The Three Monotheistic Religions : Islam, Judaism, And Christianity

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Although the three monotheistic religions: Islam, Judaism, and Christianity, differ in the depictions of God, each religion does so as a sign of worship and devoutness. Certainly, while this similarity gives way to a convergence in thought, there still remain striking contrasts, which draw a dividing line between the three. However, the three monotheistic religions demonstrate the ability to display, or forbid imageries of God; all as a sign of devotion to the divine. Thus, this guides the three religions to a confluence with one another. Islam bears a striking tone of conservatism when discussing the images of God (Allah), or Muhammad (the chosen prophet of God). For the majority of Muslims, showing images of God is considered to be blasphemous and insulting, to the divine. While the Qur’an does not unambiguously denote images of divinity, the sacred text does however confer the inability of man to describe or even experience the image of God. When Abraham saw his people worshipping images of God, he asked them as to why one would worship such falsities. After observing the traditions of their worship, Abraham denounced their worship as “manifest error” (Qur’an, Surah Al-Anbiyah’, 52-54). This “error” disregards the facts, or reality that there is no image of such a power. While in Islam, the image of God exists, it simply cannot be fathomed, or reproduced by humans; as there is “nothing like a likeness of Him, as he is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer” (Ash-Shura, 11). In…

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