Comparision of Islam, Christianity, and Judiasim

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Religion is defined as the belief in and reverence for a supernatural power or powers regarded as creator and governor of the universe. A personal or institutionalized system grounded in such belief and worship. The life or condition of a person in a religious order. A set of beliefs, values, and practices based on the teachings of a spiritual leader. A cause, principle, or activity pursued with zeal or conscientious devotion. This definition of religion is true to the three major religions of the world, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are known as the "Abrahamic religions" because they traced their history to the covenant God made with Abraham in the Hebrew Bible. Judaism is the monotheistic religion of the Jews, tracing its origins to Abraham and having its spiritual and ethical principles embodied chiefly in the Hebrew Scriptures and the Talmud. Christianity as we know it is founded on the life and teachings of Jesus.

Islam is a monotheistic religion characterized by the acceptance of the doctrine of submission to God and to Muhammad as the chief and last prophet of God. All three religions believe in a single God but differ in many ways including worship of that god and also daily life routine including pray, preparation of food, and punishment. Major comparisons in the religions can be seen in development, history, toleration, holy war, and religious doctrines.

Judaism is the oldest of all three religions. Its presence has been dated back since 1230 BCE. The holy text of the Jews is the Bible (Torah), Talmud, Midrash, and the Reponsa. Judaism believes in the worship of the lord in synagogues on Saturday, which is considered their holy day. Judaism was founded in Palestine by Abraham and Moses. Jews follow the Ten Commandments which were given to...