Christianity vs Islam Essay

1090 Words May 28th, 2012 5 Pages
Islam vs. Christianity
There are varieties of religions in the world. Islam and Christianity has over one billion followers and counting. They both have unique characteristics and quite a few different aspects. This point-by-point research will compare and contrast the founders of the monotheistic religions; Muhammad and Jesus. Both founders show us the way to one God, but each man has different methods of leading people to this understanding. Jesus and Muhammad considered Abraham their ancestor. Jesus was the descendant of Isaac, the son of Abraham and his wife Sarah. Jesus was born to a Jewish virgin in about 4 BCE. The Bible says that Jesus had siblings, was familiar with the Scriptures, and attended synagogue. The Bible
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Jesus began his mission after a 40-day fast and being baptized (filled with the Spirit). Gabriel took Muhammad to Jerusalem to the place that is presently known as the Dome of the Rock. From there he was taken into heaven to meet Abraham, Moses, and Jesus. Jesus had a similar experience when he took three of his disciples to the top of a mountain in Jerusalem and spoke with Moses and Elijah (Mt. 17:2). Both founders devoted themselves to prayer and to the mission they held.

Both founders had a deep compassion for people. Muhammad believed that the biggest trouble of his time was the fighting and disagreement among the tribes regarding multiple deities. He believed that Christians and Jews worshipped the same God who created the universe. His message was simple: Allah is God, the only God. Muhammad’s insistence on monotheism was not without argument. He wanted peace and initiated a truce to help pilgrims, but when the treaty was broken he gathered his troops and captured Mecca, the Holy City. As Commander in Chief Muhammad killed hundreds of Jews and his own tribesmen while promoting and defending his monotheistic beliefs. He was reported to have taken into his harem the wives of the men he killed. When Muhammad’s life was threatened in Mecca, he went to shelter in the city of Medina where he had more followers than ever. (Idiot s 91)

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