Final Reflection Paper On Religion
a.) Connect the sacred writings of the world’s major religious traditions and their importance for life decisions of adherents.
Often, religious scriptures describe a way one should live their life. Some examples scriptures may direct a person to live their life is by completing religious sacraments, performing religious rituals/traditions, dressing a certain way, eating certain food or even acting a certain way. In regards to the topic I researched (criteria people must meet in order to reach the afterlife of their religion), I found that with the religions I researched - Christianity, Hinduism and Scientology -, Christian and Hindu both have sacred writings/scripture that talk about how they should live their …show more content…
The most prominent moral code that Christians follow is the 10 Commandments. Christians follow the moral code of the 10 Commandments because Jesus said “Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:17-19). In other words, those who follow (and teach) the moral precepts of the 10 Commandments will be honoured in Heaven. Reaching and being honoured in Heaven - the Christian afterlife - is a goal that many Christians share and as a result of these rules, many devout Christians try to live their lives in accordance to theses rules. Unlike Christianity, the Hindu religion doesn’t express their moral code as a set of rules, but instead expresses their moral code in many truths to one path. These paths includes the Path of Devotion, the Path of Knowledge and the Path of Good Works, which all lead to Moksha. Hindus believe that they must follow these life paths/moral codes to reach the ultimate goal in life; attaining Moksha. Scientologists apply three main codes in life. One is called the Auditor’s Code, which is the basic rules an auditor must abide by to ensure superior auditing results. The second is the Code of a Scientologist, which are the basic rules members of the religion must follow to achieve the goals of the religion. Another is the Code of Honour and the fourth is The way to Happiness, developed by L. Ron Hubbard. Through researching my topic, I was able to discover that these moral codes and precepts of these religions are a prominent path people must take to reach the afterlife they believe in. Whether one believes they’ll reach Heaven by following the 10 commandments, or reach Salvation by