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Christians and Moslems owe it to Judaism

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Submitted by Kenneth S. Besig (Israel), Jun 28, 2005 at 08:20

The Christians at least recognize their debt to Jewish belief, ethics, morals, philosophy, and monotheism, while the Moslems have tried very hard to deny any connection, much less a theological one to Judaism. And yet the basic Koran is nothing less than a compilation of early Jewish thinking, much like the New Testament is little more than an extension of the Torah. For Moslems and Christians, modern Judaism has as much to teach them now as ancient Judaism had to teach them in the past. Important ideas and beliefs like lovingkindness, humility, and charity even to those not of one's faith. But especially a belief in One God, whose laws and mercy govern everyone, and which have provided a moral and ethical basis for every just, legal, and progressive society in the world today. The further that Islam, and even Christianity strays from this basic idea, the more they fail as codes of behavior for their followers, and the more suffering these faiths inflict on the rest of us.
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