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Comparing Vietnam’s Cao Dai Religion and Christianity

Cao Dai Religion
Beginnings Cao Dai started in 1926 in Vietnam. The founder was a man named Ngo Van Chieu. He said he received spiritual guidance during a séance, leading him to start Cao Dai. The Bible speaks against trying to communicate with the dead, which is a common part of séances. (See Deuteronomy 18:10–12.) Christianity was started by Jesus Christ, whose followers believe He is the Son of God. He was with God from the beginning of time (John 1:1,2).
Followers Cao Dai is the third largest religion in Vietnam, where there are 3-8 million followers. An estimated 20,000 Cao Daists live in the U.S., and about 20 Cao Dai temples can be found in California. More than 2 billion people in the world claim to be Christians.
Symbol God is represented by the image of an eye. The cross is the symbol of Jesus’ sacrificial death to save those who believe in Him from sin. (See John 3:16.)
God Cao Daists believe in a supreme god. They also highly honor dead ancestors, the founders of other religions, Shakespeare, “the Mother Goddess,” Louis Pasteur, deceased French writer Victor Hugo, and many other noted persons from the past. There is one God who created everything. God sent Jesus to seek and save lost sinners because He loves the world. God is like a loving Father to His children. (See Luke 19:10, Romans 5:8, and 2 Corinthians 6:18.)
Jesus Jesus is one of many honored teachers from the past. Jesus is God’s “one and only Son” (John 3:16, NIV). “There is no other name under heaven by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12, NIV). Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. He said, “No one comes to the Father (God) except through Me” (John 14:6).
Salvation Cao Daists believe that after a bad life, they may be reborn on a less enjoyable planet. After a good life, they may be reborn into a happier life on earth. Trying to live a good life is not enough for salvation. (See Ephesians 2: 8,9.) Salvation is by the grace of God through faith in Christ. Believers enjoy unbroken fellowship with God for eternity. (See 2 Corinthians 5:8, 1 Thessalonians 5:10, and Romans 6:23.)