World Religions and Cults Poster (24" x 40")
This timeline poster shows all groups presented in the series World Religions and Cults. There are no specific dates assigned, just time periods. The timeline is presented with God's Word at the top/core and branching out to the different groups as they appeared in history. The poster measures 24" W x 40" H. ~ Donna
World Religions and Cults Generalized Timeline Chart (with a church and denominational breakdown)
There are only two religions in the world: God's and not God's. If it doesn't come from God, then one way or another it comes through the mind of man (including demonic/satanic). As you can see, man's religion is broken into many subcategories but they are based on man's ideas superseding God and His Word. When man's ideas are elevated to compete with God's Word, even the church suffers with divisions. The key is for God's Word to be the ultimate authority in all things. Then, we are thinking God's thoughts after Him.
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.