Daily Topic for September 18, 2017

John 10:15-16, NKJV
As the father knows me, even so I know the father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear my voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.

Pray for the Porwal people to be humble enough to accept this unfathomable gift from Jesus Christ.

Jain and Hindu Porwal Bania

by PE

(This story is intended to illustrate the attitudes of this people group.)
Jidu hurried his son to get ready for school. The car was waiting outside the luxurious home. He told his son, “It is ok for you to go to this foreign school, but you must not forget that you are a Portwal Bania. You come from a prestigious community. We are one of 24 of these gotras (clans) so remember you are already promised for marriage. No girls!” He emphasized.
The Porwal or Porwad Bania people are known by many names. They number about 340,000 and some of them live in Jammu and Kashmir. Formally known for both their large numbers and their wealth, they have been famous temple builders from about 900 AD. The Porwal Bania can be either Hindu or Jain.
Jains believe there are 14 levels of virtue of which the first level is total ignorance and the second is falling away from the “right” faith. It is understandable why they reject Christianity since it represents to them failure to obtain freedom for their soul at the 14th level. They believe that by doing good works they will become less sinful and more pure. Thus they will not be in a continual state of victimhood to bad karma.

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Pray for workers to carry the message and freedom from sin to the Porwal Bania community. Pray that they will be drawn by the Holy Spirit to the joy of salvation by faith in Christ, and that they will understand that salvation is not of works.

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