Abrahamic Religions Similarities

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.

-Brandon Hays

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2 thoughts on “Abrahamic Religions Similarities

  1. I thought it was very interesting, some of the points you made in your blog. The way that you were able to connect both of the Islam and Christianity, going back to the origins of both religions. It shows a deeper connection between the religions, and makes your argument that much stronger. I think something to improve on however, is maybe include more examples on the contrasts between Judeism and Christianity, so that way it highlights even more so, the similarities between Islam and Christianity. Something small, but impactful to your blog, was the fact that you explained the backstory of both religions, and where exactly Islam, and Christianity begin to differ. This is important because one should not assume that everyone reading the blog is aware of the history behind the religions, or assume that the audience is religious themselves. It makes the argument that much stronger, because the audience can better comprehend the argument you are trying to make.

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  2. Brandon,

    Really great conclusions here. I found a lot of the same relations that you did very surprising. There is something to be said about the strong and rather strange connections that can be made between Christianity and Islam. I also really appreciated your recap on the significance of the lineage of both Muhamad and Jesus. These are some really critical points that, as we discussed in class and you mentioned in your post, are vastly over-looked and forgotten.

    Furthermore, I think that your remarks about the trinity hold good value in hinting towards some of the foundational differences that we are accustomed to seeing between the two religions. This would support your conclusion that you cannot be both a Christian and a Muslim at the same time. What I would offer as an interesting perspective is the idea that though they may be different methods, is it not still true that they worship the same God. It is a wonder than so many have died of this simple distinction of divinity lines.

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