It's a common occurrence in an evangelistic lifestyle. You're talking to
someone about Christ only to find that the person you're talking to believes in
the doctrines of some other religion.
Hinduism, Mormonism, New Age, Unity--the choices are endless. So how do you
find out what he or she believes and how to use those beliefs as a bridge to
It's important for any on mission Christian to learn how to interact with
people of other belief systems and understand what other religions believe. The
classic reference book Handbook of Today's Religions is still one of the finest
resources available to help you meet that goal.
The short chapters are easy-to-read and concise but filled with vital
information about the history and the doctrines of other religions and other
helpful information, such as terms and key leaders.
Before getting into other beliefs, however, McDowell and Stewart first
present evangelical Christian doctrine to establish a plumb line for measuring
and investigating the belief systems of other religions.
The book even closes with a walk through the "Four Spiritual Laws" to help
acquaint readers with a ready-made, easy-to-follow presentation of the gospel
for when they encounter those of other faiths.
The Handbook of Today's Religions covers the wide variety of religions that
exist, from the known (Hinduism, Buddhism, Mormonism, etc.) to the little-known
(such as Rosicrucianism). Keeping a copy on hand can be a great way to remain
informed about the multitude of beliefs around you.
That way, you can be ready when your personal evangelism efforts take you
into a world that's filled with so many errant beliefs--beliefs that are
keeping people from coming to Christ.
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