Apocalyptic Cults

First Encounter Pierre was on his way to visit a church when he saw the huge sign: “Judgment Day, May 21, 2011. The Bible guarantees it!” Pierre wondered what he should do if the message were true. It seemed that there would be no reason to send his children to...

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Prosperity Gospel

First Encounter William was watching Benny Hinn on television. Hinn told about how he and another preacher had held a healing service. He said that so many people got healed and left their wheel chairs that the empty wheel chairs were in the way. William wondered if...

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Eastern Lightning

First Encounter Shang Hui was a pastor in China. He began to hear of people leaving the church to join the Church of Almighty God. Even his parents had joined them. When he met the cult members, they said, “God’s name was Jehovah, but then it was Jesus on earth. God...

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Iglesia ni Cristo

First Encounter Theo was a Roman Catholic and had once been a priest, but left the priesthood. One day he was starting a new job. As a man was showing him how to do the job, Theo found out that he was a member of Igesia ni Cristo. Theo said, “I just hold to Jesus; He...

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Jehovah’s Witnesses

First Encounter They knocked on Sam’s door and offered him a copy of Awake magazine. The visitors were a woman with two of her children. They were well-dressed and friendly. The magazine’s cover article was about how to help children do better in school. The woman...

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Mormonism

First Encounter John met them the first time as he was going through a park on his way home. They were two young men dressed in black pants and white shirts, wearing name tags. They were friendly and wanted to talk to him about their religion. John listened and did...

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Buddhism

Origin of Buddhism Buddhism was developed by Siddhartha Gautama. Nothing was written about the life of Siddhartha Gautama until 400 years after his death, so details about his life are not certain. Gautama was born at around 563 BC. He was the son of a king of a small...

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