What we call the Good News is the wonderful story of God entering the human race in the person of his Son to live among us without sin, giving his life on the cross for our sins, and rising from the dead (that is the basic point) to return to heaven. No religion other than Christianity stands or falls on an historical event. Should that one event be discredited, then the entire religion that developed from it would be reduced to a piece of ethical philosophy. This Good News that Jesus brought to us and lived out in his own life is absolutely unique.
Not only is the Good News unique in origin, but it is also unique in its message. Other religions may share to some extent its ethics but none has its foundation. To be kind is a precept generally accepted around the world, but only in Christianity does kindness have its ultimate expression in historical reality. To be good is fine, but being good in Christianity is made possible by the character of one who is truly good. When you read the Bhagavad Gita you will be surprised to find verses sounding very much as if they were taught by Jesus. However, there is a dramatic difference in that the Buddhist scripture is philosophical in origin while the ethical principles of Christianity are an expression on the life of its founder. While a certain amount of positive thinking teaching may be helpful or even inspiring (“The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible”) only in the teaching of Christ is authenticated by a resurrection.
The Good News is also unique in its power to change life. Scripture teaches that when people accept by faith the gift of God they also receive the power to live a changed life. Whether or not they use that power doesn’t establish its availability. History is replete with examples of lives transformed by the power of God. By preaching the Good News the apostle Paul began the westward movement of the faith. Millions of lives have been changed. Society has been nurtured by education and health. Systems of government that work for the wellfare of all have come into being. The power of the Good News to change society is absolutely unique.
The question arises as to the value of uniqueness. Is it important that there be nothing else quite like it? The answer depends upon what exactly we are talking about. If the question has to do with God, the answer is, Yes. In the God of the Christian faith is one and the same as the gods of all other religions then there is no specific reason why I should be a Christian. Multiplicity undermines the supremacy of a God that calls for worship. There cannot be two ultimate Beings. If the claim that there are is true then neither in my world-view be supreme.
The uniqueness of God is the essential message of the Shema, the center-piece of Jewish ritual: “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one God. The God of the Judeo-Christian religion is unique and the teaching of Jesus his Son is without parallel. “There is no other name under heaven by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12) and that transforming name is Jesus. Yes, the Good News is unique.