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Christianity vs Confucianism

Christianity vs Confucianism

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Christianity
Jesus Christ
Confucianism
Founder: Jesus Christ Confucius
Place of worship: Church, Chapel, Cathedral, basilica. Temple.
Literal Meaning: Christian: Meaning "Follower of Christ" Follower of Confucius.
Place of origin: Jerusalem China
Practices: Prayers, Sacraments, worshipping in Church, reading the Holy Bible. Visit to temples to pay homage to Ti'en(God or Heaven), Confucius, and/or ancestors. Neo-Confucianists practice 'Jing zuo,' or 'Quiet Sitting,' as a kind of meditation.
Clergy: Priests, monks, nuns, ministers, & bishops, and deacons. Pastors and some churches Board of Elders Sages, bureaucrats, etc.
Use of statues and pictures: Used in Catholic & Orthodox Christianity; Depections are not represented in most Protestant denominations. Permitted.
Concept of Deity: Believe in the Trinity. Three persons in one Godhead: Father, Son and Holy Spirit Most believe in One God(Ti'en; or Heaven), but, in the way that a Deist would, rather than as a Christian or a Sikh would. Ancestors are also worshipped.
Branches: Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox. Neo Confucianism, Han Confucianism, Contemporary Confucianism, Japanese Confucianism, Vietnamese Confucianism, Singapore Confucianism.
Scriptures: Holy Bible, a collection of canonical books in two parts (the Old Testament and the New Testament), varies in the old(depending on if its a Protestant, Catholic, or Orthodox)Bible, and 27 in the new testament. Analects of Confucius and Mencius; I Ching; Doctrine of Mean, etc.
Status of Adam: Adam was the first man created by God. He fell into temptation and brought sin and death to the human race. N/A.
Geographical distribution and predominance: Worldwide. Africa, Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia. Confucianism has influenced East Asia for over two millenia.
About: Following Our Lord Jesus Christ. Refers to philosophy and religious traditions that focused on respect, humanism, and honour.
Angels: Angels are God's messengers. There is no concept of angels in Confucianism.
Geographical predominance: Christianity has spread worldwide across all six settled continents, predominantly Europe, North, Central, and South America, Australia, and New Zealand Asia
Principle: God created man. Man sinned and fell under its curse. God redeems sinful man through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Those that He redeems, He regenerates and they become "born-again". Confucianism all about the brotherhood of humanity.
Views on other religion: God has provided one way for men to become right with Him, and that way is through Jesus Christ. All other religions are vain and futile attempts to win favor with God and are thus false. Sees no contraction in following more than one religion.
Holy days: Sunday is the Lord's Day, Good Friday, Easter, and Christmas. Chinese New Year, Teacher Day, Ancestor Day.
Time of origin: Approx. 33 AD. Approx. 2500 B.C.
Definition: Follower of the Christ Follower of Confucius.
Belief of God: God is the Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent, Holy, Just, Loving Creator of the Universe. One God. Ancestors also worshipped, though.
Goal of religion: To gain Eternal Salvation in Heaven. To have a structured society.
View of Abrahamic religions: Judaism is incomplete without the Messiah; Both Islam and Baha'i are wrong to believe in men that are greater than the Messiah Confucianism is an Oriental religion. Not an Abrahamic religion. Confucianism sees no contradiction in following more than one path.
Status of women: They can become nuns in the Catholic and Orthodox Churches and can be priests to Protestant churches. For the most part, women are equal to men in modern-day society. However, the Bible says women are inferior to men in multiple places. Socially inferior to men.
Belief: Jesus is our Lord and Savior. Confucianism is both a religion and a philosophy of China, and of Asia as a whole. It stresses human conduct over belief in God.
View of the Buddha: A sinner in need of God's redemption just like everyone else. Buddha is followed by many Confucianists.
Prophet: Moses, Abraham, John the Baptist, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekial, Nahum, Elijah, Elisha, Obadiah, Amos, Hosea, Zechariah, Zephaniah, Malachi, Daniel, Nathan, and many others Confucius.
Concept of God: One God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. One God
