Jesus & Muhammad Paper
Few men have impacted the world in the way that Jesus and Muhammad have. They are the two prominent names in Christianity and Islam. These men were born in separate times. However, they served very similar purposes during their lives. Together, they have influenced the lives of more people in the last two thousand years than any others. Both are considered the main pillars of their respective religions and are highly regarded figures amongst their followers. Jesus was responsible for the promotion of Christianity, while Muhammad helped to spread the word of Islam. Both Jesus and Muhammad became known for the role they played in the establishment and strengthening of each religion and their messages are still being carried out today.
The life of Jesus
It is not known exactly when Jesus, the son of God, was born to the Virgin Mary and Joseph. Jesus is believed to have been conceived within the Virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit. Joseph, her fiancé at the time, was instructed by an angel of God to continue with his plans to marry her. Shortly after they wed, Mary and Joseph had to travel to their ancestral city of Bethlehem for a census being taken by the ruling Roman Empire. Jesus is said to have been born in a stable among animals, because there was no room at the inn for Mary and Joseph when they arrived at Bethlehem. Some stories tell of Shepard’s traveling to see Jesus to pay their respects after angels of God had come to tell them a Savior had been born. Others tell of three Wise ...
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...est growing religion in the United States and may now be the second largest religion in the country. (Fisher, 2005) Both men lived and professed a life of morality. They taught about love, humility, acceptance, compassion and forgiveness for all people, regardless of race or social status. They taught people the importance of moral values and living by God’s rules. Many stories are still told about the life and teachings of Jesus and Muhammad, and their kindness and compassion are still recognized. Both of their followers continue to spread their message and practice the Christian and Islamic faiths, and they make every effort to live a life like that of their prophet; be it Jesus or Muhammad.
Fisher, P. (2005). Living Religions. Prentice Hall. Pearson Education, Inc.
Jesus has several prophecies foretold about him, one of which would be that, “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)” He was born to a virgin, Saint Mary, and conceived through the Holy Ghost. “And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.” (Luke 2:1) This quote from Lukes 2:1 s...
The world religions of Islam and Christianity may have their differences to the naked eye, but when you take a closer look into their histories similarities arise. They both went through transformations that had drastic impacts on the way they were controlled and the way that the religion was taught to the followers. Christianity and Islam have both experienced splits between their members due to the fact that followers thought that their beliefs were the correct way to practice the religion. While these transformations are long in the past, the splits that have occurred within each religion continue to have lasting effects on Islam and Christianity to this day.
Jesus was a rebel. Muhammad was a rebel. They both stood up for what they believed, in spite of the circumstances. Jesus and Muhammad’s rebellions were different in that Muhammad used force. They were similar in root; they were both dissatisfied with Judaism and Polytheism, their teachings were frowned upon by certain people, and their rebellions’ were the catalysts for the world’s biggest religions. Muhammad and Jesus’s strong desire for change was the spark to their religious explosion. Their presence is still felt today, in their word, through teachings presented to each generation of children, and in churches and mosques across our world.
Despite these significant similarities, the difference keeps the followers of the two religions apart. My religion considers Jesus to be a great prophet of god and we respect Jesus just like any Abraham, Moses and Muhammad. On the other hand, Christian consider Jesus as the son of god, a notion we Muslims cannot accept. However, I think it’s time for people to overlook the diffrences and embrace the commonalties. Christianity and Islam are two religions that share countless similarities. Some being that they both believe in moral conduct, they both are confrontational religions, and they both believe in an afterlife. Both religions attempt to help an individual become a better “you”.
The two largest religions in the world, Christianity and Islam, were implemented by two of religions most powerful leaders, Jesus and Muhammad. Without question, both Jesus and Muhammad have affected humanity powerfully. As religious leaders both men laid down the principles upon which Christianity and Islam are founded yet today. However, while Jesus performed miracles and arose from the dead, thus proving to his followers he was God, Muhammad performed no such feats, and made no such claims. In fact, Muhammad’s only claim was that he was the last prophet sent from God.
First we should start by analyzing Hart’s reasons for ranking Muhammad one. His main point for ranking him one, above Jesus, is because “ Muhammad played a more important role in the development of Islam then Jesus did on the development of Christianity';(9). He believes this statement to be true because St. Paul complemented Jesus in helping to spread the belief of Christianity. Though Jesus was responsible for the main ethical and moral precepts it was St. Paul who was the main developer of its theology, its proselytizer, and for writing a large portion of the New Testament. While on the other hand Muhammad was the only one responsible for the teachings of Islam, and also to the moral and main ethical principles. This is shown in the idea that the Koran, the sacred book of Islam, contains the teachings of Muhammad, and that his teachings are said to be the words of God.
A journey from Galilee to Bethlehem took place by a man named Joseph and a woman named Mary. This was because of a required census that Caesar Augustus decreed for the reason of having the world registered The story as told by many is that Mary, being a virgin and by means of Immaculate Conception, became pregnant and gave birth to the baby Jesus. This birth took place after Mary and Joseph had arrived in Bethlehem and in a stable because there was no room in the inn. This was the fulfillment of one of the prophecies about the Savior of Israel coming out of Bethlehem. After performing all the required laws of birth and circumcision, Joseph, Mary, and the baby Jesus returned to Nazareth. Jesus grew and studied in the religion of his father. This was Judaism. All practices and...
...ill them, the success of each movement would have been greatly reduced. When they set out, both used some of the same tactics to make clear their knowledge and power, but Muhammad was greatly affected by his political agenda, and the Buddha was only inspired to teach his dhamma. As leaders, Muhammad miraculously unified the entire Arabian Peninsula under his political control and led his followers under his religious control. The closest thing to an actual title or position of leadership for the Buddha was that he was head of the sangha, although the Buddha himself stated that the people worshipped the beliefs, not the man. Both men accomplished their respective goals. And in the end, each man's deeds and words attracted—and would continue to attract—admirers and followers who stand by the lessons they taught and would continue to do so for centuries to come.
This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. (Mathew 21:18)
At the first glance, Islam and Christianity appear to have nothing in common, however; as you go beyond the surface, they appear to have many similarities such as their beliefs of God, their beliefs of life after death, their holy scriptures, and their prayers. These religions, although are two entirely different beliefs, share a similar origin. Like many other religions, they both claim to be the one and only true way to God. In order to truly see and understand their similarities, one must date back to the rise and birth of Christianity and Islam. Throughout the course of this essay, I will compare the many facets that show the alikeness between these two growing religions.