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Amr Salah

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Aren't Christianity, Judaism and Islam basically the same? How much archaeological evidence is there of similar teachings in the past?

Among countless arguments that keep recurring almost on a daily basis, specially in the middle-east, many are centered around the constant conflict between the Abrahamic religions. I found it strange that whole centuries were not enough for humans to reach some conclusions, perhaps because we are all, to some extent, biased. People simply ignored, and in some cases resented, what they didn't konw. The media played a significant role in further increasing the gap using inflaming language, fabricated and biased news while ignoring or hiding historic and concrete facts altogether.

Apparently, Jews denied Christians and Muslims, Christians denied Muslims and Jews, and Muslims denied Christians and Jews. Nowadays, many people are conditioned to take sides without even thinking. One puzzling point is that some people turned other religions to a forbidden knowledge instead of encouraging people to know. Thus, they seem to prefer keeping people ignorant rather than letting them form an opinion on their own.

I don't know if someone has contributed to any sort of worldwide work that deals with the basic similarities between the Abrahamic religions, specially the beliefs. Thus, I invite everyone who is willing to share what they know about: the similarities between the Abrahamic religions, the archaeological evidence regarding them and what you think whether any human, organization or government nowadays has any right to turn any of the Abrahamic religions to a forbidden knowledge.

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  • Aug 17 2012: im muslim and i dont deny christians and jews. i believe in them, too, we all believe them. the problem is they were changed.
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      Aug 18 2012: Thanks, Halil, for your comment.
      (PS Happy eid!)
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      Aug 18 2012: I believe Christians and Jews exist as well.

      What do you mean they were changed?
      • Aug 18 2012: I mean the books, there are many versions of them. Book must be one, comments must be more than one. I think like that.
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          Aug 18 2012: The Orthodox and Catholic bibles haven't changed much for 1700 years other than translation to English. Along with the protestant version, they are all a bit different but 95% same.

          These religions have been teaching the trinity for a very long time.

          However, it is interesting to note that the books in the NT were written decades after Jesus is supposed to have died. Plenty of time for the beliefs to evolve and the NT was only compiled centuries after Jesus died. Many early Christian writings that didn't agree with the choosen orthodoxy were not included.

          The Koran was much better managed in my view, except the pagan bits.

          No one alive really knows if Jesus claimed to be god, assuming JEsus existed, which I think he probably did.

          But we don't know how much of the OT is true either and it seems derivative of Caanite and Babylonian beliefs.

          I don't believe any of the professed prophets were actually prophets of a god. There is no compelling evidence any of the supernatural claims are true. I find these 3 beliefs no more reliable than Buddhism, Jainism, Hinduism, Sihkism, Shamaistic, Zorastarism, Taoism etc followed today or most the extinct religions. Actually there is probably more chance that an extinct religion was the right one, if any one is right, because there are many more of them.

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