Too many people have been and are being led astray by false religions. All false religions have several things in common. First, and foremost, they all deny the deity of Jesus Christ. They may acknowledge Him as a great prophet, or as a good teacher, but they deny that He is God, in spite of the fact that He said "I and my Father are one." (John 10:30)
Second, all false religions teach a doctrine of works: something the believer must do themselves, in order to be saved and go to heaven. Third, they either replace the Holy Bible with some other book, or add to it their own teachings. Many of these replacement books twist Scripture to fit their own dogma, rather than allowing Scripture to interpret itself.
These three things can be considered the 'litmus test' of truth. If a religion or denomination fails in one or more of these areas, we know there is a problem.
In comparing major religions, we want to look at several fundamental points:
The following pages are a very minimal examination of one of the world's most complex subjects, offered to help you understand the basic differences between religions. Our beliefs must always be examined in the light of God's Holy Word.
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