Paper3JudaismChristianityIslam - Amanda Mungcal REL-101-205 Fall 2015 What a world it is we live in that we should have entire wars over religion Though

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Amanda Mungcal REL-101-205 Fall 2015 What a world it is we live in that we should have entire wars over religion… Though most would agree that the primary purpose of religion is to unite and provide some semblance of sanity for humankind, the three faiths which trace their lineage from Abraham (the first prophet) - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam - still find a way to butt heads with one another. What is most ironic about these three religions is how little they really differ from each other. All of their practices and rituals are put in place to guide practitioners in a lifestyle that is pleasing to their one personal god. While there are certainly distinctions in which prophet said what or which god is actually God, taking a closer look at the Abrahamic faiths reveals that they possess far more in common than most people realize. The first of these three religions, Judaism, arose from a covenant between God and Abraham. Abraham is believed to be the first Jew and passed his teachings on to his descendants, the people of Judah, otherwise referred to as the Jews. God spoke to Abraham and promised him many descendants, as well as the land of Canaan (271). Aside from Abraham, one of the most significant prophets of this religion is Moses, the receiver of the law from God. Judaism is practiced as both a religion and a cultural lifestyle. There are several forms of practice, such as Orthodox, Reform or Conservative Judaism, but all are based upon the Tanakh and its three parts: the Torah, the Nevi'im, and the Ketuvim. Jewish law, presented in the Torah, embodies many aspects of human life, such as diet, marriage, inheritance, etc (276).
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