Comparison of World Religions

Brenden Sparks

Christianity

  • 2 billion followers follower
  • The holy book is the Bible
  • Started by Jesus Christ
  • Developed off of Judaism
  • Monotheistic (Jesus)
  • There is one God, who watches over and cares for his people
  • Jesus Christ was the son of God. He died to save humanity from sin. His death and resurrection made eternal life possible for others.
  • Started in Judea
  • Started 2000 years ago
  • Jonah and the whale where the whale swallows Jonah and Jesus helps him get out of the whale
  • Ideas were spread through the Bible, The Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox, and Protestants
  • Jesus Christ

Buddhism

  • 362 million followers
  • Founded by The Buddha
  • Started in Northern India
  • Formed by Siddhartha Gautama
  • Polytheistic (didn't worship to one person)
  • Persons achieve complete and happiness by eliminating their attachment to worldly things.
  • Nirvana is reached by following the Noble Eightfold Path: Right views, right resolve, right speech, right conduct, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration.
  • Started in the 5th century
  • There was once a king named Suddhodana and a queen named Mahamaya who lived in the city of Kapilavastu in the sixth century B.C. One day, as the queen was resting in her palace, she dreamt that a white elephant carrying a white lotus in its trunk entered her right side.
  • Spread by Buddhist monks and nuns
  • Pali Tipitika, Mahayana, Vajrayana Conona are the holy books

Confucianism

  • 6.3 million followers
  • Confucius started it
  • Monotheistic (Confucius)
  • Social order, harmony, and good government should be based on strong family relationships
  • Respect for parents and elders is important to a well ordered society
  • Education is important both to the welfare of the individual and to society
  • Since the 6th - 5th cent. BC
  • Started in China
  • Started to spread when Confucius told other people about his ideas
  • Holy books are Analects and the five Classics