The above link is from Russel and Pascal, an atheist and a Christian, respectively. I really appreciate the following from Pascal:
“Christmas is the story of God’s spirit completely entering mortal body and soul in Jesus Christ. God’s spirit navigated the humanity he created. God’s spirit was willingly and intentionally contained in the frailty of a human body with human mind, will and emotions. God’s spirit did what we do – – suffer. Christmas is the story of compassion, literally suffering with. The Buddha did not suffer with me, he taught me how to avoid it by divorcing attachment. The prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, did not suffer with me. He taught me how to submit to God and how to conquer. The pantheon of Hinduism did not suffer with me. They taught of creation, destruction, and the fire that synthesizes the two in daily life. Jesus suffered.”
No other faith truly shares the human condition in the way that Christianity does, and Christianity does it in a way that we call all related to in terms of the suffering and the humbleness of normal life. All other beliefs try to tell us there is a way to avoid the human condition. God the Son was born in the flesh lived a humble life and as God suffered and died for us. Not what we do, which is the theme of all other religions, Christianity is what God has done for us. Freedom from the sin and oppression of this world only comes to those who are in Christ in the resurrection. The resurrection, the eternal life that we live the way God intended us to live, in peace, comfort and perfection. Life and life more abundant.