Jerusalem, Religion, And Religion

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Jerusalem is important for Christians because it is the place where Jesus lived his last days and experienced his suffering and crucifixion, death on the cross, and resurrection. Precisely in the city of Jerusalem is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which was built on what is considered the tomb of Christ. For the Jews, Jerusalem is sacred because of the Wailing Wall, which is the remains of the second temple built by Herod the Great, king of Judea. (The first temple was built by King Solomon). Finally, Jerusalem is also holy to those who profess faith to Allah (al-Quds in Arabic). The mosque, Dome of the Rock, was built upon the very place that the prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven, according to the Muslim religion. I found it fascinating and interesting to see that all three religions profess that their holiest place on earth are all in close proximity to one another. Does this mean anything? …show more content…

How can someone travel or live in such a sacred place and still have bad feelings toward other? These contradictory behaviors appear to me to go against the claimed “holiness” of each location and religion. As humans, I wonder what kind of brotherhood do we project and live? What will Jesus say and do when he comes again and sees this behavior and attitudes we have for one another? As a Christian, I asked myself how do we live the love of Christ for our neighbors, particularly in the Old City of

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