Differences And Similarities Of Christianity And I

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Differences and Similarities of Christianity and Islam Christianity is an Abrahamic religion based on the life, teachings, death and resurrection of Jesus as described in the New Testament of the Holy Bible (Harnack 17). Although Christians are monotheistic, the one God is thought to exist in three persons called the Trinity (Molloy 369-70). Most Christians believe that Jesus is the son of God, but according to other traditions, Jesus is thought to be a human messiah that instructs his followers to worship God alone (Harnack 29-30). Christianity encompasses numerous religious traditions which have varied due to things such as culture and time over the past millennia. Christianity has been grouped into three main branches: Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy and Protestantism (Molloy 372-397). To be a Christian means ‘to belong to Christ’ or ‘of Christ’. Islam is a monotheistic faith and the world’s second largest religion. Followers of Islam, known as Muslims, believe that one God (Allah) revealed his direct word for mankind to Muhammad and other prophets including Adam, Abraham, Moses and Jesus (Department 2), (Molloy 430). But it was considered that all that was revealed to Muhammad was the final and ultimate revelation (Molloy 427). The Muslims hold that the main written record of revelation to mankind is the Koran (Qur’an) which is believed to be flawless since it is the direct word from God to mankind (Department 3). To be Islam means ‘one who surrenders to God’ or a ‘vassal of God’ (Molloy 430). Christianity and Islam are two very closely related religions because they all revere Abraham and other patriarchs mentioned in the bible as their spiritual ancestors. This is why both Christianity and Islam are called Abrahamic religions (Department 2). Many of their main points of belief and worship hold similarity, this is no guarantee that their

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