WHY SO MANY RELIGIONS?

WHY SO MANY RELIGIONS?

 TOO MANY RELIGIONS?

The Church is the Body of Christ: why has God allowed so many religions to exist?

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We should be amazed at the number of common elements found within all these religions. There is a common fundamental element and the common root of these religions: the unity of humankind with regard to the eternal and ultimate destiny of man.

And they have one ultimate destiny, God, whose providence, goodness, and plan for salvation extend to all. . . . Men turn to various religions to solve mysteries of the human condition, which today, as in earlier times, burden people’s hearts: the nature of man; the meaning and purpose of life; good and evil; the origin and purpose of suffering; the way to true happiness; death; judgment and retribution after death; and finally, the ultimate ineffable mystery which is the origin and destiny of our existence.

Christianity rejects nothing that is true and holy in these religions. The Church believes and propounds, often reflect a ray of that truth which enlightens all men. The Church is guided by the faith that God the Creator wants to save all humankind in Jesus Christ, the only mediator between God and man.

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BUDDHA?

The various schools of Buddhism recognize the radical inadequacy of this malleable world and teach a way by which men, with devout and trusting hearts, can become capable either of reaching a state of perfect liberation, or of attaining, by their own efforts or through higher help, supreme illumination.

 It needs to be said right away that the doctrines of salvation in Buddhism and Christianity are opposed.

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Both the Buddhist tradition and the methods deriving from it have an almost exclusively negative doctrine of salvation. The “enlightenment” experienced by Buddha comes down to the conviction that the world is bad, that it is the source of evil and of suffering for man. For Christianity, it does not make sense to speak of the world as a “radical” evil, since at the beginning of the world we find God the Creator who loves His creation.

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To liberate oneself from this evil, one must free oneself from this world, necessitating a break with the ties that join us to external reality-ties existing in our human nature, in our psyche, in our bodies. The more we are liberated from these ties, the more we become indifferent to what is in the world, and the more we are freed from suffering, from the evil that has its source in the world.

Do we draw near to God in this way? This is not mentioned in the “enlightenment” conveyed by Buddha. Buddhism is in large measure an “atheistic” system. We do not free ourselves from evil through the good which comes from God; we liberate ourselves only through detachment from the world, which is bad. The fullness of such a detachment is not union with God, but what is called nirvana, a state of perfect indifference with regard to the world.

When Saint John of the Cross, in the Dark Night of the Soul, speaks of detachment from the world of the senses, he does not conceive of that detachment as an end in itself. He proposes detachment from the world in order to unite oneself to that which is outside of the world – not nirvana, but a personal God. Union with Him comes about not only through purification, but through love. Carmelite mysticism begins at the point where the reflections of Buddha end, together with his instructions for the spiritual life.

Christian mysticism is born of the Revelation of the living God. This God opens Himself to union with man, arousing in him the capacity to be united with Him.

HINDUISM?

We read: In Hinduism men explore the divine mystery and express it through an endless bounty of myths and through penetrating philosophical insight. They seek freedom from the anguish of our human condition, either by way of the ascetic life, profound meditation, or by taking refuge in God with love and trust.

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There are ways in which Buddhism differs from Hinduism:

  • While Hinduism is a rather structured religion based around ritual; Buddhism does not use ritual, simply the teachings of Buddha, removing power from the Brahmins.
  • While in Hinduism, one must work their way through ranks to finally achieve union with God, Buddhism denounces the violence of a caste system and believes that any person can achieve Nirvana [or enlightenment] with dedication. (Buddhism evolved from Hinduism during a movement against the caste system imposed in Hindu.)
  • The eightfold path is implemented in Buddhism as a path to Nirvana, while in Hinduism Karma is earned through work and correct conduct upon the chosen path of knowledge, love, work or psychophysical exercises.
  • Buddhism rejects physical and worldly pleasures like wealth by means of the “middle way” while the ideal in Hinduism is becoming a part of such.
  • While in Hinduism, multiple Gods are worshipped, within the branches of Buddhism Mahayana Buddhists revere Buddha as a God-figure and Therevada Buddhists, the majority, believe rather in no God, but respect Buddha as an enlightened man.god proof
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN HINDUISM AND CHRISTIANITY
  • The first, most obvious difference is that Hindus worship multiple deities while Christianity vehemently supports that there is ONE and only one true God in the form of a Trinity.
  • Furthermore, while Hinduism is tolerant of other religions and believes that any path can lead to God, Christianity has set forth a specific “right” path.
  • Hindus believe that the soul begins as an animal and due to a “right” lifestyle one eventually works their way to a higher class throughout multiple lives, eventually reaching a union with God. Christians however, believe that there is one life on earth and an afterlife where one exists forever either in heaven or hell, eliminating the stages of proving oneself worthy, and rather giving one chance to decide your eternal resting point.

