A question I received: I don’t understand why there is a division into three religions. If God is one, why do we have these differences?
My Answer: The religions were given to us so we would develop during the period of the Creator’s concealment. However, when the Creator is revealed, they will naturally turn into the national traditions, a nation’s culture.
In spirituality, we advance along three lines. These three lines are reflected in our world during the period of concealment as the three religions: Islam corresponds to the right line, Christianity – to the left line, and Judaism – to the middle line.
This also has an affect on how their calendars are structured: The Islamic calendar is lunar (based on the moon), the Christian calendar is solar (based on the sun), and the Jewish calendar is luni-solar (based on both). How did people know what kind of calendar to create? They did it because everything in our world comes from the spiritual roots, and people’s acts are determined by the expression of these roots in our world. (However, a Kabbalist acts consciously in accordance with this, whereas others do it unconsciously.)
As for all the other teachings, they are not considered religions, but faiths or beliefs. There are about 3800 of them in the world.
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Chapter from Book From Chaos to Harmony: “The Rise of the Islam”
Baal HaSulam Article: “The Teaching of Kabbalah and Its Essence”
Shamati 179: “Three Lines”