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Bold Believers in North Korea

Bold Believers in North Korea includes stories, history and culture facts, activities, and recipes that help children understand the daily lives of people in a country where citizens are forbidden to practice Christianity. The 54-page book is available free from the Downloads section of this site.

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Comparing Today’s “Tolerance” with True Christian Tolerance

Today’s “Tolerance” Says
True Christian Tolerance Says
Speaking out If someone else’s beliefs are different from yours, you must not say your beliefs are true, because it might offend them. “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15, NIV).
True beliefs You have a right to hold your beliefs. But you should agree that others’ beliefs are just as true as yours, even if their beliefs are different. Not all beliefs are true. If you care about someone, you will tell them the truth. The Bible says Jesus is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).
Loving people Sometimes you must approve of others’ behavior even if you think what they are doing is wrong. You must love others even if you don’t like what they do. (See Luke 10:27 and Matthew 5:44.)
Religious teachings All religions teach the truth. God wants us to share the truth of the gospel with all people (1 Timothy 2:3,4; Mark 16:15).
Sharing faith Faith is a personal thing. You can keep peace and show love to others by keeping quiet about your faith. The Bible says, “Do to others what you would have them do to you” (Matthew 7:12, NIV). If someone knew “the words of eternal life,” would you want them to share those words with you? (See John 6:68.)

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Comparing Basic Beliefs in Christianity and Islam

One God Muslims worship Allah, whom they believe created the world. They believe there are no gods other than Allah. Jesus taught, “The Lord our God is one Lord.” God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are One. (See Mark 12:29, John 10:30, and John 14:16,17.)
Holy Book Muslims believe their holy book, the Koran (or Quran), was dictated to the Muslim prophet Mohammed by an angel from Allah. Christians believe the Bible is the Word of God. It is the unfolding story of God’s relationship to man and His plan to save men from sin.
What is God like? Muslims believe that Allah is not knowable. He is not a father to humans. The Koran does not say Allah seeks to redeem those lost in sin or that he loves those who don’t love him first. God is a loving heavenly Father. Humans can have a relationship with Him. We love Him, because He first loved us, even while we were sinners, and sent Jesus to save us. (See Luke 19:10, Romans 5:8, 2 Corinthians 6:18, and 1 John 4:19.)
Who is Jesus? Muslims believe Jesus was a prophet but no more than a man. They believe that He did not die on the cross and did not rise from the dead. Jesus, who is One with God, is called “the Son of God,” He died and rose again. He is “the way, the truth, and the life,” and no one comes to God the Father except through Him. God sent Him to save the world from sin. (See John 14:6 and John 3:16.)
Salvation Muslims believe Allah will judge everyone on Judgment Day. If they have done more good deeds than bad, they will go to paradise. Christians believe that humans are not righteous enough to save themselves through good works. All fall short of God’s glory. God sent Jesus to redeem the lost from sin, so that those who believe in Him may have eternal life. (See Romans 3:22–25.)

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Comparing Confucianism and Christianity

Beginnings Confucianism was started by Confucius, who lived in China from about 550 to 479 B.C. Confucius did not claim to be a god, but after his death, some of his followers worshipped him. After the death and resurrection of Jesus, His followers were first called “Christians” in the days of Paul (Acts 11:26). Christians follow Christ and worship Him as the Son of God, who came to save the world (John 3:16,17).
Books Respected writings include The Analects, a collection of sayings made by Confucius’ followers, and five books called The Five Classics. Christians believe that the Bible is the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16,17).
Teachings Confucius did not talk much about God or about human’s relationship to God. Instead he mostly tried to teach people how to get along with each other. The Bible teaches about God’s love for people and about how God reconciled people to Him through His Son Jesus. (See Romans 5:8–11 and 2 Corinthians 5:18–21.)
Sin Confucianism teaches that people can be good by their own efforts if they just follow rules of good conduct. The Bible teaches that humans have a sin problem that can only be solved by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8,9).
Influence Not many people today would call themselves “Confucianists.” However, the teachings still have a strong hold on many in Asia. Self-discipline and other Confucian teachings may have helped many Asians become successful by worldly standards. Pray they will also seek knowledge of God’s eternal standards. The percentage of Christians in countries where there is a strong Confucian influence is as follows: China 7%, Japan 2%, Vietnam 8%, South Korea 32%, North Korea 2%.

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Comparing FARC’s Marxism and Christianity

Who are they? FARC is the name of a guerrilla group in Colombia. Guerrillas carry out illegal acts of war and terrorism. FARC is a Marxist group. Marxists are communist. Christians follow the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Beginnings FARC started in the 20th century. Marxism came from the teachings of Karl Marx, who lived in the 1800s. Jesus was with God at the beginning of time (John 1:1). God sent Him to earth to save the lost (John 3:16,17).
God Marx believed that God is an invention of man and that He does not exist. Christians worship God and believe that His power and nature are clearly seen in His creation (Romans 1:20).
Who is supreme? To Marxists, the group (or government) is supreme. Marxists believe people should give up their personal rights and property to the larger group. They believe that society will become better as a result. FARC would like to overthrow the government of Colombia and establish their own rule. Christians should submit to earthly authorities (Romans 13:1). However, God is supreme. Acts 5:29 says, “We ought to obey God rather than men.”
Righteousness Marxists believe that men and society can become perfect on earth without God by following Marxist teachings. Righteousness comes from God through faith in Christ (Romans 3:22).

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Comparing Muslims and Christians in Two Countries

Number of believers in Afghanistan More than 2 million (Source: Operation World 21st Century Edition) About 3,000 (Source: Operation World 21st Century Edition)
Number of believers in the U.S. Over 4 million (Source: Operation World 21st Century Edition) More than 230 million (Source: Operation World 21st Century Edition)
Number of mosques and churches in Afghanistan Mosques: 48,000 Churches: 0
Number of mosques and churches in the U.S. Mosques: A 2001 study showed there were 1,209 mosques in the U.S. Churches: Approximately 300,000 (Sources include: The World Almanac and Book of Facts and Washington Post)
Beliefs and Practices Although more than 95 percent of the people in Afghanistan are Muslims, many combine Muslim beliefs with traditional folk religion. Folk Muslims often trust in magic, charms, superstitions and powers other than God. More than 80 percent of the people in the U.S. are Christians. About 44 percent of them read the Bible once a week or more. About 43 percent agree strongly that the Bible is accurate in all its teachings. (Source: Barna Research)
Salvation Muslims believe human beings are born sinless. Since they are not fallen by nature, they do not seek a Savior. Without a Savior, they depend on their own good works to please Allah, whom they worship. They hope Allah will let them into paradise when they die if they have done more good works than bad works, but they can’t be sure. “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12). “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9). (See also John 3:16.)