Many subjects have been spoken of over the history human beings. For some time it may have a world war, at other times a great recession, in another day it would have been a very fast athlete, at others the final match of Champions League and many more. Yet in all these occurrences that grip the human mind for some time there is no occurrence more spoken than the crucifixion of a man called Jesus Christ (Zugibe 33). His crucifixion has even been a study for the entire lifetime of many people. Institutions have been built primarily for the purpose of studying this crucifixion. Some have said this crucifixion has changed their lives. Others have retorted that it has lifted off their worries. It is widely known and embraced. However, aside from all this, with all the goodness this man Jesus Christ is preached to have, many wonder why he would be killed on a cross.
Christianity is a faith based on the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. (Fisher, 1991) Christianity is a one God religion as presented in the New Testament. Today, Christianity and the church are culturally diverse, even in the aspects of race. It is even said that Sunday mornings is the most segregated time in the world. There is one central belief that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, all Christians can come to this conclusion. Christianity teaches that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins and that we are all under the judgment of God because we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Other religions may often depict that it is only necessary to do some good when it comes to God in order to get into heaven. However, Christianity is the only religion that supports the teachings of salvation by grace. Meaning that our efforts, sincerity, and good works alone will not guarantee us a place in heaven, but instead it is our faith in what Christ did on the cross along with obeying the gospel, and living faithfully until his return that will place us there. Followers of Jesus Christ were persecuted, but by 380 CE, despite strong opposition, Christianity became the official religion of the vast Roman Empire (Fisher, 1991) At least three things can derive from Christianity; a set of beliefs, the way of life and a community of people. Christ is the Greek form of the Hebrew word "Messiah", meaning "anointed one". Christianity originally developed as a part of Judaism. Jesus was a Jew. It is said that he lived from about 3 BC to 30 AD. He lived and taught in Palestine, to the Jews. Christianity also teaches that God created the universe and all that is in it. While we as humans have both physi...
...n). These people wanted to achieve forgiveness while they experience the slightest bit of holiness that Jesus had. They endured the pain, suffering, and discomfort in order to save themselves and save the others who have sinned as well (Brakke).
One of the most important differences in Christianity and Islam is the concept of atonement. In Christianity, Jesus’ death on the cross allows Christians to repent from their sins and gain forgiveness from God. Conversely, in Islam there is no atonement from sins with Allah, though they still repent and confess their sins. While Christians believe that their sincere repentance provides them with a new, clean slate with God, Muslims believe that, despite their repentance, their sins will always be held against them when judged on the final day. These differing views on forgiveness set the tone for each respective religion, with Christianity seen as a forgiving, loving religion, and Islam being viewed as a hard-nosed, action-based religion.
There are four main gospels in the new testament of the bible, Mark, Matthew, Luke and John all recall the life Jesus lived during his time here on earth, from his ancestry, to the parables he spoke, how he healed the sick, fed the hungry, the teachings he taught. They all speak of the same death that Jesus had experienced, to be hung on the cross, he died for our sins, and he rose from the dead. All four gospels sync with one another on the major details, they all tell most of the same accounts some a little more detailed of vague, they all had their own views on Jesus and what he was to the people: Messiah, teacher, human, e...
Jesus was beaten, mocked, and spit on before His crucifixion. A crown of thorns was placed on His head, and he was stripped while also being forced to carry His own cross. He was led to Golgotha where he would be crucified, and offered a mixture of vinegar, gall and myrrh to drink but refused. Stake-like nails were driven through His hands and feet, crucifying him to an old rugged cross between two convicted criminals. Jesus talked to people from the cross, and even called out “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken me?” At that point, darkness covered the land. A little while later, as Jesus gave up His spirit, an earthquake shook the ground, ripping the Temple veil in two from top to bottom. (Matthew 27:32-54)
In Christianity God is a trinity of persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Trinity is not three gods in one god, nor is it one person who took three forms. Trinitarianism is strictly mono-theistic. There is no other God in existence. The Lord God and Allah are not the same. In Islam God is known as Allah. Allah is one person, a strict unity. There is no other God in existence. He is the creator of the universe (3:191), sovereign over all (6:61-62). This is one split in these two religions where there is a huge void left for debate. In terms of Afterlife, Jesus in both religions does NOT play any sort of a role, In Christianity Jesus is a huge part of the faith, in Islam Jesus is a great prophet, second only to Muhammad. Jesus is not the son of God (9:30), not divine (5:17, 75) and was not crucified (4:157). Some say he will come back to earth as a Muslim, marry and have children, die, and be buried near Muhammad (19:33-34). As known to the Christian faith it is very well known that Jesus is in fact the son of God, He is the second person of the Trinity. He is the word who became flesh (John 1:1, 14). He is both God and man (Col.
Theories of Atonement Atonement, which is considered to be reconciliation from one person to another, in this case it would be between God the Father and the whole of humanity, has been described by author Patrides as “the creation of the conditions whereby God and man come together” (Patrides, 1959). From the moment Eve, took the first bite, and after Adam failed to be the leader of his marriage and took the second bite of the the fruit from the tree of Knowledge. These two single actions removed humanity from communion with God. Removing that face to face relationship that humanity was created with.
The Atonement was made by meeting all the law, and then it is judicial in nature and so is judicial in Labour. Christ pleads that our sins be covered and atoned for.