God, The Answer Of Life And Death

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Ever since people could imagine, they questioned what is life, what is the meaning of life and what happens after death. Religion is the answer. Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are the Western religions, or Abrahamic religions, because they all believe in Abraham, an important prophet in all three faiths. These religions believe in one all-powerful God who created the world.1 There are many Eastern religions, but the main two are Hinduism and Buddhism. Both religions believe in the idea of reincarnation, the cycle of death and rebirth. 2 These five major religions, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam, provide the major explanations of life and death and why people are here. ...view middle of the document...

The bible and the Qur'an are guides for Christians and Muslims on how to go to Heaven or paradise. The Tanakh is consist of many stories and the past of the Israelites. Unlike Western religions, the Eastern holy scriptures do not have a single holy book. Instead, there are multiple writings.The Eastern holy writings are broken up into multiple books. The Buddhist holy book is the Tripitaka, which consists of three sections. The first is the Vinaya Pitaka or basket of discipline, which explains how to live as a monk. The second is the Sutta Pitaka, basket of discourse, which includes the life and teachings of the first of the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama. The last part is the Abhidhamma Pitaka, Basket of Special Doctrine, which is a section of additional texts. The Tripitaka was put together around 500 B.C.E. Written around 1,400 B.C.E, The Vedas are much older then the Tripitaka. The Vedas are the Hindu holy scriptures. Each of the Vedas concentrate on different topics, such as songs, chants, sacrifices and incarnations.7 Many people believe that the Vedas were transmitted orally for almost 8,000 years, making it older than the Old Testament, created in approximately 3950 B.C.E. All five writings are very important to their religions because they give the believers a source of knowledge that can guide them how to live their lives.The world and life are creations of gods. Each religion has its own way of explaining how the world was created. In the Abrahamic religions, each religion has an all powerful God who created the world. Although all the Western religions believe in a single Gods, that God is where they differ. Christians believe in the trinity, which is belief in one God in three parts: God the father, God the Son, and God the holy spirit. Muslims and Jews think of the trinity as three Gods. Also, Christians believe that Jesus is God incarnate opposed to an important prophet of Western religion. In Hinduism, there are many gods and goddesses, both evil and good, one named Brahma is the ancestor of all Gods and Demons. Brahma is the Hindu god who created the world. The universe was said to be entirely water only containing one golden egg. The egg broke into two and Brahma emerged to create the universe.8 In Buddhism, they do not have Gods. They also do not believe in the past and do not address, pay attention or care about how the world was created.9Gods also can answer another question people have: what is the meaning of life? In Islam, the all powerful God, Allah, created the world. According to the Qur'an, the purpose of life is to worship Him and prove surrender to His will.10 In Judaism, the purpose of life is to show love to God by performing his commandments which will change and save the world. 11"What is after death?" is a fearful question without religion. Religion turns the fear of death into a paradise. In the Abrahamic religions, there is a heaven and a hell. Heaven is a perfect paradise, while hell is a place of evil and...

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