Within they are quite the same. Each

Within our growing world, religion is something that will always remain. Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism are only a few of the many religions. As each one may seem different in the eyes of any human, they are quite the same. Each religion strives to defend human dignity, build a peaceful co-existence, and care for creation.People of faith all strive to follow the commands of their divine being. Whether it is following the teachings of the divine, worshipping the divine or doing the actions of the divine, each demonstrates the expectations. In Christianity, one of Jesus’ main teachings is to love our neighbour. By loving our neighbour we are to forgive those who have sinned, The Greatest Commandment. As God created us in his own eyes, we are equal, and by stepping off the path to Christ, no one is to be deemed as “unforgivable”. As Jesus died for humanity to forgive our sins, we are to forgive our neighbour as they are flesh of God like us, and their dignity is as important as ours. In Judaism, these people of faith have struggled with the fight to their own dignity. After their humanity and dignity was stripped from them, people of the Jewish faith strive to defend human dignity through the teachings of the Tanakh, mainly the section of the Torah. ┬áThe Torah clearly defines that, “there shall be no violation of the life, body or dignity of any person as such”, and that “all persons are entitled to the protection of their life, body, and dignity”. Through these two laws from the Torah, we see how it is the Jews obligation to defend the dignity of others as to break these laws, they will not unite with Yahweh, their God. Domestic violence a commonly misunderstood topic that is believed to be allowed or permitted, in fact, is a sin in Islam. While physical force against the spouse is permitted, it is never to be done. A toothbrush should only be used to strive the partner, to symbolize a warning to do what is expected. As well as men and women should all dress modestly. Their body should be covered with the exception of hands, feet, and face to demonstrate their respect to Allah and how the body should not be a factor in one’s relationship. In Hinduism, Atman is the human soul which lies within all. This is a little piece Brahman that humans possess, which is the universal soul. As Atman is within all, Hindus are to care for creation as to be reborn in a better soul, they must care for all life. In addition to defending human dignity, people of faith attempt to build a more peaceful co-existence. In Christianity, we are taught to follow the teaching of Jesus. One main teaching, is his teachings about love, The Greatest Commandment, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and with all your mind and love thy neighbour as thyself” (Matthew 22 37:38). By following this teaching, people of faith are able to build a more peaceful co-existence and we are taught to love and forgive as Jesus loved and forgave everyone else. People of the Jewish faith are similar to Christianity when it comes to building a peaceful co-existence. The Talmud, generally described as an interpretation of the of the Torah and section from their holy book the Tanakh, talks about a guide or morals and conducts. In this, it explains how they will settle complicated problems concerning the obligations imposed on the Jews by the Torah. In addition to the Talmud, The Ten Commandments teaches the Jews about what they should and shouldn’t do. Within The Ten Commandments, Jews learn about the sins of adultery, murder and stealing while the expectations of remembering the keep the Sabbath Holy and having no Gods before their God. By following The Ten Commandments, Jews are able to keep a peaceful co-existence among everyone else. Jihad, an Arabic word which means to “struggle” or “strive” is commonly misunderstood for “Holy War”. In fact, Jihad teaches people of the Islamic faith to refrain from any war, unless it is self-defense. War must only be done to restore peace and allow for the freedom to worship God. It is never to be used for terrorist activities or for the acceptance of Islam. Through the teachings of Jihad, people of faith are able to keep a peaceful co-existence and not bring about harm to anyone for no apparent reason. People of the Hindu faith have a duty, their dharma, to respect everything. Through their dharma, the unselfish actions of one because it is morally right and just to do so, shows their obligation in life that their actions affect the world around them and by acting morally right and just, they are able to maintain a peaceful coexistence. As Christians are descendants of Adam and Eve and they were put on earth to care for God’s creation and to be fruitful and multiply. It is their obligation and reason to why they were put on earth. As by harming the earth, or anything of God’s creation, is disrespecting God and not caring about what they were given. In order for Jews to care for creation, they should keep kosher. By keeping kosher they do not eat animals killed in an inhumane way. As many animals are brutally slaughtered, Jews believe it is unjust for humans to kill them in a cruel way, therefore only allowing them to eat one’s killed less painfully. In addition to peaceful co-existence, Jihad teaches people of faith that the environment must not be harmed intentionally, therefore war must not be done for no reason. Also, Sharia, the Islamic Law teaches people of faith to preserve: life, lineage, property, religion, reason. Through preserving each of these and respecting others, people of faith are able to care for creation as everything is part of this earth and no one or anything should be disrespected. Buddha’s teachings of the Five Precepts teaches Buddhist what to abstain from in order to care for creation. To abstain from killing or harming living beings, stealing, improper sexual conduct, false speech, and from taking alcohol and harmful drugs guides Buddhists closer to Nirvana where they no longer will be reborn as they have lived a just life and cared for the creation of all.From a Catholic perspective, I do believe there is a chance for unity and friendship for all religions. As stated earlier in this essay, Jesus’ teachings, teach us about love. To love our neighbour as he loved us. I believe that if people become more educated about the religions around them and understand their purpose for life, people would be able to build a stronger relationship with them. That if we love our neighbour, our fellow religions, we can build peace and respect the dignity of one’s religion. I believe if we can set aside culture from religion so that people can learn why things are done, we can build a peaceful co-existence. By the world being more educated about the differences of culture and religion, people would understand that not everything done in a religion is their culture or everything in culture is part of the religion. Lastly, I believe that if we can understand our own religions more and to why we follow them and what that means to us, we will be able to find peace and unity among other religions. Understanding begins with knowing yourself and how do you expect to learn and understand others without knowing your reasoning and purpose first?Altogether, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism have an “ultimate” end goal; whether that is Heaven, Nirvana or anything else, they are obligated to defend human dignity, build a peaceful co-existence and care for creation. As to reach the end goal they must respect all and live a morally right and just life. While they may seem different on the surface, these religions are similar in many ways. Together, they can continue to grow and bring peace to our world through the understanding of everyone who follows them.