Christianity vs. the World Religions

Many people, desiring to be open-minded about all religions, have entertained the assumption that the brand of religion you choose doesn’t really matter since all paths will ultimately lead to the same God.

However, upon a careful examination of the teachings of popular world religions, we are confronted with some startling differences in beliefs that can not be passed over lightly, but must be carefully considered.

HISTORIC CHRISTIAN DOCTRINES TAUGHT IN THE BIBLE 

FOUNDED

30 A.D.

 

(in the millions)

HINDUISM 

FOUNDED

2000 B.C.

 

 

700,000,000

people

BUDDHISM

FOUNDED

560 B.C.

 

 

300,000,000

people

ISLAM (Muslims) 

FOUNDED

610 A.D.

 

 

1,000,000,000+

people

BAHA’I 

FOUNDED

1844 A.D.

 

  

2,000,000 people

HARE KRISHNA 

FOUNDED

1965 A.D.

 

 

(in the 1000’s of people)

TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION 

FOUNDED

1959 A.D.

 

 

1,000,000 initiated in U.S.

BLACK MUSLIMS

FOUNDED

1931 A.D.

 

 

100,000 people

 

GOD OR GODS?

CHRISTIAN

There are three persons in one God. All of the same substance and nature, co-equal and co-eternal.

HINDUISM

Three main impersonal gods, and millions of lesser gods. 

BUDDHISM

One impersonal god. 

 

ISLAM

One personal God.

BAHA’I

One personal God.

KRISHNA

One Supreme God and many lesser gods.

T.M.

Each individual is, in his true nature, the impersonal God.

BL. MUSLIMS

One personal God.

 

THE HOLY BIBLE TEACHES THAT:

“…there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” – 1 Tim. 2:5.

“For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords), yet for us there is only one God, the Father of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ…” – 1 Cor. 8:5-6.

“…the things Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons, and not to God” – 1 Cor. 10:20.

 

GOD’S NAME

CHRISTIAN

God the Father, God the Son (the Lord Jesus Christ) and God the Holy Spirit.

HINDUISM

Vishnu, Brahma, and Shiva are the three major gods.

BUDDHISM

 

 

ISLAM

 

Allah is the only name of God.

BAHA’I

All religions are one in essence.

KRISHNA

Krishna is the Supreme God and Creator.

T.M.

Vishnu, Brahma, and Shiva are the three major gods.

BL. MUSLIMS

Allah and W.D. Fard was his incarnation.

 

THE HOLY BIBLE TEACHES THAT:

“Therefore God also has highly exalted Him, and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth. And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” – Phil. 2:9-11; Acts 4:10, 12.

 

PROPHET’S NAME

CHRISTIAN

There have been many true & false prophets, but Jesus Christ is the only name by which we can be saved.

HINDUISM 

Numerous Gurus, Avatars, Teachers, and Prophets

BUDDHISM

Buddha is their great teacher.

ISLAM

Muhammad is above all others.

BAHA’I

Baha’u’llah is above all other prophets.

KRISHNA

Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada has been their primary teacher.

T.M.

Marharishi Mahesh Yogi was a disciple of Guru Dev (Divine teacher).

BL. MUSLIMS 

(Until his death in 1977) Elijah Muhammad, who was a disciple of W.D. Fard.

 

IN THE BIBLE, JESUS SAID:

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father but through Me” – John 14:6.

 

WHO IS JESUS CHRIST?

CHRISTIAN

God and the Son. 2nd Person of the Trinity. On earth He was 100% God and 100% man. He was the only sinless man.

HINDUISM

Not God. Not the Son of God. One of the many sons of God.

BUDDHISM

Not God. A mere man who was beneath Buddha in importance.

ISLAM

Not God. A mere man who was beneath Muhammad in importance. He did not die for man’s sins.

BAHA’I

Not God. There is no Trinity. A prophet beneath Baha’u’llah.

KRISHNA

Prabhupada was greater than Jesus. Jesus is not the name given for salvation.

T.M.

Jesus Christ did not suffer.

BL. MUSLIMS

Not God. Jesus was a mere man who was Black and not White.

 

THE HOLY BIBLE SAYS THAT:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God … And the Word became flesh” – Jn. 1:1, 14.

Additional Scriptures:  1 Tim. 2:5; Phil. 2:6-7; Jn. 14:9; 20:28.

 

SIN

CHRISTIAN

Sin is breaking God’s Laws. All people have sinned. The penalty of sin is eternal physical and spiritual death.

