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why do other religions have some of the same books as the christian bible?

are all religions a form of the jewish religion?

18 Answers

  • Emmy
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    No, not all.

    Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have a lot of common ground, but I wouldn't include Hinduism, Jainism, or Buddhism as being very similar to Judaism. Nor Native American spirituality.

    There are hundreds of religions in the world, and having three that have stories in common does not make them all descend from one of those.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The priests can give a better answer to this question.But only Christian priests .I know from a priest that other religions and cults have taken from the basic religion From the ortodoxy. , for e.g. On the other hand , for e.g.the Christian religion it is not a ''form ''of jewish religion , it is MADE of jewish religion , it identifies word by word with the jewish religion , but it is having the continuity of jewish religion , actually the accoplishments of the greatest words of God , that He shall send His Son on the Earth.Jewish didn't believe Jesus was The One they expected , some of them believe today , others still expect for the real Mesiah , because some of them didn't believe Jesus was the Mesiah .And I think that they didn't believe because they didn't love God with all their heart. Thats why it was necessary that Jesus come , for some used to be sinners and love the sin.For those , He wasn't important at that time , because for a sinner God is not so Great , so Huge , as for an angel.For e.g some

    say ugly words about God.But a priest use to say that they don't know what they are saying. I think that these sinners think that their sin are a great value.Some use to enjoy and make it popular how great is to be drunk , how great is to cheat your wife , and be a somebody having another women or more.These people were not interested perhaps if Jesus was realy Son of God .Because they made a life of their own , without respecting the morality and the rights given by God to all.

    Source(s): my personal original thinking.
  • You are looking at it the wrong way. You should be asking why other religions share the same books as the Jewish bible (Tanakh). The first five books of the Tanakh are the only religious books that God authored. Thus, the other religions, most notably Christianity, take those books very seriously. Also, the many books that follow up those 5 books, although written by mortals, are divinely inspired. Thus those books are also taken very seriously by the Christians. Those books make up what Christians call the Old Testament, but as a Jew, I consider those books the only testament. I think it's silly that Christians look for divine inspiration from the gospels, but I'm biased.

    Source(s): I'm a Jew
  • 1 decade ago

    Are ALL religions forms of the Jewish religion?

    Of course not. Buddhism, Hinduism, and Wicca are a few popular religions that are not from Juddism. Christianity came from Juddism but that's about it.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Christianity, Judaism and Islam are all based on the Judaic concept of God, the children of Abraham and all that good stuff. These three differ mainly in who was and who wasn't a prophet but all three worship the same God. There are several religions that evolved completely separate of those three. Since these three account for approximately half of the worlds population, that translates into half the planet believes in the God of Abraham and half does not. So half the planet rejects the teachings of the Christian bible and have no connection to it.

    Source(s): The World Almanac 2004
  • 1 decade ago

    Judaism had the Hebrew Bible ("Old Testament") as official canon approximately 500 years before Christianity became an established, separate religion. Christianity saw itself as a continuation of Judaism, so naturally it included the Jewish scriptures as part of Christian scriptures. Samaritanism is also based on Judaism (or, Judaism based on Samaritanism, depending on your point of view), although Samaritans now number less than 500 today, living around Mt. Gerizim in Israel. Islam is very loosely based on Judaism and Christianity, but developed much of its own beliefs independently of the two faiths.

  • 1 decade ago

    I think most religions want to tap into the solidity of the Bible. It has been around for 3500 years (some of it) has been the foundation of the two greatest religions of the worlds Judaism and Christianity, has stood against persecution from those who have tried to destroy it etc. It is a supernatural book without any doubt. and nothing like it touches the moral valuse and practical wisdom.

  • 1 decade ago

    Only Christians use the Christian Bible. The Muslims use the Qur'an; the Zoroastrians use the Zend-Avetsa; the Hindus use the Vedas, the Upanishads, etc. I've never heard of any non-Christian religion using the Bible.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Judaism is the only one that uses the first part (Old Testament) of the Christian Bible. No other religion believes either part.

  • 1 decade ago

    Islam and Judaism recognise the one "God" and refer to the old testament as part of their holy writings. Obviously the derivation of the old testament is from Judaism - both Islam and Judaism recognise Jesus as a teacher or prophet of significance. Islam however sees Mohamed as the "Last" prophet and his teachings as God's final message to humanity about our spiritual life. Judaism is still waiting for the "Messiah".

    Don't forget that other religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism do not have their origins in Judaism at all. Buddhism is an offshoot of Hinduism and Hinduism itself is believed to find its origins in the ancient pagan religions of eastern Europe

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