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totally destroyed" (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 854).

In the Sikh Holy Book, the Guru Granth Sahib, there is mention of ghosts; Bhoots=male, Churrail =Female. The Idea of demons and devils are just superstition or people who have fallen for the Duality of Man. People that have fallen from the Divine wander aimlessly.

Though an Abrahamic religion, today’s Jewish beliefs are most commonly described in a list called Rambam’s principles. The principles point out that the focus of Judaism is based on relationships of Jews to God, to the Jewish people, and the land of Israel. All but the most liberal Jews are in a general agreement about these 13 principles:

1. God exists

2. God is one and unique

3. God is incorporeal

4. God is eternal

5. Prayer is to be directed to God alone and to no other

6. The words of the prophets are true

7. Moses' prophecies are true. Moses was the greatest prophets.

8. The Written Torah (first 5 books of the Bible) and Oral Torah (teachings contained in the Talmud and other writings) were given to Moses

9. There will be no other Torah.

10. God knows the thoughts and deeds of men.

11. God will reward the good and punish the wicked.

12. The Messiah will come.

13. The dead will be resurrected.

Ariela Pelaia notes that because of the Jew’s utmost respect for God, his name is sometimes written without the O. (G-D).

It could be said that Judaism is more about behavior and right action. Jews are encouraged to read, study, share and form personal opinions regarding their

personal relationship with their deity. Orthodox Judaism is centered around the 613 commandments of God, and there are those adherents to Judaic mysticism and the Kabbalah.

One may notice that there is no mention of evil, a devil or demons. As Ariela Pelaia describes, the word Satan in Hebrew means simply an adversary. It is seen as a metaphor for Yetzer HaRa, that part in the make-up of the human mind that contains temptations and urges evil acts. In the Book of Job, Satan, again as a metaphor, is described as an angel who mocks poor pious Job, yet the message is about the reality of evil in our lives. To the Jewish people, God is the arbiter and judge and can bestow good or evil on His chosen people based on their personal thoughts and actions.

9. Judaism

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