“If you were to die tonight, and “St Peter” or “Elijah” or “Mohamed” was at the “Pearly Gates of Heaven” and asked you, ’Why should God let you into His Kingdom?’– what would you say?” 1) What would your own personal answer be? 2) What do you think the answer would be from a true believing Christian?
THE MOST COMMON RESPONSES ARE:
a) I am not perfect, but in all honesty, I think I’m a good person. b) I sincerely try to keep the 10 commandments, c) I always try to do my best ( – although I sometimes fail) d) I know I am a good person ( – and at least better than one of my neighbors !)
The answers assume that if a person rates high enough on a divine “scale of goodness”, then that person SHOULD get into “heaven” based on their performance (or merit). The answers from people in other religions have a lot in common with these same answers.
It is the will of God that we should be healed. It is the will of God that we should be awake to love and aware of God’s goodness in our lives. What is the miracle in your lifethat you need to pray for?
If you want to believe in miracles, there is overwhelming evidencefrom physicians, who witness “life after death” experiences. In 2014 a four year study was made of over 2000 patience, who had some kind of awareness before they were revived from what appeared to be death. Over 46% of the patients experienced seeing light, feeling at peace and having thoughts.Sixty-three of them (2%) had out of body experiences where they could describe in great detail what was happening around them. The scientists who conducted the survey more favorably believed in life without a physical body after death:rather than simply believing that this life is all there is.Continue reading TRUE MIRACLES→
“Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
Sometimes temptation is not a struggle against personal weakness, but it is a strategic demonic attack to derail one’s faith. Yet, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you” James 4:7. When we are tempted, God will provide a way out: “And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
Resisting temptation, repenting of sin, and renouncing the works of the devil and forgiving those who have harmed you account for 98% of all deliverance. Deliverance simple removes any obstacles so we may receive God’s blessing.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12Yet, the area of evil influences goes unnoticed and unaddressed in the pursuit of God’s healing. Too many Christians are quickly turning to professional counselors when a problem arises. God wants us to be healed and He wants us to be blessed. His power of deliverance is much greater that that of a gifted counselor.
Over 95 % of most people have no physical manifestation of evil. Yet, most believers will admit that certain areas of their lives are not submitted to Christ. Ironically, many faithful Christians have lived with hidden sins, compulsions, and fear and it never occurred to them that they are in need of deliverance from evil spirits. Of course, there are those who think that they can solve the problem themselves. So, pride prevents those from receiving God’s forgiveness and mercy.
Fear and unforgiveness are the biggest obstacles to being set free. It is the most prominent entryway of the devil: we need to respond to trauma, abuse, and issues involving family and friends. Once an entryway is exposed from this evil world such as alcohol, drugs and pleasure seeking, taking authority is very simple.
During a prayer of deliverance one may be asked to renounce a specific spirit. For example, you would repeat after the deliverer: “I renounce the spirit of unforgiveness, hurt and rejection. I forgive you _____________ or I renounce the spirit of adultery and unfaithfulness.
Then all healing happens when we repent or forgive and turn to God; it is then when we experience His love and acceptance. The interplay between healing and deliverance is integrated. Healing cannot be done unless there is total deliverance.
S. Lewis claims that there are two basic errors we make related to the existence of devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence and the other is to have an excessive and unhealthy interest in them, like the voodoo followers. This could lead to a self-inflicted curse or a pact with the devil. The fortune tellers need to create a dependence on their followers.
The occult is a common entryway of the devil. These ungodly superstitious beliefs are the most wicked, because occult practice is a violation of the first commandment:”you shall have no other gods before Me.”
We know that there are some demons that are more wicked than others. “Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first.”Luke 11:26 The occult spirit guards the door and must be delivered first.
Many Christians are lukewarm; some proud Christians would rather be in control rather than being dependent on God. Fear is usually the root cause for us to need to be in control. Many cannot admit how poor and needy and desperate they truly are:”having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people”2 Timothy 3:5. It becomes the trap of religiosity.
We must become aware of the need for and reliance on Christ. The popular Alpha Course reduces the gospel to the simplest terms: (1) Sorry (2) Thank you (3) Please: with a request (please) that the Lord, Jesus, come into our lives. That is the purpose of the Ticket to Heaven.
