Comparative Religious Essays

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Summary: Buddhism and Christianity differ greatly in terms of demographics, belief systems, and rituals. In their own ways, however, both religions assist one in helping to answer life's deepest questions.


Buddhism and Christianity are two incredibly different religions. Each has their own separate demographic, belief systems and rituals. Although they do share some minor similarities, both religions have very different views on the world from each other. Main beliefs, ideas and traditions between Christianity and Buddhism are incredibly varied from one another.

Unlike Christianity, Buddhism was founded and run by person similar to that of a business. It was founded by Siddhartha Gautama who was the Prince of a clan in Sakya, India. He was married at an early age and had a son. Initially he was a man who was incredibly selfish and disillusioned. After he made the decision to leave home, Gautama became a nomadic man often finding shelter and living in forests to meditate and fast. He believed he was being righteous however in turn his behaviour only led to illness. Ultimately, through his own...

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Comparing and Contrasting the Different Religions Essay

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Though each religion is unique, some religions have several traits in common. For example, many religions are polytheistic, meaning that there are many gods. But, some religions only believe in one god, meaning that the religion is monotheistic. The religions also have many things that differ with each other, like the sacred text, symbol, and traditions. These qualities are what make each religion different and special.

Each religion has its own set of ‘rules’ or teachings that the followers practice. In Christianity, there are the Ten Commandments. The Buddhist religion has the Eightfold Path and the Four Noble Truths. Muslims of the Islamic religion follow the Five Pillars of Islam. These religions have religious teachings, but there…show more content…

Despite that, Confucianism continues to have many followers. Two religions that are more related than any other religions are Christianity and Judaism. Both religions have similar beliefs. They also both believe in God and Jesus. This is where there is a difference: Christians believe that Jesus is the Messiah and died to save its followers from sin. Jews believe that Jesus is only a prophet, and the Messiah has not yet arrived. Another similarity is the sacred site. Jerusalem is a sacred city for three religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In addition to Jerusalem, Islamic people travel to Mecca and the city of Medina to pray as well. Another important site for Christians is Bethlehem—the birthplace of Jesus.

Karma is a belief that Buddhists, Hindus, and Christians believe in. Karma is simply “what goes around, comes around”. However, Buddhists and Hindus believe that karma occurs after reincarnation in the next life. Christians believe that karma can take place in the current life as well. Buddhism and Hinduism also believe in dharma, which are the ethics and duties.

Though some of these religions are related in one way or another, they each have their own sacred text that store their teachings and beliefs. The Jews follow the teachings of the Torah, which is the first five books of the Old Testament and is the cornerstone of Judaism. The Hindu text is

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