Why did so many religions originate in middle east?

it's very interesting Christianity , İslam , Judaism all these religions was born in Middle East and it's very strange that Chirstianity was born in Middle East but there is not any Chistian country in Middle east Christians make up only 3-4 percent of the Middle east population Why did all these religions originate in middle east why not Europe why not africa why Middle East?


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  • All those three are basically the same anyway. When you look at the teachings, they're extremely similar. And Islam and Judaism came from Christianity too, so that's probably part of the reason. Look at that Christian teacher from the Christian school who's been in the papers recently because she wore a hijab and said it's in solidarity for Muslim brothers and sisters of hers because "we all pray to the same God" and it's true, it's the same God just has different names and different languages, they're all Abrahamic religions. This is why it's also so strange the three hate each other so much when they're so similar, like the actual leaders (not the fucked up fake leaders who preach hate) all say the same thing too. Even the Pope said it not too long ago, and sometimes, Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders get together to talk about how to end the beef between followers.

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    • To be fair, we do not worship the same God. At least as Christians we do not believe so. St. John says in our Scriptures that those who do not have the Son do not have the Father either. So if Jews and Muslims do not affirm the divinity of Christ, then we cannot say that they worship the same God as us.

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    • god's definiton in christianity is very complicated but in islam it's very simple allah means creator of the universe and allah is the one allah hasn't sons or wives Allah doesn't resemble humans Allah never came to world as a man I defined muslims allah now can you tell me the difference between christians god and muslims Allah

    • In Christianity God is Trinitarian meaning that he is one in essence but three in persons (hypostases) like three interlocking circles. For more on this see the writings of St. Basil the Great and the decrees of the Ecumenical Councils. We likewise believe that God became man through a doctrine called the Incarnation, that Jesus was both fully God and fully human united together in his personhood, and that through his personhood--that union of humanity to the Divine--we receive Salvation, being united together to God since Jesus acts as a bridge for us.

Most Helpful Guy

  • the three religions you mentioned are all ostensibly based from a a similar origin. there are massive religions like Hinduism with the largest following that did not come out of the middle east.

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    • They came from Babel initially. Hinduism and what it per se teaches went through many transitional periods. Which is why modern Hinduism is so chaotic. It contains both legalistic and antinomian extremes, the strictest legalistic sect breaking off to become Jainism. Buddhism evolved from rejecting Hindism's hedonistic and materialistic tendencies, as Siddhartha was traumatized by witnessing the extent of cruelty that human greed can cause.

What Girls Said 11

  • Islam, Judaism and Christianity are all Abrahamic religions. So really they're based on this one guy. Not much variety there.

    Other areas have produced far more and more diverse religions. Look at Europe or south america.
    The real interesting questions is, why have Abrahamic religions dominated? And I'm not sure what the answer is. Well in Islam there was a good bit of colonialism, so a smart military leader was part of it. And christianity possibly became so popular because people can identify with Jesus. He wasn't a rich or powerful man, he suffered a lot and he was kind to people beneath him. And that appealed to the many people who had also been mistreated by the rich and powerful. And maybe people were tired of the demanding and blood thirsty gods of the romans and greeks

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  • Because they think that life started in the middle east. So it would make sense, if that's correct, that the different religions would also begin there, no?

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    • Who ever said that? Pretty sure there's a lot more evidence pointing that we are all descendants of homo sapiens out of Africa that have emigrated across the globe.

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    • As far as I know humans occurred after continents became seperated there weren't humans when pangea was existed

    • "Who ever said that?" Religion says that. Religions are about faith. Faith is about surrendering up your logic, and trusting in what you are told. This is why they fight so hard to get Evolution debunked, and insist on it being called a "theory" in the class room, so that students won't accept science as fact. You have to remember, this religion was created, long before they had access to the scientific information we take for granted.

  • Middle East is supposedly the origin of mankind. Some say Africa but the awareness of a being outside of oneself originated in the Middle East. Whether or not it was the seat of the origin of man it certainly was the seat of the written word. Hence the word and the writing of such tried to explain man's existence. At that point in time the idea of a God that was beyond our imagination began. We really did worship idols. All of the religions that began in the Middle East started with the Jewish religion and branched out from there. One has to learn the history to fully appreciate everything that started in the Middle East. Christianity began as an outgrowth of Judaism. But the Islamic religion spread in the Middle East as merely a popularity contest. And that is why most countries in that area are Islamic. Islam also being a direct out growth of Judaism.