MUHAMMAD?

We now consider those who worship the One God.  As a result of their monotheism, believers in Allah are particularly close to us.

islam CHRISTIANITY

It is impossible not to note the movement away from what God said about Himself, first in the Old Testament through the Prophets, and then finally in the New Testament through His Son. In Islam all the richness of God’s self-revelation, which constitutes the heritage of the Old and New Testaments, has definitely been set aside.

Some of the most beautiful names in the human language are given to the God of the Koran, but He is ultimately a God outside of the world, a God who is only Majesty, never Emmanuel, God-with-us. Islam is not a religion of redemption (being saved from sin). There is no room for the Cross and the Resurrection (rising from the dead at the Last Judgment).

 Jesus is mentioned, but only as a prophet, who prepares for the last prophet, Muhammad. There is also mention of Mary, His Virgin Mother.

Nevertheless, the religiosity of Muslims deserves respect. It is impossible not to admire, for example, their fidelity to prayer. The image of believers in Allah who, without caring about time or place, fall to their knees and immerse themselves in prayer remains a model for those Christians who, having deserted their magnificent cathedrals, pray only a little or not at all.

In countries where fundamentalist movements come to power, human rights and the principle of religious freedom are unfortunately interpreted in a very one-sided way: religious freedom comes to mean freedom to impose on all citizens the “true religion.” In these countries the situation of Christians is sometimes terribly disturbing. Fundamentalist attitudes of this nature make reciprocal contacts very difficult.

JUDAISM?

We come to the religion that is closest to Christianity-that of the people of God of the Old Testament. Jews are our elder brothers in the faith.

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The New Covenant has its roots in the Old. The New Covenant serves to fulfill all that is rooted in the vocation of Abraham, in God’s covenant with Israel at Sinai, and in the whole rich heritage of the inspired Prophets who, hundreds of years before that fulfillment, pointed in the Sacred Scriptures to the One whom God would send in the “fullness of time” Galatians 4:4.

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CONFUCIANISM AND TAOISM?

The religions of the Far East have contributed greatly to the history of morality and culture. They are systems of worship and also ethical systems, with a strong emphasis on good and evil. Certainly among these belong Chinese Confucianism and Taoism.

NEW AGE?

New Age is the return of ancient Gnostic ideas. It is only a new way of practicing Gnosticism-that attitude of the spirit that, in the name of a profound knowledge of God, results in distorting His Word and replacing it with purely human words.god proof

The god of the New Age movement is not the God of the Bible. The New Agers define “God” as an impersonal force who pervades all of creation.

If God’s creation is personal, intelligent, and rational, God must be a personal, intelligent, loving being. If He is not a personal, intelligent, loving being, how could something impersonal create someone personal? How could the non-intelligent produce the intelligent? How could something non-loving produce someone loving?

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 It is true: “No one has ever seen God” John 1:18.god proof

An Angel?

I’ve heard stories of people seeing God in everyday things, but I never thought it would happen to me. “The Photographer

IS PROOF STILL NEEDED?

Contemporary man has rediscovered the sacred, even if he does not always know how to identify it.

We learn from Plato and Aristotle: “Nothing is in the intellect that was not first in the senses”. Is man truly capable of knowing something beyond what he sees with his eyes or hears with his ears?

Man recognizes himself as an ethical being, capable of acting according to criteria of good and evil, and not only those of profit and pleasure. He also recognizes himself as a spiritual being, capable of putting himself in contact with God.  

