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Transition From Christianity Essay

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Many religious followers today would classify themselves of “Christian” theology and adherence. If there was a phenomenon that diminished Christian teachings to inaccuracy and abolished its presence from civilization there would be several alternative religions to consider. Of the other four major religions that we have covered this semester it would be a close race to decide which belief system would be the best substitute to prior knowledge taught about Christianity. It would be difficult to forget years of information that Jesus is the Son of God and choosing another religion would have to have some representation of Christianity. The decision has to compare the pros and cons of each alternative between Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism and Islam. Doing so provides a template that proves there would be no definitive winner between the four. If another religion had to be chosen besides Christianity it would be a close decision but Islam would edge out the others slightly.
Forgetting the core teaching of Christianity that Jesus is the Son of God, Islam would best represent the other beliefs that have been instilled upon me. Judaism, predecessor to Christianity, would be a logical choice but presents a difficult challenge when attempting to enter into the Jewish culture. The Jewish doctrine promotes a sense of family and community that comes from the teaching of a covenant with God and the “chosen people” of the Jewish community to adhere to this covenant. Denise Carmody and T.L. Brink state eloquently in Ways to the Center: An Introduction to World Religions, “Few religions are as community minded as Judaism. The Jews were the chosen people – chosen as a group or line rather than as individuals” (154). They take pride in their obligation to keep the community strong but it does not coexist with my belief that every person has been chosen and created by God. This idea would contradict with a belief that God is forgiving and compassionate of all of his creations. I don’t think God cares what a person believes or what religious denomination a person is associated with so long as the conduct represented within one’s life met the approval of Him.
The perception of a loving creator God would also create conflict when considering becoming a follower of Buddhism. Followers of Buddhism believe not only that there is no God, but there is an internal conflict within Buddhism that causes hesitation when thinking of combining current beliefs with theirs. Carmody and Brink realize this discrepancy between the two major schools of Buddhism in reference to being associated with a theistic religion, “The simple answer is that Theravada has said that it is not, that Buddha has just shown the way; Mahayana has said that it is and encourages us to accept Buddha as savior” (269). The idea of there being no God is unappealing and the conflict shows that there is not a clear depiction in the religious scripture of what Siddhartha Gautama was to the people then and for...

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