Three Giants - An essay describing the contrast between christianity, islam and judiasm, and their common origins

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Religion has always played an important part in people's lives. Since the dawn of time man has searched for his purpose in this cosmic inkblot. In modern day, three religions, Christianity, Judaism and Islam, dominate the whole of the masses. All three find their founding in the same people and ideals, yet all three are very different from the other two.

Judaism, Christianity and Islam are all monotheistic religions which evolved out of early Hebrew religious ideals. The Hebrews believed that God was their special protector and was everything, the most powerful, and present everywhere. The Jewish religion is a particular point of interest because it was the first of the three. Christianity and Islam were both created out of Jewish radicalism. All three of the religions have sacred writings; the Jewish have a holy book called the Torah. The Torah is a sacred recording of laws and events in Jewish history.

The Jews believe that God gave them his "laws of the land" through Moses, which is why he was called "the Lawgiver". According to the Jewish tradition, God made a covenant, or agreement with Abraham, the founder of Judaism. One similarity between the Christianity and Judaism is that they both fast at a certain designated times of the year.

Christianity has the largest world's cultural, religious and political development. As with Judaism and Islam, Christianity is also monotheistic. People who follow the religion Christianity are known as Christians. Christians follow the teachings of the philosopher Jesus of Nazareth, who was born in Palestine in about A.D. 30. Through the belief in Jesus, people believe that humanity can achieve salvation. Judaism and Christianity are quite similar. The teachings of Jesus were rooted in Jewish tradition. For example, Jesus accepted the Ten Commandments that God had given to the Jews...