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A Christian View Of All Other Religions, Including Atheism

CATEGORIES OF RELIGION

A person's religion is the sum total of his beliefs about God and the supernatural. Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are the three "monotheistic" religions, with belief in one God, Creator of all things.

Some other religions are "polytheistic," with belief in many ("poly") gods, each with different functions.

Atheism is the religion whose belief about God is that there is no God.

           "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God."
            (Psalms 14:1a KJV)
   

THE THREE SOURCES OF RELIGIOUS BELIEF

The Bible identifies the three sources of religious belief: from God, from deceiving spirits, and from the minds of men.
      From God . . .
              "All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for
               teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in
               righteousness, that the man of God may be complete,
               equipped for every good work." (1 Timothy 3:16-17 RSV)
     
  
     From Deceiving Spirits (Greek DAIMONION) . . .
              "No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to
               demons and not to God. I do not want you to be partners
               with demons." (1 Corinthians 10:20 RSV)
       
              "Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some
               will depart from the faith by giving heed to deceitful
               spirits and doctrines of demons, (1 Timothy 4:1 RSV)
              "The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues,
               did not repent of the works of their hands nor give up
               worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze
               and stone and wood, which cannot either see or hear or
               walk; (Revelation 9:20 RSV)
              "And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient
               serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver
               of the whole world--he was thrown down to the earth, and
               his angels were thrown down with him." (Revelation 9:12
               RSV)
    From The Minds Of Men . . .
              "in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the
               precepts of men." (Matthew 15:9, Mark 7:7 RSV)
              "(referring to things which all perish as they are used),
               according to human precepts and doctrines?" Colossians 2:22
               RSV)
       

ALL RELIGIONS CONTAIN AT LEAST SOME ERROR

It is not God's will that anyone understand Him perfectly at this time.
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      "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now
       I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known."
       (1 Corinthians 13:12 KJV)
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THE SIX CERTAINTIES OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH ARE OUR HIGHEST TRUE BELIEFS

The closer you stay to the teachings of the Bible, the closer you stay to the truth. The farther away you get from the Bible, the farther away you get from the truth. The Six Certainties are the essence of Bible teachings.
               The Six Certainties Of The Christian Faith
   1. There is one God, Creator of all things.
   
   2. The Bible is the one true and complete written Word of God.
   
   3. Jesus Christ is the only-begotten Son of God.
       The words "only-begotten" mean "only-fathered," that
       is, Jesus is the only human ever directly physically
       fathered by God.
   4. Jesus was crucified, dead and buried, then rose from the dead, by
   the power of God, and lives today in Heaven and in the hearts of those
   who believe in Him.
   
   5. If we believe in Him, we will not perish, but will have eternal
   life, forever with Him.
       "Believing in Him" means: that we accept the fact that
        He is Son of God, risen from the dead; that we accept
        Him as our own personal Lord; that we try to follow
        His commandments as best we know how; that we are
        always willing to declare our faith in Him, openly and
        without hesitation.
        This fifth certainty leads easily into "The Gospel Of
        Jesus Christ, Simplified," which is . . .
              "You give yourself totally to Him, and
               He takes good care of you forever."
   6. The most important thing He wants us to do is to love: to love God
   first of all, then to love all other people the same as we love
   ourselves, using His love for us as our example.
   
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            "For God so loved the world, that he gave his
             only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth
             in him should not perish, but have everlasting
             life." (John 3:16 KJV)

COMMENTARY ON ATHEISM

Atheism is totally wrong in all respects. It has no redeeming qualities, no truth in it whatsoever. It is Satan's favorite tool for keeping people away from God. The defeat of Atheism should be every Christian's top priority. It is a pure "work of Satan," which Jesus came to destroy.

COMMENTARY ON JUDAISM

Judaism is Christianity incomplete. Like a person stuck forever in adolescence, Judaism has not yet matured into Christianity. Judaism comes directly from God, but stops short of the full truth, which is Jesus Christ our Lord.

COMMENTARY ON ISLAM

Like Judaism, Islam is based on the belief which is also the First Certainty Of The Christian Faith (shown above): "There is one God, Creator of all things." In this most fundamental belief, Islam is perfectly correct. Beyond this, however, error enters in, and Islam is a fascinating mixture of error and truth. Islam recognizes Jesus as a prophet but denies He is Son Of God. In this respect, Islam is superior to Judaism, which denies even that Jesus was a prophet.

COMMENTARY ON OTHER RELIGIONS

All people are God's children, and He wants all people eventually to turn to Him, by way of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. All of the major religions other than Christianity, Judaism and Islam are based on error, because they do not recognize the One God, Creator of all things.

Nevertheless, we as Christians are called to love all other people as we love ourselves. Our love for others must not be limited to those of our own beliefs. If we love only those of our own Christian family, we are no different from non-believers, who love their own families, too.

BLESSING AND BENEDICTION

Blessings to you, whoever reads this message. May you thrive and prosper in all things. May the One God, Creator of all things, and His only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, guide you and protect you and comfort you and love you, now and forever.
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