The Abrahamic Religions Essay

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The Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, are the three key Western Religions that emphasize monotheism, achieving peace though justice, God’s love and mercy, all trace their lineage back to Abraham. Abraham provides legitimacy for the religions and also establishes the fact that there is a singular God worshiped by all three religions (Oxtoby). Although, in theory, the Abrahamic religions are supposed to act as siblings waiting for the arrival of the parent, God, there has been much conflict among the religions due to differing interpretations of faith and key religions figures though out history. The three Abrahamic religions all originated from the same geographical area and contain interrelated scriptural elements as well as similar, yet sometimes differing, views on ideological and practical topics. There is evidence to suggest that all three Abrahamic religions have been influenced by the paganism as well as other religions, especially Zoroastrianism, that preceded them. Judaism begun as a polytheistic religion, but after contact with Zoroastrian monotheism, they too chose to worship only one God. Christian idea of metaphorical light and darkness representing good and evil may have also been derived from Zoroastrianism, as it is both mentioned in the Bible and the Avestan (Esposito). The idea of a messiah, that is shared by all three Abrahamic religions, is a concept that preceded them, and was evident in Zoroastrianism before the beginning of the 6th century BC. 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

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