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2 The Elephant In the Zoo

3 We are always and ever Unceasing worshipers

4 To declare the worth of Find worthy of time, attention, treasure

5 Religious or unreligious We worship

6 5 Major World Religions Hinduism Buddhism Islam Judaism Christianity

7 Christian Denominations: 21k Major "Christian" Divisions: 40

8 5 Major World Religions Pseudo-Christian Religions Different paths to the same god? Same basic teachings?

9 Isn't it a bit presumptive To say that your belief Is the right one?

10 Who's to say your belief is any better? Or any different?

11 And isn't Christianity just a Religion that borrowed from A bunch of older religions?

12 The Christian Faith is unique among all religions In that it is based on faith in A resurrected Savior who offers Eternal life for all who believe

13 Our scriptures are unique

14 Incredible unity Unbelievable prophetic power Cyrus- Isaiah 44-45 180 years before it happened 80 years before captivity

15 1 in 10 to the 15 th power

16 The Christian Scriptures Are Trustworthy and Dynamic

17 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand…

18 …and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you- unless you believed in vain

19 Past, Present, Future Perfection Declared Being made Finally Only Christianity

20 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures…

21 …that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve

22 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep

23 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me 1 Cor. 15:1-7

24 Christianity is not a religion of Morals and practices But of grace through faith and Inner change resulting in Outward fruit

25 The Faith: God comes to earth Heals and teaches and shows Dies for sin Resurrects, ascends to heaven Promises to return

26 Unique: Grace through Faith Conscious eternal existence Trinity New heaven and new earth Kingdom is here and now

27 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us)- Matt. 1:23 God comes to us

28 He lives under his own law Then destroys the law code By dying for sin on the cross And refusing to stay dead

29 Offers life- now and then Not to all who do the right things But to all who trust in Him

30 …you…God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses

31 …by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross

32 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath - Col. 2:13, 14, 16

33 Christianity alone says God Came to earth, Died for our sins Came back to life and offers A changed heart rather than Demanding changed behavior

34 World Religions: You have to do in order to get Jesus: You can't do enough So I'll die for you

35 For by grace you have been Saved through faith And that not of yourselves It is the gift of God, not by works So that no one can boast - Eph. 2:8-9

36 The Christian Faith is unique among all religions In that it is based on faith in A resurrected Savior who offers Eternal life for all who believe

37 When you believe In Jesus…

38 Christianity alone God indwells his people Through his Spirit

39 …your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God - 1 Cor. 6:19

40 … you are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit - Eph. 2:22

41 Christianity alone Adopted into God's family And call him "Daddy"

42 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” - Romans 8

43 "All religions are Basically the same… Same god, same basic beliefs"

44 Buddhism and Hinduism - "No personal God" - "300 million gods"

45 Buddhism and Hinduism - Birth and Rebirth - Break out of cycle of suffering - Personal betterment - Karma is a…?

46 Judaism "Trinity is blasphemy"

47 Judaism - Afterlife exists, but may be Any number of things - Law Code, Rabbinic Teachings - Works, not Grace

48 Islam - Jesus is just a prophet - Allah alone is God - Allah has no children - The trinity is evil

49 Islam - Afterlife includes fiery purging before heaven (except martyrs) - Actions and Heavy Law

50 Different gods (Trinity) Different destinations/goals Different paths to salvation Different morals

51 What if helping the poor meant Stopping their progression In the Karmic cycle? Very different from Christianity

52 What if worship were forced Or else there was death? Very different from "Whosoever believes…"

53 OK, but how do I know Christianity is right (true)? We'll come back to it…

54 What about all the different "Christian" groups?

55 Christian Denominations: Orthodox, Historic, Majors Like minds gathered Differences in belief or practice

56 Pseudo-Christian Cults: - Change/add scripture - Change Jesus - Always change grace to works - Often predict falsely

57 So what? …even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed- Gal. 1:8

58 See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit - Col. 2:8

59 If it's not gospel Walk away

60 Christian syncretism? Is the faith Just a fusion of ancient myths?

61 Horus- 2400 BC - Born of a virgin on Dec. 25 - Star in the East, 3 Kings Visit - Teacher at 12, Baptized at 30 - 12 Disciples

62 Horus- 2400 BC - Betrayed - Crucified - Rose 3 days later

63 Horus- 2400 BC - Widow, Osiris is Father - Born Oct/November - No record of Kings visiting - Not a savior

64 Horus- 2400 BC - Not a teacher at 12 - No baptism or ministry, ever - No disciples (16 followers and 4 demigods following)

65 Horus- 2400 BC - Not betrayed, no crucifixion - No 3 day resurrection - Brought back to life by Isis, - Now lord of the underworld

66 Same Thing with Mithras Always dig deeper

67 "All religions are Basically the same- same God So it doesn't matter what you Believe so long as you believe?"

68 Jesus is intolerant: I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no one comes to the Father but by me

69 If all paths lead to the same God Jesus wasted his sacrifice Died for nothing And is a false teacher

70 How do you know Your version of faith Is real?

71 Your changed life And the lives of those Around you

72 I am not ashamed of the gospel Of Christ. It is the power of God to salvation - Romans 1:16

73 God will give you another Helper, to be with you forever…the Spirit of truth… You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you - Jesus, John 14

74 ...I pray that your love may abound…that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be…blameless until the day of the glory… of God- Phil 1:9-11

75 How do I know? Objective, but also Experiential Has my life has been changed? Do I have hope?

76 The Christian Faith is unique among all religions In that it is based on faith in A resurrected Savior who offers Eternal life for all who believe

77 We are always and ever Unceasing worshipers What are you worshiping?

78 Next Step: Read Luke 1 Chapter per day Asking God to reveal himself To you

79 Share the reason for your hope With 2 people this week Who don't yet know

80 Q and A

81 Food Ministry!

82 5-Minute Sermons Next Sunday

83 Next Sunday, 6 PM

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