BuddhismChristianityHinduismIslamJudaismConfucianism DeityBuddha did not teach a personal deity GodThree main Gods: Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva God (Allah)God (Yahweh)God FounderBuddha -- GuatamaJesusNo one founderMuhammadAbrahamConfusius Holy Book No one book– sacred texts BibleNo one book– sacred texts Vedas and the Puranas Qur’anTorahThe Analects Leadersh ip Buddhists monks and nuns ClergyGuru, Holy Man, Brahman priest No clergyRabbisNo clergy Basic Beliefs Persons achieve complete peace known as nirvana by eliminating their attachment to worldly things. Follow the Noble Eight Fold Path. One God. Jesus is the son of God and died to save humanity from sin. His death made eternal life possible for others. The soul never dies, but is continually reborn. Persons achieve salvation by following the Five Pillars of Islam and living a just life. These pillars are faith, charity to the poor, fasting, prayer, and a pilgrimage to Mecca. One God. God loves and protects his people and also holds them accountable for their sins. Persons serve God by studying the Torah and living by its teachings Social order, harmony, and good government should be based on family relationships. Respect for elders and parents.