A Comparison Between Christianity, Scientology and Shitoism Essay example

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Throughout this essay I will be comparing and contrasting the three religions I chose. The religions I chose are Christianity from the in class lecture portion, Scientology from the Western region, and Shintoism from the Eastern Asia region. For each religion I will be comparing their Gods, belief systems, rewards & punishments, and their prophets. I will first start by giving a brief overview of each religion and then finish by comparing the religions. I will begin with Christianity from the in class lecture portion. Christianity has four prophets that were born in Israel between 740-536 BC. Their names were Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel. Christianity believes in one God; the “supreme being.” They believe that God is …show more content…
Scientologist believe in spirit and that man is more than just a product of his environment and more than the genes that make him up. A major belief is that they hold mankind to be naturally good and that salvation depends on oneself and brotherhood with the universe. Scientology does not present evidence of any punishment or reward. Lastly I will talk about Shintoism. Shintoism has no main prophet or founder and has been around since the 6th century BC. Shintoism does not have a distinct God. They have what they call Kami. A Kami is an energy generating phenomena that is sacres. The Kami can possess many forms such as rocks, trees, rivers, animals, and sometimes people. Shintoism is a polytheistic religion. This means “Polytheism is belief in many gods — it's kind of the opposite of monotheism, which is belief in one god. If you believe in polytheism, you have a bunch of gods to thank or blame.” "Polytheism - Dictionary Definition." Vocabulary.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 May 2014.” In Shintoism they worship the Kami in its many forms. The Kami is worshiped at home and in shrines. A major belief of Shintoism is Purification Rituals. A major Purification Rituals is called misogi. Misogi involves natural running water, and especially waterfalls. Rather than being entirely naked, men usually wear Japanese loincloths and women wear kimonos, both additionally wearing

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