Nguyet Mai HIST 1111 April 28, 2014 Final Exam Exam #2: Question 1 Although many people generally think that the religions in the world are ends in themselves, they are often interrelated. Thus, the purpose of this essay is to show their relationship by examining the histories and practices of the world’s most well known religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Hinduism and Buddhism have a close relationship with each other. They both immerged from India. Hinduism spread throughout the subcontinent of India from its origin in the Indus Valley.
Many religions have impacted the thoughts and beliefs of millions around the world. Two of these religions are Islam and Christianity, both of which are similar, yet, incredibly different. Christianity, which had come long before Islam, is known to be the root of Islam which makes sense since the two religions share much in common. They are both Abrahamic and monotheistic religions which means they share the belief in only one true existing God and are rooted to have many similarities. Their differences, however, are what make them two distinctive religions, which is why they are recognized and classified for being so.
Christianity And Islam Introduction: The Belief in God as the creator and sustainer of the universe is central to the Christian,Jewish and Islamic religions. These religions are connected historically. This essay is going to focus on how Christianity and Islam are similar to and differ from each other. Christianity and Islam are very similar in that they both have rules,rituals and traditions,sacred texts,laws that influence how they all view God. Sacred texts and what they say about the nature of God is an important part of every religion.The Christian bible in is a book that has two parts the Old and New Testament is a text made up of two books, the Old Testament and the New Testament.It is believed that the bible was written around 1,500 years ago.
Buddhism is also like Christianity in that it has separate division or paths its followers chose to practice. One called Theravada and the other Mahayana. As well as leaning many new things about Buddhism, after reading this chapter it has changed my opinion on what Buddhism really is. I now have a greater respect for Buddhism and its philosophies. So in the end I am glad that I have read the chapter on Buddhism in Huston Smith’s book The World’s Religions.
Even though Theravada divided off of Buddhism it still varies from Mahayana in a multitude of ways. Theravada came from Sri Lanka in which missionaries were sent abroad from India. Scholars created stories about the founders in Sri Lanka to help legitimize what was occurring. The oldest and most authentic school in India is thought of to be Theravada. But throughout the years Sri Lanka in Theravada split into several groups.These new divisions were Mahavihara, Abhayagiri and Jetavana and came to their own ways of faith and rituals that each group would participate in.
It uses Arabic as its main language. The Sacred text used by Muslims is called the Qur’an. The Qur’an was originally written in Arabic and later translated to English. Islam consists of two main denominations: Sunni and Shiite (Religion Facts, 1). Both of these denominations have a similar general concept of Islam and its fundamental laws, but defer on historical concepts that surround Islam.
Christians and Muslims believe in an afterlife in heaven, or hell, while Buddhists believe in reincarnation. They also all have prophets or important religious leaders in their religions such as Jesus Christ, Muhammad, and Buddha. Another feature they have in common is religious building such as churches, mosques, and temples where they go for prayers and worship. Yet another facet of these religions is their religious text that probably heavily contributed to the survival of the religions. Christianity has the Bible, Islam has the Qu’ran, and Buddhism has a vast number of religious texts.
Christianity is centered around the teachings of Jesus Christ; a prophet from Bethlehem who was considered to be The Son of God. The religion Islam originated from the middle east and the followers worship the God “Allah” and share similar stories to those that are in the Old testament of the Bible. Christianity and Islam are monotheistic religions, but Buddhism differs from those religions as it is considered more of a ‘lifestyle’ than a specific type of religion. Buddhism centers around ... ... middle of paper ... ...nisms and used religious tolerance to obtain more people who would be “on their side”. The Persians were powerful because of the impact that they left on the world for other nations to grasp and understand in the future.
It is evident when reading many Buddhist teachings that there are many similarities between Christianity and Buddhism. Similarities between Christianity and Buddhism are evident in every sect of Buddhism, but are strongest seen in the Pure Land sect of Buddhism. In this essay I will compare the similarities and differences between Pure Land Buddhism and Christianity. In the largest Pure Land scripture or sutra, composed in India, a story of Amitabha is told. It is said that many eons ago, Amitabha a monk, learned from the eighty-first Buddha about the wonders of immeasurable Buddha Lands.
I propose that mysticism can change the path of where our society is headed. Mysticism is established in most all of our world’s major religions. Buddhism and Hinduism are two religions that conspicuously harness mysticism and mystical experiences. As a Christian, mysticism is not a term that we commonly associate with. However, mysticism is connected through diverse religions in different means.