List of Major Differences between Wayism and other traditions
There are more than 8,000 Christian sects, many different Buddhist schools of thought and even Islam and Judaism have many interpretations. It is not possible to make a quick list of differences in major points of belief and practice without overgeneralizing. We do not intend to treat different sects of the major faiths differently here, just a quick gloss over the main points they all have in common to some or other extent. This page will be very guilty of that. Please keep this in mind and cut us some slack, yet, please do help clarify points when grossly overstated or misrepresented. Of course we are biased, it comes with the territory, but we are not wholly uninformed of world religions and their major tenants. Again, please keep in mind that we are biased, this is a Wayist site.
Christianity vs Wayism
Christianity: Evolution is denied because of the belief in a creator God that once created all things perfectly and then stepped back.
Christianity: God is not omnipotent because he is being opposed by other forces that mess with his plans and his people. God creates all people individually, therefore miscreants are mistakes (perhaps) or in the least, is not in God’s control.
Christianity: A personal God who creates individuals and is directly involved in their lives in terms of granting boons, forgiveness, monitoring transgressions and meets out punishment and reward.
Christianity: God is male, gets jealous and angry, declares war and shows favoritism.
Christianity: God needs sacrifices. He sacrificed his son Jesus so that his blood offering would appease God, and once appeased he forgave us our sins and did not annihilate us.
Christianity: The purpose of life is to worship God and follow his rules.
Christianity: We can get forgiveness of sins, the penalty of which is eternal torture in hell, by confessing that Jesus is our Lord.
Christianity: God is being opposed by Satan, a demigod that steals souls away from God and breaks God’s world and pesters God’s children.
Christianity: God created humans to worship him.
Christianity: Jesus is the son of God. He promised that he would return to earth after the crucifixion in a glorious celestial way. Christians believe that Jesus broke his promise, and for the past 2,000 years they are still expecting he will return, any time soon.
Christianity: Humans are created individually, one by one, by God. Humans are bodies with a soul/spirit, the two words are used interchangeably for the same thing. Humans live once only. Lifetimes range from seconds to decades.
Christianity: Heaven is an undefined place where God lives and where only the devout of one of the monotheistic religions (there can only be one, the others are therefore false and their devotees are being deluded and will go to hell) go to after death. Resurrection is when, in heaven, the devout will have their human bodies restored but in a beautiful way and they will live forever.
Christianity: Hell is where all sinners and unbelievers go to after death to be tortured for eternity.
Christianity: Escatology. At the end of times God make all who died alive again, then send down his angels and wage war on Satan and slaughter all unbelievers and sinners while plucking out his devout to go to heaven.
Christianity: Salvation is required because the human state is considered evil. Salvation is acquired through orthodox worship only. Cutting oneself off from life and society is a sure way to sin less and therefore win salvation. Many moral sins (very patriarchal) can exclude one from salvation.
Christianity: What happens to humans who don’t make the grade? They are punished by torture in hell.
Christianity: Nature. In the book of Genesis it states how humankind should lord over nature and subject the earth to its control. Good stewardship is implied.
Christianity: Sex is a defiling sin unless used for procreation to please God. Sensuality is considered worldly and therefore an evil.
Christianity: Asceticism is praised, fostered, beneficial and good.
Christianity: Highest qualities in a human: Renunciation of the sins and association with sinners, Materialism (God blesses good devotees with material prosperity), Orthodox devotion, Orthodox belief/faith.
Christianity: Worship houses are established all around the world by religious organizations who employ priests, nuns, monks, and pastors to assist devotees in worship.
Christianity: Happiness is defined as doing the will of God, as pleasing God.
Christianity: What determines where, and in which culture and religion a person will be born? God does.
Christianity: Why is the world’s population growing? Where do souls come from? God creates them individually and uniquely.
Buddism vs Wayism
Buddism: Does not acknowledge, neither speaks of a Divine One, Prime Mover
Buddism: Heaven. There are many many thousands of heavens.
Buddism: Hell is expressed in more primitive symbolism but is in many ways similar to Wayism.
Buddism: Moral codes are imposed by scripture.
Buddism: Nature is not very important. Buddhism is mostly about humans. This world is seen as evil by most schools and non-existent by other schools.
