World Religions Paper

Essay by mommyoftwo October 2009

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The religion I have chosen to discuss in this paper is the Pentecostalism religion.

"When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them" (Acts 2:1-4).

The Pentecostalism is a religion that became notorious worldwide in the 20th-21st-century. It is a Christian movement that puts emphasis on the experience of Spirit baptism, generally evidenced by speaking in tongues, or glossolalia. The name derives from Pentecost, the Greek name for the Jewish Feast of Weeks, which falls on the fiftieth day after Passover. On this day the Holy Spirit descended upon the first Christians enabling those who were willing to "speak in other tongues" (see above Acts 2:1-4).

Besides glossolalia, Pentecostals endorse other gifts of the Spirit including faith healing, prophecy, and exorcism. Pentecostals in America are commonly conservative evangelical in their beliefs, but no unified stance on matters of doctrine and polity subsist among adherents. Pentecostal churches are also strong in Indonesia, sub-Saharan Africa, and parts of Latin America and Europe. Pentecostal churches around the world cooperate through the Pentecostal World Conference, first held in Sweden in 1939. The American counterpart to the conference is the Pentecostal-Charismatic Churches of North America; it is not a policy-setting organization.

World Religions 3In seeking information about the Pentecostal religion, I conducted an interview with Kaylee Burroughs. Kaylee is a woman I work with whom has practiced the Pentecost religion for the past eleven years. Our interview took...