In The Absence of Tangible Divine Instruction, Mankind Has Manufactured Its Own
The DIVINE AUTHORITIES For The Chaotic World Of Religion
Either you've been born into one and comfortably stayed within its walls of dogmatic safety, or you've decided to pick one of the following. Good luck!
1. Historic Protestant Christianity: Bible is the unique, revealed, factual, accurate, and inspired Word of God. Sole authority for faith and practice.
2. Jehovah's Witnesses: Bible (New World Translation of Holy Scriptures) as interpreted by Watchtower Bible and Tract Society.
3. Mormons: Bible (except the "errors"), The Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price, and revelations of the Mormon prophets.
4. Church of Christ Scientist: Bible, as interpreted metaphysically by Mary Baker Eddy in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.
5. Unity School of Christianity: Bible as interpreted by the Fillmores. It has an outer (literal) meaning and an inner (metaphysical) meaning. Other sacred writings are also valued.
6. Church of Scientology: Selected writings of Ron Hubbard, particularly Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health.
7. Unification Church: Bible, as interpreted in Divine Principle (Moon's basic teachings).
8. The Way International: Bible (King James Version) as "worked" (studied and explained) by the writings of Wierwille (the "keys" to the Bible).
9. International Church of Christ: Bible, as interpreted by elders and evangelists and taught in "Bible talk" sessions.
10. Seventh-day Adventist Church: Bible supplemented and explained by the writings and revelations of Ellen G. White.
11. Roman Catholocism: Bible (Douay version of Old Testament, Apocrypha, and New Testatment). They also accept church tradition and the teaching authority of the Church as sources of Authority.
12. Judaism: Hebrew Bible (tanakh), including Torah, Prophets and Writings.
13. Nativie American Religions: Oral and written tradition, folklore. Also the accumulated wisdom of the tribe.
14. Hinduism: Vedas, Upanishads, Epics, Puranas, and a host of other sacred writings.
15. Buddhism: Sutras, Tripitaka (the Three Baskets)
16. Islam: Qur'an (Koran)
17. Sikhism: Adi Granth (Guru Granth Sahib) considered inspired and authoritative. Other sacred writings.
18. Baha'i World Faith: Most Holy Book (Kitab-i-Aqdas).
19. Secular Humanism: Humanists reject supernatural beliefs and doctrines. There are no holy writings in Secular Humanism.
20. New Age Movement: There is no objective source of authority. Sacred writings and devotional material from many traditions have spiritual value.