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Name one holy destination and its importance to the religion for each of the following...
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Christianity -- a major holy destination is Jerusalem. That is the site of, among other things, the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.
Islam -- the major holy destination is Mecca, in Saudi Arabia. Mecca is holy because that's where the Prophet Mohammed received his revelations and where he spent the first years after the start of Islam as a religion.
Buddhism -- a major holy site is the tree under which the Buddha is supposed to have attained enlightenment. That is called the "Bodhi Tree." It is in the city of Bodh Gaya or Gaya in the state of Bihar in North East India.
Posted by pohnpei397 on November 9, 2009 at 1:32 PM (Answer #1)
Here is another perspective. Christianity does not have important holy sites. Why? They believe in the ubiquity of God, that is, God's omnipresence. Most Christians would probably agree with this, especially now. This is why most Protestants and Catholics today do not consider certain places more holy than other places. Or think about the Christian classic, Pilgrim Progress. Christians are wanderers in the world. If anything for many Christians there is a separation of time. Certain times of the year are important - Christmas, Easter, Lent, etc. This makes more sense in view of the expansiveness of the church. Also I would argue that the church will continue to go in this direction. In this way, Christianity is different from Islam and Judaism.
Posted by readerofbooks on November 10, 2009 at 5:59 AM (Answer #2)
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Christianity teaches the belief that Jesus Chirst is the Savior of the world, and that eternal life with him in heaven is guaranteed after living a life dedicated to his teachings.This eternal life will be in heaven with God and the holy angels.This proselytizing belief is to be shared with the world at large.
Islam also teaches that following the Five Pillars of Islam as taught by Muhammad will guarantee eternal life with God.In addition they believe every Muslim should attempt to make a pilgrimage to Mecca at least one time in his lifetime.
The Buddhist believe that the ultimate goal in life is to reach nirvana. This is accomplished by taking an Eightfold Path.
Posted by shemsham on December 28, 2009 at 5:20 AM (Answer #3)
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