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Christianity versus Confucianism comparison chart
Edit this comparison chartChristianityConfucianism
Place of origin Roman province of Judea. China
Place of worship Church, chapel, home bible study, personal dwellings. Temple.
Practices Baptism, Prayer, sacraments (some branches), worship in church, reading of the Bible, acts of charity, communion. Visit to temples to pay homage to Ti'en(God or Heaven), Confucius, and ancestors; To practice ('Jing zuo, ') or 'Quiet Sitting
Use of statues and pictures Art for representation of a story not for idolatry. Permitted.
Life after death Mankind was created to be eternal beings. Either eternally with God through acceptance of Jesus as Savior. Or eternally with Satan for rejection Jesus Christ's Salvation. To be worshipped as ancestors.
Scriptures The Holy Bible Analects of Confucius and Mencius; I Ching; Doctrine of Mean, etc.
Human Nature Mankind inherited "original sin" from Adam. Mankind then is inherently evil and is in need of forgiveness of sin. Sin separate man from God. Salvation through Christ Jesus is needed in order to restore the broken relationship between man and God. Humans should respect those who are superior to them.
Clergy Pastor, Reverend, Minister, Missionary, Evangelist. Bureaucrats.
Belief of God One God : Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All equal in power, nature, and eternal. One God. Ancestors also worshipped, though.
Goal of religion To have a relationship with Jesus Christ; restoration with God. To love God with all one's heart, mind, and soul. To love one another, share the gospel of Jesus Christ; to obey God. To have a structured society.
Founder THE TRINITY. (God The Father, Jesus The Son, And The Holy Spirit.) Kong Qiu (Confucius)
Goal of Philosophy To bring all people to a relationship with God through the salvation given through Jesus Christ. Social Harmony.
Holy days/Official Holidays Sunday, Christmas (celebration of the birth of Jesus), Good Friday (death of Jesus), Sunday (day of rest), Easter (resurrection of Jesus), Lent (Day of Sacrifice) Chinese New Year, Teacher Day, Ancestor Day.
Offshoot religions Rastafarianism,Universalism, and Deism, and Masonry. Cao Dai.
Literal Meaning Follower Of Christ. Disciple of Confucius.
Original Language(s) Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. Mandarin or Cantonese
Followers Christian (follwers of Christ) Confucianists
View of the Buddha A false God. Buddha is followed by many Confucians.
Belief Salvation is found in Jesus Christ alone. The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit is God in three persons. He has always existed in three persons and will always exist. (The Nicene Creed) Confucianism is both a religion and a philosophy of China, and of Asia as a whole. It stresses human conduct over belief in God.
Views on the afterlife Eternity in Heaven or Hell. To be worshipped by one's descendants and their families.
Views on other religion Christianity is the only True Faith. Sees no contraction in following more than one religion.
Promised Holy one. Jesus the Messiah came the first time to offer salvation to all mankind. In the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, Christ will bring His church (Christians) to the land that He has prepared for them. Coming of the Superior Man or Perfect Gentleman.
Branches Baptist, Lutheran, Church of God In Christ, Methodist. Han Confucianism; Neo Confucianism; Contemporary Confucianism; Japanese Confucianism; Korean Confucianism; Vietnamese Confucianism; Boston Confucianism.
Geographical distribution and predominance Is a worldwide religion Asia.
View of other Dharmic religions False religion Confucianists usually follow Buddhism, which is a Dharmic religion.
View of other Oriental religions Any religion that teaches there is any other truth but God or that there is any other requirement for Salvation other than Salvation through Jesus Christ is false. Usually follows other Oriental religions, especially Taoism.
Holy Days Christmas (celebration of the birth of Jesus), Good Friday (death of Jesus), Sunday (day of rest), Easter (resurrection of Jesus), Lent (Catholicism), saints' feast days. Chinese New Year, Teacher Day, Ancestor Day.
Names of God God, Gud, Gott, Deo, Dios. Jehovah, YHWH, Eli Elohim... Ti'en, Shang Ti.
Virtue(s) in which religion is based upon Love. Respect
Use of statues, images Only as art Permitted.
Original Languages Greek, Hebrew. Mandarin or Cantonese

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