What recognizes Jesus a good teacher only but they

What were
the similarities in Jewish and Christian beliefs? What were the differences?

For my
essay, I decided to focus more on the differences between Jewish and Christian
beliefs because that’s what was most interesting to me these past two weeks of
lecture since I had little to no knowledge as to how these two religions can
have any comparisons, since I always thought they were completely different. While
are many differences and similarities when it comes to Judaism and Christianity,
this topic has helped me understand the ideology behind each religion and gain
more information in each religion. Even though the question may be very
straightforward, short, and to the point, it is quite complex trying to answer
it thoroughly especially having so many differences, therefore, I concentrated
on the main ones.  What I have learned
from the lecture and from the readings is that although they are two Abrahamic
religions and have many similarities, these religions have different beliefs,
practices, and teachings. Based on the readings of Benton and DiYanni,
Christianity was derived from Judaism and it had a close relationship with
Judaism as well.

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One of the
main similarities is that both religions believed in one almighty God.  I believe that the main distinction between Judaism
and Christianity is Jesus Christ. Christians believe that Jesus has fulfilled
God’s promises and believe that if they accept Jesus as their Savior, they will
share an eternal life with God in heaven. One very important reason for their
faith was due to believing that Jesus rose from the dead after being crucified
by Romans (Benton & DiYanni, 2012). Judaism on the other hand, recognizes
Jesus a good teacher only but they do not believe that Jesus was Messiah. Jews
believe that a Messiah “would come into the world to save humankind, thereby
fulfilling God’s promises.” (Benton & DiYanni, 2012).  Another difference is the bible that each of
this religion uses. Judaism recognizes the Old Testament, which is also known
as Hebrew Scriptures, as the word of God. Aside from many differences, Jewish
and Christian traditions share a connection between the Jewish Passover and
Christian Easter, which both celebrate Jesus resurrection from the dead. Also,
Jews celebrate unique holidays such as Hanukkah, Yom Kippur, and Passover. Jewish
and Christian beliefs embrace the idea of having a holy day during the week,
the Jewish Sabbath which is observed on Saturday and Christian day devoted to
attending church and worship God on Sunday. Last but not least, these two
faiths also differ in their goal of life: Judaism focuses on living a good life
and meanwhile Christians focus more on “love God above and love others as one
loves oneself.” (Benton & DiYanni, 2012)

The
reason why I chose this topic was because I was not very knowledgeable in the
differences between these two. It caught my surprise to find out that Christianity
was derived from Judaism. It’s very important to understand the religious beliefs
of others and have an open mind and be respectful enough to accept that
everybody is different.