August 4, 2014
Mr. Al Conway
Essential for any tradition to be considered a religion, is the demonstration of traits and characteristics that are intended to join the human existence with something sacred or spiritual. The philosophy that engages the gathering of people together for worship, is a trait reflecting a merger between the human self and something sacred; that may be considered religious, yet not necessarily a religion. It is my opinion, that to fully comprehend the fundamental basis that qualifies any gathering of one or more individuals and or living entity for the specific purpose of allowing the physical existence to communicate with another entity, be it spiritual or physical is questionably religious by default.
This hypothesis may be substantiated by logically lending itself to the relativity of monotheism, how it is viewed by each religion, and tested on the premise of religious theories and evidence that subject them to the null hypothesis and the alternative hypothesis. To illustrate my point, let us view carefully the commonalities of the three western religions which are Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. The common component amidst them all is omnipotent God (Often times referred to by different names), but still the highest authority to which infinite respect and adoration is given. Any application of the alternative hypothesis would emphasize that any beliefs or practices, whether traditional or otherwise that is inclusive of observations, behavior, or material expressions, that influence the human psychology that is created by some non-random cause attached to a ritual, may be called a religion.
Christianity as a religion is built on the belief that God, Whose existence is still questioned by many scholars based on the lack of scientific evidence, sent his son Jesus Christ to unite people under a belief system that is systematic, hierarchical and subjecting itself to a specific world view, requiring all human beings to acknowledge his greatness and worship him through his son Jesus Christ, and a higher government the holy trinity. Applicable to this belief process is the null hypothesis, which does qualify Christianity as a viable religion, while exercising reasons for debate because the observations can limit itself to a central myth, which is the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. This event is unproven, unscientific, lacking biological and physical evidence and with a religious claim that offers validation resulting purely from chance, while raising eyebrows on the age old question of “ Why do Christians worship on Sunday, when it was customary for their founder, Jesus Christ(The Messiah) to rest and worship on the 7th day Sabbath(Saturday).
Judaism on the other hand, does exalt the presence of God(YHWH) and show respect to his divine uniqueness and oneness aligned with the post Christianity name ‘Adonai ’ meaning Lord; so both religions do believe in a supreme God. Judaism is built on many righteous traditional elements that qualify it to be the ultimate religion based on its aged practices and beliefs that have evolved from and into noted traditions. However, Judaism cannot endorse the founding father of Christianity Jesus Christ, who is considered the most radical and misleading false messiah throughout history. Most traditional Jews still await the arrival of the messiah, quietly viewing Christianity as an alternative hypothesis lacking credibility, and built on purely chance and false doctrine.
Judaism will never accept any of the invalidated claimed fulfillments of prophecy that Christianity attributes to Jesus Christ. Most important to the distance between Judaism and Christianity, is that it forbids the worship of a person; regardless of whom that person is, as a form of idolatry. Essential to religious belief system of Orthodox Judaism is the absolute singularity and unity of God. There is no...