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Comparing Religious Concepts

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The differentiation between religions lies within the difference of concepts and fundamental frameworks. Most religions share the same goals, the difference though, is the process of obtaining these goals. Similarity of goals but difference in beliefs, just as in politics, has caused controversy among religions through time over and over. A prime example of this similar but different belief system can be shown through the views of Buddhists, Muslims, and Christians. Through concepts such as ultimate goals, perception of beyond earth destinations, and views of perfection, we can distinctly separate and compare religions.
All religions have a purpose, an incentive if you may, that motivates its followers to do what they are told. If I were to direct a child to obey a command without offering an incentive or punishment, the child would not do as I say or reply “what if I don’t.” This relates to religion when we ask why people are submissive when participating in religion. Their drive is typically driven and motivated through fear, such as hell in Islam and Christianity, or by desire of a prize, such as the belief in heaven. When it comes down to the ultimate goal of people participating in religion, their motivation usually is driven by the promise of escaping pessimistic attributes associated with earthly living, whether it be called nirvana, Jannah, or heaven.
In Buddhism, we are promised a way to end all suffering through a state of nirvana. This state of nirvana is the overall goal of a Buddhist, causing the extinction of desire and suffering, but in order to obtain this goal, one must first achieve other goals throughout their life. Buddhists must first learn, ponder and practice the teachings of the four noble truths. These...

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...hen we dive into the way religious studies perceive them, we will uncover differences, separating each by unique characteristics. Many religions believe in a transcendent dimension, separating us from earthly flaws, only obtainable through certain actions which we have already discussed.
Nirvana, for Buddhists, is a transcendent destination, ending all desire and ignorance, which inevitably leads to the cessation of all suffering. During a state of nirvana, one may be considered enlightened, having ultimate knowledge and spiritual insight. The occurrence of nirvana triggers an ending of a person’s cycle of reincarnation, ending the process of constant rebirth. As humans we are naturally curious, we see this trait in kids, but in a state of nirvana, we may imagine ourselves as omniscient or all knowing. These traits are what Buddhists imagine of a perfect place.
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