Judaism: Not Just A Race Nor A Religion

 

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Judaism is a religious belief or faith that originated from the early people of Israel some four thousand years ago. The foundation of their religion is based on the covenant God made with Abraham and his people. God said they are “the chosen people” and that they would inherit a holy land.

The Jews or the people observing Judaism refer to the bible as Tanakh, and their belief and faith are built upon the religious, philosophical and ethical laws stated in the Torah also known as the first five books in the Hebrew Bible.

Judaism as a race

Jews share the same land which is Israel, a universal religion which is Judaism, and shared beliefs and traditions rooted from the time of Abraham.

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The Difference Of Judaism To Buddhism, Christianity, And Islam

 

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Religion is the most influential denomination of the human race. It doesn’t matter where you, as long as you have the same faith, you can be brothers with someone from across the world. Religion influences how a person lives his life and basically molds his foundation as a human being. That’s why religion is a vital aspect of our lives. It is our core, and it is what defines our existence and purpose.

With about 4,300 religions all over the world, Judaism is one of the major religions that are widely practiced. It has around 14 million followers, and its faith is based on the covenant of God with the Children of Israel at the time of Abraham.

Judaism believes that we are all created by one God and one God alone. People who practice Judaism are called Jews.They are guided by the Hebrew Bible also known as the Tanakh, specifically the first five books also called Torah.

What is the difference of Judaism to other most influential religions?

 

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Buddhism

Buddhism is entirely different from Judaism. It is rooted in the teachings of Siddhartha Gotama, popularly known as Buddha. Their core is a philosophy of life rather than a superior being. They focus on enhancing life by encouraging joy, peace, and vitality and eradicating our sufferings.

Buddhism began in India and stretched mostly over Asia. They don’t believe in God but also don’t deny the existence of spiritual elements. They are about life balance and how important it is to our well-being.

Christianity

Christianity has similarities to Judaism. They are both monotheistic and Abrahamic religions who believe in one God, the God of Abraham. They both have scriptures which are the Christian Bible and the Tanakh for Judaism. The Tanakh is like the Old Testament in the Christian Bible.

Christianity, being the widely practiced religion in the world, has over 2 billion followers and believes in Jesus as the Messiah. Although Jews believe in the Messiah, they don’t believe Jesus to be the Him. They don’t believe Him to be the Son of God, although they consider Him a prophet.

Islam

Islam, similar to Judaism and Christianity, is also a monotheistic and Abrahamic religion. Members of the Islam believe in one God who they call Allah. With over 1.5 billion followers, Islam is the second widely practiced religion.

Their sacred book is called the Quran, and they observe Muslim faith and traditions solemnly. Muslims believe in Muhammad to be the messenger of God and the last and final prophet.

Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam are four of the most widely-practiced religion and comprise about a half of the 7.5 billion world population. They have differences in terms of almost every aspect of their belief but share a similarity.

Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam all believe in good and evil. They are for the goodness of mankind and renounce those that are bad. They all respect the meaning and value of life.

 

What Judaism Thinks Of Euthanasia

 

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Judaism is monotheistic Abrahamic religion that believes in one God and the covenant between Him and men. Their faith is guided by the commandments that had been given to Moses on Mount Sinai. According to the Talmud or the study of Jewish beliefs and traditions, there are 613 mitzvot or the Jewish commandments.

Their laws and teachings are written in the Torah, or the first five books of the Jewish sacred book, Tanakh.  One of the 13 principles of Judaism is that the Torah is divine. They have faith in its sanctity and forbids any form of alteration in it.

Just like all other religions, Judaism is for the preservation of life and goodness of men. Some of the laws could be in conflict with the modern world where goodness seemed to have focused on the perception and happiness of men. “Contrary to popular belief, Judaism is pro-life,” Mitchell Rocklin, Ph.D. and co-author said.

What does Judaism think of euthanasia which appears to be acceptable in some places nowadays?

Euthanasia is ending a person’s pain and suffering by ending that person’s life. It is also known as “mercy killing.” It is used when there is no chance of survival and death is certain. People who approve of euthanasia believe that a person who already has imminent death can and should be spared from the agony.

“Assisted voluntary euthanasia—when a patient intentionally brings about their own death with the help of a physician—is a complex, emotionally charged issue. Many people are against its legalization because of their religious, cultural or ethical beliefs,”
Jenni Ogden Ph.D. wrote.

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When is euthanasia used?

  • Euthanasia is used for people who are suffering from terminal illness such as cancer. They use the term goses for a terminally ill person who has only 72 hours to live. When a patient reaches the terminal stage of his disease, he could experience an intolerable amount of pain.

The emotional pain of seeing the patient suffer is much more unbearable to the family. Euthanasia aims to the end the pain and suffering of both parties.

  • There are cases where the patient is the one who wishes to do euthanasia because of fear of feeling the pain and how it could get worse eventually.

Judaism, like most religions, considers taking one’s own life suicide, and to ask others to end your life is like asking them to commit murder. Likewise, allowing a person to commit suicide or euthanasia is like permitting him to commit a sin.

“The message of Judaism is that one must struggle until the last breath of life. Until the last moment, one has to live and rejoice and give thanks to the Creator,” Rachamim Melamed-Cohen, Ph.D. points out.

  • Passive euthanasia is any act of prohibiting longevity of life. It is a Jewish belief that all life is sacred and that we should do everything to preserve life. If there’s a hope to make a life longer, it should be given a chance.

This applies to doctors and those who have the knowledge to cure diseases and lengthen lives. Judaism believes that people are allowed to this certain kind of knowledge to be able to help in prolonging life, and denying anyone of it is also like ending his life.

Judaism respects all forms of life until the last breath, and anything that causes death is treated as murder. Their faith is in the preservation of life, and pain is a part of it and not to be treated as a reason to end it. The pain can be removed as long as one is alive, and even if it does not disappear, performing euthanasia should be not an option as it is considered murder.