Essay Compare Islam with Christianity

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Compare Islam with Christianity With a world following of over 2 billion and 1.3 billion respectively, Christianity and Islam are without doubt the most popular religions that have had and still do have the most profound influence in the progression of history. Geisler and Saleeb state that even with the massive adherents, it is still astounding the menace of intolerance and mutual distrust among the two religions (207). While these differences inherentlyhave their roots in history, truth be told, many Christians and Muslims know little about their religions. Consequently, these misconceptions have been used as the basis to hold and propagate misleading and mistaken ideas about their religions without valid grounds. The purpose of this …show more content…
They both hold the bible and the Quranas their sacred books which they believe to be God’s own true words. Jesus Christ and Muhammad are believed to be the messengers of God.
1.3 Practices More so, the two religions share their similarities in their divisions. While Christians are divided into three major branches namely Catholic, the Protestants and the Orthodox, Islam on the other hand has the Sunni and Shiite as its major branches.
2.0 The difference

In spite of the vast similarities between the two religions, there are quite a substantial number of disparities existing between them. The inherent difference between the two religions lies mostly in their expansion. Geisler points out that during the initial centuries following its establishment,Christianity was spread mainly in the urban areas owing to the many cities in Palestine. On the other hand, the Arabian Peninsula which is the birthplace of Islam had comparatively fewer cities hence Islam was mainly spread in the rural areas (281). The modes of expansion used by the two religions also differed. In the beginning, Christians used missionaries to spread their influence while at the same time preaching the words of the bible and living by example in order to bring more adherents to Christ.Islam on the other hand was spread by war and conquest (Gaudeul 126). 2.1 The concept of God Muslims and Christians believe in one Godor Allah as the shahada states.This is according to Deuteronomy “The Lord our

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