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Originally posted by MaskedAvatar
What in hell/heaven/tarnation makes Judaism, Christianity and Islamism the "3 great religions"?
On measures of devotion (number of followers through small blips in human history), on measures of any value contributed to the human condition, this categorization does seem very debatable.
Originally posted by soothsayer
You have the "strong men" like Samson, Gilgamesh, Hercules...
You have the virgin births in Jesus, Zoroaster...
You have the "Catholic" symbols of:
1. The Tower of Babel, shared by Mayans and Catholics
2. Symbols of the cross from one side of the world to another
3. Four arch-angels, four clan spirits, four bacab
4. The raising of the dead, death, and resurrection of one man (Namely Jesus and Ytzamna)
You have the lone prophets proclaiming a One High God in lands where there are many gods (Zoroaster, Abraham, Ytzamna)
You have a High God battling dragons, from God vs Rahab to Enki (marduk) vs Tiamat, Odin vs ???
Or, more "current" religions, such as Judean, Hebrew, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Christian... that they all use the same book. Granted, one version is written by man, the other dictated from God, but when they all have the same major characters and events...
The list, my friend, goes on and on.
Originally posted by hellfire3
For example the story of creation, the flood, Sodom and gomorrah...all are contained within the 3 great religions of christianity, islam and of course judaism.
Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in days of old, the generations of long ago. Was it not you who cut Rahab in pieces, who pierced the dragon? Was it not you who dried up the sea, the waters of the great deep; who made the depths of the sea a way for the redeemed to pass over?
How did this come about? Differing religions based on same stories? Amazing isn't it?