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A Comparison Between Taoism and Christianity and the Paths They Take to Reach ImmortalityThe basic structure of both Taoism and Christianityare parallel because they work to attain the same goal It is apparent in both religions that by following apure path and devoiding ones self of earthly ambitionswealth and desires one may reach the ultimate goal ofimmortality But the way in which one reaches this goalis very different Both religions believe in an entitythat has existed before the universe is the creator ofall things and loves and provides for all of creation The Taoist believes in Tao which remains a formlessspiritual stare of mind It rejects names and istherefore nameless and unable to be spokenChristians however believe in God which takes on anactive human form and is spoken as the word of God However it is the differences between Tao and God thatpresent the most evident factors that separate Taoismfrom Christianity Unlike the Tao God rules as asupreme being while the Tao is at one with all anddoes not master over anything It is obvious thatimmortality is the goal in both religions but theTaoist concept of immortality and the way in which theybecome immortal differs from the of the Christians Immortality to the Taoist is to achieve Tao becomingat one with the universe Christian immortality is toreach heaven and walk along side God Also the Taoistmust follow an individual path that comes from within While a Christian may reach heaven only by acts ofhisher own goodness in accordance with theirCreation in both Taoism and Christianity isstemmed from a source that always was and always willbe Taoists base their beliefs around the Tao and theChristians believe in God However the essence ofthese two separate ideas differ dramatically in manyother aspects Unlike Tao which claims to beformless God takes on an actual form the image ofman The very first sentence of Johns Gospel statesIn the beginning was the one who was called theword This statement confirms the
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