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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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    Sep 14 2012: These three religions are based on the same old covenant stories. They are found in the work known as the Old Testament or the Torah (Muslims only view the very first portion of this to be the truth, the Qur'an has an alternate ending). This is the work that establishes Yahweh's (the Abrahamic god of Christians, Jews and Muslims) first covenant. It follows the Suzerain and Vassal treaty but only holds Yahweh accountable. This is the part that ties all three together, however they differ in this:

    In the Islamic faith they believe that their god, Allah in arabic, is dependant on the Muslim people. Allah needs his people and his people need him. Their doctrines also differ but you can learn more on a simple wikipedia page.

    In Judaism, Yahweh stands alone. Yahweh is creator of all and is separate from man. Yahweh created man out of his own grace, he is not reliant on his people, but they are reliant on him.

    In Christianity, a trinity is formed from Yahweh. Yahweh becomes three parts in order to atone for the first covenant (somebody pure must die to atone for the sin): the father (Yahweh), the son (Jesus, or more accurately Yeshua) and the holy spirit or ghost. These three god heads illustrate a different theological dynamic in that God is divine (Yahweh), God is with us (Holy Spirit) and God is our saviour (Jesus).

    Once again, more can be found out about the technical differences on wikipedia or another source, but theistically, this is a simplified version.
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      Sep 14 2012: Hi Jake,
      Welcome to the discussion and thanks for your comment.
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      Sep 14 2012: "In the Islamic faith they believe that their god, Allah in arabic, is dependant on the Muslim people. Allah needs his people and his people need him."
      !!! You're saying something seriously wrong...
      God created life and death. God created the universe. How did it come to your imagination that the Creator needs people?

      Don't you know that we existed only because God created us?
      Don't you know that the moment we die we take nothing of all that we thought we owned? We owned nothing, not even our lives. We thank God for being able to pray and for being able to thank.
      All earthly life (all people and the whole universe) is not worth even a wing of a mosquito to God.
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      I testify that what you said is wrong.
      If you don't believe in God, then how did you become alive? Who brought you to life? Where were you before you were born and where will you go after you die?
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        Sep 15 2012: You say God, but to who do you refer? Yahweh, Allah, or the Father of the Trinity? In what do you believe? And subsequently, what is your bias? I have been taught on the subject of Abrahamic religion since I entered middle school and I know all the stories well, so let me reiterate what I said to prevent further misinterpretation.

        What I was saying is that Allah is dependant on his people. In the Islamic stories, it says that Allah created life but it also sets up the theistic paradigm in such a way that Allah could not exist without his people. Allah is only one half of the equation, he is dependant.
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          Sep 15 2012: There is One God even if people think differently or say different names.
          There is One Creator. He is Allah, the One and Only. He is the Eternal, Absolute. He begetteth not, nor is He begotten. And there is none like unto Him.

          "... that Allah could not exist without his people."
          This is not right. Please let me correct it.
          I don't know how or where you got this concept from. It is not Islamic. If it is in a curriculum, then this curriculum needs to be corrected. If you read it in a book, then the book needs to be corrected.

          The whole world did not exist until God made it exist, and the whole world will no longer exist if it is ordered to not exist.
          Why do you think all people die if God needs people to exist?
          It is people and all creatures that are "dependant". Our existence is by the command and Mercy of God. Any who is (so) grateful does so to the profit of his own soul: but if any is ungrateful, verily Allah is free of all wants, Worthy of all praise.

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