Notes for online Bible study tonight …    9:PM Central time


World Religions

 There is truth in everything, but not everything is true.

 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you keep obeying my teachings.  32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”   John 8:31-32 NLT

 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son John 3:16

 We know what real love is because Christ gave up his life for us.   1 John 3:16 NLT

 God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.  1 John 4:16

Islam Religion

 Founder:  Muhammad ibn Abdallah born AD 570                 

                  Born inMecca (Saudi Arabia)

 AD 610 Muhammad received mystical visions

 Quran – Revelations recorded by others   114 Chapters (surahs) 4/5 size of NT

 Muslim: submits and lives pillars of faith

Mumin:  intellectual acceptance of Islamic faith

 Formed religious government with economic, political, social control.

 Three Main Revelations

 1)  No God but Allah (Do not follow Muhammad)

2)    Man is Allah’s slave.

3)    There will be judgment based on deeds.

  Five Pillars of Islam Faith

1)    Shahada – (Creed of Affirmation)

“There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is his messenger.”

2)    Prayer – 5 times a day facingMecca

3)    Almsgiving – 2.5% to poor

4)    Fast – Ramadan – sun up to sun down

5)    Pilgrimage – once in lifetime toMecca

 If a Muslim dies in a Holy War (Jihad) there is instant salvation even if did not measure up in life.

 Different God than Christian God

 Allah:“99 beautiful names” for Allah – absence of love

 Truth:  God is love.

 Allah:  Allah is an unknowable being

 Truth:  God wants a relationship

 And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we are like Christ here in this world.  1 John 4:17 NLT

 And here is how to measure it–the greatest love is shown when people lay down their lives for their friends.  14 You are my friends if you obey me.  15 I no longer call you servants, because a master doesn’t confide in his servants. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.  16 You didn’t choose me. I chose you.

John 15:13-16 NLT

 Allah:  Requires total obedience and then weighs your good deeds against your bad.

 Truth:  Jesus’ grace and sacrifice is sufficient.

When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:30 NIV

 Resources:  World Religions and Cults 101 – Bruce Bickel & Stan Jantz

Jesus Among other Gods – Ravi Zacharias;