Comparison And Contrast Of World Religions

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Comparison and Contrast of World Religions The religions of the world, while differing greatly in their specifics, are surprisingly similar. The three most prevalent religions in the world are Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism, in that order. All believe in a higher power that presides over and created man. Islam originated in approximately 609 C.E., or Common Era, and Christianity originated around 33 C.E. which is supposedly when Jesus Christ was crucified. The main prophet of Islam, Muhammad, is supposedly of the lineage of Jesus Christ. Both religions consider Abraham the father of the people of Israel, his son Ishmael being the “Father of the Arabs” and his son Isaac being the “Father of the Hebrews”. Hinduism originated in India in about 2,000 B.C.E., or Before Common Era. Hinduism differs from Islam and Christianity in that it is polytheistic, meaning that Hindus believe in more than one higher power or god. The three most common religions of the world have a plethora of major similarities and differences, but there is a clear explanation for this seemingly contradictory statement. Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism have many major characteristics in common, much like most theistic religions. All three believe that one or more benevolent, ethereal beings control the happenings of the Earth. In Christianity this is God, Elohim, Jehovah, etc. Christians believe in the Holy Trinity, as described by Matt Slick in his article “What is The Trinity?”, “The word ‘trinity’ is…
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