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Are all Religions the Same?

Updated on June 6, 2010

“All religions are the same” how often do hear this in today’s culture? In movies, on TV and best selling “Christian” books(The Shack) we are hearing this slogan. All religions are one part of the same elephant. Is that true? No!

http://www.religionfacts.com/jesus/religious_views.htm

http://www.religionfacts.com/big_religion_chart.htm

http://israelsmessiah.com/religions/compare/christianity_islam.htm

Let's Compare!

 
God 
Sin 
Views on Jesus 
Salvation
Texts
Afterlife 
 
Christianity 
 One God who is a Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
All men are born with a sin nature due the fall. All have sinned and are thereby separated from God. 
Jesus is the Creator and Messiah, the unique eternal Son of God, a term understood to mean "of the same nature as God". Died on the cross, and was literally raised in a resurrected body.(backed up by 500+ witnesses and biblical and extra bible historical records)
 Repent and Trust in Jesus as the only sacrifice given by God for forgiveness of our sins.
The Bible(The inerrant inspired Word of God) 66 books 40 writers 1 Author(GOD) 
Heaven; which is existence in the eternal presence and loving care of God. Our purpose; to Glorify God. Unrepentant sinners go to eternal separation from God(hell) 
 
Islam 
 God (Allah) is one. Strict monotheism
 Equal ability to do good or evil. God plays no part in man's choices
 View Christ as a prophet only, one of a line of prophets, but not the Son of God. Did not die on the cross.
 Correct belief, good deeds, death defending Islamic beliefs, killing non-Islamic believers, Five Pillars
Qur'an (Koran) written 300+ years after the bible was completed, contradicts itself and the Bible
Eternal paradise: In Islam Paradise is the place where a Muslim will be reclining, eating meats and delicious fruits, drinking exquisite wines, and engaging in sex with beautiful women and young boys Surah 52:17, 19, 20 & 22-24, Hell.
 
 Hinduism
 Polytheistic(many gods)
 Humans are in bondage to ignorance and illusion, but are able to escape. Purpose is to gain release from rebirth, or at least a better rebirth.
 Incarnation of God akin to Krishna, or wise man.
None 
 The Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana, etc
 Reincarnation until gain enlightenment
 
Buddhism
 God is not relevant; essentially agnostic. Some would even say atheistic
 Purpose is to avoid suffering and gain enlightenment and release from cycle of rebirth, or at least attain a better rebirth by gaining merit
 Wise and enlightened man who taught similar things to the Buddha
None 
 Tripitaka (Pali Canon); Mahayana sutras like the Lotus Sutra; others.
  Reincarnation (understood differently than in Hinduism, with no surviving soul) until gain enlightenment
 

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