Comparative Religions

Our society is rapidly changing, not only in skin tones, language groups, and ethnicities but also in religious beliefs.  Our nation was founded with the intent of creating a society in which freedom of religion would be a protected human and civil right.  Amendment 1 of the Bill of Rights states:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

As a Christian, I believe it is important to gain a thorough understanding of the Christian Worldview and be able to compare and contrast it with other religious worldviews.  Well, before we go any further, let’s define the term “worldview”.

WHAT IS A WORLD VIEW?

A worldview is how a person sees the world or what they believe to be real.  Dependent upon the premises or assumptions a person holds about reality, that’s how they’re going to relate to reality.

1. Cherished premises or assumptions you hold about ultimate reality.

2. A set of presuppositions which we hold consciously or subconsciously about the basic makeup of our world.

3. What you believe to be real.

Key Scriptures that support my thoughts on this are:

1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.  18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation,  19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.  20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.  21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

2 Timothy 2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

1 Corinthians 9:22 To the weak I have become weak, so as to gain the weak. To all men I have become all things, in the hope that in every one of these ways I may save some.  23 And I do everything for the sake of the Good News, that I may share with my hearers in its benefits. (Weymouth New Testament)

The objective of our study is not to debate or be contentious, but to be thoroughly devoted to the truth and communicate in love to those we encounter.  We show love when we take the time to understand another’s perspective enough to address their concerns and major tenets of their faith.

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