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Are all religions the same?

No, all religions are not the same. Here are a number of examples: 
  • Atheism, which is a religion because it answers the ultimate questions, says that there is no God, while the other religions say that there is. (The U.S. Supreme Court recognizes Secular Humanism, a major form of Atheism, as a religion.)

  • Hinduism and some forms of Buddhism teach that there are many ways to God, but Christianity and Islam say that there is only one way.

  • Atheism teaches that we and the universe come from matter, whereas the other religions teach that we come from God.

  • Christianity, Islam, and Judaism teach that we and the universe come from a Creator God who has personal attributes, while Buddhism and Hinduism teach that we and the universe are part of a oneness that is without personal attributes.

  • Atheism says that we cease to exist after death, but the other religions say that we do continue to exist.

  • Hinduism says that we reincarnate from lifetime to lifetime, but the Bible of Christianity and the Quran of Islam say that we physically die after one life.

  • Buddhism teaches that at death we-our individuality only an illusion anyway-cease to exist as individuals to return to the impersonal oneness that includes everything. In contrast, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism teach that we continue to exist in heaven or hell.

  • Islam teaches that Jesus did not die on the cross and rise from the dead, while the Bible teaches that he did.

  • Christianity says that Jesus is the Messiah predicted in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament), but Judaism says that he is not.

  • Animism, including Shinto, says that there are many goods, whereas Christianity, Islam, and Judaism say that there is only one God.

  • Christianity, Islam, and Judaism teach that there is an essential distinction between good and evil, while Hinduism teaches that there is not because everything is a part of the impersonal oneness that has no distinctions.

  • Animism says that our problem is that we often anger the gods, who must then be appeased by sacrifice and ritual. Christianity says that our problem is a broken relationship with God which must be healed by our confession of faults and our faith in the sacrifice of Jesus for us.





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