Christianity And Islam : Religion Or Belief System

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Behind every religion or belief system, there is a story. In monotheistic religions, the story usually begins with a god, who created the heavens, the earth, the inferno and all that abides within these three realms. The stories go on to glorify their respective god, through tales of their heroic acts or sublime sermons. These stories exemplify not just a fable of the past, but a promise for the future. For Christianity and Islam, the two most popular religions in the world, these stories are similar in that many of them involve the same characters (Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Moses, Jesus, etc.). In fact, Islam finds a provenance in Christianity through Abraham, who Muslims identify as the Islamic patriarch (Spencer 77). These similarities have given rise to a common misconception that Christianity and Islam are virtually the same religion applied to different cultures. According to Pope Francis, the word Allah and Yahweh are interchangeable and can be used to “describe an entity that is distinctly the same across the world” (qtd. in Agni). However, likening Allah to Yahweh, or Muhammad to Jesus Christ, would be like comparing apples to oranges. These figures bare many fundamental differences that make both religions culturally and intrinsically distinct. The contrast between the Islamic god and the Christian god, Allah and Yahweh, is demonstrated, first and foremost, in their character. A comparison between the two requires an analysis of the holy scriptures of both the
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