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The three Abrahamic Religions do have some things in common, such as the belief that there is only one God, but they have some differences too. Beliefs in profits, beliefs in who is the real God and things such as those make their religions different.
A first major difference between the religions is the book they study and follow and how they treat this book. The Islam’s have a book they call the Qur’an. The Jewish population has a book called the Talmud, and the Christianity religion has a book name The Bible. What are the differences in these books? Well first of all, they all treat them differently. The Islam’s never put the Qur’an below themselves. They think of this as if they were saying, I’m higher than God, and I’m more important than him. They also take very good care of it. When they aren’t using it they have it wrapped up inside of a cloth and set it on a high shelf. Also, no one else can touch their Qur’an without permission from an Islamic believer. “The Qur’an itself states that only those who are clean and pure should touch the sacred text.” About.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Mar. 2013. <http://islam.about.com/od/quran/f/mushaf.htm>. The Jewish population studies a book called the Talmud. They read over this book, memorize it, and sometimes go into major detail of what something in it means. “The Talmud is made up of six sections, called Sedarim (orders). Each Seder contains several books called mesachot or ‘tracts’ (singular: mesachet).” “The Talmud.” Bje.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Mar. 2013. <http://www.bje.org.au/learning/texts/talmud.html>. There are eleven mesachot in the Talmud. Each of them deals with many of the different Jewish laws. Lastly, there are the Christians, who study The Bible. The Bible to Christians is like a book full of different ways to live your life. Most people don’t treat their bible like a special sacred book. People toss them around, lay in on their nightstand next to their beds, and other things such as that. The Bible has many different sections, some of these sections are in the Old Testament, and some are in the New Testament. Within these sections, there are many, many chapters, and within the chapters there are verses. For instance, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” -Philippians 4:13. Philippians is the section, 4 is the chapter, and 13 is the verse. As you can see, these books are all very different within each religion. They study them differently, treat them differently, and the text within them is very different.
They also have different beliefs in the coming of God and who Jesus was. The Jewish religion believes that the messiah has yet to come, whereas Christianity and Islam believe than Jesus was the messiah. The Jewish believe that messiah will come later in life and they will be taken with him. The Christians and Islam’s believe at the second coming of Jesus, Jesus will leave the Jewish people behind and only take true believers as to let the Jews accept the fact that this is the second coming of the messiah, then he shall later come back and bring the Jewish people with him. The places where the three religions think they will be taken after Jesus takes them with him are all different also. The Islam’s think they are going to an “eternal paradise”. Jews believe one of two things, either they are going to heaven, or they think there is no afterlife. Lastly, Christians believe they will have an “eternal heaven”. They also have a specific view on a bad afterlife. Islam’s and Christians both think they will go to “eternal hell” whereas Jews think they will go to “either eternal Gehenna, reincarnation, or no afterlife.” They also have different outlooks on the birth and death of Jesus. Christians and Islam’s believe Jesus was born from a virgin birth, meaning Mary just randomly by Gods will had a child she was to name Jesus. The Jewish people on the other hand think Jesus came by a normal birth, saying that Mary and Joseph had a child together. Then there’s the death of Jesus, which they don’t agree on either. Islam’s believe that Jesus “did not die but ascended into heaven during crucifixion.” The Jewish and Christians populations believe that he died by crucifixion. “Comparison of Islam, Judaism and Christianity.” Religionfacts.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Mar. 2013. <http://www.religionfacts.com/islam/comparison_charts/islam_judaism_christianity.htm>.
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Then each religion has an outlook upon the other two religions. The Islam has something to say about Jews and Christians, Christians have something to say about Jews and Islam’s, and Jews have something to say about Christians and Islam’s. The Islamic people think that “Jews and Christians are respected as ‘People of the Book,’ but they have wrong beliefs and only partial revelation.” This means that Islamic people think that the other two religions are respectable by what the Qur’an says, but they think that the beliefs of these people are wrong. Jewish people think that both “Islam and Christianity are false interpretations and extensions of Judaism.” This means that the Jews think that Islam’s and Christians are completely wrong in what they do and that they are not following or believing what they actually should. The y think that the other two religions should do exactly what the Jewish people do and then they would be following what they need to be. Then there is Christianity. They think that “Judaism is a true religion, but with incomplete revelation.” Christians believe that Jewish people are right in what they believe in, but they don’t think they have full grasp of everything they need to believe in. They also think that “Islam is a false religion.” Christians believe that Islam’s are wrong in everything they do and what they are doing is completely wrong. They are against anything Islamic people do, and would never partake in any of it. “Comparison of Islam, Judaism and Christianity.” Religionfacts.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Mar. 2013. <http://www.religionfacts.com/islam/comparison_charts/islam_judaism_christianity.htm>.
Not everyone in this world can believe the same things, do the same things, or even partake in the same activities, but that doesn’t mean they can’t sometimes get along. These three religions don’t hate each other, they just don’t always necessarily agree with one another. It’s like they are siblings fighting over where to go out to eat. One of them wants seafood, one wants barbecue, and the other wants Italian. Christians want Jesus to come take them away so they can go live an eternal life in heaven, Islam’s want their God to come save them so they can have an eternal life in paradise, and the Jewish people want Jesus to have his first coming and save them. They all have disagreements on what’s right and what’s wrong, but they can sometimes get along. For instance, they all believe in one God and worshiping that one God. They all believe that there should be a certain day on which they worship, even though these days are not the same. They all believe in a hell and demons along with angels. They all have a special book of their own that they study, and in that book is the word of that religions God. So you see, they may have many, many differences as the three Abrahamic Religions, but they do have some things in common that they agree about also.
About.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Mar. 2013. <http://islam.about.com/od/quran/f/mushaf.htm>.
“The Talmud.” Bje.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Mar. 2013. <http://www.bje.org.au/learning/texts/talmud.html>.
“Comparison of Islam, Judaism and Christianity.” Religionfacts.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Mar. 2013. <http://www.religionfacts.com/islam/comparison_charts/islam_judaism_christianity.htm>.
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