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Christianity versus Voodoo comparison chart
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Place of worship Church, chapel, home bible study, personal dwellings. Altars, temples.
Place of origin Roman province of Judea. Benin.
Practices Baptism, 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 Art for representation of a story not for idolatry. Encouraged and 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. Vilokan is home to the lwa and the deceased. Described as a submerged and forested island, also belief in reincarnation, Life is continuous,
About Christianity consists of individuals who believe in the deity Jesus Christ. Its followers, called Christians, believe Christ is "the Son" of God, 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,
Belief of God One God : Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All equal in power, nature, and eternal. Numerous deities, ruled by a major deity.
Clergy Pastor, Reverend, Minister, Missionary, Evangelist. Hougans(priests), Mambos (priestesses), Bokors, witch doctors, etc.
Founder THE TRINITY. (God The Father, Jesus The Son, And The Holy Spirit.) No founder.
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 honor God and the lwas (Saints) and honor and celebration of life.
Birth of Jesus Virgin Birth, through the Holy Spirit. Affirmed in Haitian Voodoo.
Literal Meaning Follower Of Christ. 'Spirit.' or "Sacred" - Fon Language
Branches Baptist, Lutheran, Church of God In Christ, Methodist. 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.
Death of Jesus Death by crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension to heaven. Will return. His ministry continues through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit until His return. Affirmed in Haitian Voodoo.
Identity of Jesus The Son Of God. The physical representation of God on earth. 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.
Rites Baptism and communion, laying on of hands, Anointing, speaking in tongues, marriage. Initiation, healing.
Second coming of Jesus Affirmed.No one knows when he will return. Affirmed in Haitian Voodoo.
Population Over a billion adherents worldwide. Approx. 1 million.
View of the Buddha A false God. N/A.
Views on other religion Christianity is the only True Faith. They see no contradiction in following more than one religion(usually Christianity).
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) God (Bondye), The Lwa's, Angels, Spirits of ancestors, animals, natural forces, and the spirits of good and evil.
Ressurection of Jesus Believe that Jesus was physically resurrected. Affirmed in Haitian Voodoo.
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.
Geographical distribution and predominance Is a worldwide religion Africa (Benin, Nigeria, and other west african states), the Caribbean (Haiti and Cuba, primarily), the Southern United States.
Prophets Prophets in the Bible are greatly respected. Prophecy is given directly from God to the prophet and always comes to pass without fail. Witch doctors, etc.
Original Language Aramaic, Greek, and Latin Fon, Ewe languages, French.
Use of Statues Forbidden in Protestant denominations; icons are used in Catholic & Orthodox denominations. Very common.
Belief of deities Only One God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Numerous deities.
Authority of Pope The Pope has no authority for the Christian. Only in Catholicism does the Pope have authority. Some Voodooists are Catholic, so they would follow the Pope.
View of Animistic religions Paganism is Heathenism. Witchcraft is communication and interaction with demons, fallen evil angelic beings. Comradeship with other Animistic religions.
Position of Mary Mother Of Jesus Christ Used as a cover for the Voodoo goddess, Erzulie.
Related Religions Islam, Judaism Yoruba, Santeria, Candomble, native West African faiths.
Position of Abraham Father of the faith. Abraham is used as a cover for a Voodoo deity.

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