Eastern And Western Religions : Religions

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Eastern and Western religions have significant differences in regard to their views of the divine, their beliefs in what happens after death, and the way they worship.
Religions are based on their views of the divine, and the Eastern and Western religions differ in their beliefs. The three Western religions are all monotheistic, believing in one God. Judaism, the first Western religion, has no single creed of beliefs, and their specific beliefs in the divine may differ based on geography and sect. However, the main idea that binds Jewish believers is an omnipresent, omnibenevolent, omnipotent, and omniscient being. This belief is also held by Christianity, which began as a sect of Judaism. Some forms of Christianity, such as Catholicism, believe that Jesus Christ was both divine and incarnate when he walked the earth. This forms the belief in the Holy Trinity, that God is present as the Father, the son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Muslims believe in Allah as an omnipresent, omniscient power who is both creator and master, and it is the duty of Muslims to follow and please him.
Eastern religions have different views of the divine for each religion. Hinduism, the oldest religion, is monistic, believing in one Great Power known as Brahman, as well as 330 million Gods who each express a different aspect of Bahman. These Gods are worshipped in various ways, as various avatars. Buddhism does not inherently believe in a higher power, it is not explicitly discussed in Buddhist…
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