There are hundreds of religions throughout the world but the two most examined seem to be Christianity and Islam. These two religions have been brought into the spotlight throughout the years but more recently so with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. People speculate on rumors of each religion but how much do we actually know? Unless you are a religious scholar, odds are you do not know any more than what the internet and television tell you. Each religion has its own view on creation, the end times, the afterlife and the behaviors its members must maintain in order to achieve a place in such.
These two religions may have their different views but are they truly that much different? Over the next couple of pages we will take a look at each religion and their religious views and beliefs. Islam’s development has resulted from major political, economic, and military effect both inside and outside the Islamic world. Muhammad’s death in 632 caused disagreements over who would follow him as leader of the Muslim world, thus many different leaders arose. The Umayyad aristocracy viewed Islam as a religion for Arabs only. Islam spread quickly during 750-1258 the era that they call The Golden Age.
Muslims believe that Allah revealed the Qur’an to Muhammad who was thought to be God’s final prophet, and regard the Qur’an and the Sunnah, the words of Muhammad, as the basis of Islam. Islamic tradition says that Judaism and Christianity have distorted the messages of these prophets throughout time either in interpretation. Allah (God) is one and indivisible. They believe in monotheism. “Allah” means God in Arabic God is the one True Creator. The Muslims, like Christians, believe God has always existed and there was no one before him and he will exist forever; he has hold over life and death. Chapter 112 in Al Quran) The principle scriptures of Islam are the Quran and the Hadith. The Quran is the main book of Islam telling of Allah’s revelations to humanity, told through his messenger Muhammad. The Hadith is not a direct source of revelation supposedly containing the records of the traditions, practices and decision of the earliest Muslim populations. Muslims consider Jesus to be a true prophet of God, he is respected and loved but is not worshipped or seen as a son of God.
Muslims believed that Jesus preached Islam, but his message was corrupted by some. Muslims belief states that after death you will be judged by Allah with all your deeds at hand which are written by the Angels throughout the course of your physical life. Post judgment you will be sent to heaven or hell to live eternally in either an Eternal life in Paradise or Hell. Islam has a point when history ends, what most people refer to as the end times. Like Christianity, Islam sees the end of times as a conflict between nations and God’s Messiah.
Both faiths see the coming of an antichrist, or Dajjal (Islam) they see an end times world leader who opposes God and all of his followers. Another pertinent thing in both religions is the appearance of Gog and Magog. These nations are found in both the Bible and the Quran: in the Old Testament (Ezekiel 38 & 39), in the book of Revelation (Chapter 20) and in the Quran (Surah 18:94,97, 21:96); these two nations go against God in the end of days. Christianity is the world’s largest religion as it encompasses Catholicism, Protestants and Orthodox.
The usage of the term Christians is found in the New Testament of the Bible. The term was first used to describe the people thought to be disciples of Jesus as well as those who publicly follow Jesus. Christianity began in 1st century AD Jerusalem as a primarily Jewish division but quickly spread through the Roman Empire and beyond to countries such as Ethiopia, Armenia, Georgia, Assyria, Iran, India, and China. Christians believe, like Islam, that God created the world of nothing and there was no one here in the beginning aside from God and no one will exist in the end but Him.
The basis of Christianity is faith as it is mentioned time and time again throughout the Bible. The God of Christianity is one but with three Godheads; God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost. The son of God, as mentioned in Islam, is Jesus who was born of a virgin and died on the cross to allow all those who follow him to be forgiven of their sins, past, present and future. The view of the afterlife is that “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” (Hebrews 9:27) Once a person dies their soul is taken to be judge by God for the deeds done throughout a lifetime.
If the person has accepted Jesus as their Savior, essentially bearing true faith and allegiance to God and the Christian lifestyle, they will live eternally in Heaven, if they have not; they are sentenced to eternity in Hell. As I mentioned before, both Christianity and Islam believe in the end times, the Christian religion states there will be a rapture of the “church”, otherwise known as those who have accepted Jesus into their lives. There will be an antichrist who will reign over the world for seven years and at the end of the seven year reign Jesus will come to earth with a host of angles for the battle to end all battles, good vs. vil, faith vs. denial. Christianity and Islam are both very similar in more ways than people truly realize. The beliefs of monotheism, creation, the end of days and the afterlife are all eerily similar in both religions. One may ask how this can be so judging from the warring past of the people from each respective religion. The simple fact is that humans, all humans from one side of the world to the other have an instinctive need to belong. Religion perhaps has the most members of any group in the world so it would only make sense to belong.
Muslim culture is a little different than Christianity in the respect that Christianity is much more tolerant of “outsiders” than Islam. Christianity is supposed to teach “Love thy neighbor as thy self” and for the majority this practice remains but in recent years there has be digression in place of progression. Islam is a culture that you are born into; within the nations that practice Islam there is rarely ever a choice outside of the primary religion if you wish to sustain your life, as Christians and many of the world’s other religions are persecuted for betraying Allah.
Humans are unique creatures, unlike that of any other species on earth. We have instinctive and innate needs to belong, to be loved, to be accepted. Religion is the perfect storm for all of these needs, you belong, you are taught God (or Allah) loves all of His followers and you are accepted just as you are; these religions fill each aspect of the human wonderment of the world around us all. Christianity and Islam are the two largest religions in the world. While they have their difference in interpretation they are truly more similar than most other world religions.
The world may view these two religions as warring because of the former war in Iraq and Afghanistan however religion is not the basis of any part of the war. These two religions have successfully coexisted since nearly the beginning of time for they stemmed from the same family, Abraham the Father and Isaac the son, the founders of Christianity and Islam respectively. The views on the beginning and end are nearly identical as well as the judgment in the afterlife. Christianity and Islam can coexist, the only thing stopping it are the people who judge based off of perception, learn the real facts not what is shown on television.
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