In a world of rampant religions and growing skepticism, it can certainly be intimidating to begin a conversation with a stranger on the street. You never know what someone is going to say! And yet, as Christians, we know we’re supposed to be ready with an answer — always!
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear. (1 Peter 3:15)
But how is it possible to always be ready to give an answer when we have no idea what the questions are going to be? How do you share the Gospel with a Muslim, Mormon, or Jehovah’s Witness? Or how can you explain salvation to someone entrenched in Eastern religions like Buddhism, Hinduism, or other pagan-based systems? What about a skeptic, agnostic, or atheist?
Do you need a P.h.D. in World Religions just to share the Gospel?
Absolutely not! When we sanctify the Lord in our hearts, by setting Him apart as Lord, we discover that we do not need the answer to every question. Standing on His Word we can boldly declare that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No other world religion has a book of such miraculous power. No other book offers you a loving relationship with a God who loves you enough to let His only Son die for you. No other belief system has a resurrected Savior who came back from death to prove He alone knows what happens after death. Because of this you can share your faith with confidence — without a P.h.D.
One of my favorite resources for delving deeper and expanding my understanding of World Religions is the three volume set: World Religions and Cults. Volume 1 deals with the theology of cults which are similar to Christianity but lack fundamental aspects of the Christian faith. Volume 2 introduces the reader to various Eastern religions; exposing the fatal flaws in their philosophical paradigm. And Volume 3 clinches the set with a logical look at the fallacies of Atheistic and Humanistic Religions.
As fascinating as it is to learn and discover more about various worldviews, our ultimate goal should always be to bring the lost to Christ. Because of this, I was honored to personally write the final chapter in the set, “Afterlife: What Must I Do to be Saved?” Starting with the bad news first, this chapter walks the reader through man’s need for redemption, the meaning of faith, and the good news of salvation which is available to all who believe.
If you don’t have a copy of this set, I encourage you to download all three books today. I pray they will be an added blessing to your library as you learn to confidently share your faith with the lost.
For His Glory–