christianity vs hinduism

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Religion is known as one's service and worship to God or another supernatural being. It is a commitment and devotion to religious faith or observance based on one's beliefs. Religion is a sacred engagement that is believed to be a spiritual reality. The community to which they belong determines the objects that humans consider to be sacred. In some instances a heavenly god may be the center of a religion. In other cases it may be saviors, scriptures, and even the sacraments involved with that particular belief system (Encarta Encyclopedia 2005).

Hinduism and Christianity are two religions that have been around for thousands of years. These religions have developed philosophies on certain subjects that can be compared in order to show their similarities and differences. Some of the main subjects that can be reflected upon after learning of the history and fundamentals of these religions are the paths to enlightenment/salvation, and the afterlife.

One of the most important elements of these religions is their history. The Hindu religion disputably began around 2500 years before the Common Era (B.C.E.) in India. It was geographically based along the Indus River, which was called "Hindu" by the Persians who had migrated there. They also called the land Hindustan and it's inhabitants, Hindus. After that, the religion that followed was called Hinduism. Today, almost 800 million people practice the Hindu religion (Worlds, 261). More than a religion, Hinduism is a way of life and a philosophy that is most concerned with spirituality and enlightenment. The idealism of the Hindu religion comes from the Vedas, which are the Hindu religion's oldest scriptures and are considered to be a direct revelation of God. The Upanishads are writings that take their themes from the Vedas.

According to Smith "Christianity is the most widespread and has the largest...