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Christianity versus Voodoo comparison chart
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Place of worship Church, chapel, cathedral, basilica, home bible study, personal dwellings. Altars, temples.
Place of origin Roman province of Judea. Benin.
Practices Prayer, sacraments (some branches), worship in church, reading of the Bible, acts of charity, communion. Witchcraft; Prayer, Devotion, Invocation, Healing, varies from good to evil(Blessings, curses, etc.)
Use of statues and pictures In Catholic & Orthodox Churches. Encouraged and Permitted.
Life after death Eternity in Heaven or Hell, in some cases temporal Purgatory. Vilokan is home to the lwa and the deceased. Described as a submerged and forested island, also belief in reincarnation, Life is continuous,
Clergy Priests, bishops, ministers, monks, and nuns. Hougans(priests), Mambos (priestesses), Bokors, witch doctors, etc.
Belief of God One God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Numerous deities, ruled by a major deity.
About Christianity broadly consists of individuals who believe in the deity Jesus Christ. Its followers, called Christians, often believe Christ is "the Son" of the Holy Trinity and walked the earth as the incarnate form of God ("the Father"). Voodoo is a religion of many spirits and One God, Voodoo is a very ancient and oral tradition, It is the infusion of Traditional African beliefs with Catholicism. There are two aspects of Voodoo: Rada - Positive, Petro - Negetive,
Birth of Jesus Virgin Birth, through God. Affirmed in Haitian Voodoo.
Identity of Jesus The Son Of God. Affirmed in Haitian Voodoo.
Second coming of Jesus Affirmed. Affirmed in Haitian Voodoo.
Death of Jesus Death by crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension to heaven. Will return. Affirmed in Haitian Voodoo.
Belief of God One God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Bondye is the chief deity, but, other deities are worshipped also.
View of the Buddha N/A. N/A.
Use of Statues Forbidden in Protestant denominations; icons are used in Catholic & Orthodox denominations. Very common.
Founder The Lord Jesus Christ. No founder.
Views on other religion Christianity is the True Faith. They see no contradiction in following more than one religion(usually Christianity).
View of Animistic religions Paganism is Heathenism. Witchcraft is communication and interaction with demons, fallen evil angelic beings. These have no real interest ultimately, in helping their worshipers. Demonic possession is common. Comradeship with other Animistic religions.
Goal of religion To love God and obey his commandments while creating a relationship with Jesus Christ and spreading the Gospel so that others may also be saved. To honor God and the lwas (Saints) and honor and celebration of life.
Belief of deities Only One God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Numerous deities.
Literal Meaning Follower Of Christ. 'Spirit.' or "Sacred" - Fon Language
Population Over a billion adherents worldwide. Approx. 1 million.
Position of Mary Mother Of God. Used as a cover for the Voodoo goddess, Erzulie.
Branches Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant. Major branches include Haitian, Louisianian, and African forms. These forms are distinct, but closely related and generally mutually recognize eachother. Practitioners sometimes belong to more than one branch.
Ressurection of Jesus Affirmed. Affirmed in Haitian Voodoo.
Rites Seven sacraments: Baptism, confirmation, Eucharist, penance, anointing of the sick, holy orders, matrimony (Catholic and Orthodox). Anglicans: Baptism and Eucharist. Other denominations: Baptism and communion. Initiation, healing.
Geographical distribution and predominance Europe, North and South America, and Australia and New Zealand. Africa (Benin, Nigeria, and other west african states), the Caribbean (Haiti and Cuba, primarily), the Southern United States.
Belief The Nicene Creed sums up Christian belief in the Holy Trinity. God (Bondye), The Lwa's, Angels, Spirits of ancestors, animals, natural forces, and the spirits of good and evil.
Prophets Prophets in the Bible are venerated. Witch doctors, etc.
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. Holy days often related to Catholic saint feasts.
Original Language Aramaic, Greek, and Latin Fon, Ewe languages, French.
Authority of Pope Leader and overseer of the Catholic Church. his authority is completely rejected by Protestants, and is viewed by Orthodox as first among equals. Orthodox and Protestants reject Papal infallibility and Papal supremacy. Some Voodooists are Catholic, so they would follow the Pope.
Position of Abraham Father of the faithful. Abraham is used as a cover for a Voodoo deity.
Related Religions Islam, Judaism, Baha'i faith Yoruba, Santeria, Candomble, native West African faiths.

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