REL 212 Week 6 DQ

The God of the Jews, Moses’ 10 Commandments, the teachings of The Buddha, the 12 Vows of Jainism, and Confucius’ Virtues.

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One of the criticisms of the Hebrew Bible is the violence of God. Scriptures from other religions (Hinduism: The Bhagavad Gita is set entirely in war; the Qur’an talks of war; Christianity is based on a final battle and destruction of the world) depict their gods as violent as well. However, throughout the Hebrew Bible God is also depicted as a God of love.

Main discussion questions for the week:

Given the Covenants between the Israelites and God, the 10 Commandments, the beauty of the Psalms, and the predictions of the prophets, provide three (3) of your own observations about this violent/loving God.

Judaism is a religion of doing and faith is seen in actions towards others.

· Compare and contrast the 10 Commandments with the 8-Fold Path of Buddhism, the Confucian Virtues, and the 12 Vows of Jainism.

· Are we seeing the same concept of doing and faith today, or has there been a shift as we move to Western religions?

Be sure to respond to at least one (1) other student. SEE BELOW

Jamie Evans

RE: Week 6 Discussion Attachment

Given the Covenants between the Israelites and God, the 10 Commandments, the beauty of the Psalms, and the predictions of the prophets, provide three (3) of your own observations about this violent/loving God.

Three observations that displayed a violent/loving God would be when Moses was trying to free the Israelites from the Pharaohs bondage and displayed the signs of plagues of lotus’s, flies and frogs and not to mention the killing of the first-born child. Another observation would be when Moses was being pursued by the Pharaohs army and God led Moses to divide the sea in order to allow the Israelites to pass but crush the Egyptians when they followed. Lastly, another observation would be after Moses was given the 10 commandments and the Israelites headed to the land of Canaan but could not enter the land and God took care of them by scattering bread on the ground which was later named Manna.

Compare and contrast the 10 Commandments with the 8-Fold Path of Buddhism, the Confucian Virtues, and the 12 Vows of Jainism.

The one thing that I think all of these have in common is that they lay out the foundation for a way of living a life that worships God and to be the best possible person that you can be. They try to instill a sense of self-worth, dignity and respect for others while respecting yourself. The difference would be that the 10 commandments relates to more specific religious guidelines such as “you shall have no other God’s before me”.

Are we seeing the same concept of doing and faith today, or has there been a shift as we move to Western religions?

Unfortunately, I think that there has been a shift away from these beliefs or at least it’s more known today. You see and hear things that contradict the beliefs of the 10 commandments and not to mention people do not have the same virtues or beliefs that would come from any of these religious beliefs.

Thanks, Jamie Evans

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