#41b Theology: God in Other Religions (ages 10+)
#41b – Theology: God in Other Religions
In this lesson you will learn what Christianity, Islam, Buddhism believe about God and you will learn what Judaism believes about the gods of these religions. There are 1000’s of religions but we are only going to focus on these few. Every religion has their deities (gods) and it is important as a Jewish person to know and to understand what the great traditions of the world believe about God.
NOTE: Please watch and do lesson 40 (God in Judaism) prior to viewing this lesson
NOTE: This lesson is age appropriate for students 10 years and older. For 9 years and younger, please do lesson #41a Theology: God in Other Religions
#1 KNOW THIS: Useful Vocabulary
Deity: That of divine nature, god or goddess
Jesus: The Christian God
Allah: The God of Islam
Buddha: Enlightened One or Awakened One, Siddhartha Guatama, founder of Buddhism
Athiesm: A belief in the non-existence of God
#2. STUDY THIS:
There are over 100 religions in the world. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are considered the Three Great Monotheistic religions because each of them believe in One God. There are Jews, Christians, and Muslims that live all over the world and most continents have all three religions – and many more. For example, there are Jews, Christians, and Muslims in the United States, Ethiopia, France, Mexico, and all over the world.
14 Million = Number of Jews in the World (.2% of the world)
1.6 Billion = Number of Muslims in the world (24% of the world)
2.2 Billion = Number of Christians in the world (32% of the world)
For more facts about religion and world population studies, visit the Pew Research on Religion and Public Life
#3. WATCH: Learn about Allah, the God of Islam, from a Muslim person
#4 WATCH: Learn about Jesus, the God of Christians, from a Christian perspective
#5: WATCH : Learn about The Buddah, the God of Buddhism, from a practicing Buddist
#6 THINK ON THIS: What do Jews Believe about Allah, Jesus, and The Buddha?
Judaism recognizes and respects all religions that teach loving-kindness, peace, and freedom for all people. Jewish people share a common history that pre-dates Christianity and Islam. Jews recognize and accept that people of different religions have different beliefs and that the Muslim God is Allah and that the Christian God is Jesus and that Buddhists believe in the teachings of the Buddha, etc.
#7 RESPOND AND REACT
1. What are the names of the Gods in Islam, Christianity, and Buddhism?
2. How would you describe what is unique about each God?
3. How does Judaism think about the Gods of other religions?
4. If you could ask a Christian Minister one question, what would it be?
5. If you could ask an Islamic Imam one question, what would it be?
6. If you could ask a Buddhist Monk one question, what would it be?
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