What of those who are not believers? Deliverance and healing has been successful for those, too. We do not know how the Holy Spirit acts in their lives. Perhaps this new freedom will become a wake-up call.
In order to prevent any re-occurrence, the follow-up prayer is important; it is mandatory to begin to read God’s Word.—every night in the Bible. One needs to fill the void and to experience God’s love. It is recommended to start with John 14 to 18, which is all about God’s love. Read it, even out loud, as if it was God’s Word to you. This should be done until all the healing is complete.
Now that one is set free, on has greater freedom to make the right choices. In addition, one must cleanse their home and destroy anything that represents the kingdom of darkness.
What of those who really do not want to be free? They love their lifestyle. They may not be ready to take responsibility for their lifestyle. Some have actually been delivered several times, yet they have become demonized again. One is simply not ready. If a person does not sincerely want to submit to Jesus, deliverance prayer will not help in the end.
What of those who are so angry that they feel that they cannot forgive and they want even revenge? This may be impossible for us but God has provided a way: “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” Mark 10:27 What is required is faith. The solution has its roots in an influence of evil spirits, which must be bounded and delivered. Are you willing to forgive______________. “But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins ”Matthew 6:15. Healing flows from forgiveness.
Do you remember the words of Jesus on the cross, when He said, “Forgive them; they know not what they are doing.” Luke 23:34 God is willing to release the power of these words again through you. The situation in which you find yourself may have resulted from someone who carelessly followed his or her own demons. So it is understandable.
Before starting His ministry, Jesus came to John to be baptized. The Spirit of God descended upon Him. The following words date back to the fourth-century Church as part of the formula used in baptism: “I renounce Satan and all of his works and all of his empty promises…”
We need to demystify the works of the devil. It often is considered only as a one-time event isolated from normal Christian growth. Actually, this ministry has resulted in a great deal of conversion, because people can observe God’s Hand. There is usually a peace covenant that accompanies the experience of deliverance. It is likened to a spiritual shower, but in a physical sense.
One of the problems of deliverance ministry is the failure to incorporate this spirituality in the broader Christian life. The Deliverance ministry should be a regular part of the sacrament of reconciliation. It should also be introduced as part of the initiation process as well as spiritual counseling and pastoral care.
Who can deliver evil spirits? Those who deliver spirits will make themselves available to do God’s divine will. They are able to love someone with the love of Jesus. “When Jesus had called the Twelve tog ether, He gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases” Luke 9:1. Yet, they should not presume to think that they can drive out demons unless they have received the power of the Holy Spirit. This is called being baptized in the Holy Spirit, which can be done in the Life of the Spirit Seminar, or a similar program, which is available at some churches.
“At the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth” Philippians 2:10. Authority is the power to act on behalf of somebody else. Our authority is in our relationship with Christ. We gain more authority as we bring more areas of our lives under His authority. The greater the anointing, the greater the authority the person praying has received.
Taking authority is an expression of our faith. “Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it (the demon) out?” He replied, “Because you have so little faith.” Matthew 17:19, 20
“For the Spirit that God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power.”2 Timothy 1:7 Missionaries who follow the Great Commission of healing and deliverance observe that their anointing becomes stronger with more missionary work. In My name they will drive out demons; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well”Mark 16:17, 18
Praying in a team can be more effective. Sometimes one member of the team can receive discernment. Getting started can begin with a question, “What would you like Jesus to do for you?” or simply “Tell me what is going on.”
NOTE: it is true that in the Catholic belief that only priests with the proper authorization of the bishop can perform official exorcism using a formal rite. There is no restriction on lay Catholics in the area of simple deliverance: And these signs will accompany those who believe: In My Name they will drive out demons Mark 16:17.
Scott Peck, a psychologist and author of the famous book, The Road Less Traveled, had identified a personality disorder, which encompass an evil streak. He spent years with several clients, who did not fit with known psychological profiles. He later finally discovered they were obsessed by evil spirits, of which he knew very little. He finally referred to these clients as People of the Lie from the title of his book.
This disorder was distinguished by:
Consistent destructive, scapegoating behavior, which often can be quite subtle. (Scapegoating is a hostile social – psychological discrediting routine by which people move blame and responsibility away from themselves and towards a target person or group.)
