Christianity, Hinduism, And Islam Essay

1066 Words Sep 10th, 2015 5 Pages
Coming from a Presbyterian background, I’ve had a fairly limited knowledge of most other religions. However, after coming to Webb in sixth grade I began to study many of the other religions in my history classes. Freshman year in World History we spent a brief amount of time learning about the origins of the five largest religions; Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Hinduism is a development of the religion brought to India by the Aryans in around 1500 B.C. These Aryans created a collection of religious scripture and hymns known as the Vedas which are studied by many of todays Hindus. Hinduism is a polytheistic religion, meaning they worship multiple deities for their contributions to the universe. Three of their main deities include Vishnu, Shiva, and Brahma; who together created the world, gave humans live, and balance the population through death. Hinduism also teaches that all living beings have a soul and therefore, must be treated with respect. Because of this, many Hindu people are vegetarians and refuse to kill or eat the products of any animal. Hindus also believe in the cycle of reincarnation, and that the only way to break this cycle is to break all ties from this world and to surrender to their deity.

Although not much is known about the origins of Hinduism, I believe we should take a brief look at how this religion came to be. We should also focus mainly about how Hindus believe they should live their lives in order to escape the cycle…

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