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Christianity vs Sikhism

Christianity vs Sikhism

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Founder:Jesus Christ Sahib Sri Guru Nanak Dev Sahib Ji Maharaaj.
Place of origin: Jerusalem Punjab, Pakistan.
Practices:Prayers, Sacraments, worshipping in Church, reading the Holy Bible. The three pillars of Sikhism are: a) To remember God at all times which includes being thankful to God for what you have been given, b) To live your life honestly/with integrity and c) Sharing what you have with those less fortunate.
Clergy:Priests, monks, nuns, ministers, & bishops, and deacons. Pastors and some churches Board of Elders No clergy. The care takers of a Gurdwara are local volunteers (generally). Anybody can lead the prayer. This includes women, who, unlike in certain other religions, are given the same rights as men.
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. Only one who has died can know the secrets of Death. Though, through death it is thought one moves on to another life until the soul reaches oneness with God. A person is judged by their actions and their success in controlling the 5 evils.
Use of statues and pictures:Used in Catholic & Orthodox Christianity; Depections are not represented in most Protestant denominations. Not allowed as considered Idolatry. Pictures of the Sikh Gurus are considered Idolatry and are not accepted from a religious perspective.
Literal Meaning:Christian: Meaning "Follower of Christ" Sikh means "Student" in Persian-Punjabi.
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. Sahib Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaaj (Holy Scripture and final Guru of the Sikhs completed by the 10th Guru, Sahib Sri Guru Gobind Singh Sahib Ji Maharaaj).
Concept of Deity:Believe in the Trinity. Three persons in one Godhead: Father, Son and Holy Spirit Belief in one God and teachings of the Sikh Gurus
Goal of religion:To gain Eternal Salvation in Heaven. To merge with and have the greatest relationship with God possible. To love and obey God unconditionally. Guru Nanak Dev Ji stressed that we should not be afraid of God's wrath, but instead be afraid of not receiving the full benefits of God's love.
Population:2.4 Billion includes Catholics, Protestants, and all other Christians. 30 million
Branches:Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox. Udasis – An order of ascetics and holy men, they are often active as missionaries. · Sahajdharis – Who are clean shaven and do not follow the Khalsa tradition. The Khalsa, who are baptized and follow the traditional practices of Sikhi.
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. Sikhism teaches that men and women are 100% equal in the eyes of God. Women have the exact same rights as men and are to be respected and honored. God loves both equally and neither is better than the other.
Geographical predominance:Christianity has spread worldwide across all six settled continents, predominantly Europe, North, Central, and South America, Australia, and New Zealand Indian Punjab,hundreds of thousands in the US and elsewhere
Geographical distribution and predominance: Worldwide. Africa, Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia. Sikhs can be found throughout the world in small communities but predominantly in Punjab, India.
Angels:Angels are God's messengers. Various beings exist that we, as mortals, cannot comprehend.
Belief:Jesus is our Lord and Savior. Sikhs believe in one God and the teachings of the Gurus as per Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee.
Time of origin:Approx. 33 AD. 1469 CE.
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". The worship of the One God through prayer and devotion. Sikhs are required to meditate on God's name to clear their mind and eliminate the 5 evils. Meditation is also used to bring oneself closer to God.
Status of Adam:Adam was the first man created by God. He fell into temptation and brought sin and death to the human race. Only God knows who was created first and who will be created last.
Belief of God:God is the Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent, Holy, Just, Loving Creator of the Universe. God is the one True Creator. God has always existed, none existed before him and will exist forever. He transcends life and death. God is omnipresent and resides in every living being's heart. All of humanity is loved equally by God.
Place of worship:Church, Chapel, Cathedral, basilica. Gurdwara
About:Following Our Lord Jesus Christ. Sikhism is the 5th largest organized religion in the world. It was founded in Punjab in the 15th century based upon the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev and 10 successive Sikh Gurus (the last one being the sacred text Sri Guru Granth Sahib).
Definition:Follower of the Christ Disciple, student or learner of God.
