Nature of God
Spring semester 2016
Professor Naomi Sanderovsky, Ph.D.
Christy Carver Sanchez
This semester in Religion I learned a lot about different religions. I learned that some of them, while they are very similar, have things that make them very different. Another thing I have learned is that all of them have a being or a deity that they look to as being their "God". In reading about some of these it really got me thinking a lot. Are our religions really all that different? So, in this paper, I will tell you about the different religions I learned about and what God or deity they believe in.
in week two we talked about Hinduism and Jainism. These two ...view middle of the document...
in week four we learned about Daoism and Confucianism and these two was so much fun for me. You see they fit together so well. They are two different religions but they fit together so well. They are like yin and yang, light and dark, male and female. In Daoism, they believe in what they call Dao which means the way. To keep everything in perfect harmony is God. It is not an actual person or object but a way of being. As long as all is in perfect peace and harmony then god is present. In Confucianism, they have no god. That is one reason why these two go hand in hand the complement one another just like yin and yang.
Week five was about Shinto. Shinto was derived in japan. Shinto gods are called Kami. Kami is not just one it is many and can be anything. Your ancestors can be a Kami if you see them in that way as being an important person in life that in death you worship them and consider them to be godlike.
“For the masses, Shintoism has about 800,000 gods, mostly the deified heroes of the Japanese. The chief god is Amaterasu, the Sun God, from whom the Imperial Family of Japan traces its roots. “
Moving into week six was where I started to get familiar with the religion a lot. Now I am not saying that Judaism was easy for me because towards the end it got confusing. But, when it came to the nature of God and the creator I got that part. You see they believe in the same God I believe in, the one who was a father to Adam and eve. The one who had Moses rescue his people and had Abraham almost kill his first born to prove loyalty to him. For you see this God is a jealous God and wants you to only worship him and no one else. But this God is also, a forgiving God who wants you even with all your imperfections. Isn't that really what we all want is to be loved and accepted by a God or by anyone who loves us for all our imperfections? Judaism is mostly about the Old Testament of the Bible or what they called the Tanakh.
Then we went to Christianity a religion I should be very familiar with. Unlike Judaism, it moves more into the new testament. Even though it does it still is the same God. Only he sent his one and only son to Earth to be born and to be raised as a man and in the end to die for all the sins of the world past, present and future. As it says in John 3:16
" For God so loved the world the gave his only begotten son that who so ever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life." (KJV Bible John 3:16)
So you see, the God of the Christians loved his people so much he sent his son to die for things he never even done so we can have a chance. As long as we follow the Ten commandments and are faithful to him he will be...