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Surname 1 Name: Tutor: Course: Date: Western Monotheisms Worship the Same God Monotheism refers to the belief in the existence of an all-powerful single God. It is derived from the two Greek words mono and theos meaning ‘one’ and ‘god’ respectively. It is contrasted with atheism, the belief in no gods at all, and polytheism, which is the belief in the existence of many gods. In the world today, three monotheistic religions stand out as the largest. These are: Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. These systems have one thing in common; that they all share a common belief in the existence of one God. Is it, therefore, true or right to say that they worship the same God? It is important to note that since the three monotheistic systems are all founded upon the same idea of there being only one God, they emphasize to their believers not only to worship one God, but also to deny the existence of any other gods that may be worshipped by followers of other faiths . More often than not, they treat such gods as aspects of their own. However, with more inter-mixing between civilizations, and people of different religious tags co-existing and interacting, there has been a general acceptance of the existence of other people’s gods, who are more or less the same as one worshipped by a given group, only called by a different name and worshipped in a different way. A deeper evaluation of truth regarding the origin of these monotheisms would perhaps reveal that they are more closely related than is usually spoken. For instance, the very tenets of Christianity and Judaism are similar. These two are intricately related, since they both have a common belief in the same God. Perhaps the greatest resemblance between these two, one that would give more insight to the correct conclusion of this issue, is their common body of scripture. The Christians’ Old Testament and the Jews’ Tanakh are two similar texts that point to a common origin, or evidence of having been a unit at one point in time, perhaps several
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Surname 2 centuries back (Lecture notes, Class #4, Judaism, 2014). It is to be noted that, in both cases, the ancient texts have been subjected to reinterpretation and have had more scriptural texts added unto them. Some parts have also been supplemented by ‘necessary’ texts according to each
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