Jesus and Mohammed Paper: Comparisons
Jesus and MohammedJesus and Mohammed both laid the foundation for two similar and yet very different religions. Jesus was the founder of Christianity while Mohammed was the founder of Islam. This paper is meant to compare the lives of Jesus and Mohammed historically, explore what impact the death of each person had on his respective religion, describe the ways each have been worshipped, and explain how each message is being carried out in the world today.
LivesBoth Jesus and Mohammed were influential roll models to their respective religions. Consequently, Christianity and Islam are two of the most influential religions to date. Both men and their religions originated in Islam; nevertheless, there are significant differences between the two.
Figure 1 below illustrates the comparisons in the lives of Jesus and Mohammed. All references illustrated in the chart are according to Fisher, M. P. (2005) except for Biblical references. All Biblical references are according to Lightning Study Bible KJV-R.
Figure 1: Lives of Jesus and MohammedJesus: ChristianityMohammed: IslamComparisonsImage: Modified and reproduced from The Aetherius Society (2006).Image: Modified and reproduced from Mohammed Image Archive (n.d.).
BirthBorn in Bethlehem (4 BCE30 CE).
Conceived of the Holy SpiritBorn of a virgin (Matthew 1:18-25). Born in Mecca (570 CE-632 CE).
Naturally conceivednot of a virgin.
DeathCrucified: Sacrificed his life for humanity.
Resurrected within three days.
Ascended to heaven.
There was no appointed successor. Died of IllnessWas not resurrected.
Did not ascend to heaven.
Abu Bakr became his appointed successor.
IdentityMessiahThe son of God, Gods word and God (John 1:1,14)ProphetHuman beingMarriageNever married.Had at least one wife: KhadijahRevelations from GodDirectly from God: (Father to Son)From God through the Arch Angel Gabriel (as messenger of God)Nature of GodThere is only one God:Represented as the Holy Trinity i.e. GodThe Father, JesusGod the Son, and The Holy SpiritPower and presence of...