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Multifaith Guide To The End Times
« on: August 06, 2006, 01:10:26 AM »
Not every religion has an End Times scenario, but most do speculate about what the future holds. Even if one person's Judgment Day is another personís Golden Age, each major faith has something to say about what will happen in the world to come (even if that world is another version of this one). Here is a quick quide to what Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, and Jews believe about Last Things.

Buddhism
In keeping with cycles of creation and destruction, some believe the Buddha's teachings will gradually fade away, but that in time, a new Buddha will be born and offer a path to nirvana. Others believe, however, that such future speculation is irrelevant; for them, the only time is now.

Christianity
All Christian traditions teach that Jesus will return in glory at the end of time. Today, it's mostly Protestant evangelicals who speculate a lot about specific End Times events. Many think true believers will be raptured (taken into heaven). Then, Jesus Christ will return before, during, or after a great Tribulation, which will be followed by 1,000 years of peace before the Final Judgment. For Roman Catholics, the End Times means the Last Judgment. Jesus will return to earth, and all the dead will be resurrected to appear bodily at his tribunal, where he will judge between those who will suffer for all eternity in hell and those who will join him in eternal bliss. This world will pass away, to be replaced by a new heaven and new earth ruled by Jesus.

Hinduism
Hindus believe that time is cyclical, with each cycle divided into four eras, or yugas. Most Hindus believe we are currently in the final cycle, Kali Yuga, which began in 3102 B.C.E., will last for 432,000 years, and is marked by an absence of virtue. Some believe that this yuga will end when the god Kalki, an avatar of Vishnu, destroys the wicked and saves the good. After Kali Yuga passes, the world returns to the first era in the cycle, Satya Yuga, a golden age.

Islam
Just before the Day of Judgment, people will fall further away from Allah: zakat (charity) will be a burden, women will outnumber men, lying and alcohol use will increase as modesty and shame decrease. Christians will begin to rule the world. Then a great leader known as Imam Mehdi will appear, after which Jesus shall reappear on earth as well and urge his followers to become Muslims. The Dajjal, or anti-Christ, will appear and lead a great army against the Muslims. In a great war, Muslims (and Christians who believe in Jesus after his return) will conquer Christians and non-Muslims. But before the trumpet is blown signifying the end, Muslims will also suffer, with the Kaíba being destroyed and the Hajj pilgrimage ending. On the last day, when the trumpet is blown, only the true Muslim faithful will survive.

Judaism
Traditional Jewish sources teach that in the end of days the Messiah, a descendent of King David's dynasty, will return to usher in an era of permanent world peace, recognition of God, and the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem and the resumption of worship there. Some ancient and medieval rabbinic sources speculate that the Messiah will not come until all Jews return to traditional observance, while others believe it will follow a period of catastrophe. The liberal Jewish movements generally do not believe in a Messiah figure but do emphasize a future messianic era of peace and togetherness.

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Re: Multifaith Guide To The End Times
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2009, 11:07:07 PM »
Educational.

Which do you think will prove to be correct in the end?
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Re: Multifaith Guide To The End Times
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2009, 05:30:12 AM »
  Darling, if he actually replies, I might fall over from pure shock.
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Re: Multifaith Guide To The End Times
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2009, 07:37:45 AM »
lol that was in 2006 he isnt gonna reply....and he is a guest so....Ya  :-D

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Re: Multifaith Guide To The End Times
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2009, 03:02:39 PM »
  Actually DV was a mod (possibly a Guardian as well).
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Re: Multifaith Guide To The End Times
« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2009, 07:44:15 PM »
Oh wow ha nevermind
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Re: Multifaith Guide To The End Times
« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2009, 06:54:38 AM »
There will be a time where Jesus Christ will come back. And I think that's how it is.
He is a sign of the end of time on earth.

Since all Abrahamic religion agrees on coming of Jesus Christ who is the Messiah, the chosen, the anointed one.
Even though the Jews script does not mention Jesus, but the description fits Jesus Christ the most.
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Re: Multifaith Guide To The End Times
« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2010, 06:18:07 PM »
Wrong dreamer. Islam and Judaism both think of jesus as a prophet. Hinduism  sources have been known to imply or outright state that jeus was merely an avatar of vishnu(i think) and there is one other after him(i think).

Buddhism merely believes that there will be another savior for another time. As is the trend in history.
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Re: Multifaith Guide To The End Times
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2011, 12:42:30 AM »
There will be a time where Jesus Christ will come back.

