Essay about Similarities Between Christianity And Islam
English II- Period 5
9 November 2016
Christianity vs. Islam Although most people believe that Christianity and Islam are radically different, these religions actually have more in common than most people know. This paper will discuss both religions, their beliefs, their similarities and their differences. Before Christians were called “Christians” they were known as followers of “the Way,” which applied to people who believed Jesus was the Son of God (Litfin 2). Christianity has existed for over 2,000 years and is the world’s largest religion with two billion followers. Christianity takes its name from Jesus Christ, who is referred to as the Messiah (Levinson 56). Christians are divided into three major categories: Roman Catholics (one billion), Protestant (405 million) and Orthodox (220 million). There are another 300 million Christians made up of Pentecostalists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, Seventh-Day Adventists and Eastern Christians (Levinson 56).
Christians believe in the Holy Trinity (the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) and that Christ, who was the Son of God, walked the earth as the incarnate form of God (“Christianity vs. Islam” 1). Christians believe that God created men and women in His image in order to give and receive love from them. God gave men free will to accept or reject him (Meeker 4). Christianity teaches that God created the universe and has always existed as a triune God, where He is the Father, Son and the Holy…