This is my first “Spiritual Saturday” so this shall be interesting. Each Saturday I’ll cover 3 different types of “beliefs” or what you may call “religions”. As I am not a follower of Christ/God, I still believe in spreading the word of ALL religions, to teach others, maybe you’re following the wrong belief system. Today’s 3 religions (beliefs) will be, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. As I said above, I do not follow any of these religions, but still, let’s talk about them and what each religion believe in, traditions, etc.
Many of us don’t know much about Judaism, well at least I don’t. I’ve never really looked into this religion, their traditions, or their beliefs. After doing a lot of research, there is a lot of information on this religion that I never knew existed, also a few traditions I never knew that they participated in.
- Jewish belief that there is only one God, who created the universe, and has a personal connection with each “Jew”.
- They believe that our life as we know it today is, everything us humans do, is done by God.
- The Jewish keeps God’s laws and also seek to bring holiness in every aspect of their life. They do this because they believe they owe this to God for all the “great things” God has done for the Jews.
- Being Jewish means being part of a community, as they do things (celebrations, rituals) as a community. Believing that God picked each and everyone of them to be an example of holiness and how our world should be treated.
- Their prayer book only mentions WE and OUR when most other faiths use I or MINE.
- Jewish Ceremonies begin very early in a Jew’s life, when a baby boy is born they are circumcised at a ceremony either called a Brit (or Bris). Which is witnessed in front of the whole family and community members! This ceremony has been practiced by Jewish parents for the past 3,000 years.
- The Sabbath, is a Jewish ceremony that happens once every week. This ceremony begins on a Friday at nightfall and last until nightfall on Sunday, usually a 25 hour ceremony. All cooking, cleaning, and any house work is done by Friday, so they can celebrate Sabbath correctly. They believe this is their time of relaxation, as God relaxed on the 7th day of creating the universe. This is a ceremony that is mainly spent with family and surrounding “Jewish members” that may not have family to celebrate with. The women in the family, light the Sabbath candle, after the candle is lit the family will enjoy a glass of wine together. This wine is usually drank from a special cup called the Kiddush Cup.
- Prayers: “Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech ha’olam, hamotzi lechem min ha’aretz.” Is the prayer usually used on The Sabbath before eating their dinner. This translates into: “Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the universe, who brings forth bread from the earth.”
Quick Summary Of Jewish Beliefs:
- God Exists, and there is only One God.
- God can NOT be subdivided into different people.
- God is above and beyond all things on earth.
- God is neither male or female, as he has no body.
- God is beyond time, has always existed, and will always exist.
- God punishes the bad, rewards the good, and is forgiving towards those who may mess up in life.
This is the religion that most of us American’s know better than any. After reading up a lot, I figured I’d add a few things on here that came to a surprise to me.
- Christians follow the very first beliefs of their religion. They believe that Jesus is the Son of God, the second person of the Trinity of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
- God is three different “Gods, people”. The Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit.
- His coming to Earth, his sacrifice, and resurrection were done all to show us his unconditional love, or acceptance into heaven, and also to forgive us for our sins.
Christianity Ceremonies and Traditions:
- Prayer, is the number one thing that I found on every website that Christians turn to the most. God wanted his children to come to him as a child would their father, no matter where or when. To turn to him and speak to him.
- Since Jesus arose on a Sunday, most Christians celebrate their faith on Sundays. Whether it be attending church, saying prayer around the family dinner table, etc.
- Fasting: They simply do this to please God. Some Christians don’t eat meat on Fridays as this was the day Jesus was crucified. Other Christians refrain from eating on “Lent”
- Baptism: when a child becomes a child of God. (in my church I was baptized to guarantee I would be allowed into Heaven, my family is Catholic).
- First Holy Communion: being able to eat God’s bread, and drink his wine. This is to remember the “Last Supper”.
Quick Summary of Christian Beliefs:
- There is only one God.
- God is three in one also called a Trinity.
- God knows all things.
- God is present everywhere
- God is the creator of everything that exists.
- Jesus became man.
- Jesus is fully God and Man.
- Jesus was sinless.
- There will be a rapture of the church.
- God will return.
- Christians will be raised from the dead when God returns.
- God will create a new heaven and a new earth.
To be completely honest, I didn’t know one thing about the Islamic Religion until doing research. Learned a few new things today!
- Just like the other two religions, Islam believes that there is only one God in the Universe. (Allah)
- Muslims believe that Muhammad was their prophet. The last and greatest of Gods messengers.
- When it comes to after life, Islam teaches that our soul will live on and a transformed physical existence after death. There will be a day of judgment and humanity will be divided between the eternal destinations of Paradise and Hell.
- Eid Al-Fitr is one of the two celebrations in Islam. Eid Al-Fitr is celebrated at the end of Ramadan. Ramadan is when fasting for a month during daylight hours occur. This celebration can last for four days, during which Muslims usually sacrifice a sheep. Then separating the portions into 3, for family, friends, and the poor.
- Eid al-Adha (“Festival of the Sacrifice”), also called the “Sacrifice Feast” or “Bakr-Eid”, is the second of the two celebrations. This celebration is worldwide each year, preferably considered to be holier than the other celebration. Honoring the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son, this is looked at as an act of submission to God’s command. The meat from the sacrificed animal is preferred to be divided into three parts. The family retains one third of the share; another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbors; and the remaining third is given to the poor and needy.
Quick Summary of Islamic Beliefs:
- Only one God, Allah.
- Muslims also believe that Islam is the complete and universal version of a true faith that was revealed many times before through prophets such as, Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus.
What religion do you believe in? Do you even believe in a religion, or do you follow your own path? If any of these are your religion and I missed something, go ahead and add into the comments.
please no ignorant comments, I am not a believer of God and has enough respect to make this post without any of my “two cents”.