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World Religions | July 2024 | Issue 5

FROM THE DESK OF JOHN JULY

FROM THE DESK OF JOHN

Your friendship, prayers, and support of this ministry and the work we are doing together are very special to Darlene and me. Thank you. Coming up we have some very important programs and guests for you. This month, on July 7, we will be concluding our TV series called “UFOs and Alien Abductions” with astronomer and astrophysicist Dr. Hugh Ross.

Then, starting July 14 our special guest will be Joni Lamb, the president and co-founder of the Daystar Television Network, which she started with her late husband, Marcus Lamb. Daystar is now in two billion homes and reaches more than 6.5 billion people worldwide. Joni will share with you the personal struggles and pains God has taken her through as she faced life’s most trying moments which she has described in her new book, “Through the Storm.”

I conducted a personal interview with Joni in our studio during which I asked her how she met and married Marcus Lamb; how God led them to start in television; how close they were to their 40th wedding anniversary when she experienced Marcus’ unexpected death. After the funeral she would go home alone and grieve. She cried for six straight months until God slowly mended her heart.

ARTICLES ON MORMONISM by Dr. Ron Rhodes

ARTICLES ON JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES by Dr. Ron Rhodes

ARTICLES ON ISLAM by Dr. Ron Rhodes

ARTICLES ON BUDDHISM (Various Authors)

STAFF PICK FOR THE MONTH

This month our staff member, Michelle, wanted to share her favorite resource with you for our focus on World Religions. When we first asked someone to pick their favorite, they said “Being asked to pick a ‘favorite resource’ on World Religions out of all the material we have posted on our website is rather like being asked to name a favorite child!” Ankerberg Theological Research Institute believes it is important to know that all religions are not the same, and Jesus is the only way to salvation (John 14:6).

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A teacher at Brigham Young University Lynn Wilder shares how she and her husband were dedicated to the Mormon Church both in teaching at the University and being a former high priest in the church and how because of their sons coming to faith they got saved as well. This is such a great testimony of how God can save anybody and change their lives no matter how deep they are in a religion. - Michelle

Podcast Series: What do Jehovah’s Witnesses believe? Answers Christians need to know.

CLASSIC VIDEOS ON RELIGION

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DAILY VERSE

Do not judge, or you too will be judged.

What’s the Big Deal About Other Religions?

There are many different religions in the world. Have you ever wondered how they began, what they teach, and the validity of their claims? John Ankerberg and Dillon Burroughs explain the core essentials from 16 different religions including: Christianity, Roman Catholicism, Judaism, Islam, Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Wicca, Kabbalah, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto, New Age Religions, Agnosticism, Atheism. This book is a great resource for individual or group study to learn about world religions and how they compare to one another!

The Facts on Jehovah’s Witnesses

A thoroughly researched and documented book that answers the 20 most frequently asked questions about the Watchtower.

7 Reasons We Left Mormonism

Join former Mormons Michael and Lynn Wilder as they share the seven reasons that led them from over 30 years of devout Mormon involvement to biblical Christianity. From Michael’s leadership to determine if a person was “Temple worthy” to Lynn’s role as tenured professor at Mormon-owned BYU, you’ll discover the beliefs that changed their heart and mind as they examined the Bible’s words for themselves.

Interview with Dr. Walter Martin on Cults

Dr. Walter Martin, the founder of Christian Research Institute comments on major doctrines of: Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormonism, Christian Science, The Way International, Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church, Transcendental Meditation, Armstrong’s Worldwide Church of God, Baha’i, Baghwan Shree Rajneesh, Seventh-Day Adventism, and Roman Catholicism.

Eight Christian Scholars Defend the Faith and Answer Difficult Questions

Questions skeptics ask about the existence of God and the differences between the God of the Bible and other religions How can someone know that the Bible is true? Is there historical information about Jesus in the New Testament? The beliefs of biblical Christianity are compared with the beliefs of some of the major religious groups in America. Why does God condemn occult involvement? What does the Bible say about prophecy?

A Dynamic Pair for Enhanced Learning

When combined, the book and Side by Side downloads create a comprehensive study tool that enriches your understanding of world religions. By leveraging the in-depth insights from the book alongside the comparative study provided in the downloads, you gain a well-rounded perspective that empowers you to engage in meaningful discussions about faith. Explore the depths of religious beliefs through a cohesive blend of informative content and practical tools with this dynamic duo.

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WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT WORLD RELIGIONS?

Authors John Ankerberg and Dillon Burroughs explore major world religions in an informative and concise manner. This book provides a deep dive into the origins, key teachings, writings, traditions, and differences from Christianity of religions such as Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Mormonism, and the Jehovah's Witnesses. Through exclusive interviews with experts and fascinating insights, Ankerberg and Burroughs deliver essential knowledge tailored for readers seeking a better understanding of diverse faiths.

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THE SIDE BY SIDE DOWNLOADS: A Comparative Study Tool

The Side by Side Comparison downloads offer a unique learning experience by analyzing the distinctions between world religions and Christianity in an easy-to-understand format. Dive into the historical background, Holy books, and belief statements of various religions to equip yourself in defending your faith with gentleness and respect, as advised in 1 Peter 3:15.

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As a 100% viewer-funded ministry, your non-restricted gift supports the production of a number of Ministry programs and purposes, including among them the broadcasting and expansion of the airing and production of the John Ankerberg Show in the US and international markets. The John Ankerberg Show broadcasts to potentially 4.5 billion viewers in more than 200 countries and territories.