Taoism And Confucianism

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When the government structure in China fell apart creating chaos emerged two major religions, Taoism and Confucianism. These two roles played a big part during this time to get things back in order. The difference between both religions is how they believed the structure should be. Taoism was not into much of the government. They believe the least the government the better. Lao-tzu who is the founder of Taoism is known for saying “Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish” – do not overdo it (p. 180). By doing so, they will live a simple quiet life. In Confucianism, their belief is much different. The Confucians believe in a big government with an order. Confucius, the founder of Confucianism, believed if society lived by “Li”, …show more content…

As an infant, his parents sent him into the sea for safety. He was rescued by the daughter of the pharaoh of Egypt (p. 245). The difference with Moses was raised in a royal family not born into one. This stood out to me for the fact that both came from different classes of a family with a purpose in life. It shows you do not have to be wealthy to have a purpose in life.
Another thing both Moses and Zoroaster had in common was they were both called by God at an older age to find out their purpose in life. At a crucial time in Zoroaster’s life, he had a vision of Vohu Mana an archangel who appeared in the size of a man. He was told there is only “one true God, Ahura Mazda” and he would become a prophet. This archangel continued to appear to Zoroaster several more times as he continued to preach the revelation of Ahura Mazda (p. 227). Like Zoroaster, Moses was in a crucial part in his life after being exiled to the Sinai Desert for killing an Egyptian in self-defense when the God of Abraham appeared to him. The difference is God revealed himself to Moses speaking through a burning bush. God commanded Moses to return to Egypt and free the Israelites from slavery. God continued guiding Moses to freedom. This stood out to me because I am familiar with this story and learned more about it.
Finally, there are the beliefs of the souls after death. Both Zoroastrianism and Judaism believe the souls go to a place after they leave the body.

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