Compare And Contrast Christianity And Islam

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Christianity and Islam are the two largest religions in the world. Both were inherited from Judaism and are considered as monotheistic faiths, or believing in one God. Despite their historical and traditional connection, they both have a lot of doctrinal differences, which is why I interviewed my friend Arif to understand more about the religion of Islam and their beliefs, customs and traditions. He declared that among the beliefs are believing in one God, or Allah, and his prophet; praying five times a day; giving charity; fasting in the month of Ramadan; and performing pilgrimage when one can. Additionally, the two main holidays are Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha and Friday is considered a weekly holiday. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan and it is celebrated for three days with prayers and visitations while Eid al-Adha is the conclusion of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca and commemorates the sacrifice of Abraham. I asked Arif what he believes is the best lesson the Islamic religion teaches and he stated that “the most valuable lesson is to treat all people equally. Treat everyone with kindness no matter how different they are from you,” and that is something every human being should agree with this regardless of being Muslim or not. Being a strong believer of the Christian faith, I notice that both religions view prayer as a significant tradition in order to acknowledge a higher power and know that everything that happens is because of God. Also, both Muslims and Christians believe in the afterlife as either an ideal life of Paradise in Heaven or eternal punishment in Hell that will be determined on Judgment Day. Despite these similarities, Christianity is the only religion that believes that Jesus died on the cross for our sins and resurrected, which is why He is “the way, the truth and the life.” Some traditions and rituals that differ from those of the Islamic religion include Scripture reading, coming together at Church to worship, Baptism, and Communion. Furthermore, Easter and Christmas are considered the two main holidays and Sunday is considered a Holy Day. Baptism refers to the practice of immersing a new believer in water to symbolize regeneration. This regeneration is the work of the Holy Spirit
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