Transition from Christianity

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Many religious followers today would classify themselves of “Christian” theology and adherence. If there was a phenomenon that diminished Christian teachings to inaccuracy and abolished its presence from civilization there would be several alternative religions to consider. Of the other four major religions that we have covered this semester it would be a close race to decide which belief system would be the best substitute to prior knowledge taught about Christianity. It would be difficult to forget years of information that Jesus is the Son of God and choosing another religion would have to have some representation of Christianity. The decision has to compare the pros and cons of each alternative between Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism and Islam. Doing so provides a template that proves there would be no definitive winner between the four. If another religion had to be chosen besides Christianity it would be a close decision but Islam would edge out the others slightly.
Forgetting the core teaching of Christianity that Jesus is the Son of God, Islam would best represent the other beliefs that have been instilled upon me. Judaism, predecessor to Christianity, would be a logical choice but presents a difficult challenge when attempting to enter into the Jewish culture. The Jewish doctrine promotes a sense of family and community that comes from the teaching of a covenant with God and the “chosen people” of the Jewish community to adhere to this covenant. Denise Carmody and T.L. Brink state eloquently in Ways to the Center: An Introduction to World Religions, “Few religions are as community minded as Judaism. The Jews were the chosen people – chosen as a group or line rather than as individuals” (154). They take pride in their obliga...

... middle of paper ... and conduct ourselves should be the central theology to form beliefs. I can put much more substance in believing a scripture if the message has supposedly come directly from God and doesn’t contain dramatic myths to represent what happened. Islam makes the most sense to transition into as it has reformed the Abrahamic religions as Buddhism did to Hinduism. Islam has taken some aspects of the prior Abrahamic religions, altered certain beliefs and customs, and even added a few more views to create a new religion that appeals to new converts of large masses. Minus the dietary alterations and treatment of women, the only two negatives found on behalf of Islam, Islam appears to be a conducive transition from Christianity.

Works Cited
Carmody, Denise L. and T.L. Brink, Ways to the Center: An Introduction to World Religions, 7th ed. Boston: Wadsworth, 2014. Print.
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