How Does the Iroquois’ Religious Beliefs Differ From Christianity?
Every Christian has heard of the Ten Commandments, but Christianity is not the only religion or belief system with a set of guidelines you should follow. The Iroquois do not have an official written list of commandments, but they have “norms” you should aim to obtain. They all base around being thankful for everything in life, having respect for nature and the people around you and wanting the best for others. One code of Ethics which clearly illustrates this is the following; “The hurt of one is the hurt of all, the honor of one is the honor of all.” Here you can see how they care about each other in a respectful way, which can also be applied to nature – if nature is hurt, human beings will be affected too (e.g. global warming). In contrast a Christian is not required to be grateful for anything else than the holy Lord and is encouraged to not go against this one God. Besides this, the Christian is commanded to not steal, kill and covet. The focus of the religions can absolutely show us the environment and the life situation of the community following these certain beliefs. If we had no knowledge about the background history of the Iroquois or the Christians we could make up an idea of the Iroquois living in nature and the Christians living in a more modern and contrasting society. Culture and the structure of living are