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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.)
Founder The Lord Jesus Christ. No founder.
Use of statues and pictures In Catholic & Orthodox Churches. Encouraged and Permitted.
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.
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,
Belief of God One God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Numerous deities, ruled by a major deity.
Literal Meaning Follower Of Christ. 'Spirit.' or "Sacred" - Fon Language
Clergy Priests, bishops, ministers, monks, and nuns. Hougans(priests), Mambos (priestesses), Bokors, witch doctors, etc.
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,
View of the Buddha N/A. N/A.
Geographical distribution and predominance As the largest religion in the world, Christianity has adherents are all over the world. As a % of local population, Christians are in a majority in 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.
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.
Second coming of Jesus Affirmed. Affirmed in Haitian Voodoo.
Population Over a billion adherents worldwide. Approx. 1 million.
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.
Ressurection of Jesus Affirmed. Affirmed in Haitian Voodoo.
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.
Prophets Prophets in the Bible are venerated. Witch doctors, etc.
Birth of Jesus Virgin Birth, through God. Affirmed in Haitian Voodoo.
Original Language Aramaic, Greek, and Latin Fon, Ewe languages, French.
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.
Death of Jesus Death by crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension to heaven. Will return. Affirmed in Haitian Voodoo.
Identity of Jesus The Son Of God. Affirmed in Haitian Voodoo.
Views on other religion Christianity is the True Faith. They see no contradiction in following more than one religion(usually Christianity).
Belief of God One God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Bondye is the chief deity, but, other deities are worshipped also.
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.
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.
Position of Mary Mother Of Jesus. Revered in all denominations. Worshipped in Catholicism. Used as a cover for the Voodoo goddess, Erzulie.
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.
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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