Essay about Christianity Vs. Islam

Christianity Vs Islam What you may not know about the both In the united states Christianity is more profound than Islam is, but most people associate Islam with terrorism, and that could be the furthest thing from the truth. Here are a few things about Christianity and Islam that most may not know. There are those who question whether Jesus Christ pretty much founded Christianity or was it was it Paul? Did he invent Christianity as we know it, transforming the beliefs and vocation of Jesus of Nazareth into the system and movement which Jesus himself would never have recognized?

If we were to locate both Jesus and Paul within the world of first-century Judaism, within the turbulent theological and political movements and expectations of the time we must face the fact that neither of them was teaching a timeless system of religion or ethics, or even a message about how human being are saved. Islam on the other hand is a monotheistic religious tradition that developed in the Middle East in the 7th century C. E Islam, which literally means “surrender” or “submission”, was founded on the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad as an expression of surrender to the will of Allah, the creator and sustainer of the world.

While Christians lean on the Holy Bible for their teachings Islamic believers rely on The Quran, the sacred text of Islam, it contains the teachings of the Prophet that were revealed to him from Allah. Essential to Islam is the belief that Allah is the one and true God with no partner or equal. Islam has several branches and much variety within those branches. The Two divisions within the traditions are the Sunni and Shi’a, each of which claim different means of maintaining religious authority.

Whereas with Christian there is just one level, it is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior there is nothing about that or below that. once you do that and make him lord of your life that is it. Basic Tenents of Christianity There are 12 Basic Tenets of Christianity. 1. Jesus Christ is the only way to Eternal Salvation with God the Father, there is no other way to enter the kingdom of heaven but through the blood of Christ and accepting him as Lord and Savior.

2. We are saved by Grace through Faith not by works just because a person may be a good person and do good for others and try to live a good life, if you have not accepted Jesus and have been saved that will not be enough to be granted in heaven. 3. Jesus Christ is the Son of God; it is pretty self-explanatory he is the Son of God period. 4. The incarnation of Jesus Christ, it is believing that the Son of God who is the non-created second hypostasis of the triune god, he took a human body and nature and became both man and God. . The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave – is when Jesus arose three days after being crucified. 6. the Ascension of Jesus Christ – the ascension is the teaching that is found in the new testament that the resurrected Jesus was take up to heaven in his resurrected body, in the presence of eleven of his apostles, occurring 40 days after the resurrection. 7. the Doctrine of the Trinity – is pretty much explains the Holy Trinity God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. some refer to it as the Godhead three in one.

8. the Holy bible is the inspired and infallible word of God – there were many writers of the Bible, but all the writing was God inspired. 9. we are baptized with the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation – once we are saved God can now see us, it has been said that sin separates us from having a living relationship with God, and that since Jesus took that punishment for us once we accept him as our Savior God finally sees us as his child and we have access to him through prayer. 0. Regeneration by the Holy Spirit – regeneration is pretty much just the transformation of a person once they are saved. 11. the Doctrine of Hell – it is pretty much taught to Christians that Hell is not where you want to go and that the only way to be sure not to go there is through Jesus Christ. 12. the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ is back to our earth – Christians believe that one day Jesus Christ is coming back to get his children and take them back to heaven with him.

No one knows when that day will come, it can be tomorrow or it can be in another 100 years. We will never know. The basic Tenets of Islam There are not as enets of Islam as there are in Christianity, and although there are different beliefs there are some similarities as well. 1. Iman – the faith of the Muslim – in every religion one finds a distinction between what he adherent believes and what he does, this division of faith and practice is especially noted in Islam, the former being termed the Iman of a Muslim and latter his din. . The Islamic concept of God – the heart of the doctrine of God in Islam is Tawhid the “unity” of Allah. Yet this doctrine, from a Christian point of view, proposes a bare unity, one which seems to restrict the character of the divine being to a solitary personality in many ways detached from all that he has created. 3. God’s love in Islam and Christianity – the prominence given to God’s autocratic powers in Islam results in a jealousy preserved distinction between him and his creation as we have seen.

4. Angels and Demons in the Theology of Islam – there are many similarities between the Biblical and Qur’anic concepts of the existence and character of angels and demons. The Qur’anic word for angels is mala’ikah and for demon’s jinn. 5. Was Mohammad able to perform miracles? – another feature of the six articles of faith and Iman that should be considered is the teaching of the Qur’an regarding the miracles of the prophets, in particular the inability of Muhammad to emulate the ayat of the former prophets. 6. The doctrine of Sin and Forgiveness in Islam – there are so many similarities between the Qur’anic and biblical concepts of sin and divine forgiveness Islam recognizes that evil deeds are an affront to the Creator of all me and merit his punishment, and yet teaches that God will exercise forgiveness and remit the sins of the faithful. 7. The last day and the life Hereafter – the Qur’an follows the bible in teaching that a day of judgement is coming and that the destiny of all men is to heaven or hell.

There are numerous titles in the book for this great day, the most common being Yawmal-Qiyamah, the day of Resurrection. 8. Qadar – the doctrine of predestination in Islam – the Qur’an openly declares that God has control over all things and that nothing can happen outside of his will or that can frustrate his purpose. There is a “measure – a qadar – for everything predetermined according to the foreknowledge and express will of God. These are just some basics of both Christianity and Islam as well, but some might ask how both of these religions or faiths as some may say became so popular or how they spread so quickly.

For Christianity in just 300 years it grew from a small Jewish sect in Galilee to become the dominant religion of the Roman Empire. Islam exploded out of the Arabian Peninsula through much of the near east and north Africa. All within a couple its adherents, which was obviously of great significance. While I may not agree with all the teachings and the beliefs of Islam I do however respect that not everyone is out to hurt others or kill them as sometimes society wants us to believe. I will always respect those who respect me and my beliefs.