Blog #6 Islam and Christianity

Tyler Rogers 

The religions of Christianity and Islam both stem from Judaism.  Jewish history begins with the covenant established between God and Abraham around 1812 BC, during the Bronze Age, in the Middle East. Abraham is considered the father of the family of Jews. Moses is also an important figure as he gave the Jews the Torah around 1250 B.C. Christianity was founded in the first century AD and is a religion based upon the teachings and miracles of Jesus. Islam was founded in the seventh century and is a natural way of life that encourages one to give due attention to their relationship with God and His creation. These two religions may seem different but they have multiple similarities such as in how many gods they believe, what books they believed in and the belief of the earth’s creation. 

Both Christians and Muslims are monotheistic, which means they believe in one god. Christianity believed in the eternal God, while Muslims believe in Allah. They also believe that God created the universe and that Adam and Eve were the first humans he created. With the ideas about Adam and Eve both believe that Eve sinned first by eating the apple from the forbidden tree and then Adam did. Besides talking about Adam and Eve both religions believe in angels, demons, and heaven. The last thing that surprised me about their similarities is the two religions have similar books. These two religions have their similarities and differences, but they are very similar in many ways because of they both strain from one religion. They just twisted it into their own religion. 

I think Christianity and Muslims are necessarily mutually exclusive. Other than the main similarities of both religions originating from Judaism and being monotheistic, the followers of the two religions view things differently. Christians see Jesus as the Son of God and his word and savior to humanity. But Muslims don’t see Jesus as such high stature as Christians do. Muslims also do not believe in the crucifixion of Jesus, they believe someone was substituted for Jesus and he hid until he could meet with the disciples. Muslims believe people created by Allah are born sinless while Christians believe people are born sinful by nature. Another major difference in the way the two religions view things are Muslims recognize Muhammed as the last in the line of prophets and the final authority in spiritual matters, while Muhammed isn’t accepted as a prophet or legitimate theological source in Christianity.

Christianity and Islam have similarities and differences. To my surprise, the two religions have a lot in common. The reason they have a lot in common is that they both are strains of Judaism. So their basic principles are the same. They are monotheistic and they both believe in the same ideas about Adam and Eve. The ideas of Christianity and Islam are relatively the same as they originated from the same religion, but there are many differences in who they believe and their views on Jesus Christ.

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