Christian Pilgrimage

Updated: Mar 26

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


People of communities and his own family, due to his rejections and reasoning on idol worships. The entire life of Prophet Abraham (PBUH) has packed with struggles and trials. God almighty tested him many times, and one of the most famous events took place that Prophet Abraham (PBUH) was ordered to sacrifice his dear son. Prophet Abraham's sacrifice has been one of the holiest events in the history and became the part of Jewish and Muslims traditions in the Pilgrimage. Jewish visit Jerusalem to fulfill the spiritual and religious obligations, while Muslims go Mecca to accomplish one of the Pillars of Islam. Briefly, Prophet Abraham raised in the 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 to 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, but neither do they 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 there has been comprehensive religious history hidden in this spiritual location. For Jewish it is called Har HaMoriyah (Mount Moriah) and Har HaBayit (Temple Mount), and to a Muslim, called Haram al Sharif (the Sacred Noble Sanctuary) and, considered as a third holiest place after a city of Mecca & Madina. Due to the centuries 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 "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 is 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 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 the 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 the way it managed for purchasing sacrifice animals. This incident took place around Passover, as Jesus (PBUH) was participating in the festival and later, according to the Gospels, Jesus (PBUH) also, predicted the temple’s destruction.



MOUNT MORIAH


Christians believe that Christian believes that it was home for Virgin Mary and Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and informed about the birth of Jesus (PBUH). The lower level sanctifies a immersed cavern that contains the traditional cave-home of the Virgin Mary.

WEDDING CHURCH


The church located in the central part of the town of Kafr Kanna or Cana and dedicated for 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, send 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 through out the world including Palestine, Jordon, Egypt, Turquie, Ukraine, Russia and many European countries.

REFERENCES

  1. Bible Odyssey

  2. Temple mount org

  3. Bible quotes

  4. Exodus 13:13 Consecration of the Firstborn.

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

  6. Leviticus 12: Purification after Child birth.

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

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

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



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