Excessive and often covert intolerance to criticism
Pronounced concern with a public image and self-image of respectability. This contributes to a stable life-style but also to denial of hateful or vengeful motives.
Intellectual deviousness, with a mild schizophrenic-like disturbance at times of stress.
DELIVERANCE AND EXORCISM
Exorcism is exercised in case of possession, while deliverance deals with the influences that are not full possession. There are very few cases of possession as compared to ever pervading influence of different kinds of evil spirits affecting many people.
“The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the Lord your God has not permitted you to do so.The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him.” Deuteronomy 18:9-15
“That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth” Philippians 2:10The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me Luke 4:18“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
These evil spirits are legalistic and they must be delivered in the Name of Jesus Christ by their function, otherwise the specific spirit would simply say “they are not talking to me” and they will stay.
WHO HAS THE AUTHORITY TO DELIVER EVIL INFLUENCES A faithful Christian who is sinless: otherwise the evil spirits will just laugh at one’s sins.
The person being delivered does not have to be Christian. In fact, if you are a die-hard Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Atheist or any other religion you are in for a big surprise. You will only know by trying it: you have every thing to gain and nothing to lose.
I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. Luke 10:19“The one who does what is sinful is of the devil … The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.” 1 John 3:8In the Name of Jesus Christ, you can take authority over all evil influences and break these influences over your life. This is accomplished together with one other Christian who is of God or is very close to God.
HOW DO YOU KNOW A DELIVERANCE HAS TAKEN PLACE?There is a definite sense of peace, which envelopes over the one being delivered. You definitely know something has happened.
Then comes Deliverance!!!
You may be wrapped up in a prickly blanket of sadness, you may be depressed, stressed or anxious, but it isn’t your fault.
You can help yourself more than anyone. The evil influence on you can be defeated through Jesus, the Source of strength. “Every knee will bend before Me” Romans 14:11 That includes all evil spirits influencing you.
To our friends who are Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Atheist, Taoist, Mormon or Jehovah Witness:
To our knowledge, there is no one in your religious belief that can bind and deliver demonic spirits. There is a reason for this: demonic attacks are warded off in Jesus’ Name. It requires a bible oriented Christian to do the deliverance. You still can be delivered from your attacks, but it needs that all important Christian to command all evil spirits to go to Jesus Christ who will dispose of them according to His Will and to never return .
GOD WISHES TO SPEAK TO YOU.
Stand up to your Enemy.
“I bless you and I shower My graces upon all My children.
The war is intensifying between good and evil in the world. It is affecting every country.
There is also a war within the Church founded by My Son, Jesus. The evil one is getting stronger and he has many powerful people on his side.
Most of the Church is asleep and not aware of what is happening. I call the Church to wake up before the faith is eroded from the hearts of the believers. Do not let the evil one continue his rampage without a challenge.
With the power of My Son, Jesus, he can be defeated. Wake up and arm yourselves with His armor and you will win.
The devil is destroying the morals of the people. He is destroying Christian marriages and leading many into drugs, alcohol and sexual license.
Stand up to your enemy now with My grace and he will be defeated.
I bless you.”
The above messages came to Father Melvin Doucette:
Fr. Melvin Doucette was ordained to the priesthood on and joined the Missionaries of Africa for 29 years in Africa. In contemplative prayer every morning, Fr. Doucette receives by interior locution “messages from heaven” to share with the public.
The short form is “In the name of Our Lord Jesus, I bind and deliver the evil spirits of … to go to the abyss.” This is said for each individual evil spirit.
The following prayer can be done together: the person to be delivered must also pray during “OUR PART“: “Come, Holy Spirit, Come” or “Come, Lord Jesus, Come” silently.
Your Christian friend will command these spirits to go back where they came from (the abyss) to be soon replaced with the Love and Blessing of the Lord: Free in Jesus
The void that that takes place brings a complete sense of peace, and you will now be free in Jesus.
(In the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I command all evil spirits influencing you now, as you read this, to be quiet and not to give you any evil thoughts. This I command in the Name of Jesus.)
If you don’t believe this, try it and see for yourself. You will definitely know in three minutes that a physical change has taken place.
