Sharing Our Faith with those of other faiths … Other faiths and ideologies to be discussed in this series will include… Cultural Christianity Agnostics/Humanists Wicca Universalism New Age/Hindu Judaism Jehovah’s Witness Mormonism Buddhism Islam
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Other faiths and ideologies to be discussed in this series will include…
Cultural Christianity Agnostics/Humanists
New Age/Hindu Judaism
Jehovah’s Witness Mormonism
We must be prayerful in sharing the gospel…we MUST NOT depend on our own strength, but on the power of the Holy Spirit…
“I am not ashamed of the gospel for it is the power of salvation…” Rom 1:16
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses…” Acts 1:8
The main thing to remember in sharing your faith…
in the power of the Holy Spirit, you have to
the plan of salvation…
“You were shown these things so that you might know that the Lord is God; besides him there is no other.” Deuteronomy 4:35
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”
DO NoT STOP
being their friend or loving them…
Hinduism began about 2000 B.C. with no single founder and is the most diverse (understatement!) of all major world religions.
Major beliefs include:
The world is an illusion and the goal of humanity is to free the soul from rebirth, (reincarnation) and to be absorbed into the ultimate principle called Brahman.
A chief concept in Hindu thought is karma…the idea that deeds, thoughts, and actions have an impact on one’s future fate.
In Hinduism, there is positive karma and negative karma.
Hindus believe in reincarnation…an endless repetition or cycles of creation…they believe their karma determines your next stage of life…higher level of species, such as a cow or a rat…
Have you ever heard the term, “Holy cow?” This is where it is derived!
Hindus have no concept of rebellion against a Holy God…ignorance of unity with Brahman, desire and violation of dharma (one’s social duty) are the roots to humanity’s problems!
In Hinduism, their belief in astrology, evil spirits, and curses also prevails.
Doesn’t this sound familiar?
Yoga and meditation, especially raja-yoga is one way to achieve
“total final self-realization of the truth, (moksha).”
Hinduism is the hardest people to evangelize as they may quickly “convert” but not really…do not be too quick to get “the prize” as they will now have 330,000,001 gods now…
Be ready to give an answer but DO NOT be too quick to believe they are saved!! This would be so detrimental to them!
There have been many trips to India to share the gospel to areas with a high concentration of Hindus’
…reports of many people coming to Christ on these trips…
Unfortunately, many of these converts have not come to a true knowledge of God…it sometimes takes years for this to happen!
They are so engrained in their Hindu culture of such things as “reincarnation”…
…you cannot talk about being born again… they will not understand the concept!
New Age is very similar to Hinduism but has some added ingredients…combines occultic practices, self-help, holistic medicines, and forms of astrology.
Yoga is both New Age and Hindu and should not be practiced by Christians…one of the mantras of yoga is the repetition of “oooommmm” which means, “I am God…” It also is a form of trying to find oneself through clearing of the mind…
“I felt it about 20 miles (outside) of Asheville…it’s a feeling of lightness and love that seeems to permeate the physical body…I felt like crying… like I had come home…”
Many New Agers believe the city of Asheville is located in the midst of intersecting vortexes, creating an energy source for connecting with the cosmos.
Testimonials talk of a supernatural draw to Asheville, and once people are here, they have no problem finding others of like faith.
Witnessing to New Agers…
Use similar techniques as with Hindu, but also engage them in their beliefs and philosophy…
…such thing as there is no such thing as right or wrong…
Many New Agers take offense with the exclusive gospel message that faith is Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation.
They claim that there is no right or wrong way to God that we are wrong to claim that there is…
Ask: “If ther is no right or wrong way to God then how can ou claim that our gospel is wrong?” Lovingly point out that their position is illogical because it contradicts itself.
Trust in the Holy Spirit to convict Hindus and New Agers of their need for Jesus.
Do not get frustrated if you do not see immediate results.
Tell about the difference that God makes in your life.
In Asheville area, there are over 300 known adherents to Wicca and brag of having several covens;
however, these are very vocal in their practice and occasionally makes the news headlines…
Many are involved in secularism, new age, even Buddhism. Israel, for example are mostly comprised of atheists and agnostics.
Orthodox (Traditional): interprets Torah more literally with the Modern and Hasidim offshoots…
The Hasidim have the Habad; they are the ones who wear the black suits and wear the yarmulke (skull cap).
Conservative: Largest in the US; they are conservative in religion only, not politics
Reform: embrace modernity, liberalism, humanism, feminist, homosexuality, agnostic; sees the Hebrew Scripture as folklore.
The challenge to speaking with Jews is the question, “Where was God during the Holocaust?”
Many lost their faith in God due to the Holocaust…
Most are hostile to Christianity, especially efforts to evangelize to them…ask questions to make connections; don’t be argumentative.
When witnessing to Jewish people about Jesus it is important to stress that they do not need to give up their identity as Jews in order to embrace Jesus as Messiah.
(excerpt from “On Witnessing to Jews” by David Brickner)
Above all, again, rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to guide you and to change the heart of the person you are speaking…
Remember, God is in the business of miracles…trust Him