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World Religions April 26 2000 A Brief Overview of the Charismatic Movement Religion is not what you will get after reading all the scriptures of the world It is not really what is grasped by the brain It is a heart grasp -Gandhi To help clarify some terms let us first check with good old Noah Webster Websters Dictionary defines born again as this 1 Committed or recommitted to faith through an intensely religious experience a born- again Christian2 Reactivated or revitalized Websters also defines Charismatic as the following Characterizing Christians of various denominations who seek an ecstatic religious experience sometimes including speaking in tongues and instantaneous healing We all have labels that we use that are predisposed in our society Some labels draw us closer together while others push us apart The media portrayal of born againers is of this weird radical somewhat unknown religious group with right wing extremists tactics This can also be associated to some major religious leaders who have thrown themselves and their churches in the spotlight through political involvement This is not to mention the ministers who have been less then honest throughout the years Now let us briefly explore a little bit of history Born again beliefs ALet us look into where most theologians and scholars believe the born again movement had its beginnings in the words of Jesus in the gospel of John Chapter 3 verses 5-8 Jesus answered I tell you the truth no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the spirit Flesh gives birth to flesh but Spirit gives birth to Spirit You should not be surprised at my saying You must be born again The wind blows wherever it pleases You hear its sound but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it
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