Islam also exemplifies the non-Islamic religious and pagan influences that have been intertwined with the religion. Judaism is the largest theological contributor to Islam, followed by Christianity, and then by numerous pagan religions (Hameed). The Kaba, Islam’s most holy worship shrine is an example of how Islamic theology is rooted in numerous pagan beliefs. Previously to
The Ontario Consultants (2008) Web site, Messianic Jews believe in the Messiah, the trinity, salvation and sin; which differs greatly from traditional Jews that believe the Messiah has yet to come. Messianic Judaism followers believe in the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, the virgin birth of Yeshua, his sinless life, his resurrection, his future Second Coming, and his salvation, which makes them Christians not Jews. The History of Messianic Judaism goes back as far as the First Century CE (Ontario Consultants, 2008). In the First Century, there were numerous sects of Judaism; Pharisees, Sadducees, Zealots, Boethusians, Essenes, and the list could go on and on. The First Christians were called Nazarenes, which were Jews that listened to the message that Yeshua of Nazareth was teaching and began to follow his word.
Judaism is a monotheism which means that they believe in a single, all-powerful God. This God was the creator of Heaven and Earth, which is different from being the Lord of Heaven and Earth. “The first people to insist upon monotheism, the Jews, throughout their history, found this to be their greatest source of strength.” “It is often suggested that Akhenaten’s religion and Zoroastrianism have influenced the development of monotheism in Judaism.” The second unique aspect of Judaism is the covenant. The covenant was a pact between the Jews and God. The Jews vowed to worship only God and to obey his laws.
CHRISTIANITY VS. JUDAISM Christianity and Judaism are religions that are each very unique. Although they both have plenty of differences, they also have similarities. In fact they probably have more in common than some of the other major religions in the world, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. Although both Christians and Jews believe God to be their creator and controller; Judaism has no founder, as opposed to Christianity whose founder was Jesus Christ. In Christianity it is believed that Jesus Christ was the savior to all humanity and was sent to Earth by his father (God) to pay for the sins of all mankind.
Both inherited from Judaism a belief in one God who created the world and cares about the behaviour and beliefs of human beings. Islam and Christianity have many similarities as well as differences. “In the beginning, human being created a God Who was the First Cause of all things and Ruler of heaven and hell.” (Armstrong 1993) Islam and Christianity are both monotheistic religions meaning belief in only one God. In Islam God is the only One worthy of worship and there is no one who can take His place. Islam firstly establishes the fact that there is surely One God “Allah” and no one else is to be tolerated in His place.
Similarities and differences are found in these empires through religious, economical, and governmental factors. The first and most important factor to look at when comparing the two empires is their differences and similarities is the empires’ outlook on religion. One common similarity both groups shared was how they based their life off a monotheistic religion. The Byzantines ran their empire through Christianity, a belief based off the teachings and life of Jesus Christ, and the thought that there is only one true God. The Caliphates were influenced by Islam, a religion that believes there is only one God named Allah, and Muhammad is His prophet.
The 13 articles of faith are creed- like statements which make clear the core beliefs of Judaism. This move undertaken by Maimonides challenged the nature of writing which contribute to the Judaic tradition. The thirteen articles of faith highlighted a move from complex writings to a more clear and concise form. The following article illustrates the nature of the writing which has contributed to the education of Jewish adherents. “I believe with perfect faith that god is the creator and ruler of all things.
1.02 Monotheistic Religions In what ways is the Holy Land an important site for all three monotheistic faiths? The Holy land is important to members of the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic religion because they have lived on the Holy land for generations and have important religious sites located here. The land is holy for Christians because this was where God’s son Jesus was born, crucified and where he resurrected from the dead. For Jews, it contains many Jewish synagogues and this land was promised to them by Yahweh. After a number of Jews were enslaved in Egypt and once freed, Moses helped them escape through the dessert and after over 40 years of traveling in the dessert they finally made it to the promise land by Yahweh which was Canaan.
The ancient Hebrew Scriptures describe His functionalities as Ruach Hakodesh (Holy Spirit) and Ha-Mashiach (Messiah). We know nothing about God except what are in these manifestations. We are in error when we give these functionalities distinctive independent personality and individuality as hypostases or as parts of a trinity, each with total independence. They are not three different Gods, but very simply and neatly Elohim’s functions in Creation and Redemption. In Creation the Word said, “Let there be Light.” And the Spirit “moved upon the waters.” And creation was accomplished.