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World Religions

Over the next 2 to 3 months, we will dive into world religions and this may help you win souls for Jesus.

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Religion Says Do, Jesus Says Done

Please watch this video, it’s only 4 minutes long.

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Question Four: When Do I Decide?

This may be the most important question, because – in a way – you’ve already decided. If you haven’t accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, you are even now rejecting God. Good deeds and religious activities will never bring you forgiveness or peace with God, because they cannot “undo” the wrong things you have done. The penalty for those wrong decisions must be paid. Accepting Jesus Christ is the only way to have peace with God, forgiveness for all that you’ve done wrong, and the strength that comes with His help in your life.

Do you want peace with God?

Today, you can receive God’s forgiveness and the promise of life and friendship which will never end. But you must make a serious decision. God is waiting for you to …

Confess that you have done wrong things (confession is simply agreeing with God that you need His forgiveness and help.)

Understand that Jesus Christ died to pay the penalty for your sin (God raised Jesus from the dead to show that He had accepted Jesus’ payment for you.)

Trust Jesus Christ to come into your life, forgive your sins, and help you to become the person He created you to be.

If you are ready to accept God’s authority and forgiveness, you can express your decision with this prayer.

A Prayer…

Dear God, I know that I have done wrong. I need your forgiveness. I want to be the person You created me to be. I believe that Jesus died to pay the penalty for the many things I have done wrong, and that He came back to life to show His power over sin and death. I know that You have forgiven me because of His sacrifice and not for any good thing that I have done. Right now, I put my trust in Jesus and invite Him to come into my life. Thank You for creating me, loving me, forgiving me and giving me a new life. Amen.

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What the Bible Says About the Questions of Life

God Made You.

“He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, He doesn’t live in man-made temples, and human hands can’t serve His needs—for He has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need.”  – Acts 17:24-25

 

God Knows You.

“O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord.”  – Psalms 139:1-4

…and He has a plan for your life.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”  – Jeremiah 29:11

 

God Loves You.

“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.”  – Romans 5:8

He wants to give you eternal life…

“For God loved the world so much that He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him.”  – John 3:16-17

…and He is willing to forgive everything right now.

“But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”  – 1 John 1:9

 

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Question Three: Where Am I Going?

Atheists believe that physical death is the end of existence. According to this view, you and everyone else  who ever lived- the good and the bad- will all meet the same end: annihilation. At death our lives and consciousness simply stop; there is nothing more.

World Religions present different views of life after death. Some teach that we return to this world in an endless cycle of reincaration, perhaps one time as a person, and another time as an animal. Others teach that, at death, we will stand before God and be judged on the basis of our good and bad deeds. After this judgment, we will be assigned to a place of reward with the good or to a place of punishment with the bad. But all world religions agree that we cannot know for sure whether our eternal destiny will be good or bad. All we can do is work hard to earn God’s favor in this life and hope that, when the Day of Judgment comes, we have done enough.

Christianity teaches that we will all stand before God when we die and be judged. But even before death, we can know out eternal destiny. Those who have rejected Jesus Christ and His forgiveness will be separated forever from God. They will pay the penalty for breaking God’s law and rejecting His forgiveness. The place of separation and punishment is called Hell. But those who have admitted their rebellion and placed their trust in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins will be welcomed into God’s presence and will live forever with God and others who love Him. Instead of justice, they will receive God’s mercy. The place of eternal community and friendship is called Heaven.

Decision:

Where are you going? Will you cease to exist, or come back in another life form? Or, as Christianity teaches, will you personally meet the God who made you and love you? If you do meet God, will you stand before Him as a friend of Jesus, or as someone who has rejected the forgiveness He died to offer you?

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Question Two: Why Are We Here?

Atheists, of course, believe that there is no reason for us to exist. Like the rest of the world, we are accidents of nature. How we live and what we do with our lives ultimately doesn’t matter.

Among theists – people who believe in some god – there are two different answers to this important question.

World Religions present different views of what God is like, why He created us, and how we are to live. For instance, some religions teach that God is a person; other teach that God is an impersonal Life Force. But all world religions agree that we are here to work for our salvation. One religion says that we must follow the Four Noble Truths, another the Five Pillars, still another the Ten Commandments. Though the laws and traditions of each religion differ, each one teaches that we must work hard in this life to earn’s God’s favor and escape judgment in the life to come.

Christianity teaches that God is a person who created us to live in friendship with Him. We are not here to work for His approval, but to accept it as a gift, enjoying His love and participating in His plans.

But the Bible teaches that we cannot enter into friendship with God through our own efforts, however hard we might try. Our “sin” blocks the way. Because we know right from wrong, our decisions to do wrong things are a rejection of God, who placed His law in our hearts. Our guilt reminds us that we have broken God’s law, but we are unable to stop.

Like our own system of law, God’s law says that there must be a penalty when the law is broken. The penalty for rejecting God is death. But God loves us and does not want us to die. So He sent His own Son to Earth to pay the penalty for our sin. Jesus, who never broke God’s law, paid the penalty of death for us.

Now, men and women who admit their wrongdoing and ask forgiveness can receive – as a gift – peace and friendship with God that will never come to an end.

Decision:

Do you believe that there is a reason or purpose for your life? If you believe that there is a God who created the world and every living thing, do you think that He knows you personally and has a loving plan for your life?

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Question One: How Did We Get Here?

There are two basic answers to this question.

Atheists – that is, people who believe that there is no god or “higher power” – say that we are here by accident. The materials to make to planets and stars and animals and human beings were always present and somehow came together in a way that made life possible. There are different theories about how this “coming together” happened, but they all agree that it happened by itself, without plan or purpose or meaning.

Theists – people who believe in a god or higher power (members of world religions and Christianity are all theists), say that planets and people are not here by accident, but by the choice of a supreme being. They believe that God brought us here – created us – and for some reason. We are part of someone’s plan. Therefore, our lives have a special meaning and purpose.

Decision:

At this point, do you believe that the earth and stars and all living things developed by accident or by the decision of a higher power?  In other words, will you decide to be an atheist or a theist?

 

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Making an Informed Decision About Religion

We are all born with a deep hunger for meaning and love. Many people try to satisfy that hunger with things like power, wealth, adventure or sex. Others try to deny the hunger or bury it with drugs or a busy life-style. But there is no easy way to satisfy the hunger or hide from it. It is part of being human.

  • Why are we here?
  • What are we searching for?
  • Do our lives really matter?

All religions respond to these questions, but they disagree about the about the answers.

The Questions of Life

We will introduce you to three different kinds of religion, based on their answers to these important questions.

  • How did we get here?
  • Why are we here?
  • Where are we going?

The three alternatives that will be presented are atheism (the belief that there is no god or higher power), world religions (including Hinduism and Buddhism, Islam and Judaism), and Christianity.

Your own consideration of these religions and their answers to life’s most important questions may lead you to important new insights about the meaning and the purpose of your life.

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