those religious TRADITIONS which trace their ancestry to the patriarch ABRAHAM. The major religions in this grouping are CHRISTIANITY, ISLAM and JUDAISM. Generally ABRAMIC RELIGIONS stress the importance of a CREATOR GOD who is separate from the world and the duty of humans is to obey God who is their creator and LORD.

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