Jesus And Mohammed Essay

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The two largest religions of the world are Christianity and Islam. The two central icons of these religions would be Jesus and Mohammed respectively. While there have been many prophets, saints, and religious leaders Jesus and Mohammed have had the most influence on people. They are both highly thought of figures among their followers.Jesus was born in Bethlehem roughly between 8BC and 29 AD. The common belief is that Jesus was born to the Virgin Mary through Immaculate Conception. It is also widely believed that at the time of her conception Mary was married to a carpenter named Joseph. Little is known about Jesus' early life except that he trained as a carpenter in the little town of Nazareth (The Life of Jesus, 2004). The Gospels say that Jesus was baptized when he was roughly 30 years of age. He was baptized in the Jordan River by a prophet named John. This is when he began his teachings that lasted approximately three years. Jesus mainly used parables to aid him in his teachings. Parables are stories with metaphorical meanings. He taught to a large group of people in Galilee, which is in Northern Israel, and Perea, which is in Western Jordan. To help ensure that his teachings would continue while he was away Jesus recruited 12 disciples who were close to him.It is a common belief among Christians that Jesus performed any number of miracles. Some of these miracles include walking on water, turning water into wine, healing the infirm, and raising a man from the dead (Jesus, 2006). During a dinner with his disciples, which is now known as the Last Supper, Jesus told his disciples that he would be betrayed by one of them and would then be put to death. At this supper he took bread and wine and said, "This cup which is poured out for you is the New Covenant in my blood," and then instructed everyone to "do this in remembrance of me" (Luke 22:7-20). When the supper was over Jesus and his disciples went to the Garden of Gethsesemane to pray. This is the location in which he was arrested (Religion Facts). While his teachings were extremely popular among the majority of people the Roman authorities and Jewish leaders considered them to be dissident. This is what led to his arrest. After his arrest Jesus was turned over to the Roman authorities, put on trial and sentenced to death by crucifixion.After having to carry a cross through town Jesus was then hung on that very cross. Nails were then placed in each of his hands and feet and a crown of thorns placed upon his head. After the execution was fulfilled Jesus was then places into a tomb that was then sealed. It is widely believed three days after the crucifixion Jesus raised from the dead. Christians believe that Jesus died for our sins. For God so loved the world He gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).Jesus' life left such an impact on everyone around him. This impact has been preserved for those in the Church's traditions....

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