Life after death: Man is appointed to die once, and after that come judgment. Those that are redeemed, live on in Heaven, those that rejected God suffer for eternity in Hell. To be worshipped as ancestors.
View of Oriental religions: Pagan. Confucianists see no contradiction in following more than one religion.
View of Animistic religions: Pagan. Confucianism sees no contradiction in following more than one religion.
Three Jewels: Christ, Grace, and Virtue The Three Teachings: Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism.
View of other Dharmic religions: All religions outside of belief in Christ's death and reconstruction for our sins are false. Confucianism is an Oriental religion, not a Dharmic one. However, most Confucianists follow Buddhism as well.
Marriage: Monogamistic: "And two shall become one". One man and one woman are united under God in the holy sacrament of Matrimony. In Heaven, marriage does not exist. Social order between man and wife.
View of other Abrahamic religions: According to Christian doctrine, Judaism is a true religion, but with incomplete revelation (incomplete without the Messiah). Confucianism sees no contradiction in following more than one path.
Prophets: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prophets_of_Christianity They do not believe in prophets. They believe in sages and philosophers.
Population: 2.4 Billion includes Catholics, Protestants, and all other Christians. Approx. 6,000,000.
Second coming of Jesus: Affirmed, No one knows the date of return not even Jesus, only the Father N/A.
Identity of Jesus: Son of the Living God, and Saviour of the world, and 2nd person of the Godhead. N/A.
Birth of Jesus: Virgin Birth, though the Father. N/A.
Promised Holy one.: Christ both the First & Second Comings. The Superior Man.
View of God: One God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. One God.
Place and Time of origin: Jerusalem 33 AD China approx. 2500 B.C.
Confessing sins: Catholic & Orthodox Christians confess their sins to the priest, in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Most Protestants do not believe in the Sacrament of Confession. N/A.
Human Nature: Man has inherited "original sin" from Adam. Mankind then is inherently evil and is in need of forgiveness of their sin. Humans should respect those who are superior to them.
Rites: The Sacraments: Minimum 2; Maximum 7. Ceremonies.
Abrahamic Lineage: Through Isaac & Jacob, because they are Christ's Ancestors(& also because of Isaac's near-sacrifice prefigured Christ's Own Sacrifice). N/A.
Means of salvation: Through Christ's Death, and Resurrection. By faithfully observing the following: Li=ritual, propriety, and etiquette. Hsaio=Love between parents and children. Yi=Righteousness. Xin=Honesty. Jen=Benevolence. Chung=Loyalty to one's state.
Holy days/Official Holidays: Christmas (birth of Jesus), Good Friday (death of Jesus for our sins), Sunday (day of rest) Easter (resurrection of Jesus) Chinese New Year, Teacher Day, Ancestor Day.
Praying to Saints,Mary, and Angel: Permitted in Catholic, Orthodox, and Anglican(Episcopalian) Churches, Protestants do not have Saints' intercession. N/A.
Resurrection of Jesus: Affirmed. N/A.
Clothes: No Prohibitions Confucianists wear robes.
imams identified as: N/A. N/A.
God's role in salvation: Salvation is a completely free gift from the Lord and comes by grace alone through faith in Jesus Christ only. This faith is demonstrated thorugh accepting his message of selfless compassion and producing good works in keeping with repentance. Everything is done according to His Will.
Original Language(s): Aramaic, Greek, & Hebrew Mandarin or Cantonese.
Views on the afterlife: Eternal life in Heaven or Hell. To be worshipped by one's descendants and their families.
Original Languages: Aramaic & Greek. Mandarin or Cantonese
Virtue in which religion is based upon: Selfless love. Respect.
Religious Law: Christians no longer live under the curse of the law but under grace. We are still expected to live by the law. Humanism
Authority of Dalai Lama: N/A. N/A.
Religion which atheists may still be adherents of: No. Faith plays an important role in the life of the Christian. Yes, since the Confucian view of God is on par with Deism, it is more about man's relationship with man, than about the Divine.
Authority of Pope: The Catholic Church teaches that the Papacy goes all the way back to St. Peter; the Coptic Church's Popes go back to St. Mark; Orthodox Churches also have Apostolic Succession;Protestants do not believe in Apostolic Succession or having a Pope. N/A.
Goal of Philosophy: Salvation Social Harmony.

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