Identify a religion that you believe has the most in common with the teachings of Christianity. Explain your choice by discussing at least three comparative aspects of these two religions.( I have uploaded the materials that you will need for this answer).
Everything Lives in God
Your eyes are not strong enough to look at God. Your mind is not strong enough
to comprehend his mysteries. You can only see and know what God allows. Yet in your
desire to see and know more, you engage in all
manner of foolish speculations, which
cause your soul to stagger. Just as water is absorbed y the heat of a burning forge, so your
soul is absorbed by the restlessness of your thoughts, as you try to grasp what is beyond
The Word of God regul
ates the movements of the sun, the moon and the stars.
The Word of God gives the light which shines from the heavenly bodies. He makes the
wind blow, the rivers run and the rain fall. He makes trees burst into blossom, and the
crops bring forth the harvest
The sky above us imitates God. Just as the sky ha
no beginning and no end, so
God has no beginning and end. Just as the stars sparkle, so spiritual stars emanate from
the throne of God, to sparkle within people’s souls.
The Word of God spoke, and brou
ght all creatures into being, God and his Word
are one. As the Word spoke, so God’s eternal will was fulfilled. The echo of the Word
awakened life from inanimate dust.
When the Word of God spoke at the moment of creation, his sound was implanted
creature, and gave life to every creature.
The love of God is symbolized by a leaping fountain. All who come near to it are
showered by its sparkling waters. And they can see their own image in the pool below.
Everything lives in God, and hence nothing c
an truly die, since God is life itself.
God is the wisdom that brought all things into being. He breathes life into all things.
In all creation
in trees, plants, animals, and stones
there are hidden secret
powers which no on
can discern unless they are r
evealed by God.
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During a procession to celebrate the Azusa Street Revival of 1906, a group of Pentecostals kneel and fall down in prayer on First Street in Los Angeles.
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After growing up in the Assembly of God faith, I have seen the Pentecostal beliefs. And I don’t belief that speaking in the Holy Spirit is a requirement to salvation, or the question I have is it real? I just don’t see the real connection here. The doctrine is just a little out of touch with reality for me. I don’t want to offend anyone by no means. Although this doctrine is beliefs of others. I just can’t see how it could change the way we belief in our religion of choice.
Robert, I know the Assemblies of God well which you have grown up with. I assure you that this group does not equate “speaking in tongues” or glossolalia as a requirement for salvation. That is not to say there may be some who do not understand their doctrine and make this false claim. The doctrine of this very respected Pentecostal Movement placed in their official doctrine that the supernatural phenomenon that you address is a subsequent experience separate from salvation for the purpose of evangelism and prayer. They understand this promised experience was addressed by Jesus in Acts 1:8 when he stated, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, and in Samaria and unto the ends of the world.” This power was promised to the early Church in order to have power in communicating the Gospel message in the face of the intimidating Roman Empire. This experience still continues today across the world and estimates of over 800 million persons claiming the Pentecostal experience of speaking in tongues seems to be correct. See the Assemblies Official doctrine on this experience below. Hope this helps.
7. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit
All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian Church. With it comes the enduement of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry. (2010. Para #7)
n.a., Our 16 Fundamental Truths. March 01. 2013. Retrieved from http://ag.org/top/Beliefs/Statement_of_fundamental_truths/sft_full.cfm#7
God does not have a problem communicating with his children, a warning to the mislead and those who are misleading innocent children of God, If you statar so called”speaking in tongues” or jibber jabbering a bunch of noise for hours and you have no idea whats going on or what you are saying then you are in nead of a exorcism…. real talk. watch who or what you follow people you and your followers are being lead to doom. And stop using religion to brainwash people and manipulate the ignorant for YOU are truly the ANITCHRIST ( and you call yourselves Pentcostals). Who came up with this word such Hogwash!!!!!
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is a professor of Church History and Ecumenics at Fuller Theological Seminary and a historian of Pentecostal tradition. He is the author of The Azusa Street Mission & Revival: The Birth of the Global Pentecostal Movement.
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Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down his
came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs
is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all
kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your
reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were
before you.” (Matthew 5:1–12)
Sincerely Motivated Faith and Works
“You have heard that it was said to the men of old, ‘You shall not kill; and
whoever kills shall be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that every one
who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment; whoever insults his
brother shall be liable to the council, and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be
liable to the hell of fire. So if you are offering your gift at the altar, and there
remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there
before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come
and offer your gift.” (Matthew 5:21–4)
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust
consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves
treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where
thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your
heart be also.” (Matthew 6:19–21)
Healing the Blind
And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying
aloud, “Have mercy on us, Son of David.” When he entered the house,
the blind men came to him; and Jesus said t