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Christian Pilgrimage

Christianity is the second oldest Abrahamic religion after Judaism, and history goes back to the Prophet Adam (PBUH), the first human being and the first Prophet of Humanity. Since then, many prophets came, including Prophet Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad (Peace be upon them all), and delivered the monotheist to world humanity. Jewish, Christians, and Muslims are the people of the Abrahamic faith who all agree and believe in the Prophet Abraham (PBUH), who established the foundation of the Abrahamic faith.


People of communities and his own family, due to his rejection and reasoning on idol worship. The entire life of Prophet Abraham (PBUH) has been packed with struggles and trials. God almighty tested him many times, and one of the most famous events occurred when Prophet Abraham (PBUH) was ordered to sacrifice his dear son. Prophet Abraham's sacrifice has been one of the holiest events in history and became part of Jewish and Muslim traditions in the Pilgrimage. Jewish visit Jerusalem to fulfill their spiritual and religious obligations, while Muslims go to Mecca to accomplish one of the Pillars of Islam. Briefly, Prophet Abraham was raised in a family and village where most people, including his father, were idol worshippers. Prophet Abraham (PBUH) was thrown into the fire by the people of the village and his family.


Christians think of holiness as primarily a term referring to God rather than places and objects. Though Eretz Israel, "the holy land," and Jerusalem, "the holy city," attract reverence and devotion from Christian pilgrims, there is no emphasis in the New Testament on sacred territory. The idea that Eretz Israel is a plot of land set aside by the God of Israel for His exclusive purposes is a tenet of orthodox Jewish belief derived from the Old Testament. Christians do not deny this value system or tend to affirm it as part of their heritage and calling.


How Christian performs Pilgrimage?; Christian pilgrimage does not have any specific rituals to follow, rather includes visiting places which are historically significant in the Jewish and Biblical text perspective. Christians visit places in connection to the life history of Jesus (PBUH) including their birth, miracles he performed, teachings he delivered, worships and prayer he performed. Christian believe in the old testament which is the text Jewish follow, and that's the reason, Christian follow some of the religious traditions from Jewish.


TEMPLE OF MOUNT

It is a most sacred place for Jewish, Christians, and Muslims as comprehensive religious history has been hidden in this spiritual location. For Jewish, it is called Har HaMoriyah (Mount Moriah) and Har HaBayit (Temple Mount), and to Muslims, called Haram al-Sharif (the Sacred Noble Sanctuary) and, is considered the third holiest place after the city of Mecca & Madina, due to the centuries of conflicts for the temple, separate entries and regions prescribed for pilgrims and visitors. The Jerusalem Islamic Waqf, a trust, was established in 1187 to manage the Islamic structures in Jerusalem. Christians believe that the "Temple is in us, and that is true, But that inner Temple is what draws us to the Temple of Jerusalem." The Zionist Christians emphasize the essentiality of connections to the Temple as an important aspect of Christianity. Refers to Bible Isaiah 56:7 states that "Even them will I bring to my holy mountain and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine, a house shall be called a house of prayer for all people."



CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHER

This church became the Christian pilgrimage in Jerusalem around the 4th century, becoming popular following Emperor Constantine's conversion to Christianity. On his orders, a church was built while some Christians believed that Jesus (PBUH) departure from the world took place and is now one of the most revered sites of the Christian faith.



SECOND TEMPLE

This temple played a central role in the history of early Christianity. Christians believed that Jesus (PBUH) first birth was celebrated in this temple. Jesus (PBUH) delivered the teachings in the temple. However, he was not happy with the financial arrangements and organizations and the way it managed to purchase sacrifice animals. This incident occurred around Passover, as Jesus (PBUH) was participating in the festival, and later, according to the Gospels, Jesus (PBUH) predicted the temple’s destruction.



MOUNT MORIAH

Christians believe that Christians believe it was the home of the Virgin Mary, and Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and informed her about the birth of Jesus (PBUH). The lower level sanctifies an immersed cavern containing the Virgin Mary's traditional cave home.


WEDDING CHURCH

The church is located in the central part of the town of Kafr Kanna or Cana and is dedicated to a wedding, also where Prophet Jesus (PBUH) performed his first miracle, turning water into wine.


SEA OF GALILEE TO CAPERNAUM

Capernaum is a village located on the north side of the sea Galilee where Prophet Jesus (PBUH) performed many activities, including Calm a storm from the boat, sending demons to swine, Feeds five thousand men, Walks on the sea and Feeds four thousand men. Bible Matthew 4:13 mentions that "Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali—,."


OTHER PILGRIMAGE PLACES

There are many other destinations worldwide, including Palestine, Jordon, Egypt, Turquie, Ukraine, Russia, and many European countries.


REFERENCES

  1. Bible quotes

  2. Exodus 13:13 Consecration of the Firstborn.

  3. John 2:11: Jesus Changes water into wine.

  4. Leviticus 12: Purification after Child birth.

  5. John 2:13: Jesus clears the temple court.

  6. Mark 13:1-2: The destruction of the Temple and Signs.

  7. Luke 2:7 She gave birth to his first born, a son.



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