Islam & Christianity: An In-depth Comparison
Christianity and Islam are two of the largest and oldest religions known to man. Both religions are rapidly growing as well as diversifying. They are the most populated religions on earth. Although it appears that these religions are vastly different due to incessant fighting between present-day extremists on both sides, a close examination of the origin of Christianity and Islam reveals that the two share many commonalities. Although there are differences between Islam and Christianity such as an authoritarian perspective versus a democratic perspective, respectively, one can perceive several uniting characteristics after an in-depth review. For example, both religions are based on paternalistic governed society. In addition, both emphasize and define “right” or “spiritual living” and the consequences of sin.
Granted, Christianity and Islam contain people that are counterproductive to the ideals of the religion. Both inherently believe that their higher power, despite the difference in name, is the ultimate judge and directs the paths of his followers. Yet, there are members of Christianity and Islam who often become the judge and act accordingly. In recent years, Christians have been at the helm of hate crimes against Muslims, and Muslim extremists have performed several catastrophic acts of terrorism. Despite this occurrence, Christianity and Islam still have similar beliefs and principles in regards to how to live their lives and the relationship with their Supreme Being. Specifically, the Quran and the Bible set a blueprint about how Muslims and Christians should interact with other people, and the punitive measures that will be imposed if these guidelines are not followed. (Stark, 2001, p. 630)
There are several rituals and sacraments associated with Christianity and Islam. In regards to Christianity, baptism and Holy Communion are extremely vital to its followers. Baptism is when a person...