Christianity and Judaism Essay

Christianity and Judaism

Christianity and Judaism are both developed on the platform of believing in one God and following all his intentions and rules by fulfilling them faithfully. This is because in both religions it is believed that, the fulfillment of God’s will is the duty of a Christian or a Jewish person. Both Judaism and Christianity belong to the category of deontological rule. God is perceived to have a relationship which is contractual between him and the Jews, as far as Judaism is concerned. The Jews must obey the holy laws of God and in return, they become the people who are chosen by God. God punishes or rewards the Jewish people depending on whether they have disobeyed or obeyed his commands. In the Old Testament, there are some parts that indicate that God have no forgiveness or mercy, other interpretations that follow, that is, the laws of God, such as the Ten Commandments, should not only be obeyed as a means of showing allegiance to God, but also due to their character of high moral teachings.

On the other hand, Christianity puts more emphasis on God’s love and not obeying the will of God. Christians must believe in God, as one who loves them and merciful to them at all times. People must also love one another as a reflection of the love God has for them, they should therefore, love and forgive their enemies in the same way they expect to be forgiven by God for all the sins they have committed (Religion Facts, 2004).

            Judaism and Christianity share a lot of similarities in their historical roots, but they both deviate in fundamental ways about their belief in God. Perhaps this is a good indicator that both of these religions have the same origin, but later split and developed differently. Both Judaism and Christianity believe that there is only one God who exists and who should be believed by all mankind regardless of their origins. Judaism believe in strict monotheism whereas Christians believe in the Holy Trinity, that is, God the father, the son and the Holy Spirit, they thus believe in Trinitarian monotheism. The Jews call their God either Elohim or Yahweh, whereas the Christians call him either Yahweh or the Holy Spirit, thus its kind of they refer to the same God (Religion Facts, 2004).

            Although, both Jews and Christians believe that Jesus Christ existed and died through crucifixion, the Jews believe that he was a false prophet and was born through a normal birth. On the other hand the Christians believe that, Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary. He was the son of God, savior of the world and was God incarnate. The Jews deny both beliefs of the resurrection and the second coming of Jesus beliefs that are held very firmly by the Christians (Religion Facts, 2004).

            Christians, just like the Jews believe that the spiritual beings that exist include the angels and the demons. The revered human beings are only the prophets in the Judaism faith while in Christianity the revered human beings include the church fathers and saints. In Judaism, the divine revelation is via prophets as recorded in the Bible, while for Christians divine revelation is through Jesus as God Himself and prophets as it is recorded in the Holy Bible. This again shows a lot of similarity in both beliefs. They share the same fundamental beliefs and only deviate at some point (Religion Facts, 2004).

            A critical comparison of these two religions clearly indicates that they both have the same origins; they only differ in some of the beliefs. Judaism is actually a true religion which finds it roots from the Christian faith. It is thus incomplete and cannot stand alone independent of Christianity (Religion Facts, 2004).

The concept of one religion

All communities allover the world at least has some believe that a supreme being exists and that is God who is the creator of all that is seen and unseen. The only major difference is the manner in which his will should be fulfilled. All religious teachings pay tribute to one God and believe that it is mandatory that he should be obeyed by all. They teach their followers of the need to live harmoniously with one another, since by doing so they will be respecting their creator. Despite the fact that all these teachings by almost all religions show a lot of similarities, they are very different in the manner in which they pray and even fulfill the will of their creator (Bahá’í International Community, 2009).

The principle of one religion implies that each and every great founder of religion came from one God. It also means that all the systems of religion that were established by these founders are a fraction of a solitary divine plan which was directed by the same God. Actually, there is only one religion, which is God’s religion. This religion continues to evolve every day, giving rise to other systems of religion. Each of these systems of religion, represent a certain stage in religion evolution. To stress the fact that all religious actions and teachings are actually directed by God and that they come from natural sources. This is done by describing the phenomenon that takes place each time when there is the appearance of manifestation. In particular, the manifestation’s writings, symbolize the infallible message of God. This is because such writings remain for a long period of time, even after the manifestation’s life on earth is over. They also represent a very significant fraction of the revelation phenomenon (Bahá’í International Community, 2009).

The history of religion is always viewed as a succession of various revelations originating from God. The evolution of religion via different religion systems is achieved through progressive revelation. The religion progress is thus the motive for progress by human beings in their search for God’s wisdom while manifestation refers to the current revelation of religion. There is therefore, only one religion and only one God; the major difference is the views held by the various groups in their belief for this God. Thus as religion evolves different groups adopt diverse routes. At the end these different channels lead to what is seen in the current teachings as different religions (Bahá’í International Community, 2009).

Even though, various groups that preach the word of God deviate at some point or the other in their process of passing these teachings. It is very clear that they share the same roots and practices. Since there is only one origin of religion then it also means that, religion is only one but it only becomes different as a result of the different understanding of various religious groups and they in turn make it seem as if there are several religions. This is also reflected in the similarities that exist in all the religious teachings, their several similarities can only make one to believe that they came from one source but deviated later. The very fact that they originated from the same foundation is enough evidence that there is only one religion, and their different routes should not be taken to mean different that there are several religions (Bahá’í International Community, 2009).

Work cited:

Bahá’í International Community (2009): The Oneness of Religion, Retrieved on 15th June 2009 from,

http://info.bahai.org/article-1-4-0-4.html.

Religion Facts (2004): Comparison of Christianity and Judaism, Retrieved on 15th June 2009 from,

http://www.religionfacts.com/christianity/charts/christianity_judaism.htm.