Past Programs The Holocaust confronted Christian leaders at the time and after with grave ethical and theological questions: How it was possible for 6 million Jews to be murdered by the citizens of a nation that was predominantly Christian? How did the Christian churches elsewhere in Europe and in the United States respond to the persecution and genocide of the Jews at the time?
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: They highlight and trace their common origin to the patriarch Abraham or recognize a spiritual tradition identified with him. Abraham appears in the scred texts of all of these religions.
The major Abrahamic religions in chronological order of founding are: Influence to the World: This was said to be witnessed by approximately 3 million Jews as an intelligent voice speaking to them from the fiery mountain. Judaism states that no other religion makes such a claim because Divine revelation to the masses never happened to others, and as the Torah says, it will never happen again Deut.
Concerning destiny, Jews are messianists. In short, Judaism believes in the perfectibility of mankind. Christianity teaches that Jesus Christ walked this earth, died on the cross to restore the relationship that was broken by sin.
After His death on the cross, Christ was buried, He rose again, and now lives at the right hand of the Father, making intercession for believers forever Hebrews 7: The intimacy of this relationship is revealed in two poignant pictures.
Within Christianity, the resurrection is vitally important, for without it, Christianity does not exist, and Christian faith is useless 1 Corinthians After Jesus was crucified, the disciples ran and hid.
But when they saw the risen Lord, they knew that all Jesus had said and done proved that He was indeed God-sent. The resurrection is proof of who Jesus is and that He did accomplish what He set out to do: Buddha did not rise from the dead.
Muhammad did not rise from the dead. Confucius did not rise from the dead. Krishna did not rise from the dead.
Only Jesus has physically risen from the dead, walked on water, and raised others from the dead. But the justice of the Christian God demands that all sin be paid for in full.
Christianity teaches that Christ died as the substitute sacrifice for the sins of mankind. In this way God remains just for He has punished all sin by punishing Jesus on the cross of Calvary. Still, God can justify and forgive sinners who decide to obey Jesus and the Father, for Jesus paid the price for their sins Romans 3: So when the Christian God forgives sin, He does not ignore sin, for all sin has been paid for in full.
Since Jesus is the begotten Son of God, He is the ultimately worthy sacrifice and able to atone for the sins of all mankind. Christian God is a personal God who loves us, a totally just God that must punish all sin, and an all-loving God that offers us the free gift of salvation that comes only through His Son.
What makes Christianity different from other religions is the love of God.
Islam is named after a belief in one God, Allah, and submission to His will. His message of absolute monotheism is a reaffirmation of what came before it.
Islam preaches the same message of all previous prophets peace be upon them.While the cultures in which Islam predominates do not necessarily make sharp distinctions between the religious and secular aspects of the culture, such distinctions make the task of understanding the nature of relations among Muslims, Jews, and Christians easier, and therefore will be .
Muslims commonly refer to Jews (and Christians) as fellow "People of the Book": people who follow the same general teachings in relation to the worship of the one God worshipped by Abraham.
Quoting the religious texts of Jews (Torah, Tanakh,Talmud), Christians (Bible), and Muslims (Quran and Hadith), this book provides a clear picture of why the Muslims, Jews, and Christians hold Jerusalem so close to their hearts.
Relations among Muslims, Jews, and Christians have been shaped not only by the theologies and beliefs of the three religions, but also, and often more strongly, by the historical circumstances in which they are found.
As a result, history has become a foundation for religious understanding. The epicenter of Christian-Muslim relations after the rise of Islam, the Middle East is a complex, heterogeneous region, where the addition of the state of Israel has further complicated relations. The recent Arab Spring, pressures for a more Islamic state in Turkey, and international dialogue on the future of relations between Iran and the West have added to regional tensions.
These statements reflect the ongoing attempts of church leaders to confront the history of Christian behavior during the Holocaust as well as the necessity to rethink the Christian-Jewish relationship and traditional Christian teachings about Judaism.