HINDUISM

There is no absolute good or evil. 

BUDDHISM

Sin is anything which hinders man’s progress.

ISLAM 

Not following Allah’s commands, and Islamic Law.

BAHA’I

Man is basically good and not a sinner.

KRISHNA

Our sin is that we have forgotten our relationship to Krishna.

T.M.

Sin is caused by people who refuse to look within themselves to find God.

BL. MUSLIMS

The white man is by nature evil. The black man is by nature good and divine.

 

THE BIBLE SAYS THAT:

“…there is none who does good, there is not even one” – Rom. 3:10-12.

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” – Rom. 3:23.

 

WHAT IS CONSIDERED SCRIPTURE?

CHRISTIAN

The Holy Bible is 100% the Word of God, and is the only final authority for doctrine.

HINDUISM

Vedas and Upanishads are the divine writings. They supersede the Bible.

BUDDHISM

Buddha’s teachings supersede the Bible.

ISLAM

The Qur’an is Allah’s final word to man. It supersedes the Bible.

BAHA’I

Baha’u’llah’s writings supersedes the Bible.

KRISHNA

The Bhagavad-gita supersedes the Bible.

T.M.

Falsely claim not to be religious. Their teachings supersede the Bible.

BL. MUSLIMS

The teachings of W.D. Fard, Elijah Muhammad and certain Islamic Laws.

 

SALVATION BY

CHRISTIAN

None of man’s works can save him. Only faith in Christ’s death and resurrection can forgive his sins.

HINDUISM

Human effort and repeated reincarnations.

BUDDHISM

Human works. Only man can save himself.

ISLAM

Only man can pay for his own sins. Man’s works can earn him salvation by obeying moral laws and God.

BAHA’I

Faith in Baha’u’llah and good works.

KRISHNA

Worshiping and chanting to Krishna brings us into a relationship with God.

T.M.

Becoming conscious of our divinity.

BL. MUSLIMS 

They worship a black God who will return and liberate them.

 

THE HOLY BIBLE TEACHES THAT:

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast” – Eph. 2:8-9.

“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” – Acts 16:31.

“He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy…” – Titus 3:5.

 

VARIOUS TEACHINGS

CHRISTIAN

Only Jesus claimed He was the Creator God, and only He said that He had become a sinless man to die for the sins of His fallen creation. The confirmation of these statements occurred when He was physically resurrected.

HINDUISM

Reincarnation. Karma. Life in this world is meaningless. Every man is God. In their sacred books, there are fantastic descriptions of human sacrifice surrounded by wild sexual orgies. Reverence animals.

BUDDHISM 

Reincarnation. Karma. Universal suffering is caused by craving, which can be eliminated by Buddha’s “Eightfold Path” of self-righteousness. Though Buddha only claimed to be man, in time, his followers made him a god.

ISLAM

Encourage a violent dedication to their religion. They believe that Judas died on the cross and not Jesus. Their heaven is depicted as a place of eternal sensuous pleasure.

BAHA’I

Aims at the unity of all religions, which are said to be one in their fundamental principles. Jesus was not physically resurrected. Baha’u’llah is the Holy Spirit.

HARE KRISHNA

The Bhagavad-Gita tells of Krishna having 16,108 wives, and during one 6 month long night Krishna made love to 100 women without their husbands knowing about it.

T.M.

In the T.M. initiation ceremony, bowing down to Guru Dev is mentioned 22 times. In addition to this, 3 main Hindu gods are glorified. They believe that there is no difference between God and the creation.

BLACK MUSLIM

The world since Adam has been white and corrupt. The world of tomorrow will be black and righteous.

 

CONCLUSIONS

The primary belief of all non-Christian religions is that man can either:

  • 1) be pleasing to God;
  • 2) become God or a god;
  • 3) find God-consciousness; or
  • 4) become righteous – through his own good works. Though the works may consist of chanting, fasting, meditating, or following religious laws, they ultimately encourage the belief that man can, of his own initiative, perfect himself.

 

THE CHRISTIAN VIEW

As presented in the Holy Bible, man’s self-righteous efforts only bring glory to himself and not to God. It was God’s intention in creating man to have intimate fellowship with him. Though man disobeyed God and broke their original relationship, God loved man so much that He was willing to become a man (God the Son – the Lord Jesus Christ) and take the punishment upon Himself which all men deserved. After living a sinless life, Jesus died on the cross for the sins we had committed.