Compare and Contrast Judaism, Christianity and Islam
Judaism, Christianity and Islam are the three major religions in the world. Together, the three groups account for almost four billion followers. In the past, countries, and regions within countries have identified themselves with one of the religions. In many cases, this has resulted to tension, conflicts and wars. Some countries have largely identified themselves as followers of one religion. In such cases, people who go contrary to expectations by tolerating or following a different religion are usually persecuted.
The three religions are usually referred to as Abrahamic religions. This is because they all claim Abraham as an important pillar of their faith. The Jews and the Christians trace their origins to Abraham and Sarah, while the Muslims trace their origins to Abraham and Hagar. The three religions have differing beliefs and traditions. However, they are also similar in several ways. The three religions have significant similarities and differences presented in the paper.
One of the common beliefs in the three religions is the belief in one God. Christians, Jews and Muslims believe that there is only divine God. They also believe that God is the creator of the universe. The three religions follow the instructions of their respective Holy books. For the Christians, they get instructions from the Bible. The Jews follow the teachings and instructions of the Tanakh, while the Muslims follow the Quran. All the religions have divisions within them. There are many divisions within Christianity.
The Islam is mostly divided into the Sunni and the Shiite although there are other smaller divisions. Some of the groups within Judaism include the Hasidic and the conservative Jews. The three religions believe in the existence of other supreme beings. They all believe that angels and demons exist. In all cases, the angels represent good tidings, while the demons are messengers or representatives of evil. All the religions believe in the instructions of prophets. They all agree that the prophets are messengers of God, and that God uses them to reveal His will to humanity. All the religions believe that God gave Moses the law. The three religions believe in life after death, where people will be punished or rewarded according to their life on earth. They believe that there is heaven, where doers of good deeds and followers of religion will spend eternity. They view hell as a place of eternal suffering and condemnation. The three religions believe that signs shall accompany the end times. They also believe that a trumpet will sound to announce judgment on humanity. They believe that the end times will not be peaceful since they will be accompanied with wars.
The three religions are different in many ways. The concept of one God in the Christian faith is not the same in the other religions. The Christians believe that there is one God in three distinct persons, which are the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. The Muslims, on the other hand, believe in one God whose name is Allah. The Jews believe in one God, Yahweh. They have different views concerning salvation. The Muslims believe that people are saved through their good works and the five pillars of faith. The Jews believe that one is saved by their belief in God and by doing good deeds. The Christians predominantly believe that salvation only happens by believing in Jesus Christ. The three religions have different beliefs concerning Jesus. To the Christians, Jesus is the son of God, who was born of a virgin, and will come again on the final day. The Muslims believe that Jesus was a prophet, who ascended into heaven. They also believe that He will come for a second time. The Jews view Jesus as a normal Jew, who was born normally. They believe that he was a false prophet who died by crucifixion. The Jews and Muslims do not believe that Jesus is the son of God.