The person delivered must now thank God for the spiritual healing every day until the total deliverance has taken place and to thank Him whenever he or she thinks about it. One must soak oneself in God’s love by reading the Bible: the short gospel of Luke for beginners and later the gospels of John.
The delivered person does not want to ever go back to the ever pervading influence of evil spirits. It is very important to connect with a Bible-oriented church.
This same prayer of deliverance can be used to exhort evil influences on members of your family by name in the same manner with you as the intercessor and with your prayerful Christian. They should be made aware of your prayer as a gentle mention that you have prayed for them so they can become more sensitized to God’s Love.
This prayer of deliverance can be printed, quartered and kept in your wallet.
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.
The Old Testament indicates another 40 astonishing predictions.
Christianity experiences stunning growth—from approximately 3.8 million adherents in China in 1956 to an estimated 87 to 100 million Christians today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jesus shows us the way to be in the world without being of it. When we model our lives on His, a new world will open up for us. The Kingdom of Heaven will be ours, and the earth today will be our inheritance. We will be comforted and have our fill; mercy will be shown to us.
Yes, we will be recognized as God’s children and truly see God, not just in an afterlife, but here and now: ““Blessed [inwardly peaceful] are the gentle [the kind-hearted], for they will inherit the earth…Blessed are those who are persecuted for doing that which is morally right, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven [both now and forever].”Matthew 5: 5, 10 That is the reward of modeling our lives on the life of Jesus!
We who are Christians must pray, read the bible and let our Lord lead us. Easy? No, for we are human and we have our thoughts and our feelings.
Walking in faith is not easy: we want the pleasures of the world at times, but turn away from that for it is not the way of Jesus. When we pray to our Lord, we find peace and contentment on earth NOW!
This world is not our home.
We will have a heavenly home one day – free of sin and violence.
Vodou is primarily practiced in Haiti, New Orleans, and other locations within the Caribbean. There is great variation within Voodoo beliefs and practices. Many Vodou practitioners also consider themselves Catholics. Voodooism involves spiritual beings.
As well as being the priest or priestess, the houngan acts as confessor, confidential and financial advisor, prophet and healer for the people in the community. But the houngan is more a folk healer with a considerable knowledge of herbal remedies who treats minor illnesses. While selling love potions and protective charms, including small bags to be worn for protection or for good luck, may be a lucrative side business for a priest or priestess, the primary occupation is still as a spiritual leader of his community. Voodooists especially places value on the strength of community for support.
Loa or Spiritual Beings
The spirits of death, The Guédé are really an enormous group of the loa who are the spirits of formerly living people. He is the one who controls the passage between life and death. In ritual, he is often offered black goats or chickens. The most frequently performed ritual in Voodoo is one that invokes a particular loa (supernatural beings) to offer food to him and seek his presence on earth.
The most important components of a human body, however, are the two parts of the soul, the ti-bon-ange (‘little good angel’) and the gros-bon-ange (‘great good angel’). The gros-bon-age keeps the body alive, and after death, it returns to the reservoir of energy in the cosmos. Without the gros-bon-ange a person loses his/ her life-force. The ti-bon-ange makes up the half of a person’s soul and it is the source of a person’s personality. Furthermore, it is responsible for determining an individual’s characteristics, personality and will.
In Voodoo belief, death is not seen as the end of life, but as a change. The soul – the gros-bon-ange and the ti-bon-ange – endures after death in a different form. The gros-bon-ange returns to the high solar regions where it joins the other loa (supernatural being) and is itself transformed into a loa. Approximately a year after the death, the houngan (priest) performs a ritual, to ensure that the ti-bon-ange is put to rest. This ritual is very important because otherwise the ti-bon-ange may wonder the earth and bring illness and disaster on others.
A Distinctive Human Soul
A human person is a UNIQUE INDIVIDUAL BEING with a spiritual soul and a material body. Human beings alone are created in the image and likeness of God;and therefore, possess rational and spiritual souls: a human person is a body/soul composite.
Are there NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE in which a Buddhist encountered Buddha? YES!
Dr. Atwater is an international authority on near- death states as well as a near-death experiencer. She is one of the original researchers in the field of near-death studies, having begun her work in 1978. More than 3,000 people are registered at her discussion form site, and we understand that they have one of the largest databases on NDEs in the world.