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  • Judaism, Christianity and Islam are not completely disconnected, they're all Abrahamic religions and Abraham was Middle Eastern. So obviously the 3 originated from the same place since they have the same root.

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  • some bible/qur'an stories leak into Egypt which is Africa i guess. the reason there's no christian countries in the middle east is because they see the Abraham religions as from the same God through messengers going from moses->jesus->muhammad and the books going from the torah->bible->qur'an. they see the qur'an as the most accurate and uncorrupted revelation whereas the former two were tampered with because they're so old. also they speak Arabic in the middle east which is a language of the qur'an, it's written in poetry unlike normal Arabic poetry which is one of it's miracles because it's so easy to memorize.

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  • I'd recommend picking up a book about the history of human civilization...

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  • actually abrahmic religions all started in Ethiopia, Not the middle east.

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    • not only abrahamic religions most of the religions originated in middle east

    • the religions you mentioned started in Ethiopia. most other religions started in other parts of Africa or Asia.

  • smart question! The 3 Abrahamic religion are related, The question is what Western used to believe before Christianity it's started from Middle East, there wasn't airplane or Internet, same question with Asia. I'll google..

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  • Because of the ancient aliens in Sumerian and Egypt

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  • Middle East was the center of the modern world.

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  • Human civilization. Read up.

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  • Hebron established himself in the Middle East. After Noah and Babel, the original location of Eden was lost. There were two rivers that reminded the ancients of the predeluvian Four Rivers that crossed to make Eden an island garden paradise. (Pishon, Gihon, Tigris, and Euphrates.) Only those two rivers were found post deluge, so these became the modern Tigris and Euphrates. As Hebron's land gradually began to reject Triune Aranman and remold worship life around polytheistic views and then ancient faith-science gave way to mysticism and superstition, paganism nearly destroyed anything preceding it. The Order of Melkizadek and sympathizers resisted this trend - one of history's first-ever culture wars.

    Abraham was one of the few in his day to gradually forsake the popular gods of his day and worship one God. It was a slow process, and Abraham was not above sex trafficking (common in his day.) However, a desire to become a better human being never left him. As nations in Canaan began destroying themselves with their decadence, Abraham was promised that his faith would be rewarded. He'd get the land, and be the progenitor of the messianic bloodline to fulfill the promise in Eden.

    Thus, Judaism was born. But Jews are human too, under the same curse of Adam as everyone else. So they spent centuries struggling with this destiny and wanting their own identities apart from it. Vanity becoming as much a stumbling block for them as for everyone else.

    This came to a head in Jeremiah's time, and liberalism so infiltrated the state of the nation of Judah, that his warnings to leaders that their arrogance and immorality would make Judah vulnerable to an attack from Babylon was dismissed as "hate" speech. He became the first prophet in the history of Judah to ever be issued an arrest warrant, simply for holding unpopular views.

    Even during the Maccabees, politics divided Messianic and Legalistic Jews into rival camps. Jesus was obviously in the Messianic camp, and repeatedly humiliated the other camps by always winning in public debate. Their planning to have him killed permanently divided the camps, and the Messianic sect in Antioch was dubbed "Little Christs" by locals. Thus the origins of early Christianity. The current status of modern western Christianity, however, is in turmoil after years of corruption and apostasy have undermined it, largely due to centuries of cancerous European politics.

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  • All of those religions are actually the same religion that went off in different directions. They all worship the same God. They just disagree on different aspects, such as if Jesus was the messiah or not. Those religions also don't allow for competing religions, so they pretty much wiped out any religions that originated elsewhere.

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    • Wrong. Allah is a pagan moon god recycled from ancient Moab and other cultures near it. He was reformatted by Muhammad into a justification of Muhammad's personal vision for the world. Ancient Judaism, primarily messianic, became Coptic Christianity, and the differences with Muslims are painfully evident in the ISIS quest for Coptic genocide. Much of modern western Christianity is a cultural corruption of the original, brought on by centuries of dirty politics in Europe and North America. Most modern Judaism rejects both the idea of a literal messiah and a literal trinity, but retains many of the old legal customs. To say they are all the same is intellectual laziness. Read After the Flood by Bill Cooper. All world faiths are impacted by genealogy and politics, and seek to shape these in return.

