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Concept of God in Worlds Major Religions

Course Duration 04 : 27 : 23

Say: "O People of the Book! Come to common terms as between us and you: That we worship none but Allah; that we associate no partners with him; that we erect not, from among ourselves, Lords and patrons other than Allah." If then they turn back, say ye: "Bear witness that we (at least) are Muslims (bowing to Allah's Will)." (Al Quran 3:64)

Introduction to Concept of God in Different Religions

Today, we will look at the concept of God in different religions. God is mentioned in the scriptures of the world's major religions. The best way to know about the concept of God in different religions is to analyze the significance of God in any specific religion before referring to its scriptures. We will shed some light on the concept of God in different religions that are popular.

Concept of God in Hinduism

There are multiple opinions on the concept of God in different religions. Some Hindus believe that there are three Gods, while some believe that there are thirty-three crore Gods. If we refer to the Hindu scripture, Upanishads and Vedas, which are considered sacred in Hinduism, mention: "He is one only without a second." (Chandogya Upanishad 6:2:1) "Of Him, there are neither parents nor lord." (Svetasvatara Upanishad 6:9) “There is no image of Him.” (Yajur Veda 32:3)

Concept of God in Sikhism

Sikhism is a religion that is a branch of Hinduism. It was founded by Guru Nanak at the end of the 15th century. There are five K's of Sikhism. Sikhism is a religion of 10 Gurus. The Sikh scriptures also mention God. For example, "There exists but one God, who is called the true, the creator, free from fear and hate, immortal not begotten, self-existent, Great and Compassionate." (Sri Guru Granth Sahib Vol.1 Japuji Verse 1) God is also mentioned in Sikhism as "Wahe Guru" (The one true God). This indicates that there is a clear concept of God in different religions.

Concept of God in Zoroastrianism

Zoroastrianism is an Aryan religion. The Prophet Zoroaster was the founder of this religion, and the holy scriptures include Avesta and Dasatir. God has been mentioned in these scriptures repeatedly, and different traits of God have also been mentioned. This signifies the concept of God in different religions.

Concept of God in Judaism

The religion of Jews also mentions God several times. The book of Isaiah mentions: "I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no savior." (The Bible- Isaiah 43:11) "I am Lord, and there is none else. There is no God besides Me." (The Bible Isaiah 45:5) Judaism condemns idol worship which also indicates the concept of God in their religion as the almighty.

Concept of God in Christianity

The religion of Jesus Christ (PBUH) also mentions God clearly multiple times in Bible. "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou has sent." (The Bible John 17:3) The Bible has several verses where it addresses the nation of Israel to believe in God.

Concept of God in Islam

  1. "Say: He is Allah, The One and Only." 2. "Allah, the Eternal, Absolute." 3. "He begets not, nor is He begotten." 4. "And there is none like unto Him." (Al Qur'an 112:1-4)
Islam is the religion that believes in the oneness of Allah. Without Imaan and believing that Allah is one, no one can be a Muslim. God is named Allah in Islam; there are several attributes mentioned in the Quran that tell us that Allah isn't a human and is perfect. Learn more about the concept of God in different religions by enrolling in our course. Dr. Zakir Naik will tell us all that we need to know about the topic.