Buddism: Sex and sensuality are considered less than good, basically evil. Abstaining is considered superior.
Buddism: Avalokitesvara, greatest spiritual presence on Earth available to all human beings and sentient beings in the most glorious form imaginable.
Buddism: Highest qualities in a human: Renunciation of desire (and sensuality), Orthodox devotion, Orthodox actions, Orthodox thinking.
Buddism: Temples and shrines are established worldwide. Priests and monks are employed to assist devotees in orthodox worship.
Buddism: Karma is regarded as heavy matter that clings to the soul, keeps the soul from liberation from Earth.
Buddism: Dharma is thought of as orthodox teaching, which is correct conduct, which becomes one’s duty.
Buddism: Does not acknowledge, neither speaks of a Divine One, Prime Mover
Buddism: Maya is considered as veils of illusion that make us believe that creation is real and that bodily experiences do in fact matter. True reality lies beyond the veils of Maya.
Buddism: Enlightenment happen in phases but the lower phases are rather high up already. Enlightened beings are less and less concerned or present in the world.
Buddism: Why is the world’s population growing? Where do souls come from? In the absence of a doctrine about a Creator, Buddhism has problems to explain this.
Buddism: Why do bad things happen to people? Usually punishment by God, or else it is because of Satan.
Buddism: Why do good things happen to bad people? Because the devil rewards his pious so well…we think.
There is a beautiful story from ancient China that talks about this problem; the story of the farmer and his son:
One day in late summer, an old farmer was working in his field with his old sick horse. The farmer felt compassion for the horse and desired to lift its burden. So he left his horse loose to go the mountains and live out the rest of its life. Soon after, neighbors from the nearby village visited, offering their condolences and said, “What a shame. Now your only horse is gone. How unfortunate you are!. You must be very sad. How will you live, work the land, and prosper?” The farmer replied: “Who knows? We shall see”. Two days later the old horse came back now rejuvenated after meandering in the mountainsides while eating the wild grasses. He came back with twelve new younger and healthy horses which followed the old horse into the corral. Word got out in the village of the old farmer’s good fortune and it wasn’t long before people stopped by to congratulate the farmer on his good luck. “How fortunate you are!” they exclaimed. You must be very happy!” Again, the farmer softly said, “Who knows? We shall see.” At daybreak on the next morning, the farmer’s only son set off to attempt to train the new wild horses, but the farmer’s son was thrown to the ground and broke his leg. One by one villagers arrived during the day to bemoan the farmer’s latest misfortune. “Oh, what a tragedy! Your son won’t be able to help you farm with a broken leg. You’ll have to do all the work yourself, How will you survive? You must be very sad” they said. Calmly going about his usual business the farmer answered, “Who knows? We shall see”. Several days later a war broke out. The Emperor’s men arrived in the village demanding that young men come with them to be conscripted into the Emperor’s army. As it happened the farmer’s son was deemed unfit because of his broken leg. “What very good fortune you have!!” the villagers exclaimed as their own young sons were marched away. “You must be very happy.” “Who knows? We shall see!”, replied the old farmer as he headed off to work his field alone. As time went on the broken leg healed but the son was left with a slight limp. Again the neighbors came to pay their condolences. “Oh what bad luck. Too bad for you”! But the old farmer simply replied; “Who knows? We shall see.”As it turned out the other young village boys had died in the war and the old farmer and his son were the only able bodied men capable of working the village lands. The old farmer became wealthy and was very generous to the villagers. They said: “Oh how fortunate we are, you must be very happy”, to which the old farmer replied, “Who knows? We shall see!”
Islam vs Wayism
Islam: Islam looks a lot like Christianity and Judaism in many respects. It is monotheistic, has a creator God,
Islam: Escatology. Similar to Christianity, somewhat similar to Judaism. In brief: Jesus will come as Christ. He will notice how devout Muslims are compared to the Christians, upon which he will appeal to Allah to become a Muslim, and it will be granted. He will then slay all the pigs on earth. He will then convince Christians to stand with Muslims in the war against all Jews. Once all Jews are killed, he will appeal to all Christians to convert to Islam.
Islam: Sufism is very small school of thought within Islam that is sometimes said to be tolerated by the mainstream rather than being regarded as orthodox. Within Sufism there are several schools of thought.