World Religions and Cults Volume 2
Volume 2 includes an overview of Eastern Mysticism Religions, New Age Movement, Taoism, Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, Overview of Moralistic and Mythological Religions, Paganism, Voodooism, Wicca and Witchcraft, Druidism, Animism, Egypt's Ancient Religion, Norse and Germanic Mythology, Syncretism in Latin American Religions, Greek Mythology, Stoicism, Shinto, Buddhism, Confucianism, Unitarianism, The Gospel and World Religions.
Religions of the Far East like Hinduism, Buddhism, and New Age have been gaining a foothold in the Western world. We even see witchcraft on the rise and paganism infiltrating the minds of the next generationeven in Christian homes! Why is that? How can a Christian respond? We already know how the one true God has responded, and in this title you will learn:
- How a Christian can effectively witness for Christ
- How to refute these false religions
- What it truly is that these religions teach and why
The Christ follower should be set at ease knowing that all other gods are false as the all-knowing God of Scripture has revealed that He is the only God. Therefore, this volume dives into these styles of religions and looks at their origins and their basic tenets as well as why they fall so short.
Understanding the basic tenets of these religions helps the Bible believer see the flaws in these philosophies. In this way one can better discern how to be an effective witness for Jesus Christ while standing on the authority of the Bible.
There are so many religions and cults in the world. How do you know where to begin trying to understand them? An introduction written by Bodie Hodge and Ken Ham in Volume 1, explains the criteria used to determine whether a belief system is false - there are only two categories, God's and Not God's. Those that are not of God, are of man. The first three chapters of Volume 1 are about defending the Christian faith and an explanation of Biblical Christianity.
Each volume of this series is divided into chapters written by a broad range and variety of authors. Each chapter strives to give a brief history of that religion/cult and their basic beliefs. At the end of each chapter, a chart lists a summary of what is believed about God, Authority/Revelation, Man, Sin, Salvation, and Creation by that particular group. Belief systems are divided into categories, then placed in the appropriate book. The authors acknowledge that some of these could be in several categories, but they went with their best judgement. Volume 1 is Counterfeits of Christianity, Volume 2 is Moralistic, Mythical, and Mysticism Religions, and Volume 3 is Atheistic and Humanistic Religions.
As a general overview of belief systems, these could be used as a reference for comparative religion - a reference for your home library. Written from conservative protestant perspectives, you may not agree with all the comments found in this series, and may be offended by some of the authors' views.
Understanding the origin of countless world religions is key to understanding the meaning behind their teachings, beliefs and practices. Origins are discussed, including the origin of Christianity. Chapter 22 is dedicated to helping Christians share the Gospel message with the understanding of where origins and teachings differ. Appendices at the end are a tremendous resource. Appendix 1 offers insight into reaching out to various religions with the Gospel message. Appendix 2 is a logical expose on the irrationality of Atheism, polytheism, Deism, and Unitarianism.