World religions & evangelism videos

I came across this post from a couple years ago and thought I’d re-run it.  This is one of my favorite topics to teach, although I prefer not having to cram it all into one hour!  It works better as a 6-8 week series where you can go more in-depth.

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I did a one hour presentation on world religions for a church group and decided to video tape it as an experiment.  I was pleased with the content of the presentation but learned some things about lighting, sound and pace.  That will make the next one much better. I was hoping it would be shorter but it is hard to cover all world religions and some evangelism basics in one easy session.

I covered some foundational concepts that apply to all religions then addressed some key differences of Christianity versus Islam, Mormonism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Hare Krishnas, Wiccans and atheists (OK, that’s more of a world non-religion).

I shared experiences I’ve had in witnessing to people in these faiths and some things that helped navigate through conversations effectively.  You really can share the truth without starting a Jihad.

Go here to just see the PowerPoint slides.

Major thanks to Stand to Reason, where I learned much of this.

11 thoughts on “World religions & evangelism videos”

      1. Hi Mark,

        Thanks for visiting. I’ll leave comments over there once I can watch the whole thing, but at a glance I saw that they are just misinterpreting verses such as John 1:1-3. Islam has a wrong understanding of Jesus, even on basic historical facts such as how He died on a cross and not some body double or Judas.

        Peace,
        Neil

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      2. Here’s the reply I left there:

        First let me say that I appreciate your respect for Jesus and tone of your show. I just think that you have an innacurate understanding of who Jesus is — though oddly enough your beliefs are closer to orthodox Christianity than theologically Liberal Christians. They mock Jesus all the time.

        Objection 10: That does not address the claims of the Bible, which are that Jesus had an eternal divine nature and took upon a human nature as well ~ 2,000 years ago. He is the uncreated creator, but took on flesh to dwell among us.

        Objection 9: There are many clear passages about Jesus’ deity, such as his claiming to be “I AM.” The passages reflect the Jews as knowing that Jesus made a claim to divinity.

        The speaker said that Jesus should have said, “I am God.” But He did say, “I AM!”

        He also accepted worship many times (Thomas: “My Lord and my God.”) If He was not God then He was a very bad man.

        John 1 is very clear. You are the ones taking it out of context. It tells you that Jesus is the word and that the word is God. What could be more plain?

        John 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

        John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

        Re. the notion of Jesus being God: This was a very early teaching in Christianity, traceable back to the first few years after the resurrection.

        The fact that the word “Trinity” isn’t in the Bible is irrelevant. The concept is there.

        The self-sufficency claim fails. It plays on the initial assumption that ignores that Jesus is fully divine and fully human.

        Yes, God is the object of worship, and the Bible couldn’t be more clear that Jesus was worshiped.

        The Bible was transmitted to us in a very reliable way.

        Please consider how the Koran is mistaken in Sura 4:157-158 by explicitly claiming that Jesus did not die on the cross. Any historian will tell you that the evidence points to a real person named Jesus who died on the cross. There were many witnesses and accounts inside and outside the Bible. Islam claims that one guy came along over 500 years later with a vision that it wasn’t Jesus. I think the evidence demonstrates that the Koran is incorrect.

        I do like your illustration about “giving back” your free will to God.

        Blessings to you all.

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      3. To all: The thread is about Islamic objections to Jesus being divine — http://loga-abdullah.blogspot.com/2009/11/10-reasons.html . I’m trying to get them to zero in on a couple passages (John 1:1 and 8:58-59) as they seem to take the Bible seriously (other than the usual “errors happened in translation so it couldn’t be God’s word).

        The blog owner seems very nice and reasonable so feel free to join in if you like. It doesn’t have an option to subscribe to comments so I’ll just have to go back now and then.

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  1. Neil,
    I really wanted to watch the presentations, but I couldn’t get the video to work from this blog. It just hung up and never started playing. Where do I go on youtube to find them?

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  2. Well, today they worked fine. No difference from yesterday…just that it’s today.

    You’ve definitely got the gift of teaching, Neil. These were very fine presentations.

    I also enjoyed the little snickers I heard in the background as you threw in a little humor here and there throughout the presentations.

    Good stuff. Informative. Things Christians need to know.

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  3. I only saw one problem with these. At the end you put up some web sites that are very helpful. I didn’t see The Bumbling Genius, which is an awesome blog with a wealth of information and insight.

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