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Comparing Beliefs About Sin

Other Beliefs About Sin
Biblical Christian Answers
Buddhism Buddhists follow the “Eightfold Path” of “right thought” and “right works.” They believe doing so will end the cycle of reincarnation. Reincarnation is the false belief that after people die, they may come back to life again and again in different bodies. People die only once (Hebrews 9:27a).
Animism Animists believe sins are acts that offend gods and spirits, and spirits punish people by bringing misfortune on them. God gives believers in His Son Jesus freedom from the guilt and power of sin. (See Ephesians 2:8,9; Romans 8:1.)
Islam Sin is breaking Allah’s law. (Muslims worship Allah.) Muslims believe good deeds may cancel out bad deeds. However, no one will know if they are saved until Judgment Day, because Allah forgives whomever he wants and punishes whomever he wants. All have sinned. The result of sin is eternal death and separation from God. God sent Jesus to redeem the lost from sin so that those who believe in Him may have eternal life. (See Romans 3:22–25.)
Hinduism Doing right things earns merit. Doing wrong things means a person may come back in a worse condition in their “next life.” No one can earn enough merit by their own works to be saved. The way to eternal life is by God’s grace through faith in Christ. (See John 3:16, Romans 6:23.)
Secular Humanism Humanists believe much undesirable behavior is caused by ignorance or a lack of education. Wisdom and learning cannot save us from sin apart from Christ. (See Matthew 11:25–27; 1 Corinthians 1:26–28)
Liberal Christianity Liberal Christians believe the Bible has errors and is not the authoritative Word of God. Many believe goodness is its own reward, evil is its own punishment, and God does not reward or punish. The Bible is the inspired Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16). Sin has eternal consequences. God loves the world and sent Jesus to save people from sin.