Religion Aspects

Ethics ( code of behavior)

What is the purpose and meaning of Ethics ( code of behavior )

Ethical codes is trying to understand the difference between right and wrong and applying actions to understand their decision.

Jewish Ethics

Jewish ethics may be said to originate with the Hebrew bible, its broad legal injunctions, wisdom narratives and prophetic teachings. Most following Jewish ethical claims may be traced back to the texts, themes and teachings of the written Torah.

Christian Ethics

Christian ethics are founded upon the concept of grace which transforms a person's life and enable's one to choose and act right. As sin is both individual and social, grace is applied to both individual and society. Christian ethics has a teleological aspect--all ethical behavior is oriented towards a vision of the Kingdom of God --a righteous society, where all live in peace and harmony with God and nature, as envisioned in the Book of Isaiah.

Beliefs

Meaning and purpose

The Belief of religion is the core of any religion in other words everything revolves around the main or plural beliefs.

Jewish Beliefs

This diversity in Jewish belief appear in part because actions, not beliefs, are the most important aspect of Jewish religious life. In addition, the term "Jewish" can be used to describe a race and a culture rather than a religion, so some who identify themselves as Jewish may have little interest in the beliefs and practices associated with the religion of Judaism.

Christian Beliefs

Christianity tends to take beliefs quite seriously. The early fathers and councils carefully distinguished between "beliefs" from "non-beliefs" in an effort to preserve what they saw as the true Christian message.

Myths and other Stories

Meaning and purpose

Myths and other stories are false or true happenings that are told to give a message.

Jewish Mythology

Jewish mythology is the sacred and traditional narratives that help explain and symbolize Judaism. Factors of Jewish mythology have had a intense influence on Christian and Islamic mythology, as well as world culture in general.

Christian Mythology

Christian mythology is the body of myths associated with Christianity. In the study of mythology the term "myth" refers to a traditional story, often regarded as sacred, which explains how the world and its inhabitants came to have their present form.Christian mythology directly passed-on many of the narratives from the Jewish people, sharing in common the narratives from the Old Testament.

Sacred Texts

Meaning and purpose

The writings that are very important to religion and what they worship

Jewish sacred texts

The Jews are known as the "People of the Book," an appropriate title. After the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE and the following exile, sacrifices became impossible and Jewish religious life turned to Torah study and prayer in the synagogue ( the building where a Jewish meets for a religious worship and instruction. Study of Torah and other Jewish texts has been central to religious life ever since.

Christian sacred texts

The primary sacred text of Christianity is the Bible. Its name is obtained from the Latin word biblia, which simply means "books." The Christian Bible is made of two parts: the Old testament, which is almost identical to the Jewish Bible; and the New testament, a collection of Christian writings that includes biographies of Jesus and the apostles and letters to new churches.

Rituals

Meaning and purpose

An action that has been passed on for ages and is a tradition

jewish rituals

food- Eating their food can have good consequences and bad ones.


Prayer- You have the choice to pray at home or in the synagogue.


Biblical personalities- Every biblical personality has a particular meaning in the wheel of life, and since Torah includes every created thing, we can find a faithful representation of the world through its characters. This section tries to shed some light on the biblical personality patterns.

Christian rituals

Christian rituals can be the seven sacraments, which are:


  • Baptism,
  • Reconciliation
  • Eucharist (First Commuinon)
  • Confirmation
  • Marriage
  • Holy Orders
  • Anointing of the Sick


Symbols

Meaning

to represent something in an object

Jewish Symbols

Candles- The candle is a very important symbol for Jews. Fire is warm and inviting. The Kabbalah (Jewish Mysticism) says that the flame is a symbol of God’s relationship to the world and to human beings.


Head-coverings- Men cover their heads with a kippah (yarlmulke/scullcap) to shows their respect for God. Married religious woman also often wear a head covering, such as a wig, scarf or hat. This shows their modesty.


The shofar- Shofar is a polished ram’s horn used in Jewish services at certain times of the year. It is blown to bring in the New Year and mark important events.

Christian symbols

cross- The simplest and most common Christian cross is the Latin cross. It may not have come into use until the 2nd or 3rd century. The empty cross, usually favored by Protestants, reminds Christians of the resurrection, while the crucifix, with the body of Jesus on it, favored by Catholic and Orthodox churches, is a reminder of Christ's sacrifice.


Dove- The dove is the symbol of the holy spirit and peace, the dove appeared at Jesus' baptism.


Bread and wine- The bread and wine represent the body and blood of christ.



Social Structures

meaning

Religious structures are for religious purposes, such as to pray, bow and chant. Religion generally involves a person who has made contact with God.

Jewish structures

In the Jewish religion Rabbi's are authorities on the Torah, so their job is to be able to answer technical questions about the applications and understanding of the Torah. It is different to where the leaders are somehow divine or on a higher level. A great rabbi is just a person who has invested the time and has the knowledge to be a reliable leader.

Christian Structures

Church architecture refers to the architecture of buildings of Christian churches. It has evolved over the two thousand years of the Christian religion, partly by change and partly by imitating other architectural styles as well as responding to changing beliefs, practices and local traditions. From the birth of Christianity to the present, the most significant objects of transformation for Christian architecture and design were the great churches of Byzantium.

Religious experience and spirituality

Meaning

Religious experience and spirituality is your source for spiritual, religious, mystical experiences, the study of spirituality, religion, enlightenment and teachers.

Jewish experience and spirituality

experiences- hold religious experience as a Jewish educational goal and more fundamentally, to ask what it might mean. The objective is to begin to probe what an education toward (Jewish) religious experience would entail and what some of the theoretical, moral and practical obstacles might be.


Spirituality- There is much interest in Kabbalah in today's world. It is a subject that is mystical and esoteric, describing the heavenly realms. Our sages study this material after a solid logical basis from the written Torah and the Gemara have been formed.

Christian experience and spirituality

experiences- going to mass every Sunday and praying


spirituality- The Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality exists to promote research and dialogue within the growing community of persons interested in the field of spirituality. It is universal and strives to be inclusive of the widest possible range of expressions of Christian spirituality, encouraging the application of diverse critical approaches to the study of spirituality.