Similarities of Judaism, Islam and Christianity
There are many religions today that people worship and adapt into their daily lives are their creed. Some may have a lot of gods, while some only have one god. But three of these religions are considered as the major religion practiced by most people in the world today. Although different in some senses in terms of history and other teachings, they all have things in common that most of their followers do not seem to realize. The similarities are very important to understand each religion better and be able to determine which parts they vary. In this paper, I like to discuss the similarities found in the three major monotheistic religions of Judaism, Islam and Christianity.
The first similarity of these three major monotheistic religions is their belief that there is only one God that exists and this can be read in the sacred texts, the Koran and the Bible. For all three monotheistic religions, God is the only one that can be considered as the Creator of the Universe, the All-Powerful and the venerable divine being that is gracious and merciful. They also accept the fact that this god is the same God that Abraham worships as stated in the Old Testament. This particular similarity between these three religions has given them the name “the Abrahamic religions” by some experts. Despite the varying names these three religions have for this particular god, in essence, they are one at the same. Abraham is also considered the father to the children of God, which are often referred to as the people of Israel. (Lin) What differs in the three religion’s concept of God is how they advocate them. One can see that Christianity and Judaism are close to their belief of God. They noted that Jesus was born and educated as a Jew which was the common requirement back in the times. All of Jesus’ followers were also Jews and through Jesus Christ’s teachings, they believed that there is a need for a new religion and modify them. It was with Judaism did Christianity was born from so the notions of who is God and the rest are the same. For Islam, it is closer to Judaism since they believe that Muslims are also descendants of Abraham through his son Ishmael (Hanna).
Another notable similarity of the three major monotheistic religions is the common concepts of migration and refugee-like flight that notable persons have done throughout the books. One can also consider this as the start of the refugee movements the world has ever seen. In Islam, the prophet Mohammad and his followers travelled to Mecca as stated in a chapter in the Koran. In both Judaism and Christianity, it noted Moses’ exodus and lead the people of Israel outside Egypt and into Canaan, the Promised Land. There are other stories in these two sacred books that depict this kind of lifestyle done by the people of God/Allah but these are the most noted samples of this common theme. (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)
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