Christianity and Islam

Essay by coolacm21High School, 10th gradeA, February 2005

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Christianity and Islam are two of the most popular religions. It is beyond doubt that Christianity and Islam have many similarities. Both are different in today's beliefs but similar in origin. Each maintains its own unique characters which distinct one from the other. Although Islam has more followers, Christianity has a greater popular appeal with its message of hope and optimism.

Like every other religion or philosophy, Islam claims to be the one and only true way to God. The religion of 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 divinely revealed law. Being a Muslim requires willful submission and active following to God and living by his message. 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; but the final prophet of Islam.

The Muslim bible, the Koran, is believed to be the last book of God sent to mankind. This is believed to have been given the thought of being personally guarded by God from human tampering, and shall remain this way until the Day of Judgment as guidance for all humanity.

Christianity 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. Christianity was so appealing to everybody because men and women, Jew and Gentile, rich and poor, Roman and non-Roman...