Judaism, Christianity, And Islam

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Completely Different but Surprisingly Similar Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are all three different religions that many may not think can even be compared. At a glance, the religions are derived from different locations, the members of the religions look and act different, and some of the widely known practices are what make the religions so distinct. However, they are more similar than most people think. In the core of the three religions, many of their beliefs and practices show to be extremely similar, if not the same. While they do have many similarities, there are also many differences that set these religions apart from each other which make them unique. To fully understand where these similarities and differences come from,…show more content…
Judaism values prayer and have a daily routine to do so. Practicing Judaism also comes with the celebration of holidays and festivals. Some of these are Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish new year), Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Pesach, and Shavout. The entering into Judaism begins at birth when on the eighth day of life male babies are circumcised. Girls don’t have any type of circumcision but they do attend the covenant of life ceremony. Another major tradition in Judaism is the Bar/Bat Mitzvah ritual which celebrates the maturity of children when they turn 13. Judaism focuses on being close with God but they also believe that humanity is able to make moral progress. “Christianity...began life as a splinter movement within Judaism” (Brodd 351). Some members of the Jewish community believed that Jesus of Nazareth was the Messiah, or Christ, which then formed the entirely separate religion of Christianity. To Christians, Jesus is the son of the virgin Mary. His conception fulfilled the prophecy and God’s promise to Abraham. Jesus’s death was for the sins of all humanity; acceptance of Jesus allows one to live an eternal life in the heavens. Christianity emphasizes that every human being sins and that they do not have the ability to rise above sin. For this reason, they need salvation from its power over them. They rely on God’s divine grace and love to all human beings, regardless of their sins, that salvation from sin becomes possible.

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