Term Paper: History Medical Studies Have Concluded

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[. . .] religioustolerance.org/god_devel.htm).

"Each religion hold very diverse beliefs about their God. They generally regard their own beliefs about their God to be accurate, and the beliefs of other religions to be partly or completely false (HOW THE CONCEPTS OF GOD DEVELOPED OVER THE AGEShttp://www.religioustolerance.org/god_devel.htm)."

One of the most interesting aspects of comparing the Jewish faith and the Christian faith and their belief in and following of God is that they believe they are following the same God, while the element of Jesus is the dividing factor and the nature of God is argued.

There are historical dates that can be used to mark the changes taking place between the Jewish and the Christian faith.


A Dispensational Chart

While the above chart can document the years and the separations that occurred throughout history in the various religious evolvements it does not examine what the differences are in the everyday belief of the concept of God. The Jewish and the Christian faith are closely bound and linked by their belief in what they think is the same God, and equally separated in their belief by individual elements.


The Jewish Faith

5. How God is perceived in the Jewish Faith?

6. What are some of the abstract beliefs regarding God?

7. What are some of the tangible beliefs regarding God?

8. What are some of the practices about God?

One of the first things one will notice in the study of the Jewish faith and the conceptual belief in God is the faith's belief that it is disrespectful to spell out the name in its entirety. The Jewish Faith mandates that the spelling leave out the O. In the world and spell it with God instead. For the purpose of this paper respect for that belief when discussing the beliefs of the Jewish will be shown.

There is a strongly held belief that is taught in the Jewish Faith that the people were led by Moses. He was a leader chosen by God according to the faith history and as the leader of the Jewish people he was given directions by God in which to have them follow him therefore following God (DESCRIPTION OF JUDAISM http://www.religioustolerance.org/jud_desc.htm).

According to the Jews Moses "led his people out of captivity in Egypt, and received the Law from God. After decades of wandering through wilderness, Joshua led the tribes into the promised land, driving out the Canaanites through a series of military battles (DESCRIPTION OF JUDAISM http://www.religioustolerance.org/jud_desc.htm)."

One of the things that makes the study of the two faiths interesting from an expert standpoint is the fact that they all started out as part of the same population and the same faith. Christianity itself began as a Jewish faith sect.

"Christianity was established initially as a Jewish sect, centered in Jerusalem. Paul broke with this tradition and spread the religion to the Gentiles (non-Jews) (DESCRIPTION OF JUDAISM http://www.religioustolerance.org/jud_desc.htm). Many mini-revolts led to the destruction of Jerusalem and its temple in 70 CE. The Jewish Christians were wiped out or scattered at this time. The movement started by Paul flourished and quickly evolved into the religion of Christianity. Jews were scattered throughout the known world. Their religion was no longer centered in Jerusalem; Jews were prohibited from setting foot there. Judaism became decentralized and stopped seeking converts. The local synagogue became the new center of Jewish life, and authority shifted from the centralized priesthood to local scholars and teachers, giving rise to Rabbinic Judaism." This is where the division began and the differences became self evident in the two faiths in relation to their belief in the concept of their God (DESCRIPTION OF JUDAISM http://www.religioustolerance.org/jud_desc.htm).

Today there are almost 20 million Jews worldwide. The bulk of the world Jewish population however resides in America with a roster of approximately 7 million., Second to the states is the Israel Jewish population with a total of 4.5 million believers (DESCRIPTION OF JUDAISM http://www.religioustolerance.org/jud_desc.htm).

The Jewish faith revolves around 13 basic beliefs and principles that are founded in the understanding of the concept of God from a Jewish standpoint (DESCRIPTION OF JUDAISM http://www.religioustolerance.org/jud_desc.htm).

"The Thirteen Principles fall into three general categories:

(a) The nature of belief in God (The 13 Basic Jewish beliefs: http://www.hanefesh.com/Thirteen_Principles.htm).

(b) The authenticity of the Torah, its validity and immutability.

(c) man's responsibility and ultimate reward (The 13 Basic Jewish beliefs: http://www.hanefesh.com/Thirteen_Principles.htm)."

The idea of the nature and the belief in God is important as it relates to the differences between the Jewish and the Christian faith as well because it details many of the exact elements of the belief in God regarding the Jewish faith which can be compared to the beliefs of God in the Christian faith (The 13 Basic Jewish beliefs: http://www.hanefesh.com/Thirteen_Principles.htm).

The belief in God for the Jewish faith is similar to the Christian faith in that the Jewish believe there is only one creator of all things and that creator is God or the concept of God. God's existence excludes any idea of a partnership in creation according to the Jewish faith and this belief dovetails exactly with the belief of the Christian faith in its God (The 13 Basic Jewish beliefs: http://www.hanefesh.com/Thirteen_Principles.htm).

Another belief in the Jewish concept of God is the understanding that the world and the universe were only created by one God and they are only allowed to remain in existence because of the one God.

In the further study of the Jewish belief of God the Jewish believe that their God is one unity. The God of the Jewish faith is one unity in the understanding that he is not a collection of arms and legs. He does not have eyes, ears and a nose and he does not breath in and out the way humans do. The concept of God in the faith of Judaism believes that he cannot be divided into elements or sections the way all other tangible things on earth can (The 13 Basic Jewish beliefs: http://www.hanefesh.com/Thirteen_Principles.htm).

"This is the concept expressed in the first verse of the Shema. [ed. note- the Shema is the prayer which expresses the core belief of Judaism: "Hear, o Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One. Blessed be the name of His glorious Kingdom forever and ever.] (The 13 Basic Jewish beliefs: http://www.hanefesh.com/Thirteen_Principles.htm)"

The next belief in the Jewish faith pertaining to the concept and the reality of the deity of God is the belief that God is not something physical. One cannot seen God according to the faith beliefs nor can his greatness be measured or imagined by human beings or the human mind and imagination.

The humans can try to understand the concept of God and in the way humans are able and capable humans will gather an understanding that is within the realm of human imagination and reality. However, the Jewish faith believes that there is no way to fully understand, grasp or appreciate the basic concept of the greatness or the faith of God (The 13 Basic Jewish beliefs: http://www.hanefesh.com/Thirteen_Principles.htm).

In addition to the inability to know the full unity of God is matched in the Jewish faith with the belief that God is eternal and the First Source of all creation in the universe.

While all things can be measured by time the Jewish believe the fact that God created the concept of time God transcends all time. This is a similar belief with the Christian belief that God transcends all time as well (The 13 Basic Jewish beliefs: http://www.hanefesh.com/Thirteen_Principles.htm).

The Jewish faith mandates that any and all prayers be directed to God. There are many faiths in the world that send prayers to God and also use other elements to send those prayers including the Christian faith's belief that they can be sent and should be sent in the name of Jesus Christ. The Jewish faith has a strict and narrow belief that there is only one way to pray and it is to pray directly to God and nothing and no one else can be involved (The 13 Basic Jewish beliefs: http://www.hanefesh.com/Thirteen_Principles.htm).

According to the Jewish Faith: "Prayers should be directed to God It is tempting to beseech the angels or such mighty forces as the sun or constellations, because God has entrusted them with carrying out His will. None of them have any power independent of what God assigns them. Therefore, prayers should only be directed towards God Himself (The 13 Basic Jewish beliefs: http://www.hanefesh.com/Thirteen_Principles.htm)."

(Book Review: Concept of God as shepherd is Jewish paradigm

DOUGLAS BEN AVROHOM http://www.jewishsf.com/bk980731/etgod.htm)

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