Christianity and Islam are the two largest religions in the world, founded upon the principal belief that there is one God who created the world. Nevertheless, both ideologies have their own accounts that have contradicted each other since their beginnings. As time changed these religious sects have undergone a numerous number of events that question their validity and have led to controversy in recent years.
Unequivocally both sects differ in many significant fragments of their doctrines. Islam’s founder and leader is the prophet Muhammad, meanwhile in Christianity, Jesus is their founder and leader. Christians also refer to individuals such as Peter, and Paul as Disciples, which translates to: follower of Jesus. Christians believe Jesus is the Son of God and the savior of the world. Christianity places Jesus on a higher pedestal than Islam. The Nature of God and Jesus’s death are other debated matters where in Christianity, God is composed of three people; the Son, the Father and the Holy Spirit and are certain that Jesus was crucified. In Islam these accounts of Jesus are blatantly denied in the Qur’an. The Qur’an is the sacred text in Islam and states, “The Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary was but a messenger of Allah and his word, which he directed to Mary, created a command from him. So believe in Allah and his messengers. And do not say, three. Indeed, Allah is but one God”(The Qur’an 4:171). Therefore, Muslim’s believe that God is only one person and that Jesus was just his messenger.
Aside from their beliefs, these religions are also different in a more physical aspect. Muslims generally pray in mosques on Friday’s. Christians pray in churches, chapels, cathedrals, and basilicas on Sunday’s. During their prayers Muslims have their head covered and kneel throughout the session. Christianity has many religious leaders such as; the pope, priest, archbishop, and deacon. Where the pope is the highest authority. Islam’s religious leaders are called imams and do not have a hierarchy like Christianity.
The strength of Christianity and Islam beliefs has diminished in recent decades. Now you can be religious about other things than God. You can worship money or your work. Society has become materialistic, as the age of technology has progressed. Political power and wealth have had an immense influence in religion. Various conflicts and scandals have plagued the image of Christianity and Islam.
Conflicts in the Middle East have created tension in the Islamic religion. In American popular culture today, terrorism and Islam have become equivalent since the September eleven attacks. Everyone became angry and astonished when this act of terrorism was perpetrated in the name of Islam. There was a wave of confused resentment toward the Muslim community. In Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam, John L. Esposito, investigates the political, religious, and social elements that have led to the current...