An understanding of these two deeply connected religions can heighten understanding and ecumenism.
The Sublime dramatic poem entitled Job had familiarized his imagination with the boldest imagery afforded by the human mind and the material world.
Ecclesiastes had diffused a seriousness and solemnity over the frame of his spirit, glowing with youthful hope, and [had] made audible to his listening heart He had contemplated this name as having been profanely perverted to the sanctioning of the most enormous and abominable crimes.
John explained that in order to pass from Earth to the Kingdom of God, one had to be baptized.
Because of his teachings, John was executed by the State. He took much of John's preaching to heart, but Jesus set out to show that the Kingdom of God was present on earth. His apostles, after the resurrection, preached the good news. In fact, the leaders of the movement, which would later turn into Christianity, saw themselves as Jews.
He showed this by performing miracles of healing and exorcism. "Therefore, the 'Jesus movement' could quite properly be seen as a sect within Judaism." Why though, is it important to understand Christianity's root in Judaism?
It is important to know the connectedness of these two religions for the same reason it is important to know who one's own parents are. It, in essence, gave birth to the Christian Tradition.THE Being who has influenced in the most memorable manner the opinions and the fortunes of the human species, is Jesus Christ.At this day, his name is connected with the devotional feelings of two hundred millions of the race of man.We may conceive his mind to have been predisposed on this subject to adopt the opinions of his countrymen.Every human being is indebted for a multitude of his sentiments to the religion of his early years.The institutions of the most civilized portions of the globe derive their authority from the sanction of his doctrines; he is the hero, the God, of our popular religion.His extraordinary genius, the wide and rapid effect of his unexampled doctrines, his invincible gentleness and benignity, the devoted love borne to him by his adherents, suggested a persuasion to them that he was something divine.And not only has every sect distinct conceptions of the application of this name, but scarcely two individuals of the same sect, who exercise in any degree the freedom of their judgment, or yield themselves with any candour of feeling to the influences of the visible world, find perfect coincidence of opinion to exist between them.It is [interesting] to inquire in what acceptation Jesus Christ employed this term.Utter darkness fell upon the earth, blotting the noonday sun; dead bodies, arising from their graves, walked through the public streets, and an earthquake shook the astonished city, rending the rocks of the surrounding mountains.The philosopher may attribute the application of these events to the death of a reformer, or the events themselves to a visitation of that universal Pan who—— The thoughts which the word "God" suggests to the human mind are susceptible of as many variations as human minds themselves.