It is evident human beings have a spiritual problem requiring a spiritual solution. Different opinions exist in various religions. Do we need salvation, liberation or enlightenment? Let’s explore four worldviews together: Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Judaism, and see how those belief-systems compare to Christianity.
The primary path to salvation centers around repentance, submission to Allah, the Qur’an and the “Five Pillars” of Islam:
- Shahada: The daily profession of faith.
- Sala: Prayer toward Mecca five times a day.
- Ramadan: This is the month of fasting (Sawm).
- Zakat: Almsgiving: Donations of 2.5% to charity.
- Hajj: Muslims are expected to make at least one pilgrimage to Mecca.
The goal in Hinduism is to achieve god-consciousness and thus escape the cycle of rebirths (Samsara) and ascend to higher planes of existence. This is termed “liberation” (Moksha).
Buddhism (Nirvana—extinction of personal existence)
Final liberation for any Buddhist is Nirvana—described as non-being, the extinction of personal existence by absorption into pure Being. To achieve Nirvana, a person must embrace the “four noble truths” and live by the “Noble Eightfold Path.”
Judaism (Covenant—beriyth—keeping the Torah)
Personal salvation in Judaism is based on repentance, good deeds and adherence to the 613 commandments of the Torah, mixed with a strong trust, not in self-achieved righteousness, but the mercy of God.
Christianity (Salvation—deliverance from sin and its affects, spiritual rebirth)
Numerous promises hinged to conditions effect this end.
- Repentance (Acts 3:19).
- Conversion (Acts 3:19).
- Faith (Eph. 2:8).
- Confession (Rom. 10:9-10).
- Receiving Jesus into the heart (Eph. 3:17).
- Calling on the name of the Lord (Rom. 10:13).
- Spiritual rebirth (John 3:1-3).
- Baptism (Matt. 28:19, Acts 2:38).
Many helpful articles and personal transformation stories can be found on our comparative religion website: thetruelight.net
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