Christianity and Islam
Religions are what man or woman makes out of them. The difference between religions and faith are how people perceive it. For instance, religion is defined as a conviction. Anybody can have religion, but it takes faith to establish the religion. Furthermore, some religions started in the 19th century and were closely related to the older religions, such as Buddhism and Hinduism (Fisher). While some people believe in different and numerous gods, many believe in God, such as Christianity and Islam. In addition, while there is other religions that believe in one God, Christianity, and Islam are two of the major religions that share the some of the same beliefs. In addition, “the very existence of traditions pointing towards a common monotheism and the same messianic goal shared by Jews and Muslims together” (Shabir 13).
However, each has a different perspective of who is the true prophet, Jesus or Muhammad. Even though both are thought as the last Prophets, Christianity and Islam may have similar beliefs, but by comparison and contrasting, one can be aware of what both religions have in common. For instance, “Christianity and Islam are strongly associated with modernity, in both its positive and its negative aspects” (Gausset 5). Furthermore, Islam, which “in its original meaning, complete, trusting surrender to God” (Fisher 431), is devoted totally to Muhammad because they believe Gabriel, an angel, spoke to him. Muslims believe Muhammad is the messenger for God.
Christianity, which “is a faith based on the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus” (Fisher 302). Christianity started with Jesus and many see him as the one God who walked in the flesh. In his death and resurrection, he left those who choose to believe in him, his Holy Spirit, which is where the Holy Trinity came from. However, Islam does not see Jesus as God teaching in the flesh, but as another prophet. Islamic believe Christians are blasphemers because Christians believe Jesus is God.
Therefore, there are differences, as well as similarities. For example, “Muslims are not permitted to depict the image of God nor any prophet. In Christianity, statues are not worshiped but looked to as a point of focus in prayer and meditation” (Christianity vs. Islam 2014). However, not every church has statues but mainly the Orthodox churches incorporate this into their churches. However, not only does Muslims not believe in paintings or statues of God, or the prophet, but also do not believe in the resurrection of Jesus.
Furthermore, Islam believes that God is omniscient, and to surrender oneself to God is having true faith; not doing so is a sin. Christians also believe that God is omniscient but sinning is quite different. Repenting for sins is Christianity because Christians believe Jesus died for the sins of the world, and is justified by his resurrection.
However, one belief is common to both religions and that is faith. Both have strong ties to God, and...