Means of salvation:Through Christ's Death, and Resurrection. Worship God, do Good Deeds in the name of God, performing service for community. Fight 5 evils (5 sins) - Greed, Ego, Attachment, Anger, and Lust. Meditate, pray, and improve your relationship with God and God will forgive, cleanse, and save you.
Rites:The Sacraments: Minimum 2; Maximum 7. Amrit Sanchar (Being Initiated into the Khalsa. Mandatory for both men and women).
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. Marriage can be arranged or it can be a love marriage. Monogamistic, against premarital sex. Marriage is the merging of two souls as one.
View of Oriental religions:Pagan. Sikhism is a Dharmic religion, not an Oriental religion, however, it teaches that all faiths lead to God.
Human Nature:Man has inherited "original sin" from Adam. Mankind then is inherently evil and is in need of forgiveness of their sin. People are essentially good; the divine spark within them needs only to be fanned into a flame of goodness. Guru Nanak taught that a man's sins are moral lapses caused by his environment. They may be cleansed through meditation and prayer.
Identity of Jesus:Son of the Living God, and Saviour of the world, and 2nd person of the Godhead. N/A
Day of worship:Worship should be a continual process in the lives of Christians. Sunday is not the only day Christians can attend Church. Every day but predominantly Sunday due in North America and Europe, but Sikhs are expected to worship the one God at their homes, even with or without a gurdwara service
Holy days:Sunday is the Lord's Day, Good Friday, Easter, and Christmas. Khalsa Day, Birthday/Deathday of the Sikh Gurus, Bandi Chor Diwas, Diwali
Clothes:No Prohibitions Men should wear turbans and women are permitted to wear turbans or scarfs if they so desire, once baptized. In addition to that, they wear the five articles of faith: Kesh, Kanga, Kara, Kirpan, and Kachehra.
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. All religions are equal, 15 of the legendary saints in sikhism (Bhagats), in the Sikh Guru, have came from different religions
Place and Time of origin:Jerusalem 33 AD Nankana Sahib, Punjab, Pakistan, 1469 CE.
Offshoot religions:Rastafarianism, Unitarian Universalism, and Deism. N/A.
Three Jewels:Christ, Grace, and Virtue Naam Japna (Meditate on God), Kirat Karni (To work and earn by the sweat of the brow, to live a family way of life, and practice truthfulness and honesty in all dealings), Vand Chakna (To share with others without expecting anything in return).
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. As the Divine light is in all of us, God already knows of our "sins". We are to pray to God for God to forgive us and cleanse us. Only through God and doing Good Deeds in God's name in a way that God is pleased can we obtain salvation-escape from sin
Prophet:Moses, Abraham, John the Baptist, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekial, Nahum, Elijah, Elisha, Obadiah, Amos, Hosea, Zechariah, Zephaniah, Malachi, Daniel, Nathan, and many others Guru Nanak & 9 subsequent Gurus
Praying to Saints,Mary, and Angel:Permitted in Catholic, Orthodox, and Anglican(Episcopalian) Churches, Protestants do not have Saints' intercession. None. Worship should only be done to the One God.
View of other Abrahamic religions: According to Christian doctrine, Judaism is a true religion, but with incomplete revelation (incomplete without the Messiah). All faiths will get what they work towards. Sikhism does not condemn others to Hell or say if you are not Sikh you are eternally damned. Sikhs prays for "Sarbat Da Bhala", meaning the good and prosperity of all Humanity regardless of differences.
Holy days/Official Holidays:Christmas (birth of Jesus), Good Friday (death of Jesus for our sins), Sunday (day of rest) Easter (resurrection of Jesus) No one day is deemed holier then another. However dates that have historical significance such as Vasaikhi and Gurpurabs are celebrated with Prayers in Gurdwaras.
View of other Dharmic religions:All religions outside of belief in Christ's death and reconstruction for our sins are false. Sikh Gurus defend the rights of Christians, Hindus, Muslims and other sects to practice their religious ideas free of persecution. However, Sikhs respectfully disagree with those practices.
Views on the afterlife:Eternal life in Heaven or Hell. Only God knows for sure what happens to us when we die. However, our religions do not determine what our destination is. Rather, it is our deeds and the way we treat other people that will be used to judge us.
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