A Comparative Study of Christianity and Islam

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A Comparative Study of Christianity and Islam
--Collaborated by Lin Chuangsen, Lin Fan, Zheng Feng & Zheng Jia I. Introduction Christianity and Islam, along with Buddhism, are considered to be the world’s three largest religions. As a particular form of human experience with distinctive qualities and patterns, they play an important part in all human cultures. Christianity and Islam are closely related to each other, because they both revere Abraham and certain other patriarchs mentioned in the Bible as their spiritual ancestors. However, their similar points are not nearly guarantee that their followers can get along, owing to numerous differences between them. And it has been proved that most of the religiously motivated
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Consequently, the descent by Adam and Eve to earth from Paradise was not a fall, but an honor bestowed on them by God. Adam and his progeny were appointed as God's messengers and vice regents, and were entrusted by God with the guardianship of the earth. 5) Holy book and its status and original languages. The Holy book embraced by Christians is the Bible which the Conservatives consider to be the inerrant word of God while the Liberals look upon as a historical spiritual document. Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek are all its original languages. Muslims’ Holy book is Qu’ran which is regarded as the timeless word of God, “the like of which no human can produce”, originally written in Arabic. 6) Status at birth. Christians hold that a baby is born with a sin nature, separated from God. And God needs to give him grace so that he may be saved. In Muslims’ view, however, a baby is born in a pure state of submission to Islam. 7) Confessing sins. A Christian always confesses his sins to either God or a priest while a Muslim would do to Allah. 3. About their practices 1) Name of worship center. The worship center for Christians is called church or cathedral while that for Muslims is called Mosque. 2) Worship date. The Christians practice their worship on Sundays while the Muslims do it on Fridays. 3) The relation between church and state. For Christianity,
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