In our previous devotional, we discussed the essential aspects of two major world religions, Islam and Hinduism. Today, we cover Buddhism and Judaism. In our next devotional, I’ll ask the question, “Who’s right?”
Buddhists believe that all suffering is due to desire and that the renunciation of wrong desires leads to nirvana or enlightenment.
They follow the Four Noble Truths:
Like Hindus, Buddhists believe that we will one day become part of reality and cease to exist as individuals.
Judaism is practiced today in three main traditions:
However, each of these traditions focuses in its own way on obedience to the law as the means of pleasing God and receiving his mercy in eternity.
As you can see, these are very different views of eternity and salvation.
If Hindus and Buddhists are right about eternity, Muslims, Jews, and Christians must be wrong.
If we achieve heaven through the five pillars of Islam, all other religions are wrong about salvation.
Only Christianity offers eternal life by God's grace through faith, apart from human works (cf. Ephesians 2:8–9).
These are not different roads up the same mountain, but very different mountains.