At first glace the religion of Zoroastrianism may look similar to Christianity, but as Pastors Mark Tiefel and Nathanael Mayhew will point out, there are some critical differences between the two that make these two as different as night and day. Dating back to the 6th Century B.C. and about the time of the Babylonian Captivity of God's Old Testament people, Zoroastrianism gets its beginning in Persia, or what is now Iran. They point out how Zoroaster draws from some of the polytheistic religions of the area as well as Judaism to develop this new religion featuring Ahura Mazda and the divine center of the religion. Some of the key features which distinguish Zoroastrianism from Christianity are dualism and the means of salvation. They will dig into these differences at length and show how the foundational tenets of Zoroastrianism are alive and well in our world today and are something we as Christians should be familiar with and prepared to answer. Join us for our study!
In our study of world religions this week we consider the Eastern religion of Taoism. At first you might think that there is no reason for you to know about Taoism, after all, the chances of you running into an adherent of Taosim is pretty small. But as you will learn in this podcast, the philosophy behind Taoism is prevalent in our world today. In fact, most people are exposed to the philosophical elements associated with Taoism every day. So tune in to hear Pastor Mark Tiefel as he joins Pastor Nathanael Mayhew to discuss the ancient religion of Taoism and it's effect on our society today!
Join Pastors Mark Tiefel and Nathanael Mayhew for an eye opening look into the fastest growing "religion" in our country - the religious "nones." According to a recent survey by the Pew Forum, nearly a quarter of Americans say that they have no religious affiliation. This number includes those who would consider themselves atheist and agnostic, but this number has doubled in the last decade. While this increase is largest among Millennials, there has been a decrease in religious commitment among every age group. Join us to hear more about who these "nones" are and what they do (and don't) believe, what is behind the growth of this group, and how we can best help them in their search for meaning and for God.
Pastor Nathanael Mayhew joins Pastor Mark Tiefel for an in depth look at the Jehovah's Witness organization. They will briefly discuss the history of this group which began in 1884. While many people think that the Jehovah's Witnesses are Christian, we learn that they reject the three foundational truths of Christianity: The Trinity, the Deity of Christ, and Salvation by Grace through Faith in the Atonement of Christ. We also look at the New World Translation of the Bible, which isn't a translation at all, but a deceptive promotion of the false teaching of the Jehovah's Witness organization. Finally they will offer some suggestions about how to witness to a Jehovah's Witness, by directing them to the Gospel of Jesus.
In our world religions segment today, Pastor Ben Libby joins Pastor Joe Naumann to discuss the religion of Confucianism. Confucius lived around 500 B.C in a very violent time in China's history. As a result he emphasized the idea of peace between people and in all relationships. Many of the teachings of Confucius we would agree with as Christians and this is because it brings out the natural knowledge of the Law or what we would call "The Golden Rule." The problem is that the works of the law can never bring people into harmony or save us from our sin. It is only in Christianity that we find the solution to the problem of sin.
Pastor Neal Radichel joins Nathanael Mayhew to discuss the religion of Darwinism. This religion is based on the "Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin. He presents a view of creation that removes the idea of God and design and replaces it with chance and time and coming from a single common ansestor. Even though this godless religion is promoted and taught in our schools and museums, it has been proven to be false by Darwin's own words. How can we call Darwinism a religion? The definition of religion is: a series of beliefs regarding the origin of the universe. That is exactly what Darwinism is. Darwin presents all life coming from a common ancestor, but the evidence of our world presents an explosion of life all at once which is what the Bible presents. In addition, Darwinism has infiltrated Christianity in what is called Theistic Evolution. Many churches have compromised the truth of God's Word with the teachings of Darwinism, inserting millions and billions of years into the creation account. In the end such a veiw compromises the very truth of the Gospel and the nature of the God of the Bible.
Pastor Sam Rodebaugh and Pastor Tom Naumann take a look at the teachings of Christian Science in our world religions study this week. They will discuss the life of Mary Baker Eddy and how she founded the "church" of Christian Science. They will also take a look at some of the unique teachings of Christian Science, which ironically, are neither Christian, nor scientific. In fact, Christian Science rejects almost every foundational teaching of Christianity in the Bible! In addition to this they will talk about Mary Baker Eddy's books and what a "service" would be like at a Christian Science reading room if you were to attend. For more information, please contact us!
Join Pastors Mark Tiefel and Nathanael Mayhew as they review and discuss the history and beliefs of Mormonism. They will discuss Mormonism's very beginning under the strange visions and teachings of Joseph Smith, and its move from the East to the West where they settled in Utah. They will also review some of the uniqe teachings of Mormonism and why it is not a Christian religion. You will learn about visions, angels, polygamy, baptism for the dead, their veiws of God and rejection of Jesus as true God with the Father and the Holy Spirit, as well as much more. Joint us to learn more about your Mormon neighbors in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Pastor Mark Tiefel joins Pastor Ben Libby to continue our series on World Religions in a study of New Age Religions. New Age is a term that is used to describe many modern twists on ancient false religions like Hinduism and Buddhism. They generally encourage people to reach enlightenment through some internal journey of meditation. But this is really a dangerous path for sinful human beings. Some of these New Age religions include Theosophy, Hare Krishna, Transendental Meditation, Scientology and more. New Age religions are like junk food - people are attracted to them, but they have no substance and give nothing valuable for your body. Listen to learn the marks of these New Age religions, and how we can respond to these religions from Scripture.