Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, And Judaism

1644 Words Feb 21st, 2016 7 Pages
The following religions Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Judaism are among the top religions when evaluating the number of followers they encompass worldwide (Henderson, 2005, p.1). Through assessing these major belief systems and their views, diversity between them is apparent. These multiplicities range from Hindus who acknowledge multitudes of gods to Muslims who believe in one God, Allah. Although the variety of beliefs and practices exist their remains some central concepts such as the belief that one being will bring about the unification of religions. For example, Buddhists belief they will experience the coming of Maitrya, Hindus believe in coming of the Kalki Avata, the Jews and Christians believe in a Messiah and the Muslims believe in the coming of Mahdi (Woodward, 2000). The Hand of Bodhista Maitreya is an artifact that communicates the concept that these religions, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Judaism, all believe that a unifying religion will one day come to fruition. Artifacts such as, Hand of Bodhista Maitreya, can represent the faith of Buddhism but in addition hold within its art form a universal concept that represents beliefs of other faiths. Some argue that the artifact, Hand of Bodhista Maitreya, is a fragmented from a full body statue that represents Maitreya that is only significant to the Buddhist community; however this representation of Maitreya is relevant to religions and societies all over the world, because…
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