Hinduism: Polytheistic or Monotheistic? Regarded as the 3rd largest religion in the world, originating back to 2750-1750 BCE, Hinduism is a very unique religion practiced mostly by India (80 Percent). When asking the question whether this religion is polytheistic or monotheistic, it can be said that Hinduism can really be considered both of these terms due to different aspects. Hinduism is polytheistic, meaning that this religion worships many different gods all containing different elements, but Hinduism also is monotheistic, as its origins come from one sacred book, the Bhagavad Gita. Hinduism worshipers believe in many different gods, and worshipers participate in different pujas (rituals) to these gods.
Judaism and Christianity can be comparable religions, but essentially they believe that there is only one God. Judaism mainly stress on having only one God and the unity of it. Christianity can be sometimes misunderstood, as Christians believe that the one God is the Holy Trinity. Therefore they both have a similarity of having one god. Both two religions believe that this God is the beginning and cause of all that came to earth.
Jesus testimonies to an intense relationship to a single deity, that he referred to as his father. This relationship was believed to have given Jesus the ability to perform miracles to the dead and sick, healing them or bringing them back, all in his God’s names. Buddhists have denied any supernatural methods, believing that they must end suffering with self efforted ethical living. Christianity and Buddhism have similar core beliefs, but Christianity walks toward the path of a God while Buddhism does
Imagine a calendar minus all traditional U.S. holidays? Jehovah Witnesses are a sect of Christianity but do not believe in the traditional Christian or U.S. holidays. Religions are vast in terms of selecting one’s belief with Jehovah Witnesses being one of the forms of Christianity. This paper will explore how this form of Christianity came to be, which parts of the Christian faith a Witness chooses to practice, and their everyday life. The Jehovah witness form of Christianity came to be in 1872 by Charles Taze Russell.
Plato's belief was that “moral virtues are universal and absolute, not relative (Hunt, Martin, Rosenwein, Smith 2010).” he believed that it was the way people are whether they were good or bad, and that nothing can be changed about it. Plato was the first man to believe that the person's spirit is different from the body itself. According to David Davidson “Platonism is part of the vital structure of Christian theology (Davidson)." Which helped influence Christianity since Plato believed that there was a perfect world for people, which is what the Christian believed to be heaven. Plato was not Christian but Platonism did help people understand Christianity a bit better.
While many do believe monotheism evolved from polytheism, there are some polytheistic religions with monotheistic overtones (History Stack Exchange 732). Given their interrelatedness, it would be an oversimplification to state that the number of gods each religion has is what differentiates one belief system from another. More accurately, while most polytheistic religions have differing accounts of how time and the universe began and was created, monotheistic religions believe that one supreme God, who is unique above all else, is the sole creator of all things, beings, the universe, the cosmos, literally everything in
Hinduism has grown to roughly 900 million followers. There are three great religions and Hinduism comes in third, after Christianity and Islam, even though it is the oldest religion. It began in 2500- 1500 B.C.E. inside the Indus Valley Civilization. There has been findings in the Harappa & Mohenjo Daro civilization, and today’s Pakistan.
The idea that secularism originates from Christianity depends extensively on how secularism is defined. Some define it as a place, conversation or attitude completely lacking in religious elements, or according to William Connolly in part seven of The Myth of Secularism, a separation and restriction of private faith and beliefs from public discussion. Others see it as all faiths and religions having equal status, and everyone is allowed to search out truth in their own way, which is more closely defined as pluralism and heavily embedded in relativism. In terms of no religious implication, Christianity, although not necessarily instituted as a religion, but as a way of life, still demands the constant living out of beliefs about of truth and
If the heart is right with God and the willingness to do right things, then it will cover up all of the problem. The purity of heart will express modesty itself. According to Pollard we can conclude,” Christian modesty is the inner self-government, rooted in a proper understanding of one’s self before God, which outwardly displays itself in humility and purity from a genuine love for Jesus Christ, rather than in self-glorification or self-advertisement” (2003,
The concept of God in both the religions are different. Christianity preaches that there is one God who is omnipresent and that the only way to the almighty god is through Christ and his teachings, the bible. On the other hand, Buddhism does not believe in any external god. Another difference lies in the concept of soul or self. Buddhism considers the soul to be an illusion while, Christianity says it is eternal and real.
There are some similarities with my beliefs and Hinduism. For instance, their idea of Brahman as the one true God is similar to my belief that Christ is the one true God. The Vedas of Hinduism received by ancient saints are comparable to the ten commandments received by Moses. The Hinduism ideas of souls (atman) being immortal, neither created or destroyed are similar to my belief; however, I believe that my soul and body were created by God, I do believe that it will live on while my body does not. Hindus believe that everyone should strive to reach dharma, or "right way", this is comparable to my foundation and what I strive for daily; I attempt to do what is right and fulfill my responsibilities every day.