Already has, if ever gone for long.

Though... There is a saying, not sure if it's from the bible, which goes along the lines of if someone claims to be Christ, do not believe it.  Kinda reminds me of the 'if you see Buddha on the road, kill him' saying.

There won't be any sort of need for thunder to herald his return.
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Re: Multifaith Guide To The End Times
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2011, 12:56:05 PM »
Wrong dreamer. Islam and Judaism both think of jesus as a prophet. Hinduism  sources have been known to imply or outright state that jesus was merely an avatar of vishnu(i think) and there is one other after him(i think).

Buddhism merely believes that there will be another savior for another time. As is the trend in history.

Members of my family practice Hinduism, and so I can tell you that he's not an avatar of Vishnu; however, he is regarded as an incarnation of one single God, as with every deity in the Hindu faith, and so he, too, is worshipped.

Basically, you can see similarities in every single religion that are far too obvious to ignore. I'd say the end is a combination of all of these in their raw forms.

As far as we know, the names "Kalki" and "Imam Mehdi" and even "Jesus" may be referring to the coming of the same being at the end of time, and either a new era will begin, or that's just the end.

Just my thoughts. You don't have to agree with them! :)
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Re: Multifaith Guide To The End Times
« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2011, 06:17:43 PM »
Cool which traditions do your family members practice. As I understand it, there are variations and disagreements upon the nature of some things.
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Re: Multifaith Guide To The End Times
« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2011, 08:29:13 PM »
I honestly don't believe any religion will be the "correct" one. In the end, its not about religion. Its about the teachings themselves. Not the worshiping or anything, but the kind of person you are. Stupid to say, but I think its closer to the truth.
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« Reply #12 on: April 01, 2011, 01:55:55 PM »
AWBrielle, I think you make a pretty remarkable point. Most of the world could be worshiping the same thing but are too closed minded to consider it possible.....ironic aint it:-D  But then again what the hell do i know.

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Re: Multifaith Guide To The End Times
« Reply #13 on: April 02, 2011, 03:06:16 AM »
Cool which traditions do your family members practice. As I understand it, there are variations and disagreements upon the nature of some things.

A very good point. Some call Shiva the ultimate God, others call Vishnu the ultimate God, and so on and so forth; the members of my family who practice Hinduism believe that there's a single entity, but all deities, so to speak, are incarnations of that singular deity. As one cannot know God, they cannot identify him. (I'm speaking purely based off of what I know they believe, here.)

AWBrielle, I think you make a pretty remarkable point. Most of the world could be worshiping the same thing but are too closed minded to consider it possible.....ironic aint it:-D  But then again what the hell do i know.

Thank you! And the way I see it is that there's one ocean, but many names. There are various rules so as to allow people to reach a specific understanding about their purpose, or whatever they're to know; I don't think it has anything to do with worship, rather, with the self, but that's just my opinion. Either way, some people just take their stuff too seriously.

All right, I'll stop my 3-AM preaching.
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Re: Multifaith Guide To The End Times
« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2011, 07:08:21 PM »
you need to read up on Hinduism a bit more. There is no "Ultimate God". There is a quote from Hindu scripture (I will look up if it is Vedic or Purana later) that discusses how there are over 300,000 deities, then there are only 13, then there are only 11, then there are only 7, then there are only 4, then there are only 3, then there is only 1, then who are the other 300,000? Basically there is ultimate reality, which lay outside of the cycle of rebirth (samsara) and liberation from this cycle is moksa. Then like in the previously stated quote there is one God, but this is a concept more so than a God. Brahman is the ultimate 'God'. Brahma (God of Creation), Visnu (God of Balance), Siva (God of Destruction), all are equally capable of creating, destroying, and granting boons. There is also the Goddess, who goes by Devi or Durga. Sometimes she is in place instead of Brahma as one of the top because she is worshipped more. The Goddess is the manifestation of Sakti (power), also maya (illusion) and prktri. It depends but a Hindu would say, I worship this Deity as the Ultimate to Brahman, NOT as the Ultimate God. It is not like western religions (ex. Zeus as ultimate God).

If you want a good book about Hindu mythology read "Classical Hindu Mythology: A Reader in the Sanskrit Puranas" edited and translated by Cornelia Dimmitt and J.A.B. van Buitenen.

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