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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 Beliefs About Life After Death

Non-Christian Belief
Christian Belief
Modern Pop Culture “She’s gone to heaven so I’ve got to be good, so I can see my baby when I’ll leave this world” (from “Last Kiss” by Wayne Cochran). “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10). Trying to “be good” is not enough for salvation. (See Ephesians 2:8,9.)
Buddhism Reincarnation. A soul is supposedly born again and again until it reaches a state of “nirvana” and becomes part of the universe. In heaven, believers enjoy unbroken fellowship with God for eternity. (See Romans 6:23, 2 Corinthians 5:8, and 1 Thessalonians 5:10.)
Islam “Never you forget…the day when your good works are weighed against the others” (from a rap song by a U.S. Muslim composer. Source: Mynaraps). Muslims believe a person’s good and bad deeds will be weighed on Judgment Day. Those with more good works than bad will go to Paradise. “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8) (Also see John 3:16 and Romans 8:1.)
Secular Humanism Secular humanism teaches that there is no life after death. “For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:21,22). (See also Matthew 22:31,32.)
Animism Many animists believe that after death, a person’s spirit continues to live near their earthly home. Animists may make offerings to their dead ancestors to please them. “We are confident…and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8, NIV).
Spiritism Spiritists believe they can communicate with people who have died. The Bible says that those who “call up the dead” are “an abomination to the Lord” (Deuteronomy 18:9–12).
Hinduism Hindus believe in reincarnation. “Karma” is the belief that the way someone behaved in a former life determines what he or she will be in the next life. “It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

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Comparing Marxist Communism and Biblical Christianity

Marxist Communism
Biblical Christianity
Beginnings 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). His followers are Christians.
Books Marx’s book, The Communist Manifesto, explains some of his ideas about Marxist communism. Christians believe the Holy Bible is the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16).
God Marx believed that God is an invention of man and that He does not exist. Christians worship God and believe 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 in that way, society will become a better place. 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.”
Family A famous Marxist, Frederick Engles, taught that marriage started as a way for men to rule over women. He said traditional marriage is boring. He believed the care and education of children are mainly the responsibility of the society rather than the family. The Bible teaches honor and respect for marriage. (See Ephesians 5:28–33.) The Bible instructs parents about the training of their children, and children about honoring their parents (Ephesians 6:1–4 and Deuteronomy 6:6,7).
Righteousness Marxists believe men and society can become perfect on earth, without God, by following Marxist ideas. Righteousness comes from God through faith in Christ (Romans 3:22).

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Comparing the Bible and Books of Many Faiths

Books of Many Faiths
The Bible
Buddhism Many writings are respected in Buddhism. Their holy books are about many gods. The Bible tells about the one true God (Deuteronomy 6:4).
Confucianism Respected writings include a book of sayings called “The Analects” and “The Five Classics.” They teach that people can be good by their own efforts. The Bible teaches that people have a sin problem that can be solved by the grace of God through faith in Christ (Ephesians 2:8,9).
Mormonism Mormons respect the Bible and other writings, including The Book of Mormon, Doctrines and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price, and revelations of Mormon prophets. Some Mormon writings do not agree with the Bible. For example, Mormons believe baptism for the dead may allow some people to progress and be saved after they die. The Bible teaches that salvation is by God’s grace through faith in Christ. (See John 3:36.)
Scientology Scientologists respect the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard, a writer who died in 1986. Scientology teaches that experiences in “past lives” can prevent people from doing their best in this lifetime. The Bible teaches, “It is appointed for man to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). People do not have past lives.
Native American Religions Native American religions respect tradition and tribal wisdom passed down in writings and by word of mouth. Traditionally, followers try to gain favor with spirit beings, as well as with the Supreme Being. God rules the universe and He alone is worthy of worship. (See Matthew 4:10b.)
New Age Many writings and teachings are respected. New Agers believe Jesus was a great teacher and just a man. Jesus was not just a man, but “the way, the truth, and the life.” He said, “No man comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).
Islam The Koran, which teaches that Jesus is not the Son of God. Jesus is the Son of God (Mark 1:11) who died to save those who believe in Him.

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Comparing Beliefs About Sin

Other Beliefs About Sin
Biblical Christian Answers
Buddhism Buddhists follow the “Eightfold Path” of “right thought” and “right works.” They believe doing so will end the cycle of reincarnation. Reincarnation is the false belief that after people die, they may come back to life again and again in different bodies. People die only once (Hebrews 9:27a).
Animism Animists believe sins are acts that offend gods and spirits, and spirits punish people by bringing misfortune on them. God gives believers in His Son Jesus freedom from the guilt and power of sin. (See Ephesians 2:8,9; Romans 8:1.)
Islam Sin is breaking Allah’s law. (Muslims worship Allah.) Muslims believe good deeds may cancel out bad deeds. However, no one will know if they are saved until Judgment Day, because Allah forgives whomever he wants and punishes whomever he wants. All have sinned. The result of sin is eternal death and separation from God. 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.)
Hinduism Doing right things earns merit. Doing wrong things means a person may come back in a worse condition in their “next life.” No one can earn enough merit by their own works to be saved. The way to eternal life is by God’s grace through faith in Christ. (See John 3:16, Romans 6:23.)
Secular Humanism Humanists believe much undesirable behavior is caused by ignorance or a lack of education. Wisdom and learning cannot save us from sin apart from Christ. (See Matthew 11:25–27; 1 Corinthians 1:26–28)
Liberal Christianity Liberal Christians believe the Bible has errors and is not the authoritative Word of God. Many believe goodness is its own reward, evil is its own punishment, and God does not reward or punish. The Bible is the inspired Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16). Sin has eternal consequences. God loves the world and sent Jesus to save people from sin.

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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.)