Christianity vs. Islam: Which one is the True Way
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Christianity vs. Islam: Which one is the True Way to God?
Christianity and Islam are two of the world’s largest religions. The two are different in beliefs but are similar in origin. Like many religions both Islam and Christianity claim to be the one and only true way to God. Although Islam and Christianity differ in major ways, they also share some similarities.
Islam teaches that in order to achieve true peace of mind and surety of heart, one must submit to God or “Allah” and live according to His revealed Law. Being a Muslim requires willful submission and active obedience to God and living in accordance with His message. Conversely, Christianity does not teach absolute submission to God, but teaches that man is sinful and can never inherit eternal life in the presence of God as a result of the sins of our first parents, Adam and Eve, as well as our own personal sin. Therefore it became necessary for God to become man in the person of Jesus Christ, who as the Son of God was sinless and unblemished. His purpose was to suffer and die in atonement for the sins of all whom accept his sacrifice for sin.
Muslims believe all of God’s prophets, who include Abraham, Noah, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad brought the same message of Pure Monotheism. For this reason, the Prophet Muhammad was not the founder of a new religion, as many mistakenly think, but he was the Final Prophet of Islam. The Qur’an, the Muslim Bible, is believed to be the last book of God sent to mankind. This is believed to have been given the distinction of being personally guarded by God from human tampering and shall remain safe from the tampering of mankind until the Day of Judgment as guidance for all Humanity. By contrast, Christianity is traditionally understood to be founded by Jesus of Nazareth. Christians view God as Lord and Savior over all and accept the Bible as his faultless word.
The areas of disagreement between Islam and Christianity are quite clear. Although Islam accepts the holiness of Jesus, it denies his Godliness. According to the teaching of Islam, Jesus is not God, nor is he united with God. On the other hand, Christians view Jesus as a God and live their lives in accordance of him. Moreover, Islam teaches that Jesus is not the Son of God. God does not have any children because He is above that. Conversely, Christians know Jesus as the son of God, a Savior and Lord who died on the cross to take away all of our sins. Islam by contrast, denies the crucifixion of Jesus. Muslims believe that Jesus did not die on the cross; he only made people think he was and God saved him.
Finally, Islam disagrees with Christianity on the Doctrine of Redemption. The Doctrine of Redemption is based on the Doctrine of the Original Sin: God had condemned mankind because of the sin of Adam and Eve, which was consequently inherited by their children. Islam denies the whole Doctrine of the Original Sin, believing God did not condemn mankind because a sin was committed by a couple at the beginning of time.
Some believe that Christianity and Islam have nothing in common. On the contrary, these two religions have more in common than most people, both Christians and Muslims, are aware of. For instance, when Muhammad revolted against the worship of idols in Mecca and told the people they should worship the God who created the heaven and the earth, he and his followers were persecuted, and about eighty of his followers were forced to go to a Christian nation. The Christian king of Ethiopia gave these persecuted Muslims a safe haven and also took care of them until their country was safe enough to return. In Christianity, Jesus too was persecuted for saying he was God and any followers were to receive the same treatment. The Jews wanted him dead, whereas the Roman Governor, Pilot, tried to offer a safe place to stay.
Both sacred Books of these two religions, the Holy Bible and the Qur’an, have ideas that compliment each other. For example, both books testify that Jesus is ‘The Word sent by God’, that he was born from the Virgin
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