Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Your Eternal Salvation

The question of eternal salvation is one that each of the world's four major religions (Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism) offers a different take on.
According to the Christian view on salvation, there is agreement that you can only attain your eternal salvation after accepting Jesus Christ into your live and following his teachings, though different schools of thought in the Christian church have different takes on what makes the acceptance of Jesus Christ into one's life; with the Catholics leaning more towards baptism (as the mark of birth into the Christian family destined for eternal life) and protestants leaning more towards the prayer of confession - as the act through which one is born into the Christian family, which is destined for salvation. All in all, there is agreement in the Christian community that once one has accepted Jesus and invited him into their life; they have to lead a life which is pleasing to God if they are to have eternal salvation.
Islam's take on your salvation is somewhat more like the protestant Christian take on the same, where it is your confession of the Shaada' (the confession that there is only one God, and Allah is his name, and Mohammed is his prophet), which gives you entry into the Muslim family destined for eternal salvation. But that having made that confession, you have to live a life that is pleasing to God if you are to get that salvation when you die, and in the day of Qiyama (at the end of the world).
The Buddhist take on the question of your eternal salvation, on the hand is to the effect that to get that eternal salvation, you have to overcome the cycle of reincarnation (deaths and rebirths). This can be achieved mainly by works of good (good Karma) and meditation. Should you find enlightenment during your meditation in your lifetime, according to the Buddhists, then you would become a Buddha yourself - and thereby have found your salvation from the cycle of rebirths and deaths. But even if you don't find enlightenment in your lifetime, but continue to do good (improve your Karma), you increase your chances of being borne in a higher form - that is, as a better being - the next time, which would significantly increase your chances of finding enlightened, and thereby gaining your salvation - and getting freed from the cycle of rebirths and deaths. Of course, the finer nuances of how to go about seeking your eternal salvation differ from one Buddhist sect to the other - but the basics hold true throughout the religion.
The Hindu take on the question of your eternal salvation is somewhat close to that of Buddhism (Buddhism itself having been born in India - the cradle of Hinduism - before spreading into the other parts of Asia, where it found even wider acceptance). So in Hinduism, getting your salvation is all about overcoming the cycles of death and rebirth, something that is attainable through piety and doing goods works.

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