Comparing Christianity, Buddhism, And Hinduism's Creation Stories
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The stories of origins are different amongst the many different religions. How we began is the starting point of how we understand our religion. It ties us to the world and anchors us in the fact that we came from somewhere. As religion helps create a culture, creation stories help define where the religion started. There some interesting differences between Christianity, Buddhism, and Hinduism’s creation stories.
The story of origin within the Hebrew Bible starts in Genesis. "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1). God is the author of creation and he created the universe over a span of seven days. On day one God created light. He then separated the light from the darkness, calling light "day" and darkness "night." On day two, God created a dome to separate between the waters and called it "sky." Day three God created the dry ground and gathered the waters. He then called the dry ground "land," and the waters "seas." On this day, God also created vegetation (plants and trees). Day four was the day that God created the sun, moon, and the stars to give light to the earth. This also allowed for separation of day and night. Therefore, this would also serve as signs to mark seasons. Day…show more content… Dark waters were contained within the darkness, and a giant cobra swam in these waters. Asleep in the cobra was lord Vishnu, a sound grew louder and within it light and energy which drove the nothingness away. Through Vishnu’s navel grew a lotus flower and in the middle of that flower sat Brahma. Brahma then split the flower petals into three creating, heaven, earth, and the skies. The earth was bare so he created grass, flowers, and animals. They believe there is one God but he goes by many names. Therefore, when he creates he is Brahma, when he cares for creation he is Vishnu, and when he decides to destroy the universe he is to be called Lord