Comparison and Contrast Paper
Founder(s) of the religion
There are five major religions of Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Judaism have a different origins.
The founder of Christianity was Jesus Christ. He was born in Bethlehem around 6-4BC. He was the son of Joseph and the Virgin Mary and in his early years most like trained as a carpenter under his father. Around the age of 30 he was baptized by John the Baptist and at the moment it was said the heavens opened up and God proclaimed that Jesus was his son and resulted in the beginning of his ministry and established a group that he called the twelve apostles. It was around this time where Jesus spent forty ...view middle of the document...
Judaism was founded my Abraham and later Moses. When Abraham was 75 years old, God visited decided to choose Abraham to teach the people that there is only one God. God and Abraham entered an unconditional Covenant which blessed and promised his people a vast amount of land for his descendants as well as the promise of a nation (Israel) that descended from the first patriarch. Later God would visit Moses and chose him to lead the Jews out of slavery and into the Promised Land. Once the Jews were free from the Egyptians, God gave Moses the law (Ten Commandments) on Mount Saini which laid out the principles on what was needed to do to praise God. God also instructed Moses that his descents were to call him “Yahweh”.
Siddhartha Gautama was born around 563 BC. He was predicted by his father that he would become a great ruler and teacher and spent his early years in affluence and luxury. He was wed and fathered a child during this time. His father had purposely kept him isolated and shielded from spiritual conflicts and interests. On his journeys, he came across the Four Sights which as a result gave up all his possessions and chose a life of religion. While in a period of meditation and fasting he was close to death when came across a young girl that had provided him food and realized that there might be a more useful way to find peace. It was at this point where he sat in meditation under a Bodhi Tree and was visited by demons that tempted him with images, but he remained and continued to try and find and end to sorrow. Eventually he came across enlightenment, he was known as Buddha and realized the truth and for the remaining days of his life had spent teaching what he had learned from his journey.
Understanding of God or Gods
In Christianity there is only one God. Even though Jesus Christ was the Son of God, there are many times in his life that he referred himself as God. Christians better explain this by the use of the Holy Trinity: The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit. The Father is not the Son and the Holy Spirit, but all of them are God.
In Islam, its much like Christianity, there is only One God and goes by the name of Allah. One word of note; before the prophet Muhammad and the advent of Isla, came along the majority of Muslims worshipped hundreds of Gods with Allah being one of the most important ones.
In Hinduism, the definite answer is not as easy identified as the other major religions. It can be argued that there are millions of Gods or deities that are perceived of being avatars the singular Brahman. It also can be perceived that there are three major Hindu deities or the Trimuri; Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.
In Judaism, there is one absolute God and his proper name is Yahweh.
In Buddhism, there is not an existence or a dependency of an omnipresent Deity, rather their its teachings focus on meditation and how to progress through multiple lives in order to...