Similarities Between Christianity and Judaism

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One of the many decisions that has to made in life is what, if any, religion they will practice. Christianity, the belief in God, and Jesus as his son, or Judaism, to follow the direction of the Torah are some of the major religions that a person may choose. This decision may be one of the biggest decisions of a person’s life, and each religion has similarities and differences, and pro’s and cons. Two of the major religions, Judaism and Christianity, are alike in their inspiration of sacred texts, but are different in their identity of Jesus, and practice of worship.
Although Christianity and Judaism are very different religions, they are similar in their inspiration of sacred texts. While Christianity has the Bible, and Judaism has
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For example, Christians think that Jesus was given to Mary by God while she was a virgin, therefore he was a kind of miracle child. This, however, was rendered false by Jews studying the original hebrew text. Rabbi Michael Skobac states: “Isaiah 7:14 is describing an "alma" as giving birth. The word ‘alma’ has always meant a young woman, but Christian theologians came centuries later and translated it as ‘virgin’” (Jews for Judaism, 2004, par. 18). Also, the crucifiction of Jesus, according to Judaism, is mistranslated, along with the “suffering servant”. Lastly, the importance of Jesus in Judaism and Christianity are very different. In Judaism, it is regarded that “the reality is that Judaism doesn't regard Jesus as particularly important. He's not a big subject” (Jared Klinghoffer, 2005, par.3). The fact that Jews don’t view Jesus as the Messiah, plays an important role in the identity of Judaism. In Christianity, though, people believe that Jesus is very important, and the need to obey his wishes and fulfill his needs are great. In Fact, Christians believe in Jesus for about six main reasons: “Christ Came into the world (to reconcile humans), Christ brings Hope, Christ will Return again to the Earth,Christ founded an Institution (The Church), Christ understands human Suffering, Christ enables men and women to Triumph over sin” (2014, p.6). Christians love Jesus because he
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