christian categories of religions do not have such miracles, nor any other signs as astounding, or as continuous, that prove their religion is from God.

Some may attempt to argue that Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and other smaller categories of religions each have their own miracles. In response to this we will first say that God is certainly capable of performing miracles at any place or time and with any person of His choosing. But one must distinguish the difference between first-class miracles and second class miracles. Those first-class miracles performed by Jesus, and those associated with Christianity afterward (as listed above) are typically visible for all to see and not easily denied by the average bystander. Second-class miracles on the other hand are smaller and usually require investigation, such as a person being suddenly healed from an incurable illness or being saved in an astounding way. Such second-class miracles can occur anyplace in the world and with any person if God chooses, but it is the undeniable first-class miracles that are continually associated with Christianity, and which are not found in other religions.


What about other Christian denominations?

Since the Protestant revolt in the 16th century, denominations claiming to be Christian have been created by the thousands. The first-class miracles listed above have only historically been associated with the Catholic Church, not with any of the Protestant denominations or other "spin off" religions. For example, none of the Protestant denominations have Incorrupt Saints, those bearing the Stigmata, Eucharistic miracles, or large-scale apparitions with associated healings and miracles such as those at Lourdes or Fatima.

The next logical question anyone would ask is why first-class miracles are only associated with the Catholic Church? For one answer to this we see in the New Testament, "And He (Jesus) wrought not many miracles there, because of their unbelief" (Matthew 13:58). Clearly Jesus, who performed more first-class miracles than anyone in history, chose not to perform such miracles for those who He considered to be unbelievers.

In contrast, Scripture confirms that first-class miracles would be associated with believers going forward:

  • "And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name they shall cast out devils: they shall speak with new tongues. They shall take up serpents; and if they shall drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them: they shall lay their hands upon the sick, and they shall recover." Mark 16:17,18
  • "Otherwise believe for the very works' sake. Amen, amen I say to you, he that believeth in me, the works that I do, he also shall do; and greater than these shall he do." John 14:12


The Catholic Church Today

It is plainly obvious that the most astounding of miracles throughout the last 20 centuries have been associated with the Catholic Church; they are thoroughly documented and researched and can only be attributed to supernatural sources. But some today are hesitant to believe in the Catholic Church as being the source of the true religion, given the scandals and many changes over recent years. The answer to this is, the Catholic Church has always been plagued with persecutions from the very start, as was predicted would be the case in Scripture, yet first-class miracles have been both continuous and astounding the entire time. No other so-called religions have come anywhere close to comparing by providing such miraculous signs. Just like there can only be one answer to 2+2, leaving all other answers false, there can only be one true religion, which leaves all others false. The statistics show that the majority of humanity has chosen Christianity, and the reasons for this are obvious.