Christianity, Islam, andJudaism are the three largest and most well-known faiths in the Country, andarguably the entire world. These three faiths all have major similaritiesbetween all of them and have the most strongly rooted histories out of mostother religions in existence. This makes studying these religions relativelyeasy compared to others, due to the fact that there is much overlappinginformation, especially within their origins, and that helps to pound theinformation into the head through repetition. This can be further explainedthrough the following detailed examples.
*Peace an extremely essential portion of these faiths.This is shown throughout each and every one of their individual histories intheir use of similar greetings meaning “peace be upon you”; “shalomaleichem in Judaism, pax vobiscum in Christianity, and salaam alaikum in Islam.Often, however, the greeting of peace has been meant primarily for members ofone’s own faith community” 2.*Judaism, Islam, and Christianity are strictlymonotheistic religions, believing in the existence of one, and only one, God.
Manypeople understand that Jews and Christians worship the same God; however, theymay be unaware that Muslims also worship that very same God. Allah is not thepersonal name of some altogether separate and distinctly different deity; theterm Allah doesn’t specify a peculiar, foreign, alien, or uniquely Arabian god.On the contrary, Allah is literally translated from the Arabic word which means”God.” In the Quran, there are many different instances where there are talksabout “Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, Solomon, Jesus, and otherbiblical figures”1; in doing this, the Islamic scripture makes it clearthat the God of Muhammad, and the God of Jesus, and the God of Israel are allactually the same God.
Seeing that there is one universal God for Islam andChristianity, Allah is the same as the Hebrew God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.Therefore, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are all classified as “Abrahamic”religions, as long as all three of them share the same metaphorical”bloodline”, which are traditionally traced back to the ancientHebrew patriarch Abraham. 1*Christianity is an Abrahamic, monotheistic religion. However,the Christian faith also maintains certain uniquely characteristic religiousclaims about truth of Jesus Christ. *Though thisis actually a difference between Christianity and the other two majorreligions, Judaism and Islam, it coincidentally creates a similarity betweenthose religions of Judaism and Islam. Judaism and Islam both deny the belief ofChristians that Jesus is the son of God, due to the fact they see him asanother God to the Christians other than the one, true God. *Judaism and Islam each see the Christian view of Godas purely and much too radical, seeing that they believe that God wouldn’tsimply become a human, and extremely idolatrous, which relates back to theaforementioned explanation that they do not see Jesus as God, but as a separategod 1.
From the perspectives of Judaism and Islam, these alleged extremebeliefs about Jesus by Christians are seen as extremely inconsistent with thebasis behind all three religions (monotheism). Thoughthere is speculation among the Islamic faith about Jesus’ role in history, Muslimsdo regard Jesus as a very great prophet, but do not see him as the Christiansdo; as the Messiah and the Son of God. The Jews, much like the Muslims, don’tsee Jesus as the Messiah, but also don’t see him as a respected prophet and a”failed” Messiah 1. To Both Judaism and Islam, Jesus is NOT thegreat prophet and savior that Christians see him as today. This is one majortopic that both Muslims and Jews fully agree on mutually 1.
*All three faiths emphasize their special covenant withGod, for Judaism through Moses, Christianity through Jesus, and Islam throughMuhammad. *Also, Islam recognizes Judaism’s andChristianity’s revelations as well as prophets. *”Inaddition, Islam makes frequent reference to Jesus and to the Virgin Mary, whois cited more times in the Quran than in the New Testament.” 2In the end, thesethree religions, though they each are different in some ways, are also veryalike. They all share common views such as monotheism, they have very similar,if not identical roots when referencing “fathers” of the faith, suchas Abraham, and the location in which they all had have their roots (The MiddleEast).
Finally, the main, and possibly greatest, similarity between thesereligions, is unity. Father Jim has said countless times how Religion is strongin unity and, by studying and analyzing different sources and notes, it isevident that unity is truly a fact of all three of these religions and is the”glue” that keeps faith strong.