Of course, there are those who say “I believe in Jesus Christ”, but they don’t affect the way they live. The answer is not that we now have to add hard work to our faith; rather, we haven’t truly understood or believed in Jesus at all.

Some people say that Jesus is just a crutch. They obviously have never had an encounter with Jesus.

GOD IS GREAT!

Many Religions

ASTONISHING PREDICTIONS

The BIBLE is divinely inspired by God. How do we know? Each of eight accurate predictions of a possible 48 astonishing predictions l have a high probability mathematically. The probability of one individual fulfilling eight prophecies have odds of 1 in 10 17   (100,000,000,000,000,000). Jesus Christ fulfilled all prophecies, therefore the Bible MUST be true.

DIVINE OR HUMAN CALIPHS

THE FALSE PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION

Here is a passage that comes from a BIBLE ABOUT RELIGION:

 “See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and vain deceit, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.” Colossians 2:8

Let’s analyze this more closely:

 See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception [pseudo-intellectual babble], according to the tradition [and musings] of mere men, following the elementary principles of this world, rather than following [the truth—the teachings of] Christ.                                                                  Colossians 2:8

So, one should not accept philosophy of mere speculation and imagination, but of the modest, laborious investigation of facts.

Vain Deceit is, that which is vain and empty, and has no solid foundation, and even deceitful and delusional.

Christianity is not a philosophy, but a relationship with God in Christ TODAYnot knowledge of abstract principles.

How do we know this? Healing takes place TODAY in the Name of Jesus. 

GOD’S HEALING ASSURED

 HEALING?

Many Christians have been given the gift of healing and deliverance to be able to deliver away evil spirits influencing  Muslims, which cause depression, addictions and illness through all forms of stress.  This healing and deliverance is successful only in the Name of Jesus Christ:

HOW IS JESUS STILL ALIVE TODAY?

Jesus is alive today! He heals today (through His followers) and in many cases it is realized immediately. How else can you explain the explosion of Christianity, the world’s largest religion, on earth: 2.2 billion adherents, nearly a third (31 percent) of all 6.9 billion people on Earth. 

Christians know and feel His Presence; they communicate with Him personally; their prayers are always answered.

This author has been given the Gift of Healing only because he is a Christian Lay Missionary who travels usually two to three places every year. On his last trip to Columbia he successfully transferred his Gift to five different Spanish translators, who were able to heal as he did. He has healed Muslims to their great surprise. He also delivers away evil spirits along with their healing. All those involved in the healing actually feel a complete physical  sense of peace that is unmistakable.

DREAMS AND VISIONS

When God heals in this way, He is giving a message to those being healed for a change of heart even without one’s faith. In His wisdom,, He knows faith will be developed. Dreams or visions often accompany this experience especially among non-Christians.

JESUS GOD

Today’s people who live through near death experiences are talking about the same thing Jesus was talking about two thousand years ago. 

SEARCH OF LOST CHRISTIAN UNITY 2

IS THERE A PURGATORY? 2

ASTONISHING PREDICTIONS

God divinely inspired the BIBLE . How do we know? Each of eight accurate predictions  show a high probability mathematically. The probability of one individual fulfilling eight prophecies have odds of 1 in 10 17  (1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000). Jesus Christ fulfilled all prophecies, therefore the Bible MUST BE TRUE. 

DIVINE OR HUMAN CALIPHS

The Old Testament indicates another 40 astonishing predictions.

CHINA DECEASED RELATIVES

Christianity experiences stunning growth—from approximately 3.8 million adherents in China in 1956 to an estimated 87 to 100 million Christians today.

CHINA AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

In the end, one Christian conversion will benefit the whole family.  The gifts of the Holy Spirit of healing and deliverance will help the whole family. A prayer of deliverance of evil spirits will leave any member of the family with a complete sense of peace immediately. A prayer of healing from a Christian disciple produces 80% healing. The remaining healing comes from continued prayer of praise and thanksgiving until all the healing is complete. This healing comes from the Holy Spirit through the power in the Name of Jesus Christ.  No other god or deity or doctor uses this power. This proves the TRUTH OF CHRISTIANITY. 

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BILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS CAN’ T ALL BE WRONG!

