This chart shows the beliefs held by mainstream adherents of each of the Abrahamic religions. There are many variations in beliefs, in each of these faiths.
Type of theism
monotheism; some Trinitarian
Other spiritual beings
angels, demons, the Devil
Status of Jesus
Son of God, savior of humankind
real but not final prophet of God
Did Jesus die at crucifixion?
no; he ascended to heaven
Jesus was not and will not be resurrected
Jesus was resurrected
Jesus will be resurrected
Who initiated the first sin?
Eve ate the apple and gave it to Adam
Both Adam and Eve picked apple
some believe a messiah will come; Jesus was not the Messiah
Jesus will return as Messiah
two equal impulses, one good, one bad
sinful by nature
equal ability to do good or evil
Day of worship
Friday, not a Sabbath
View of sacred text
interpretation is possible to determine God's will
to some, the word of God, infallible; to some, inspired by God, fallible
literal word of God, infallible
View of other Abrahamic faiths
others are false interpretations and extensions of Judaism
Judaism true but incomplete religion; Islam false religion
others are respected, but thought to have wrong and partial revelation
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