Religions and Beliefs

Guiding People of Other Faiths Toward Jesus Christ

“Don’t these people already have native faiths?” a friend asked incredulously. “Why would you take that from them?”

To her and all like her, I offer an analogy: If you asked someone for directions to California and instead got sent to Maine, would that person’s directions be helpful to you? Of course not, because you wouldn’t arrive at your intended destination. In fact, you would be as far from it (in terms of the continental United States) as you could be.

So it is with other faith systems. We as Christians are privileged to know there is only one way, one truth and one life (John 14:6). Jesus alone is our ticket to heaven – and not just heaven but a full and abundant life here and now (John 10:10).

We have each been appointed as ambassadors for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20). Like earthly ambassadors in foreign lands (for we are strangers and aliens here), we must first understand the culture we’re addressing. This guide will enlighten and equip you for the task at hand. I pray it also inspires and compels you forward in your witness.

Each section contains a brief overview of a faith system, followed by a path from that worldview to Christ. The paths are written so that you can share the words directly with the person to whom you’re witnessing. The important thing is that you share.

It’s time for the church to be the hands, feet and mouthpiece of Christ. Let’s get started.

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Dr. Elmer Towns is a college and seminary professor, an author of popular and scholarly works (the editor of two encyclopedias), a popular seminar lecturer, and dedicated worker in Sunday school, and has developed over 20 resource packets for leadership education.His personal education includes a B.S. from Northwestern College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a M.A. from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary also in Dallas, a MRE from Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, and a D.Min. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.He is co-founder of Liberty University, with Jerry Falwell, in 1971, and was the only full-time teacher in the first year of Liberty’s existence. Today, the University has over 11,400 students on campus with 39,000 in the Distance Learning Program (now Liberty University Online), and he is the Dean of the School of Religion.Dr. Towns has given theological lectures and taught intensive seminars at over 50 theological seminaries in America and abroad. He holds visiting professorship rank in five seminaries. He has written over 2,000 reference and/or popular articles and received six honorary doctoral degrees. Four doctoral dissertations have analyzed his contribution to religious education and evangelism.

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