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    • Melchizedek predates those pagan faiths. You're busted. Worship of the Triune did not become Organized Judaism until Moses. Since the Law is written in the hearts of all, Moses didn't even need to know about Hammurabi to reach similar conclusions.

      Likewise, Socrates knew very little about Judaism - yet began reaching similar moral conclusions on many topics. His rationalization for refusing further inquiry was that it made him "feel less like a true Greek" - an emotional rejection.

      The Horus-Jesus connection has also been debunked.
      www.patheos.com/.../

    • @ObscuredBeyond lmfao Before Moses there were already other established religions. Just because you aren't familiar with them, doesn't mean they didn't exist.

  • The Middle East is in fact the origination point of most religions, as you suggest. The preponderance of all historians who specialize in this area, agree that this is the case due to the absence of Piggly Wiiggly Supermarkets in the Middle East. it's really quite obvious in the end, eh?

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  • If you stop to think, the fact that they originated in middle east is just a coincidence. Due to the many factors, those religions were able to overcome the others and some, like Christianity, had more success in Europe than in the Middle East even though it was originated there.

    Let's not forget that when we talk about Christianity, Islam and Judaism we don't consider the east, the oriental religions remained much different in the place they were originated and even today they had a big influence there.

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  • Probably due to a variety of political and cultural factors. Consider that the Middle East prior to modern times was sort of the cosmopolitan center of the world where ideas, trade, and culture were constantly exchanged between multiple parties be it China, India, the Greeks, and Europeans. Of the Abrahamic faiths, Judaism is interesting because it seems to be the only one that was truly unique for its time whereas Christianity was/is very Hellenic borrowing a lot of elements from Greek philosophy, and Islam was influenced by both Judaism, heretical Christianity, and traditional Arab folk belief.

    by the way, Christianity is similar to Buddhism in that both of them are nearly extinct in their homelands despite being a major religion. Christianity has survived more in Europe and the Americas despite being Middle Eastern in origin and India has survived more in China and East Asia despite originating in India.

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  • Because ages ago people didn't had nowadays conditions to live comfortably in areas where it was either cold (northern parts of Europe; yes, people lived in there as well, but that's not the point), jungles with loads of wild animals, snakes and whatnot in there (Africa), etc., therefore Middle East provided more comfortable platform and attracted many folks from all over the world and hence due to amount of folks, it also gave a boost at spreading religions when it comes down to raw numbers.

    Obviously there were different religions in other parts of the world, but due to less comfortable conditions people were mostly busy thinking about survival, say, during harsh winter or how not to get eaten by a hungry alligator instead of writing fairy tales. So folks in Middle East had advantage in numbers and, therefore, were able to preserve their religions better.

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  • Actually there are far more religions that originated in the area than just those three. They are just the three most 'recent' that grew out of previous incarnations.

    All over the world had similar backgrounds it's just those three abrahamic faiths get talked about the most often where we live.

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  • I think in the time when those religions were found (several thousands of years ago), they were much more advanced in the Middle East compared to Europe and Africa.
    Hinduism and Buddhism were found in India/Asia, which was also quite an advanced place several thousands of years ago.

    At that time Europe also had several religions, but none of them became really big.

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  • Probably has something to do with the area being very central, it joins Africa, Asia and Europe so there has been a HUGE amount of cultures traveling to/through the area for a very long time. Also why war is so common there.

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  • It's more fune that way mate

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  • They just have a knack for creating cults. One guy started one, and then someone else was like "Oh wow, that's a great idea!" and then they started their own cult to manipulate people, and so on and so forth...

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  • because that is where they believe civilization arouse

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  • You mean religions that survived?

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  • Language and cultural differences thats all nothing more bibke and quran or githa or whatever tells us almost samethings

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  • Because the Middle East is awesome. Proud to be Middle Eastern.

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  • cos God prefers Arabs... dunno why, probably proves GOd isn't up to much

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    • in middle east not only arabs but also there are turks , iranians , greeks and so many nations

  • because thats were human civilization originates. not africa as darwinists preach

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  • Because Jesus is middle eastern

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