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Pastor Timothy Henderson and Chap Oscar Smith will discuss the major world religions. The show is intended to be breaking barriers and building bridges to foster understanding and compassion between the different faiths.
Judaism, Christianity (Protestants and Catholics), Buddhism, Confucianism, Islam and Hinduism will be covered. Religion, or at least religious inquiry, is something that virtually all humans have in common. In all corners of the world and in all eras of history, people have wondered about the meaning of life, how to make the best of it, what happens afterwards, and if there is anyone or anything "out there."
The goal of today’s topic of Major World Religions is to provide reliable information — "just the facts" — on several Major World Religions and possibly provide answers to questions you may have. We will discuss religious rituals and customs that go along with various religious groups.
We want to give our audience a working knowledge of religious groups that are possibly different from us…Let us celebrate these differences and join together to make for a better world of harmony and peace.
in Self Help
A famous painting exists of 3 Asian men, way back in time, who are gathered around a big vat of liquid. Vinegar, to be exact! They are dipping their fingers in the vat and tasting it. One man reacts with a sour expression; the second man has a bitter look on his face; and the third has a smile on his lips. These three men are Buddha, Lao Tzu, and Confucius, and their reactions to the taste of the vinegar represent their philosophies. Can you guess which man is associated with which expression? This famous painting was discussed in The Tao of Pooh, so you may already know the answer. But tune in anyway, because we'll be talking about the differences between these 3 key philosophies.
Luke 19:9-10 (KJV)
9 And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.
10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
A native of interior China wanted to become a Christian but couldn't understand how Christianity was superior to Confucianism and Buddhism.
One morning he came to the missionary in a happy mood saying, "I dreamed last night, and now I understand. I dreamed I had fallen into a deep pit where I lay helpless and despairing.
Confucius came and said, 'Let me give you advice, my friend; if you get out of your trouble, never get in again.' Buddha came and said, 'If you can climb up to where I can reach you, I will help you.'
Then Christ came. He climbed down into the pit and carried me out." It takes the Savior of man to do that. Only a Savior would stoop so low as to save a sinful soul like yours and mine.
The message of Christianity is centered in a person—Jesus Christ. You can have Confucianism without Confucius, Buddhism without Buddha, and Judaism without Abraham or Moses. But Christianity is different.
Relationship with Jesus Christ is the origin, motivation, and goal of the classic Christian faith. Everything about Christianity is determined by the person and work of Jesus Christ. Its teachings are teachings about Him. He is the source of its ideas. He was the origin and will be the fulfillment of its hopes. Christianity includes belief that Jesus Christ is alive, that He is divine, and that He is still inviting us to know Him personally.
Listen to this Gospel Light Minute Extended Broadcast to find out more about who Jesus Christ really is.
+ Plus, listen to Deitrick Haddon singing "Sinner's Prayer"
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