World Religions

Christian Fundamentals: The Battle For Truth

1 John 2:15-17 – What’s Wrong With The World? There is a battle for truth in our world today. We have, so far, seen that true fellowship with God is marked by: An increased consciousness of sin (1 John 1:6-10) A growing likeness to Christ (1 John 2:1-6) God’s light shines in God’s law and in Christian love and conviction…read more →

The Orthodox Church 2: Saints, Relics, and Tradition

Praying to and Communion with Saints In the first article we looked at The Orthodox Church claims to apostolic succession, its teaching on baptism, confession, deification, and the Eucharist, and what it has to say about icons and Mary. The Orthodox Church consider that since physical death is not the end for a Christian and that those who have passed…read more →

The Eastern Orthodox Church

Orthodox Church Background With around a quarter of a billion adherents, the Orthodox Church considers itself to be the only true church and claims apostolic succession passed down from generation to generation from the apostles chosen by the Lord Himself. ‘Orthodox’ simply means ‘right doctrine’ in the same sense that theologians sometimes use the term ‘orthopraxy’ when referring to ‘right…read more →

The Assumption

I started a conversation on the bus the other day and just before I got off the person handed me a copy of the newssheet from her local Catholic church. I put it in my pocket and forgot all about it. Findingitlater, I read an article entitled ‘Assumptions’, which raised some interesting issues that I felt I needed to be…read more →

Buddhism

Background It is difficult to distinguish between history and legend as to the life of Buddha, Siddharta Gautama (Gautama being his family name). Scholars cannot even agree on the dates for his life but it is probable that he was born around 560 BC and died at approximately 80 years old. Siddharta was born into the Hindu religion and was…read more →

A Look at Catholic Teaching

This article seeks to compare some of the teachings of Rome with a mainstream evangelical Christian understanding of Scripture. Scripture references are from the New International Version and references are taken from the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) 1984. Pocket Edition reprinted 1985. INTRODUCTION The Catholic Church has faced sometimes vitriolic attack from non-Catholics but this only serves to reinforce…read more →

Hinduism

Background The precepts of Hinduism go back some 4 – 5,000 years. The name was not actually used until the 13th century, and only then by the invading Muslims, who wanted to distinguish between their faith and that of India. There is no founding prophet as such and it can best be described as a way of living rather than…read more →

Islam

A Christian Witness to Islam Islam is a familiar presence in most Western countries today and, like Christians, Muslims carry a responsibility to share their faith. “The first objective of the Islamic council is to assist, support and supplement the activities . . . of da’wah (mission).” – Salem Azzam (Secretary General of the Islam Council of Europe) Christians were…read more →

Rastafarianism

Background Rastafarianism should not just be looked on as a religion or set of beliefs but rather as a way of life. Its development stems from mainly the poorer black people of Jamaica and has much to do with black social and political hopes. Its founder is Marcus Mosiah Garvey, who was born in Jamaica in 1887 and died in…read more →

Taoism

Background “Taoism is one of the three great religions of China, along with Buddhism and Confucianism. The founder was Lao-Tse (604-531 BC). Though classified as a religion, initially Taoism was a philosophy and did not become organised until AD. 440 when it was adopted as a state cult.” – Dictionary of Cults, Sects, Religions and the Occult, George A. Mather…read more →

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