Issues and Traditions in Western Religions

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Current Issues in Western ReligionsReligion is a value system; a set of beliefs, values, and practices based on the teachings of a spiritual leader. Religion in society is not always a welcome topic or subject for conversation, many times religion will spark an argument rather than a typical conversation. This paper will highlight two current concerns facing the religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and in addition, identify and discuss the most sacred traditions of these religions.

JudaismA current issue facing the religion of Judaism is the increase in marriages with non-Jews. According to a recent study conducted by American Jewish Committee, there is a growing acceptance of Jews accepting non-Jews as life partners since many Jewish people have close friends or relatives who have married non-Jews. In this manner, when a Jewish person is getting married with a non-Jewish person, it is weakening the purity of their religion. This problem gets worse if the partner does not accept Judaism.

For example, if a Jew male marries with a non-Jew female and she does not accept his religion, then his descendants are not completely Jews. The Jewish population is growing very slowly and it is not able to keep even with the death rate.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is another big issue that currently affecting Judaism. Israel is the country with the majority of Jewish communities and has been in the situation of conflict with Palestinians for many years. The primary cause of this conflict is that the Jewish population want their supremacy on Israel and do not want others to have equal rights. These are Zionist Jews and they want to give non-Jews a permanent second class status. According to Zionist Jews, only Jews must be having superior rights in Israel and consider racism as a foundation of Israel. Such...