I thought we had spoken about God's gift exhaustively in the "What exactly is Christianity?" thread. I believe that you had asked me isn't it a "condition" for one to receive a gift from a friend or loved one, for in reality, one has to have some sort of "give and take" relationship to begin with, one has to have done or continue to do something for one to be considered a friend or loved one, therefore any gift isn't really unconditional? I thought I had shared some verses showing that God gives His gift to His enemies, because His love is higher than human love. His is perfect love.
No, God's gift is not conditional. You just receive it through faith in Christ's substitutionary death on your behalf, believing that His sacrifice is enough to pay your sin debt, and it is available to all humankind in that same fashion. It doesn't matter who you are, what you've done, where you're from, your status in life, your successes or failures, your religious affiliation, etc.
If you wish to see where it fits in with other religions you will find that no other belief system has God giving man anything freely. In all other systems God's blessings and salvation have to be earned in some way by man. Christianity is just the opposite and is therefore not a "religion" (man's efforts to appease God in some way) in that sense. It believes that God gives salvation and blessings apart from the works or merit of man. (although man has even corrupted genuine Christianity to a large extent down through the centuries). Biblical Christianity has God as the giver and man as the grateful recipient of His love and goodness.
You cannot create a vacuum devoid of the human tribal tendency, the only way to nullify group violence would be to unify all groups or for one group to annihilate all others (and even then splinter groups and divisions would be likely to emerge).
Well, there probably is not a chance of a vacuum ever being created in that regard, because there will probably never be a wholesale receiving of God's gift in the world. Some here, some there, but probably not an entire "tribe", or "tribes", so to speak, in my opinion. What better way to unify all men then that, though, if that were to happen.
This is a good example of tribal propaganda – you can support whichever religion you want but you only get the ‘gift’ through Christ (Christian?). It sounds a lot like “our football supporters are more loyal than yours”; does this sound familiar to anyone?
I wasn't suggesting that God (or me)was "supporting" any religion. My point was that God is not about religion and thus cannot be labeled as being affiliated with any. He is above man's religion.
A good place to begin to check out God's offer of His gift is in the New Testament in the Gospel of John, the book of Romans and Galations, and then reading through the rest of the Epistles would be informative as well.
If a person is not even at the point of knowing if they even believe that God exists, I'd suggest "Evidence That Demands A Verdict" by Hal Lindsay. I understand it is a very thorough book that has helped a good amount of skeptics in this area.
I believe that "religion" is a poison because it is just man's inferior attempt to fill the vacuum that only God can fill with Himself.