World Religions Essay

1147 words - 5 pages

Have you ever wondered what are other religions after yours origins and founders, there leadership, and their beliefs? Well most of the religions in the world have been founded by someone, most have people who are devoted to their religion and they teach other people about their religion, and all of the religions have an ultimate goal to accomplish; as for Islam, Buddhism, and Judaism are not the exception. Islam, Buddhism, and Judaism founders before they began their religion were normal men who where searching for a good life in this world. Buddhism's founder Siddharta Gautama founded his religion all by meditating why there were so many suffering in this world; whereas Islam and Judaism founders, Muhammad and Abraham, received a word from God and they believed in it. Their leadership is found here on Earth, in the Islam religion people have a direct relationship with God (Allah); as for Buddhism and Judaism they have people who teaches others about God. Their beliefs are a little bit similar in al religions. In the Islam religion to reach salvation you have to follow the five pillars and Moska; whereas in Buddhism they have to follow the Noble Eightfold Path to reach Nirvana. In Judaism they have to follow the 10 commandments and God will to go to heaven. In the Islam religion Muhammad was born in a mixed religion community. He was raised by his grandfather and uncle because he was orphaned at the age of six. In Buddhism Siddharta Gautama was born into a noble family. In Judaism Abraham was born in a humble family. All three religions are similar but in some ways different in their origins and founders, leadership and beliefs.In all three religions there are differences and similarities in there origins and founders. In the Islam religion Siddharta was destined to become a universal spiritual leader. Siddharta decided to spend his life searching for religious truth and the end for suffering. In the other hand Muhammad from Buddhism received a word form God. He had to proclaim that God (Allah) was the only god. As well as Buddhism, Judaism founder Abraham received a word from God that told him to live his family except his wife, Sarai, and go to a land that He would give him. God made a promise with Abraham that if he and the Hebrew would do his will he would take care of them and extend his generation all over the world. All these three religions have in common that they were founded by a men who led others to their truth. Abraham was chosen by God to be the "father" of the Hebrew, also Muhammad was chosen to be one of the last prophets; whereas Siddharta wondered all through the Indias in the search of enlightment or wisdom until he figured it out by 49 days of meditation.In Judaism and Buddhism they have leadership; whereas Islam does not have any leadership. In Islam there is no leadership at all because each person have a direct communication with Allah. In Buddhism there are people who take vows called monks and nuns, they have to live a life of poverty, they have to be non violent, and they can not marry. They go all over India spreading Buddha's teachings, to live they have to receive charity from others and if they didn't receive they wouldn't eat. In Judaism is some different, Rabbis show Jews that there is only one God, who watches over and cares for you. The Rabbis leads synagogue or temples which there they show their beliefs. Islam, Buddhism, and Judaism all show how important is to live a good life here on earth.Their beliefs are quite different from each other mostly Buddhism is the most different of Islam and Judaism. In the Islam religion persons achieve salvation by following the Five Pillars of Islam and living a just life; whereas in Buddhism persons achieve complete peace and happiness by achieving Nirvana which is the Buddha's word for release from selfishness and pain. Judaism is similar to Islam but instead of following the Five Pillars of Islam they have to follow the ten commandments and God (Yahweh) will. The Five Pillars of Islam are: faith; almsgiving, or charity to the poor; fasting, which Muslims perform during Ramadan; pilgrimage (to Mecca); and prayers 5 times a day. To achieve Nirvana Buddhists have to follow the Eightfold Path which is: right views; right aspirations; right speech; right conduct; right livelihood; right endeavor; right mindfulness; and right meditation. The ten commandments of Judaism are: Thou shall not have any other gods before me, thou shall not make unto thee any graven image, thou shall not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain, remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy, honor thy mother and thy father, thou shall not kill, thou shall not commit adultery, thou shall not steal, thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor, and thou shall not covet anything against thy neighbor. Also in Judaism they believe that God watches over everyone in this world and that he forgives your sins but you have to receive your punishment for your sin. Islam and Judaism when you died and did all that you had to follow you went to heaven but in Buddhism if you haven't achieved Nirvana you would reincarnate until you reached Nirvana and go to heaven. These three religions have different beliefs but in the end they have the same goal to go to heaven.Islam, Buddhism, and Judaism their origins and founders are part of their history; their leaders here on earth are important because they teach them and in Islam their relationship with God; and the main thing is to accomplish their beliefs to reach Heaven at the end. Each founder and their origins in these three religions were important all of the founders founded their religion in different ways as well as their origins are different. All of them wanted a better life. In the Islam religion people had a direct relationship with God (Allah); in Buddhism monks and nuns teach Buddha's teachings; and in Judaism, Rabbis spread Gods word. All three religions have a different way of reaching Heaven. They have to follow a different procedure. I think its good that every religion has a goal and their guide for showing how to live a good life.

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