Christianity is not a philosophy, but it is  a relationship with God, your Creator,  in Christ TODAY. It is not knowledge of abstract principles.  How do we know this? Healing takes place TODAY in the Name of Jesus Christ. 

GOD’S HEALING ASSURED 2

 HEALING?

 Many Christian disciples use the gift of healing.  They also use deliverance to deliver away evil spirits influencing people. These evil spirits cause depression, addictions and illness through all forms of stress.  Only the Name of Jesus Christ makes healing and deliverance possible.Chinese Religion God

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HOW IS JESUS STILL ALIVE TODAY?

Jesus is alive today! He heals today (through His followers) and in many cases it is realized immediately. How else can you explain the explosion of Christianity, the world’s largest religion, on earth: 2.2 billion adherents, nearly a third (31 percent) of all 6.9 billion people on Earth. 

Christians know and feel His Presence; they communicate with Him personally; Christian prayers are always answered.

This author has been given the Gift of Healing only because he is a Christian Lay Missionary, who travels  two to three places every year. On his last trip to Columbia he successfully transferred his Gift to his Spanish translators, who were able to heal as he did. He has healed Muslims to their great surprise.

He also delivers away evil spirits along with their healing. All those who are delivered from evil spirits feel a complete physical  sense of peace.

DREAMS AND VISIONS

God can give a message to those non-Christians to change their heart.  God knows faith will be developed eventually. God will come to you in the form of dreams or visions. So be sensitive to any dreams or visions, when you ask God for it earnestly.

NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES

PROOF OF HEAVEN 2

Is the BIBLE true? 2

HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED HOW TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN?

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  • Christians don’t shout, “I live a clean life!” Christians whisper “I feel  lost, but now God found me and God forgives me.” 
  • Christians don’t speak with pride. They confess that they stumble and need Christ to be their guide.
  • Christians don’t say,” I’m strong.” They say they try to be strong because they need strength. 
  • Christians don’t brag about success, but they admit that they fail and they need God to clean the mess.
  • Christians don’t claim to be perfect, but God still believes in them.
  • Christians still feel the sting of pain. They have their share of headaches but they still call upon His Name.
  • Christians are not holier than others. They are simple sinners who receive God’s unbelievable Grace.

Christianity on a Table Napkin:

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“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”                                                                                                                                     Romans 10:9

The real Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. He was send by God to come to the earth in the body of a human being. That was, so that He could suffer in the flesh, and take all our sins upon Himself and die in our place. He rose from the dead and lives to pray for us daily.
He is the Savior – The angel announced to Mary; …and you shall call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins.     Matthew 1:21  It means He has the power to free us, save us and deliver us from sin. He is merciful and has the power to forgive. He brings good news to the poor, heals the heart-broken, announce freedom to all captives, pardons all prisoners. He comforts mourners. He has healing in His hands.
To receive Jesus as your Savior… SAY:

Lord Jesus, You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Please hear me today and help me! I want to receive You as my Lord and Savior. Be Lord of my life!  Lord Jesus, I believe that You died for me and that God raised You from the dead. Forgive me all my sins and take all my sins away. Come into my heart and be my Savior and Lord, and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Amen
Your life will begin to change in an amazing way. Without expecting  anything, be sensitive to any dreams or visions. 

God the Father will wipe every tear from our eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, crying out or pain. We will be like Him, for we will see Him as He is The Holy Spirit will have made all things new. Eternal joy will begin.  “For the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is His name.”                                                     Luke 1: 49

Are we not like Barabbas who was justly condemned for murder, but saved by the innocent Jesus on the cross? Are we not like the adulterous woman, deserving of death by stoning, to whom Jesus says, “I do not condemn you”?  And Jesus saved them both. In fact, Jesus came to earth specifically to look for and save those who were lost, like you.

“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool”.                                       Isaiah 1:18

You may need some counseling with a pastor, priest or competent Christian worker, who will introduce you to a Short Course on Who is Jesus? Start by reading a short biography of Jesus in  the Gospel of Luke. Read several verses before going to bed and read the same verse upon arising.  He will defend you from attacks of the enemy when you ask Him.

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