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Fire in Hinduism, Christianity, and Judaism

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Claudia Piza Nov. 11th, 2002 Fire in Hinduism, Christianity, and Judaism Fire has the capacity to burn everything, and that is why in Hinduism it is can be described by the god Agni. Agni seems to be the creator of everything: "It is Agni, who showers rain, has covered earth with the sky; and O Agni! It is you, who are the creator of everything". Then again Braham can be seen as being the fire in Hinduism, since he is the Supreme Lord. Fire symbolizes the brilliance of the lord; it is purifying; and it stands for effulgence and illumination. It is said that "Braham is Jyotirmaya (full of light)." There exists the Vedic fire ceremony performed by Hindus at all major events of life including birth and coming of age ceremonies, weddings, and funerals, as well as on all major religious holidays. ...read more.


us enlightened by the light and inflamed with the fire of Thy Brightness; and as Thou didst enlighten Moses when he went out of Egypt, so illuminate our hearts and senses that we may attain life and light everlasting through Christ out Lord. Amen." (http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/06079a.htm) God is always represented with fire, usually with a lit candle. Fire is mentioned in the New Testament, in Luke 3:16, "John answered all of them by saying, 'I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. "In Christianity, fire represents the Holy Spirit, which came down upon the apostles at Pentecost as "tongues of fire" (Acts 2:3). ...read more.


A second one is 1 Kings 18:24 in which God communicates to people by fire, "Then you call on the name of your god and I will call on the name of the Lord; the god who answers by fire is indeed God.' All the people answered, 'Well spoken!" Fire is used to light the menorah during Hanukah. Fire can be used mainly to burn things. However, in religion, it is used in rituals and to represent god. Fire ignites the candles which later on will be used in rituals and ceremonies to symbolize the light (god). Jews worship their God as a pillar of fire. Christians state that their God is a consuming fire. For both Christians and Hindus, their god is the light, and since fire stands for illumination, it is the light. Fire is, therefore, usually adored as a god. It is said to be the most helpful of the spiritual intelligences. ...read more.

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