We challenged them to find even one case of a person of Buddhist faith encountering other beings of light. The implication is that there is only one path to God through Jesus Christ: “I am the Light and the Way”. John 14:6
Where arguments arise amongst various people and groups is over the interpretation of that lightand any form it make take, and how to regard it.
Scientists say it is endorphins; Muslims say it is fantasy; religious fundamentalists of any “stripe” say it is Satan (Lucifer). People of faith say it is either of God or of emissaries from God.
Numerous experiencers see figures and forms in the light. These are variously described as angels, guides, guardians, light beings (beings made entirely of light), religious figures, high holy ones and often kids call them “the people.”
The vast majority of individuals remain consistent overtime with what they say and do not distort original narratives. That means accusations of New Age jargon, religious prophesy, Christian visions, Western indulgences, or the like, are untrue.
There can be mixups as in the case of Jeanie Dicus. She was a Jewess yet she was visited by Jesus. This so surprised her and confounded her that she promptly challenged Jesus, and continued to do so throughout her entire near-death episode, saying: “I don’t believe in You. Why are You here?”
Atheists report the same type of visitations as do religious folk. In other words, you don’t have to believe in anything to be surprised at what you find when you nearly die.
Where this situation gets fascinating is when you invite experiencers to draw the high holy one/religious figure who visited them. To a person, you cannot tell the difference between a drawing from someone in the State of Wyoming from one done in Thailand or Israel or Russia or China or Nigeria. Patterning holds; differences in patterning only concern a few details of dress and behavior. They certainly don’t look like Buddha.
In his book, IMAGINE HEAVEN, John Burke writes about survivors brought back from near death who lived to tell of both heavenly and hellish experiences. While not every detail of individual NDEs correlate with Scripture, Burke shows how the common experiences shared by thousands of survivors–including doctors, college professors, bank presidents, people of all ages and cultures, and even blind people–point to the exhilarating picture of Heaven promised in the Bible.
The consistency of these experiences is amazing. People world-wide almost all experience a very similar ” Being of light” –some know him immediately as Jesus, while others call him by the name of their god, such as certain Indian gods.Continue reading EXHILARATING HEAVEN 2→
“In heaven the elders and angels offer up the prayers of the saints [on earth] as incense before the throne of God”Revelation 5:8; 8:3-4
This implies that the angels and elders (holy Christians now in heaven) hear the prayers of every Christian on earth, and join their prayer now with ours: they can hear our prayers.
We can indeed ask the angels and saints for their prayers. They can hear us and respond to us by praying for us. This is not idolatry.Idolatry would only occur if one believed that a saint or angel would give you something that our Lord would not.
God provides everything we need for us to be transformed into the image of Christ in this life.
If we die in the state of grace but before we have been fully conformed to the image of Christ, purgatory will complete that process for us. The process of purgatory has been compared to the refiners touch. The souls of our loved ones must be saved by prayerfrom torments .
LOST IN PURGATORY: the Immortal Soul
“Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers until he should pay back the whole debt. So will my heavenly Father do to you, unless each of you forgives his brother from his heart.” Matthew 18: 34,35
Doesn’t that sound like a form of purgatory to you: “until he should pay back the whole debt.”?
Message from a soul in Purgatory to a mystic: “I know when you pray for me, and it is the same with all of the other souls here in Purgatory. Very few of us here get any prayers; the majority of us are totally abandoned, with no thought or prayers offered for us from those on earth …Continue to pray; I will repay you later on. When I am released you will see that I will do far more for you than you have ever done for me.”
YOUR LOVED ONES
As we get older, the majority of those we love best are dead. What sort of intercourse with God could we have, if what we love best were not important to Him?C.S. Lewis
So where does that leave your loved one?You probably never even considered the possibility of purgatory: no thought, no prayers, no hope. You may even have been taught that there is no purgatory, because it has not been mentioned specifically by name in the Bible.
Your author still believes in the Catholic Church and is nourished by all the blessings of the Lord’s Supper. Unfortunately, his Catholic instruction was found wanting even though it represented 800 hours from Grade 4 to Grade 12. There was very little mention of the Bible and the Holy Spirit was never really explained. He is making up for lost time with Bible study. In retrospect, this unforgivable waste emanated from the original stance that only a priest is able to interpret the Scriptures.
