Judeo-Christian Religion and Ethics



We are predisposed to see anything unknown or outside of our control as dangerous. While the innate instinct for self-preservation ensures our survival, its use beyond the immediate has contributed to human conflict on many levels. The challenge remains to transcend xenophobia and seek out our commonalities instead of exclusively noting our differences. The first five books of the Bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy), referred to as Pentateuch and also known as the Torah, as well the Prophets and the New Testament speak for the acceptance of and respect for the stranger. There are many allusions to the idea that compassion for and welcoming of strangers is of greater importance than other commandments, yet this principle is so often overlooked in daily life.


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