Out of all the religions why did Judaism and Christian survive to modern times?
Hinduism Buddhism and islam also survived. All the religions of the ancient world pass away Why?
- HatikvahLv 77 years agoFavorite Answer
It's probably due to St. Augustine. When Christians were slaughtering anyone who didn't practice Christianity according to the new orthodoxy, St. Augustine declared that the Jews should be left "to survive, but NOT thrive." Hence 1800 years of slaughtering Jews whenever they began to "thrive."
Christians need Judaism to survive in order to prove the "truth" of Christianity. Jews do not need Christianity to explain their existence or their origin, but Christians cannot explain their existence without Judaism.
Twenty centuries of Christian love have made Jews a very nervous people.
Babylonian Empire ..Gone
Jews do not believe in the doctrine of original sin. This is a Christian belief based on Paul's statement, "Therefore just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned" (Romans 5:12). The doctrine was fully developed by the church father, Augustine of Hippo (354-430).
According to this doctrine, hereditary sinfulness is inescapably transmitted to human beings by their parents, starting with Adam and Eve. It is alleged that only acceptance of Jesus as savior from sin can redeem a person from sin. All those who do not accept Jesus as their savior from sin are condemned to eternal suffering in hell.
Whether man is a sinner by nature or not is immaterial. Judaism teaches the biblical way to repentance and reconciliation with God. Sincere repentance in which the sinner pledges to rectify his sinful ways and lead a righteous life is one means that is open at all times to all of humanity (Jonah 3:5-10, Daniel 4:27). God counsels Cain, "Why are you annoyed, and why has your countenance fallen? If you do good [that is, change your ways], will it not be lifted up [that is, you will be forgiven]. But if you do not do good, sin rests at the door; and it desires you, but you may rule over it" (Genesis 4:6-7). God informs Cain that repentance and subsequent forgiveness are always open to him. The remedy for sin is clear. Biblically, God's loving-kindness depends on right conduct and extends to all humanity.
- Anonymous7 years ago
Really? The second oldest religion, Paganism or "worship of self", is still going strong. Always has been, being so prevalent, yet so subtle considering its shared by us all, its ongoing reality tends to be conveniently ignored.
Personally I think some variations of religions are eventually absorbed into the general belief system, or simply "go out of fashion". Even Christianity, Judaism, Islam, as well as Hinduism and Buddhism have morphed around the edges since their inception. Eventually mormonism, JW-ism, Christian Scientistism, etc., will fade away, as they currently are as more realize what they truly are--pyramid schemes disguised as religion. Fewer and fewer people believe in such nonsensical insular ideas. True knowledge is a great equalizer.... and is one amazing eraser.
- pauloLv 43 years ago
you're asking a pair of questions at as quickly as. i assume a reliable "time-honored" answer is religions that answer human beings's questions (why am I right here? what could I do to stay a happy life?,etc.), lead them to experience specific in an doubtful worldwide and is suitable to their sensibilities will proceed to exist and be surpassed down generations. religious strikes disappear through fact their followers are not happy with it. Now to the specifics: The Roman gods and theology have been very organic (gods have been of something, like conflict, fertility, love....). Their gods have been considered as greater supernatural than drawing close, this is the gods have been some distance away looking at us, quite than consistently being with us. As time went on, further and further human beings got here upon solace and reason with the concepts of christianity (loving god, forgiveness, salvation). there is something else you would understand concerning to the roman empire. faith became portion of the state id, for this reason each roman had to prepare the state faith. Christianity became slowly gaining acceptance, however the vast swap befell whilst emperor Constantine switched over to christianity. He made the state faith christianity, for this reason very almost in one day the finished roman empire became christian!
- Goldy AluminyLv 57 years ago
My guess is that people prefer a single ultra powerful god instead of many. It is a form of evolution where the best meme survives. However, judaism and christianity has evolved as well, such as the introduction of the devil and hell into christianity.
People use to believe hell is underground and heaven above the clouds. Now, no one believes that.
People now believe their god is outside this universe and outside time.
Since evolution theory has been well established, most christians now believe the genesis story to be a allegory.
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- PyriformLv 77 years ago
For a long time Christianity was the most powerful religion in Europe, and very intolerant of others. People of other religions were often persecuted into conversion.
- MartinLv 67 years ago
Uhm, maybe because the "extinct" religions actually professed that the Gods had physical interactions with the world that obviously weren't happening, which is the reason that the other religions immediately dropped those claims and made other "nebulous" claims that are impossible to verify, but, with word play, easy to "redirect" doubt.
- Crim LiarLv 77 years ago
Over time, as we've come to understand more and more of the world around us, the number of gods that we believe in has diminished. So in the ancient world the majority would have poly-theists, while the current majority are mono-theists. You can probably see where this is going...
- FitzLv 77 years ago
Because the Christians slaughtered the ones they could get at in their early years.
Islamic nations were tough enough to persist, Hinduism and Buddhism was out of their reach. Notice there was never a crusade to India or China?
- 7 years ago
They didn't survive, can't you see, all religions are failing to keep humanity in place.
- 7 years ago
It was relatively easy for polytheistic peoples to adopt their neighbours' gods or those of the conquering empire. Eventually many of them assimilated into their neighbours' culture or that of the conquering empire. Jewish monotheism put quite a spanner in those works.
Christianity survived because Roman emperors wanted a single religion to help unify their increasingly unwieldy and fractious empire. Those emperors did a lot to eliminate much of the competition.
Islam technically isn't ancient, but again it was used by an ambitious empire to force assimilation of conquered peoples.
Many of the Asian religions have survived, far more than Hinduism and Buddhism. So have many indigenous religions elsewhere. Things were different in Europe and the Mid East because of those ambitious empires eliminating competition.... Don't use them as your models though.