An Introduction to
World Religions
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The Great Religions of the World

In order to effectively share the Gospel of Yeshua HaMashiach with a non-believer it is always a good idea to have at least some idea of what that person already believes. Remember that when Rav Sha'ul addressed the people in Athens (Acts 17:16-34) he began his message to them by mentioning that they had in their city an alter to “an unknown god.” From that point he was able to tell them that the god that they considered “unknown” was the only true God. He started from a point in their own belief system and from there was able to share the Gospel with them.

King Solomon once said, “There is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Virtually all of the cults that the Bible-believer will encounter are either based on old heresies that have been dusted off and given a fresh coat of paint to make them look new, or they are simply a Westernized version of one or more of the religions of man.

This section provides a brief summary of the core teachings of many of the world religions and the cults that are derived from them.

General Information on World Religions






Babylon Mystery Religion

The Vocabulary of












What America Needs to Understand About Radical Islam

Allah Is Not God

Some Evangelicals Declare Allah is God

The Rise of Islam

The History of Islam

Major Sects of Islam

Minor Sects of Islam

The Five Pillars of Islam

The Six Doctrines of Islam

Can a “Good Muslim” Be a “Good American?”

A Moderate Muslim Speaks Out

A Muslim Response

A Messianic Jewish Response

Many of the documents in this section of the site are compiled from a series of lectures on the cults and world religions delivered by Professors Rickard (Ari) Levitt-Sawyer, ThM, ThD, DMin, MBA and Grady L. Davis, BD, MCM, PhD in the Department of Comparative Religion on the Alameda, California, campus of Golden Gate School of Theology from 1983 to 1985, and in numerous churches in California and Tennessee from 1983 to 1995. Some minor editorial changes have been made to present a more Messianic Jewish viewpoint than that of the original Baptist-oriented presentation.

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Page last updated on Wednesday, 03 August 2016 11:19 AM
(Updates are generally minor formatting or editorial changes.
Major content changes after May 3, 2015 are identified as "Revisions”)