Olivia Hafner 4/9/14
Religion Essay Core: 4
The four oldest religions are Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism. They all have different beliefs and allow us to get an idea of how their societies worked. The rules and laws help their people to do the right thing and keep the societies functioning.
All four of these religions have a belief system that effects its people in many ways. Judaism and Christianity believe and follow the Ten Commandments. Christians and Jews are forbidden to do such things as lying, stealing, committing adultery, and committing murder. These religions are attempting to provide a stable, safe, and trustworthy society, in which people live in Godly way. In Hinduism, people believe in Dharma, which is a system of levels of society one is born into. These people are only allowed to marry people from their caste. Their overall most important rule is to not be selfish and to think of others.
They follow the Vedas, which are a collection of sacred writings. This shows that their lives are very structured. Buddhists follow the 8-Fold Path, which guides their followers through their lives to make the right choices and do the right things. They are always depending on the 8-Fold Path to help them. For example, Right Thoughts is a law of the 8-Fold Path, which means that people should think pure and happy thoughts.
All four religions follow a set of rules to keep their societies safe and to maintain a stable society. Christianity and Judaism believe in the Ten Commandments, Hinduism believes in the Vedas, and Buddhism believes in the 8- Fold Path. By eliminating murder, stealing, jealousy, and selfishness, conflict is reduced and integrity is rewarded. The commonalities help all their people to do the right thing and keep...