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How Other Religions View Jesus
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... that it Jesus saved us and helped direct us from our ways of sinning. Christians view Jesus as the Messiah is based upon his fulfillment of the prophecies the miracles and his resurrection. It is this belief that leads to the wide varied of answers to who is Jesus and how each religion views him and his life on Earth. Muslims beliefs differ far from Christians in numerous ways. The Muslims follow a book entitled the Qur’an. The Qur’an is believed to be the exact words of God as revealed to their prophet Muhammad. The Qur’an is the prime source of every Muslim’s faith and practice. The Muslim religion does have similarities to the Christian faith in that it c ...

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... No significant restoration appears to have been done in the outlying villages (Isaiah 61:4). Here the Prophet directed his preaching to the Jews raised in the Exile and now united with the descendants of those who had remained in Palestine. (Life and Literature of the Early Period 3) used the form of writing that included a variety of literary types, such as laments, oracles of promise, and condemnation to convey his messages. He used these forms of writing because he needed to shock the people into attention. ’s life and ministry comes to the central message that all human activity motivated by the fear of anything but God is contrary to faith and will almo ...

Burial Rituals In Judaism
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... A person who is extremely ill, fore example, or a woman in labor, is not permitted to fast on Yom Kippur, because fasting at such a time would endanger the person's life. Doctors are permitted to answer emergency calls on the Sabbath, even though this may violate the day's whole meaning. Abortions, when necessary to save the mother, are mandatory. In Jewish law, the unborn are not yet considered human, thus the mother's life is far more important. Because life is so valuable, we are not permitted to do anything that may hasten death, not even to prevent suffering. Euthanasia, suicide and assisted suicide are strictly forbidden by Jewish law. Their law ...

Greek Orthodox Customs
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... bridegroom, but she didn't care. I met my husband six days before the ceremony; I remember every nightmare detail of my wedding and honeymoon. Only two states allow underage marriages, so my family, his family and some people from our village flew to South Carolina for the City Hall service. At the end, the lady who'd married us said, "You can kiss the bride." My husband and I were so embarrassed we could barely look at each other. Then we headed back to the house where we had our religious ceremony. Following Greek Orthodox custom, I went home afterward with my parents. The next day, my father drove Emanual, my husband, and me to a hotel. When we got to th ...

Moses, A Chosen Leader
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... want his earth to be peaceful and without sin and when he sees that the world is corrupt, he decides to conduct a purge. In the first two books of the Bible, there are two distinct covenants made, one with Noah and the other many generations later with Abraham. God talked to Noah and he was chosen to be the father of a renewed civilization after an enormous purge would wipe out the evil in the world. Noah had to undergo many trials and tribulations. He had to experience embarrassment and ridicule because of the nature of God’s requests. His neighbors and friends thought he was nuts because it is not everyday that a man constructs a huge boat made of gopher wood an ...

Succot: The Jewish Holiday
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... plants by using four plants which are symbolic of all the rest. These four plants also represent the Jewish people. The Etrog, or the citrus fruit, stands for the people who are educated in the Torah and who do good deeds. The Lulav, or branch of the date palm, stands for the Jewish people who have knowledge but no good deeds. The Hadas,or myrtle, symbolizes the people who do good deeds, but are not educated. The Aravah, or willow, stands for the people who have no good deeds and no education. These plants are carried around the synagogue in a procession while prayers are recited for blessings on the land and fruit of Israel. In biblical times, the willow, the pal ...

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... The Old Testament is an accurate and valid resource to use when trying to explain Christianity and faith. For example, it is amazing how one can justify his faith to a strong Catholic family whentrying to prove that salvation is a free gift and not a time card for "good works." There is much difference between the religion of Catholicism and non- denominational Christianity. Though both groups believe in one God, the same God, growing up in the midst of the bickering of the two groups can confuse a child and bring bitterness toward this God that Christians believe is all-loving. School is an area where temptations are thrown in people's faces each day. Ma ...

The Bible
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... myth. Many questions asked are “where would that amount of water come from?” and “where would it all go afterward?” However, there is geological evidence of a universal deluge. An interesting fact of the Hebrew slavery is that there is no Egyptian records of there ever being Hebrew slaves nor the plagues claims preceded the release of the slaves. There also is no historical record of Moses’ existence outside . And there also is no physical trace of the Israelites’ 40-year journey across the Sinai wilderness. There has been little evidence of ’s origin and most of the facts uncovered about are contradictory to what is stated within its pages. Most of ’s defens ...

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... lost souls. Most of us just have a problem believing in something that their is no evidence of existence. I in fact am a baptized Methodist. I actually attended church every Sunday until I was 16 years of age. This was when I stopped blindly believing and started asking questions. When the preacher couldn't answer my question about my religion, I decided there must be something wrong if the person who is supposed to be the mouth piece of God cant tell me the answers. One problem that I have with is their bible. The bible says that a great flood took place to rid the world of sins and sinners. It also says that "even the tallest mountains were covered with wa ...

What Went Wrong: An Examination Of Separation Of Church And State
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... “The 1st amendment has erected a wall between church and state. That wall must be kept high and impregnable. We could not approve the slightest breach.” (Barton, Original… p.13) This exact case began the reversal of Supreme Court trends and opinions that had lasted for one hundred and fifty years. Now, for almost fifty years, the Supreme Court , and the United States population in general, has used the phrase “separation of church and state” when referring to the religion clause of the 1st Amendment. The 1st amendment's actual wording is “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” (Barton, ...

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