The two most polarizing and influential religious figures of time, Jesus Christ and Muhammad, have been considered to be two people who, at two different times, attempted to bring messages that would change the landscape of the spirituality of the world and gain followings from the masses. Timothy George shows the two for being responsible for creating two of the three historical religions in the world, with both descended from the third, Judaism, in his article in Christianity Today. While both may have lived a parallel path for some parts and shared a similar message amongst a few issues, they severely disagreed in their teachings on others, and encountered different events in their life span, especially towards the end. From their lives’, to their actions, and to their teachings, this paper will examine the similarities and differences in the two great “teachers” of the religious movements of the Anno Domini age, and how vastly contrasting the two truly were at the core of their leadership and values. The heart of Islam and Christianity, examined to the core of their founders.
Jesus Christ: The Savior of Christianity
From birth, Jesus of Nazareth was known to be special, something the world had never seen. The legendary birth, his mother being the Virgin Mary, that night in the manger in Bethlehem presented the world with the man who would become known as the Messiah, the one who, according to Christianity, would rescue the world and offer it everlasting life. Jesus knew of his calling and his holy purpose on Earth. While Mary and her husband, Joseph, a carpenter, raised Jesus as a child, much is not known of the early life of Jesus through scripture, or accounted for through historical evidence. It is not...
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...ministry, without seeing the existing and progressing widespread adoption of Christianity during his time on Earth; Muhammad lived a longer life and died with the satisfaction of having seen the acceptance of Islam spread throughout many areas previously unreached. From their lives’, to their actions, to their teachings, this paper examined the similarities and differences in the two great “teachers” of the religious movements of the Anno Domini age, showing just how vastly contrasting the two truly were at the core of their leadership and values. In the end, one was the Son of God, sent here to set the perfect example for humanity and offer a chance at eternal life, through Him. The other? He, Muhammad, was just a simple, sin-laden human with dreams of grandeur and the ability to lead a crowd. All similarities pail in comparison to such an outstanding difference.
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