Creation Stories

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In modern society, one doesn’t have to look far to find the effects of religion on culture. The Crusades, the current trend of Islamophobia in America today, the notion of a separation between church and state: all of these events are directly linked with religion. Every day people are attending churches and temples and adhering to their respective religious doctrines. Religious doctrine is established by the Holy texts of the religion; making religious literature a central aspect of religion and any affects that follow from a person’s belief. The Old Testament and the New Testament has greatly shaped the modern world since the advent of these Abrahamic religions.

The Old Testament and the New Testament make up the holy text of Christianity, the Bible; however by itself the Old Testament is the holy text of Judaism. The Old Testament speaks about the relationship between God and his chosen people the Israelites. This relationship begins when God makes a covenant of blood with Abraham, father of the three major world religions. Throughout the text, different patriarchs of the Jewish faith interact with their God, following his commandments in exchange for protection. Offerings of meat and grain are often given, and began when Abraham first made the covenant with God. After receiving a vision from God telling Abraham of the land he will give to him, the text tells us, “But Abram said, ‘Sovereign LORD, how can I know that I will gain possession of it?’ So the LORD said to him, ‘Bring me a heifer, a goat and a ram, each three years old, along with a dove and a young pigeon.’”(Genesis 15:8-9). This established the practice of giving offerings to God. The nature of the relationship between man and God changes with the New Testament, which literally means ‘new covenant’[1].

Being that Christianity uses the Hebrew Bible as a part of their holy texts, there a many…...

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