Jesus and Mohammed

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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...