What are the creation stories of Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism? What are the similarities and differences?

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Both Christianity and Islam take their creation stories from the Hebrew Bible. Therefore, they are very similar. However, whereas Christianity has simply adopted the Jewish creation account, the Quran, as dictated to Muhammed, made some changes. Both accounts say that God or Allah created the earth in six days, but...

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Both Christianity and Islam take their creation stories from the Hebrew Bible. Therefore, they are very similar. However, whereas Christianity has simply adopted the Jewish creation account, the Quran, as dictated to Muhammed, made some changes. Both accounts say that God or Allah created the earth in six days, but whereas the Christian account says that on the seventh day God rested, the Quran states:

We created the heavens and the earth and all that is between them in six days, nor did any sense of weariness touch Us.

The Quran also says that Allah created all living creatures except humans from water, which is not true to the Christian account. However, both stories tell of the creation of Adam and Eve: the Quran is more vague about how Eve was created. Adam in the Quran is created from mud, as he is in the Christian account.

Hindu creation accounts differ, but a major one says that Brahma, the creator god, created the world. Brahma also created a woman, named Shatarupa. She was so beautiful that Brahma sprouted four heads so that he could always watch her. In this story, she changes herself into every creature on earth to evade him. However, he too turns into every creature on earth: only a male version, thus creating the two sexes and the possibility for all life to reproduce.

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Christianity and Islam tell a similar story of creation. God, an omnipotent, omniscient, and eternal being, created the universe and everything in it over the course of six days or periods of time. The Bible (Christianity) and the Qur'an (Islam) are organized differently, and some of the wording is slightly different, but the main points of the creation story are the same.

Hinduism, on the other hand, takes a different view of space and time and views these two things as existing in an eternal cycle. This means that, according to Hinduism, the many universes have been created many times already and will be created many times again.

There are two very popular stories that tell of the universe's creation, though these are not the only two that exist. One story tells of the "Primeval One" becoming bored and lonely, and so it split itself into many parts. These parts are the universes. A second story tells of how Vishnu created a lotus from his navel, and the lotus contained the god Brahma, who went on to create the many universes.

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The Christian Bible and the Islamic Qur'an tell the same basic story of creation. There are many subtle differences in the wording that some people believe make major differences in the story; this is regularly debated.  One difference is that the Bible says that creation took place over 6 days, while the Qur'an simply states that there were 6 periods of time during the creation of the world.  As a reader, it is difficult to make exact comparisons between the two texts, mainly because the Bible tells the story of creation in one place (the Book of Genesis), whereas in the Qur'an the story is spread out throughout the entire text.

The Hindu Religion tells a story of ongoing creation and recreation of the world in an infinite cycle that always was and always will be.  There are many slightly differing stories of creation.  Most tell of Lord Vishnu creating Lord Brahma who, in turn, creates the world.  Lord Brahma then lives a day of unimaginable length and the world is destroyed once he sleeps.  When he awakens for his next day, a new world is created.  Once he has lived a lifetime of days, Lord Shiva destroys everything and returns it all to Lord Vishnu.  Lord Vishnu then begins the process again.

There are many other stories of creation aside from these three.

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