Jesus the Christ and Mohammed no two single men have touched more lives. They founded two related yet separate religions that today have seem to become the main stream of society around the world. In the year, “0” B.C. near the town of Bethlehem Jesus was born. Almost 600 years later in the town of Mecca the Prophet Mohammed
was born. These two events changed the course of history for all humankind.
’ life was ministry and death. Much of the early life
of Jesus Christ is a mystery. The preponderance of information on or about his life is found in the four gospels of the New Testaments. Jesus was born to the Virgin Mary in the year “0” B.C. near the town of Bethlehem in a manger outside of an inn. This humble beginning was the foreshadowing of a life of humility and service. At the age of 12 Jesus was seen in the temple talking with, listening to and teaching many learned men. It was then that Jesus declared that he was the Son of God with a divine purpose here on earth. Jesus lived a traditional Jewish life as a simple carpenter. At the age of 30, Jesus was baptized and recognized by John the Baptist; it was now that he began his earthly ministry. The main points of Jesus’ teaching were that God loves you and is with you, to love one another, of the immense value of each person. The Good News: kingdom of God has come to earth. The reality of judgment to heaven or hell and that God forgives those who ask
Mohammed’s life, ministry and death started when the Prophet of Islam was born in the year 570 B.C. Born into an affluent family he would lose both of his parents by the age of six. Mohammed became a camel driver traveling between Syria and Arabia, later he would become a caravan manager for wealthy merchants, which lead him to meet his wife Khadija, 15 years his senior, and she was his only wife until her death 24 years later.
One aspect of his teaching that brought adverse attention to him was his repeated assertion that he was the Son of God sent to the Earth to redeem humankind. This was in direct violation of Jewish law. For this he was condemned to die. Betrayed by one of his apostles, Judas, Jesus did not resist his imprisonment he saw it as the fulfillment of his purpose. Brutally tortured and beaten Jesus was crucified on a cross at the top of Mount Golgotha. In his last words we see all that he taught “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). After he was dead Jesus body was transferred to a tomb, a large stone and a guard were placed at the opening of his tomb to keep his loyal followers and friends from taking his body. At this point, it could all have ended, but this was not to be. After the Sabbath two of Jesus female disciples approached the tomb to anoint Jesus, after discovering that his body was not at the tomb they were told by angels that he was raised. Many witnesses state that he walked, talked and preached for 40 days after he rose from the dead.
Mohammed would often seek solitude at Mount Hira near Mecca. In this cave in the year of 610 the angel Gabriel who, after much resistance from Mohammed, commanded him to recite the following verse
Proclaim! (Or read!) In the name of thy Lord and Cherisher, Who created- Created man, out of a (mere) clot of congealed blood: Proclaim! And thy Lord is Most Bountiful, - He Who taught (the use of) the pen, - Taught man that which he knew not
Immediately after this, he told his wife of these miraculous events. He declared to her that he was either insane or a prophet of God and receiving her support he decided to preach among the people of Mecca. Despite of his small following his teachings gained attention from the leaders of Mecca in that he taught against their way of life. After increasing persecution in Mecca a delegation from Yathrib appealed to Mohammed to become their leader and in return they pledged their worship and lives to him and Allah Hearing of his impending escape leaders of Mecca attempted to kill him before he could leave. He and his close friend Abu Bakr made it to Yathrib, later known as Medina. This event is known as the Hijrah it occurred in the year 622 B.C. and it marks the start of the Muslim calendar. After proving himself able in Medina Mohammed launched a series of attacks against Mecca that would eventually result in it over through. This victory marked the beginning of the spread of Islam, Mostly through conquering of other nations, Arabian Peninsula and from the Atlantic to the edges of China. Upon successfully conquering Mecca Mohammed returned to Medina which he kept as the spiritual and political center of Islam until his death from illness in the year 632. After his untimely death Mohammed was succeeded by his steadfast friend Abu Bakr who was elected as the first caliph.
Jesus vs. Mohammed in life and death these men lived very different lives. Jesus said that he was the Son of God he walked the Earth performing miracles and living a life free of sin. Mohammed never claimed to be more then a man and merely a messenger, he lived a life that contained sin. He has no miracles attributed to him. They both had a controversial message that was not accepted at first and bought both men more persecution then worship. Unlike Jesus, Mohammed met with success and saw the religion that he inspired gain wide following before he died. The death of Jesus and more importantly his resurrection is what made his claim seem more viable. This event caused the exponential increase the adherents of Christianity. Today the message that both men brought to life has been interpreted many thousands of times. This has led to the distortion of both religions. There are numerous divisions inside of Christianity; these divisions came after attempts to “clarify” what it is that Jesus wanted us to know, and what God would have for us. In Islam, there are two major divisions Sunni and Shia, but there are many different ideas of what it means to be Muslim and how to go about maintaining religious purity. Today as it was 2000 years ago the core of Christianity is unchanged love God with all your might mind and spirit and accept Jesus as your Lord and savior. This is the fundamental message that Christ had for his disciples. While many aspects if the how in the worship has changed over the years the true content of his message has remained the same. Islam is not as much a religion as it is a way of life. This has caused much contention in the 1400-year history of this product of the Prophet Mohammed. While there are far fewer splits within the Islamic religion there are many more instances were misinterpretation has led to terrible acts.
Jesus and Mohammed
These men have transcended their time and our time. They taught love and tolerance. They taught of obedience to God and to live a life of service to your fellow man and to your God. There has been and will never be two men who have or will touch as many lives as these two men have. They are prophet’s pioneers and teachers. While they are many differences in their lives, there are as many similarities. What binds these two men beyond their shared worship of the God of Abraham is that the religions that they created will survive on this earth long as humanity itself.