Similarities Of Abrahamic Religions

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When one thinks of the three Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam what comes to mind? Three separate and very different religions marred by conflict with one another? Well, in actuality however, they are much more alike than one would think. The main three similarities among the three Abrahamic religions are there belief in one god (monotheism), tracing their origins from Abraham, and all considering Jerusalem a holy city. However it is the difference between each individual religion that make them different. Three prominent difference between the religions are there views on the afterlife, their views on the death and resurrection of Jesus, and lastly the means of salvation needed for a follower of the religion to be able …show more content…
In Judaism, Jerusalem was considered a holy city because it was originally established (according to biblical tradition) by King David as his capital city around 1000 B.C. In Christianity, Jerusalem is considered a holy city because it was where Jesus died and was resurrected. In Islam, Jerusalem is considered its third holiest city as it was prominently featured in the story of Muhammad’s miraculous night journey and ascension from Mecca to Jerusalem, where he speaks to God, with the help of the Angel Gabriel. Today, Jerusalem is part of Israel and contains 497,000 (62% of the population) Jews, 281,000 Muslims (about 35% of the population), and Christians compose around 14,000 (around 2% of the population). All in all, Jerusalem is considered one of the most holiest cities by all three cities, thus it has been a source of conflict between the three Abrahamic religions for many …show more content…
In Judaism, to attain salvation a devout Jew must believe that there is one and only one god, and also perform good deeds throughout their life. In Christianity, a devout Christian must conduct good deeds throughout their life, accept Jesus Christ as their savior, and believe in one god. In Islam, to attain salvation, a devout Muslim must believe in Allah (God) as the one and only god, commit good deeds, and follow the Five Pillars of Faith. The Five Pillars of Faith are Shahadah (creed), Salat (prayer), Zakat (donation), Sawm (fasting), and Hajj (pilgrimage). While they all differ in the manner how one can attain salvation, they all provide their followers with the ability to make-up for their sins, underlying the common theme that all three of these Abrahamic religions are really not so

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