As with the epics, these legends give us some spiritual idea of the beginning of time and the accounts of early man. If we compare the stories and characters of the first epic, The Epic of Gilgamesh, with those of the first chapter of the Bible, Genesis, we not only discover some striking similarities, but also some notable differences. If there is one thing that all early accounts revolve around, that is the idea of a divine being or, in other words, god. Early humans were extremely religious, holding the belief that their very lives were in the hands of their god. This holds true for both the people of biblical times as well as those of the epic era.
Similarities and difference exist between the two sacred texts of Islam and Christianity and although the Qur’an and the Bible are considered sacred text and their impact on modern society is ever present. Sacred texts are a collection of historical writings that date back thousands of years and are used by many traditions to have a special significance especially scriptures and holy books as they are often used to show hoe to live an honest and meaningful life. The Qur’an is the sacred text of Islam. It is believed to be the word of Allah who spoke to directly to the prophet Muhammad. The Holy Bible is the sacred book of Christians, and has two parts to it, the Old Testament and the New Testament.
Each religion had many creation stories, but the two most popular ones were within The Book of Genesis for Proto-Orthodox Christians, and The Secret Book of John for Gnostics. These stories, or myths, were the basic foundations for each religion, and offered various explanations of how the world and mankind came to be. The Secret Book of John is one of the most famous and well-known Gnostic texts. It was found in the Nag Hammadi Library, which was discovered in Egypt. The Book of Genesis is a part of the Christian Old Testament Bible.
'God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.' Genesis 1:31 ================================================================== Christians believe that God made human beings to be like himself. 'So God created man in his own imageâ€¦ male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, be fruitful and increase in number, fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.'
But he saw that sin was too great. He loves us so that he came among us as Jesus Christ, to lives and we lived to show us the way (John, 17:23). Word Count 159 The Question of Identity – To be human is to use the talents and abilities are given by God (Peter, 4:10) to glorify him. To be human is to “rule over” the animal (Genesis, 1:28). Viewing the world from a biblical perspective charges us with the protection of God creatures and the world.
This is why their mythology is centered on nature such as the earth, sky, moon, sun, stars, and the Nile River. There are many Egyptian myths of creation, but the Heliopolitan Tradition, Hermopolitan Ogdoad, and the Memphite Theology are the most commonly used. They all have some common elements and gods. For example, many of t... ... middle of paper ... ... was allowed to pass through the gates of Yaru and into the after-life, but if the heart weighed more than the feather, the heart was consumed by the devourer to be gone forever. In conclusion, Ancient Egypt has a very complex religion and beliefs that would be considered bizarre in many parts of the world.
God chose to create the universe because He is love, and love can best be expressed toward people. God made humans to be reflections of His glory. People can never be totally like God because He is the supreme Creator, but He did give us the ability to reflect His character through our love, kindness, faithfulness, patience, and forgiveness. Knowing that we are made in God’s image and are capable of sharing many of His characteristics provides a solid foundation for self-worth. Understanding human worth helps people love God, know Him personally, and make a valuable contribution to so society.
The Bible is the most significant book in the history of civilization. In the context of Jewish history, the Bible’s impact on politics, history, and religion is without comparison. Along with establishing the covenant-based legitimacy of the Jewish people and their history, the Bible’s political impact is exemplified through prophetic politics, the power of kings, and the effects of political authority. Biblical archeology has discovered biblical structures which supports the historical validity of the Bible. The Bible’s effect on history, politics, and religion has shaped the world we live in today.
The Epic of Gilgamesh is regarded as the oldest written text discovered by mankind. Written copies of the work are dated during the early Mesopotamian empire. The story concerns the king, Gilgamesh, and his search for immortality. Throughout the piece, gods and divinity are highlighted and by virtue of this, many historians emphasis that the text has religious significance. Approximately a millenium later, Judaism is founded and Moses writes the beginnings of their religious scripture, Genesis and Exodus, the first two parts of the Bible.
In the Middle East, the three great world religions-Judaism, Christianity, and Islam had both share some similarities and differences. Judaism, a monotheistic religion, so as Christianity and Islam, originally came from the Hebrews. The Hebrews believed that God was their special protector and was everything, the most powerful, and present everywhere. Like the other two religions, Judaism also has a holy book called the Torah. The Torah is a sacred recording of laws and events in Jewish history.