World Religions Report
July 15, 2012
Glenda B. Mitchell
World Religions Report
Due to the fact that, religion is in itself a very sensitive subject, when discussing the topic great care must be taken to solicit the best answers to many questions. Religion refers to what many call a way of life, where a person expresses the belief in a higher power or faith. Assessing religion helps determine the meaning of believing in a “higher power”. This report will evaluate Pentecostalism and provide an understanding of what religion means to the people of this faith. An interview was conducted with Miss Monica Hampton, who is a believer of the Pentecostal faith.
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” These are some of the central beliefs in Pentecostal. Pentecost denomination is a branch of Christianity. In my interview with Miss Hampton I asked, if she believed in one God and if so, how is it possible to have three entities to represent that one God? In her response, she quoted a verse from John 1:1 (Society, 1999), it says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Christians believe this verse that Christ is God the Father, who became flesh to save humanity by teaching the Word of God. In referring to the term “the Word,” clearly interprets that Christ identified as God and Creator. This verse testifies that before time and before the creation of the world, the Word existed. From the statement “the Word was with God,” we gather that this is a distinct personality, disguisable from that of God the Father, at the same time, “the Word was God,” making them coexistent and equal to one another, (Syswerda, 2001). According to the Women of Faith Study Bible, New International Version (Syswerda, 2001), God through the Word, a spoken Word from God the Father, who became flesh delivering the Word of God, created all things. She quoted another scripture from John 1: 14, (Society, 1999), which states, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. This verse confirms that Jesus is God the Father in Heaven, was made flesh to bring God’s people salvation through His only begotten Son. The Pentecostal faith is different from other doctrines in Christianity simply because they believe after you have repented for your sins, you should be baptized with water first and then with the Holy Spirit with evidence by the speaking of tongues, (Apostolic Pentacostal Beliefs, 1995). In Pentecostalism, we do not believe in the security of the believer (once saved, always saved) as the believers in Baptist faith. We as Christians struggle every day to live our lives accordingly but know that we are not perfect and have shortcomings before Jesus Christ. This is why we repent every day and ask God forgiveness. In the Holy Bible, Lamentations 3:22-23 (Society, 1999), says, “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness. This verse lets us know that God loves us so much that He starts fresh every morning, which is why we should pray daily and repent for all knowingly and unknowingly wrong doings. He will always be faithful to his word and it will never return to him void (empty). I asked Miss Hampton how she got into the Pentecostal faith. In her response, she first smiled and said she was born in this faith. Her grandmother raised her to be in this way of life. Although, she has studied many other denominations, none felt like home but Pentecostal. Pentecostal has shaped her to be the young woman she is today. She has a very strong...