World religionsweek 1Introduction WELCOMECoffee, Donuts & Snack available in the Lobby
Purpose of this course (aka, class) • THAT YOU: • Learn the differences, and similarities, between Protestants Christians, and Catholic Christians, Cults, the Occult; and other world religions such as Jewish, Islam, Hinduism, and many others. • Become familiar with the specific beliefs of the Pentecostal Assemblies of God, and how they compare to other evangelical churches. • Get to know each better. • Bring others to this class, and to this church. • You start, or become involved, in a church community project.
Key points of this class • This “overview” will be an “open age” participative course; ending approximately December 2019. We may discuss “0ne religion” per session, or more. We will proceed according to the pace the students, and the Teachers, desire. • Approximately 26 weeks (six months) of one hour sessions • Certificate of Completion will be given to persons who attend 20 or more sessions during this course
CENTRAL TENET OF THIS COURSE: • The 66 Book Holy Bible(KJV, or NIV) is the inerrant Word of God, written by 40 different men over a span of 1,500 years, inspired by God, and ascribe as Canon by bible scholars at the 1st Council of Carthage, 397 AD, and has remained virtually unchanged for over the past 1,700 years. • According to the AG Position Papers, “The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21)” (KJV).1 • The referenced books (see References page:) are considered accurate, and up to date.
Introduce your classmate • Name? • Any nicknames? • 3 phrases that describe you? • How long coming to this church? • Working?, or Retired? • Marital status? • Any Children? • Favorite food? • Favorite pets? • Any Hobbies? • What do you want from these classes?
TRAVAL Back to the past • When did Christianity start? • Where did it come from? • Who started it? • How many people did it start with?
Birth of Christ Est’d world pop. 1 Ad = 250M-400M
The world today! 7.7B population 5 Races 195/197 Countries 6,500 languages 4,200 religions 12 major religions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cg6W76q6a2E
Adherents by religion • Christianity: 2.1 billion • Islam: 1.5 billion • Agnostic/Atheist: 1.1 billion • Hinduism: 900 million • Chinese traditional (Tao): 394 Mil. • Buddhism: 376 million • primal-indigenous: 300 million • Spiritism: 15 million • African Traditional: 100 Mil • Sikhism: 23 million • Juche: 19 million • Judaism: 14 million • Baha’i: 7 million • Jainism: 4.2 million
El Fin for today • God be with you • See you all next week.