Week 10 World View Chart Final – (The Nature of God/Creator)
Religion has been a fascinating topic for years because of the way people have thought about it. Some people understand religion to be an organized system of beliefs and practices that unite an entire group of people into a single moral community or society. Academics, professors, teachers, scholars have tried their best to categorize what makes something or anything a religion in other to differentiate nonspiritual societal organizations around the world, but it is still a journey worth taking. Some people believe that religion was invented by humans to manipulate people around the world. Others say, it is a system designed to help us live with a better organized structure that will make us hold together in a community or society. And others proclaim that in other to believe in a particular religion, one must truly have faith. To understand religion, one must perceive it as the beliefs in an ever-living God. It is a beliefs system that we have with deep thinking and questioning to have confidence in that God is the center of all religion. God created the heavens, earth and everything there that live in it. When we start thinking like this, we get to think deeper about the nature of God when it comes to religion. (Fisher,2017). I chose the topic ‘the Nature of God’ because it is a challenging subject matter.
Every religion belief that the God of their faith is real, and He is the only true One to worship and serve. God is the creator of the world that we humans live in today and He is a spirit, He is self-existent and everlasting, Personal, Triune, Immanent and superior, Finite and Infinite, Unchallengeable, Omnipresent, Omniscient, and Omnipotent. God is Holy and Righteous, Just, truthful and faithful, Loving, Gracious and Merciful. God is spirit and if anyone wants to worship Him must do it in truth and in spirit. God unveils Himself to people that seek him wholeheartedly. He is the triggered of everything we see and do on this earth. He is God, God the son and God the Holy Spirit. He lives with us, His power is unlimited, He is present with us every and anywhere (Kulikovsky,2000).
Since the God we all serve is truly righteous, independent and wants us to live upright in society, different religions tend to worship him in different ways. Some of these religions and their beliefs that will be further discussed are Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Sikhism.
Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Sikhism and Islam share similar religious faith in that they belief that God is utter and finisher of our faith, He is the Almighty God with supreme power that all people must worship. They believe that heaven and hell as well as good and evil exist in this world. These religions want its followers to live, help, think positive about each other, speak of good deeds, and act kindly towards each other. The slight differences about these religions is that Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the only true son of God that came on earth and perish for us all to have a better life and that Jesus is the true path to God. Zoroaster was a prophet of God and he did not allow his followers to worship him, but he rather urge them to follow the true path of righteousness in the teachings of God. Muslims believe that prophet Muhammed was the last teacher of God revelations to humanity and that through him we will all be saved. The Jewish followers of Judaism honestly believe that God does communicate with them through their prophets while encouraging its followers to glue together helping others as well as punishing those with evil deeds. All Sikhs believe that to stay holy in the sight of God they must live by the 5ks;Kesh(it followers must not cut their hair), Kara(the wearing of steel bracelet), Kanga (a womb comb), Kaccha (wearing cotton underwear), and Kirpan(the carrying of Steel Sword)(Adamson,2001). Jains and Buddhists experience enlightenment but Jains believe that they can
obtain enlightenment by the virtue of the five vows of their religion: Truth telling, no stealing from others, no sensuality, no attachments, and ahimsa. The followers of Jainism understanding that these five vows are able to set soul free from any wrongdoing. Buddhists beliefs and practices lie within the four Noble Truth and the Eightfold; which detach them from suffering of this world to accomplish the final goal of freedom. Hindus beliefs and practices are incarnated with idols, temples, gurus, rivers and animals. The Hindus believe and gods and goddesses which help determine their path of their actions of the previous life. I believe that the ultimate goal of the Hindus followers is to stay far away from the law of Karma (Gumusay,2019).
I currently live in a city where I have seen many different religions practices the beliefs openly. I have seen Muslims, Sikhs, and Christians practices their faith. And one thing that puzzle me at times is that how the Almighty God be worshipped from so many diverse perspectives of Him? These religions share so many similarities when it comes to good and evil; heavens and hell; being grateful and helping others as well as thinking positive. Muslims identified with their religion by making sure their women cover their entire body with clothes but just leaving space to see. Sikhs also wrap certain clothes around their hair signifying how dedicated they are to their religion and God. Christians just go to church on Sundays and worship God with whatever clothes they got on. I believe Christianity because God personally send his son to free all mankind from sins as well as giving us the opportunities to keep on asking for forgiveness no matter how many times, we fall short of God’s glory. Jesus came as the son of God and not a prophet.
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Fisher, M.P. (2017). Living Religions. 10th Editions. Pearson Learning Solutions. Boston, MA 02116
Gumusay, A. (2019). Embracing Religions in Moral Theories of Leaderships. Academy Management of Leadership.
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