What Are The Similarities Between Judaism And Christianity

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Two of the three major world religions is Judaism and Christianity. They are two of the most influential world religions in history. Each religion has its own characteristics. When comparing these two religions, they’re both very different, but also very similar.
Judaism is the oldest religion in the world, as well as the first religion to teach monotheism. It is a religion concentrated in Israel that is based on a concept that there is a single incorporeal God who gives commandments which constitute a moral law for all humanity. Judaism is founded on the law and teachings of the Talmud, the Torah, and the Old Testament. One of the main beliefs is the covenant made with Abraham and God. Important figures in Judaism include Abraham and Moses.
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Both religions view Jesus differently. Christians view Jesus as the Messiah and savior of the world, while Jews view Jesus as a false prophet. Jewish house of worship is a synagogue, whereas Christians’ place of worship is a church. In Judaism, the man who leads the prayers is known as a cantor, but in Christianity, the man is known as a priest. The symbol of Judaism is the Star of David while the symbol of Christianity is the cross. Judaism’s holy day is Saturdays, also known as Sabbath Day, while Christianity’s holy day is Sundays. The differences in the sacred texts of the two religions is that in Christianity, there is only one: the Bible, but in Judaism, there are many texts. The Jewish sacred texts mainly talk about moral laws and what’s right to do, while the Bible contains stories of God, Jesus, and the important people in the running of Christianity. In the Jewish religious text, the Torah, afterlife is not mentioned. Whereas in Christianity, it is said that we will live eternally, which means that after we die, we will go to heaven if we believe in God, because Jesus died on the cross for our sins. In regards to sin, according to Judaism, repentance is done for defiance that was either intentionally or unintentionally after the person is born while for Christianity, repentance is done for an entire person's life since their birth. In Judaism, only the individual can atone for their…show more content…
These two religions are both monotheistic, which means that they both believe in one God. Both religions agree that God shares both transcendent and immanent qualities. They believe in a God who is loving, forgiving, and holy. Judaism and Christianity teach that God has a special plan for the nation of Israel and the Jewish people. The essence of Judaism is the same as the essence of Christianity: the love of God. The two religion requires its followers to adhere to a certain moral code and show devotion to God through prayer. As believed by both religions, Jesus was crucified. These religions follow the ten commandments which are laws given to Moses from God. Both religions define sin as a rebellion and believe that sin has its consequences. In Judaism, as in Christianity, sin is not just moral and faith is not just intellectual; both are spiritual (from the heart). Two similar holidays of Judaism and Christianity is Yom Kippur and Lent. Although the two holidays are different, they’re both holidays which individuals can repent for their misdeeds. Christians and Jews are divided into different branches. These two religions believe in the absolute rejection pagan idol worship. Despite the fact that both religions should not have symbols pertaining to their religion, they both possess a certain symbol that represents their
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