Comparison of Islam to Christianity and Judaism Comparison of Islam to Christianity and Judaism Islam has long been viewed by many in America as a fringe religion. When many Americans here the term Islam or Muslim they associate it with such groups as the Nation of Islam or the Black Muslims. However these groups and others like them often have very little in common with the true Islamic faith. They use the term Islam to generate support for their causes, but in so doing they often destroy the public’s view of the main Islamic faith. The People of the Book is an honorary title given to the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths.
Christians view that the birth and life of Christ was important in that it Jesus saved us and helped direct us from our ways of sinning. Christians view Jesus as the Messiah is based upon his fulfillment of the prophecies the miracles and his resurrection. It is this belief that leads to the wide varied of answers to who is Jesus and how each religion views him and his life on Earth. Muslims beliefs differ far from Christians in numerous ways. The Muslims follow a book entitled the Qur'an.
The Land of Jerusalem People who search for peace don’t realize that it sets within them, they attempt to throw the blame on others and expect them to change first, and this is the problem of Palestine/ Israel. For so many years Jerusalem had been through enormous amount of wars, which held the goal of occupying the land for one individual religion .Three major religions; Islam, Christianity, and Judaism consider Jerusalem as a big part of their worship and for centuries up to till now these three religions had been fighting for the land of Jerusalem, but none considered the idea of apportionment the land for all the people who carries different religion. Religious connection to Jerusalem is one of the main top reasons of the fighting over the land, which carries on till this day. So, how is the religion of Judaism connected to Jerusalem? To start it off with the Tanakh, the Jewish Bible as Psalms 137:5-6 proclaims, “If I forget thee O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill.
After 9/11 to many Americans the word Jihad was unclear to to them because of distortion from the media. This became related to terrorism because the terrorist groups used it as justification. So it was a combination of unknowing and media distortion which made the word Jihad related to terrorism. In conclusion the meaning of the word Jihad has definitely changed tremendously since the 9/11 attacks. The word once meaning something purely religious and a holy duty to the followers of Islam, is now met with disdain and negative emotions and media world over.
After the terrorist attacks, they’ve brought worry and fear to many Americans in the past years and even up till today, They put blame on the Government for not increasing our security and privacy. All though it’s natural to think negative and believe the worst about Muslims after the horrific attacks, we need to at least give them a chance and move away from 9/11. Americans know little about the ways of being Islam.
This notion threatened Israel’s neighboring countries, since democracy was unfamiliar in the region. In the eyes of the Arab’s, democracy conflicted with the majority of principles that the Middle Eastern countries had spent thousands of years positioning their lives around. Relations between Israel and the Arab world seem to have dragged along for decades now. Fundamental conflicting ideologies have hampered efforts to progress society in Israel, which will prevent any development from taking place. Negotiating peace efforts between Israel and the Arab world, only in a utopian society, would one think that these issues could be solvable.
Beliefs are the soul teachings of written literature involving a religion. Within the Jewish religion there were individuals who were more conservative (non-Christian Jews) and individuals who were more liberal (Christian Jews). “The major distinction [between the two] was that Christian Jews believed in Jesus’ resurrection and status as Messiah, while non-Christian Jews did not (Sayre 250). Since traditional Jews believe that Messiah had not yet come to lead them into everlasting peace, they do everything they can to follow the correct path so that when he does come they will be sin free and have everlasting peace. “The promise of resurrection [is] the foundation of Christian faith” (Sayre 248).
To conclude, throughout the five wars beginning with the War of Independence and ending with the Yom Kippur War the Arab nations generally felt hostile in their position towards Israel. Though Egypt at certain times tried making peace with Israel between these times, those efforts did not work out. Israel gained a lot of land from the Arab nations after the Six Day War and planned to use this land as leverage in a deal for peace. However, peace was not made with any of the Arab countries until 1979 when Egypt changed their position of hostility towards Israel and agreed to peace in exchange for the Sinai territory. Jordan would also eventually sign a peace treaty with Israel.
In Deuteronomy, God shows the land to Moses and tells him, “this is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Deuteronomy 34:4). This promise is in the bible of the Christians and they should support reinstatement of this land to the Jewish people as God promised. Religions and religious groups misunderstand each other because they look at the other’s religion through their own perceptions. By studying other religions, better communication and religious discussions will pursue. As far as Judaism and Christianity, Christians should study Judaism to better understand their bible and their history.
The Sunni and Shiites have been divided by who they believe is deserving of the caliph position (Muslim). Inter-religious conflict is not restricted to just the Sunni-Shiite conflict but to other religious groups as well. Christians and Jews face discrimination as minorities in the Muslim countries (Arab). Today the Sunnis and Shiites continue to have different views in Islamic theology which has led to sectarian violence. Due to Syria’s war, this serious fighting continued from 2003 to 2008 including killings and kidnappings among the two sects.