In fact, Jesus Himself said that He must go so that the Teacher (Holy Spirit) could come: so a Christian has the Holy Spirit to lead him.
Historically, the Bible was kept out of the common tongues, like Greek, and only written in Latin for hundreds of years until 1611 with the introduction of the King James Bible in English, which was superior to any Catholic bible at the time.
In retrospect, the early Catholic fathers could not expect to know about the power of the gifts of the Holy Spirit unless they pursued the Great Commission. Remember when Jesus gave His disciples His marching orders and with it the tools required to fulfill the directive. Here is the basis of the Great Commission:
“He (Jesus) said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation …And these signswill accompany those who believe: In My name they will drive out demons … they will place their hands onsick people, and they will get well.”’Mark 6:15,17,18
The author has become a Christian lay missionary over the last eight years and traveled to 15 countries. He acknowledges the Presence of the Holy Spirit in his life with all His gifts. The author sometimes joins some of the evangelical missionaries who are involved with healing.
The gifts of the Holy Spirit has become the biggest surprise. One cannot go on mission and simply wish people good tidings. The Holy Spirit provides the tools that you need to be effective, specifically the gift of healing. The biggest surprise continues even upon returning home: the healing is remarkably immediate.
The Church is a “body” with different members, all playing different roles, all essential for the overall well-being of the body. We cannot expect to see the presence of the healing of the Holy Spirit in any specific parish unless it makes a serious commitment to theGreat Commission.
There are two basic kinds of religions in the world: Eastern and Western. The main differences between Hinduism and Christianity are typical of the differences between Eastern and Western religionsin general. Here are some examples:
Hinduism is pantheistic, not theistic. The Christian doctrine that God created the world out of nothing doesn’t even arise. In Hinduism, the world is part of God (pantheism).
Hinduism believes that there is no absolute morality, no divine law, so no divine will discriminate good and evil. In Hinduism’s end is to purify the soul from desires so that it can attain mystical consciousness. While Christians have two innate senses: the religious sense to worship, and the moral sense of conscience.
Eastern religions come from private mystical experiences; Western religions come from public revelations recorded in the Book and summarized in a creed. In the East, human experience validates the Scriptures.
Eastern religions are esoteric, understandable only from within by the few who share the experience. In Hinduism there are many levels of truth: polytheism, sacred cows and reincarnation for the masses; monotheism (or monism) for the mystics, who declare the individual soul one with Brahman (God) and beyond reincarnation (“Brahman is the only reincarnator”). While western religions are exoteric, public, democratic, open to all.
Individuality is illusion according to Eastern mysticism: we are not distinct from God or each other.Hinduism tells you you are your neighbors. There is no separate ego. All is one. Christianity tells you to love your neighbors.
Since individuality is illusion, so is free will. If free will is illusion, so is sin. And if sin is illusion, so is hell. Perhaps the strongest attraction of Eastern religions is in their denial of sin, guilt and hell. In Hindu philosophy, there is no way you can absolve sin once it is done. This is the basic law of “Karma”. If you do good, so will you reap. If you do paap (or sin) you will see the repercussions in your next life. It is an easy way out to “accept Jesus and absolve yourself of sins”.Thus the two essential points of Christianity — sin and salvation — are both missing in the East. If there is no sin, no salvation is needed, only enlightenment. If I am part of God. I can never really be alienated from God by sin.
Body, matter, history and time itself are not real, according to Hinduism. Mystical experience lifts the spirit out of time and the world. Eastern religions are not dramatic. In contrast, Christianity are dramatically news and events in time
The ultimate Hindu ideal is not sanctity but mysticism.Mysticism is fundamentally a matter of intellect, intuition, consciousness.— not God’s will, loving God and neighbor.
When C.S. Lewis was converted from atheism, he observed that religions are like soups. Only Hinduism and Christianity are both “thin” (philosophical) and “thick” (sacramental and mysterious). But Hinduism is really two religions: “thick” for the masses, “thin” for the sages.Only Christianity is both.Continue reading Christianity and Hinduism Differences→
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