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World Religions Dialogue Project
Transcript of World Religions Dialogue Project
Judaism is very similar to Christianity as Christianity steamed from Judaism. It believes that everyone is made in the image and likeness of God and that we have free will. Jews and Christians view and understand God in the same way. Both religions have a strong sense of tradition.
Both Hinduism and Christianity believe that God has more than one form. Christianity has the trinity, while Hinduism has Brahma, Shiva, and Vishnu. Both value the sacredness of life and the importance of priests.
I am horrified by all these misconceptions and stereotypes. It just reflects society's ignorance to the beliefs and traditions of other cultures. I think everyone should take the time to investigate each religion before assuming or taking an opinion on anything.
1) One God
2) equality of all human beings
3) One should meditate, make an honest living, and share their earnings
4) Avoids the sins of ego
5) follow four commandments: do not cut your hair, do not harm your body, do not eat sacrificial meat, and do not commit adultery.
Common misconceptions and stereotypes regarding people of the Jewish faith include that they are thieves, cheap skates, and all people the same thing. Meaning behind Kosher and Hanukah is also often misunderstood. In reality, Jews are not thieves or cheap skates, there is a range of beliefs among the orthodox, conservative, and reform Jews. Jews keep kosher to ensure that the animals that they consume were treated humanely. Hanukah is the festival of lights, not the Jewish equivalent to Christmas.
Many people do not understand that the religion Islam does not support the terrorism that the extremist are doing. Muslims are also not solely in the Middle East or arabs. Many women chose to and enjoy wearing the hijab. And finally, the jihad is the internal battle between good and evil--not the outward war against other religions.
Common misconceptions about Hinduism is that there are a million gods, when actually there are lots of versions of one. They are not cow or idol worshipers. Not all Hindus are vegetarians. And Hinduism, the religion, does not support the oppression of people in the caste system, it is the culture, not the religion.
Sikhism is not Hinduism, but a rather large sect that branched off. Even though the men wear turbans, they are neither muslims, nor terrorists. In Sikhism, you are not required to cover your body or face and you do not need to be Indian or Sikh to attend a Gurdwarat. They are not a small sect by any means and are roughly the fifth largest religion in the world.
- the God of Abraham is the one true God
- the coming of the messiah
- free will
- the word of God(the Torah)
-made in the image of God
These beliefs are central to Judaism as it defines the monotheistic religion and how and why the believers will act in accordance to what they believe.
Islam: 6 Articles of Belief
1) There is only one God, Allah.
2)Muhammad received the Quran from God.
3)God created heavenly beings called angels to serve him and evil spirits oppose them.
4) Muhammed is the last and greatest prophet.
5) The Day of Judgement is coming. Good will win over evil.
6) God controls everything in the universe.
These beliefs are key to Islam as it defines the history of their beliefs, what they believe regarding Muhammed, and their understanding of God.
1) One supreme being, just many avatars
2) Belief in the divinity of the Vedas
3) Endless cycles of creation, reincarnation
5) No correct religion, many paths to God
These beliefs are central to Hinduism as it defines how its believers treat others and live their lives considering reincarnation and karma. They are accepting and more similar to other mainstream religions than most people realize.
These beliefs define Sikhism as it defines how the Sikhs act in society and live under God's teachings. These beliefs set them apart from other religions.
Islam and Christianity both believe in one God, angels and demons, and a judgement day. Both value declarations of faith, prayer, charity, and fasting.
Both Sikhism and Christianity value community service and helping the under served. Both believe in one God and the equality of all God's children. Both value prayer and places in which they worship God.
Judaism: Kosher and Shabbat
These specific practices really inspired me to be aware of how I am interacting with people, animals, and God. Kosher reminds me to treat everyone with dignity. Shabbat is inspiring to take live like God and take that day of rest. God wants you to use the gifts he has given you, but also relax and take care of the body he gave you.
Islam: Jihad and Zakat
I identified with the idea of an internal struggle, which made me realize that God is always there to help me through that struggle. I love the idea of Zakat, the charity aspect of the five pillars. I believe every person of faith has a responsibility to use their gifts from God to help others.
Hinduism: meditation and contemplation
The idea of meditation inspired me to investigate my relationship with God, others, and myself in a different way than prayer. Ever since I was little, I have been a girl of action. This belief of contemplating the world, not trying to change it really struck me. I have decided to combine both contemplation and action to better my society.
Sikhism: Equality and charity
I have been thoroughly impressed with Sikhism and their heart for the poor I want to strive to live out their value of equality and treat everyone equally. The charity aspect of Sikhism really struck me and I want to give to the poor and care for together throughout my life.