Essential questions (Judaism and Christianity)

  1. Judaism - Human Condition
    God created humans in his image and endowed them with free will, which leads to a constant choice between yetzer ha-ra (bad inclinations) and yetzer ha-tov (good inclinations).
  2. Judaism - Where are we going?
    Judaism emphasizes observance in this life rather than elaborating on the hereafter. There is, however, the expectation of a Messianic age of peace and justice for humankind in this world and a belief in Olam Ha-Ba the world to come).
  3. Judaism - How do we get there?
    • We accomplish this through living a life in accordance with God’s will and in readiness for the coming of the Messianic Age. This will be achieved by:
    • • being the House of Israel or Chosen People
    • • obeying all the mitzvot (commandments) of the Covenant that God has revealed in the Torah
    • • living according to the Shema.
  4. Christianity - Human condition
    God created humankind in God’s own image. God gave humans free will but, through disobedience, humans are separated from God by original sin.
  5. Christianity - Where are we going?
    • • To heaven: eternal union with God
    • • To purgatory: a staging post between this world and heaven
    • • To hell: separation from God
  6. Christianity - How do we get there?
    • • believing in the presence of God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit
    • • believing in Jesus Christ as Saviour
    • • living by the teachings of Jesus
    • • participating in the sacraments, as appropriate to the denomination.
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Essential questions (Judaism and Christianity)
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