Religion has and always will be one of the major forces that drives and has constantly shaped our world. Throughout the centuries wars have been fought, laws have been created, countries and towns have been built and demolished all to protect or to make known a religion. In this paper I will examine the characteristics of the three major Western religions of the world including Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. The origin of all three religions will be covered as well as there view of God and several conflicts they have. Several beliefs such as judgment and the trinity will also be examined..
The origins of Judaism can be traced back to the stories of the Old Testament. These stories however cannot be proved by other historical facts (there are no records of the existence of the Hebrews until 1230BCE). (***) Through careful examination of the Old Testament we can conclude Abraham, the first patriarch of the Jews, lived between 1700-1900 BCE. The new nucleus of the religion are said to be formed by Abraham and his son Isaac and grandson Jacob. . These biblical figures, along with their wives, formed their new religion in Canaan. Jacob fathered twelve sons that became the leaders of the twelve tribes of Israel. Due to a great famine in Canaan these men moved along with their families to Goshen, located in Egypt. The great mass of Jews in Egypt was not good and after about four centuries the Israelites had become the slaves of the pharaohs. They built massive monuments that still stand today. The new leader of the Jews was Moses who leads the people out of Egypt. One of the defining moments in the Jewish faith is when God speaks to Moses and hands him the ten Commandments miraculously engraved in stone tablets. Following forty years the Jews built the first temple in the city of David after capturing Canaan.
Jesus Christ was born in the city of Bethlehem at the beginning of the Common Era. . Very little is... [continues]
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