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Prominent Religions in the East There are many difficult questions that people ask with the hope of explaining why the world is the way that it is These types of questions are often explained by religion a very powerful thing Religion can be explained in a variety of ways depending on which specific religion is being talked about but an excellent definition of religion in general is a quote from Wilkinson A religion is a set of beliefs and practices often associated with a supernatural power Adherence to a religion implies a belief in a divine force as well as offering moral guidance for believers Religion also binds people into communities with common goals and values 55 The four sets of non-Christian beliefs that are most practiced in the East all are in agreement with this quote but Judaism Islam Buddhism and Hinduism are very much different when compared to each other Dating back to 700 BC Judaism is the oldest religion that teaches belief in one all-powerful god Wilkinson 76 Although practiced all over the world the homeland of Judaism where one-third of its followers live is in Israel Parrinder 140 The Patriarchs or forefathers of Judaism are Abraham his son Isaac Isaacs son Jacob and Jacobs twelve sons Judaism follows the Torah as its religious tome this is their divine guidance Savage 224 The word Torah means guidance and is similar to the Old Testament of the Bible Wilkinson 76 Jews believe that there is one God that created everything and that Jesus was a prophet It is thought that God gave Moses the Ten Commandments and told him that Jews were to live by them and all the Torah Parrinder 90 If these were obeyed God would protect them A Jewish religious leaders is called a rabbi which means teacher in Hebrew Savage 224 The Jewish people have certain practices that are very important to them such as
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