Islam and Christianity are both monotheistic religions that are more similar than we might first expect. Islam does not accept Jesus as the son of God. However, Islam does adopt the Psalms, and the Gospel from Christians and the Torah from Judaism along with the Quran as the four holy books of their religion. Therefore, there are many similarities between Christianity and Islam and believers of each religion are able to draw on the other books from the other religions as long as the other books don’t contradict the teachings of their own religion.
According to Christianity and Islam, both religions can trace their roots back to Abraham. God made a covenant with Abraham that he would have sons which was surprising since his wife was old. After some time, his wife gave Abraham her servant, Hagar, to have a son. However, both women became pregnant. Abraham’s wife gave birth to Isaac who through his lineage came David and Jesus. Christianity split off from Judaism when Jesus died on the cross. Hagar’s son is named Ishmael it is believed that Muhammad is a decedent of Ishmael. This shows how Christianity and Islam claim a similar linage to Abraham. I always find lineages interesting and this explains how the two religions could claim decadence from Abraham.
Another similarity that surprised me is how Jesus is acknowledged in the Quran by Islam. In Christianity, Jesus is the son of God and died on a cross for our sins. In the Bible Jesus says, “What about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’?” (John 10:36). Here he is clearly claiming to be the son of God. In Islam, Jesus is recognized as a prophet of God and never died or resurrected. In the Quran, Jesus is clearly denying that he is the son of God, “And God will say, “O Jesus son of Mary, did you say to the people, `Take me and my mother as gods rather than God?’“ He will say, “Glory be to You! It is not for me to say what I have no right to. Had I said it, You would have known it. You know what is in my soul, and I do not know what is in Your soul. You are the Knower of the hidden” (Quran 5:116). What is surprising to me is that the two religions claim to be Abrahamic religions, agree Jesus was a living person, and are monotheistic, but the belief in the trinity, and if Jesus died are some of the main differences that split the two religions.
The trinity is one of the reasons that the two religions are mutually exclusive. Islam believes that because of the trinity, Christianity is not considered a monotheistic religion. The root of Christianity is the belief that Jesus is the son of God and he died for all sins. Therefore, Islam and Christianity is mutually exclusive. However, those in Islam and Christianity do have very similar characters in both the Bible and the Quran and similar stories. Because of this, people can take lessons from both books as long as they do not go against their own religion.
Christianity and Islam are mutually exclusive where one person cannot follow both religions simultaneously. This is because the root believe in Christianity is that Jesus is the son of God and Islam does not support this. Teachings can still be taken from the other Abrahamic religions as long as they don’t contradict their own beliefs. The Abrahamic religions are more similar than what most people would believe.
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