While I agree with many of Ken’s points to approaching inter-religious dialog, I have a different application of the term “building bridges”. I explain this approach in an article that I wrote for Reformation 21: “Embracing Religious Contradictions to Proclaim Christ Crucified: Tolerance and Coexistence”. Looking atActs 17, I see how Paul knew the beliefs and culture of those he was sharing the Gospel of Jesus. He made the presentation of the Gospel from starting within their belief system with a point of contact that he could use to make a connection to the Biblical narrative of salvation. I was given the opportunity to share this approach to evangelism at Brookfield Lutheran Churchin Brookfield, Wisconsin. This episode contains that sermon message.
Many religions teach that the soul is eternal and that it passes on from one life to the next, being incarnate in a new body each time. This teaching is called reincarnation. It contradicts the teaching of resurrection that says this life is the only life humans have before a bodily resurrection of all the dead at the final judgment of the Lord.
Mike Shreve of Shreve Ministries shares why he used to believe in reincarnation, how he used to teach others about reincarnation, how the Lord saved him and brought him to embrace the resurrection of Christ and the future bodily resurrection of all the dead, and how he explains that reincarnation isn’t logically consistent.
How does Hinduism compare to Christianity? Do they have any similarities? What about their differences? Two bright high school seniors (that graduated a few days after this recording) from Crean Lutheran High School tackle these questions as Andy leads them through a free Contradict Movement discussion guide.