Comparing Muhammad and Jesus

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Author, William E. Phipps, made an excellent comparison between Muhammad and Jesus in this book and gives the readers an insight into the background of Muslim and Christian religions. Phipps made it very obvious that these two men were dynamic spiritual leaders of the world’s two of the most influential religions. Although they were separated by more than six centuries, they led extraordinarily similar lives. He believed both Jesus and Muhammad represented the same God, taught about God’s love for mankind, and claimed that their way was the truth. Their lives have impacted millions of people into believing in one true God. They had humble beginnings, provided new teachings, introduced revolutionary new paths for their followers, and they …show more content…
According to Phipps, Jesus’ message is a stark contrast to the one of Muhammad’s. Jesus claimed that one’s eternal destiny is based upon His death of atonement alone. He also claimed that those who put their faith in Him are forgiven of all sins, and are reconciled to God. Jesus preached peace with enemies and to turn the other cheek, whereas, while facing enemies, Muhammad used physical confrontation.
To compare central figures of two of the world’s largest religions is not an easy task, however, Phipps did an excellent job researching the early lives of Jesus and Muhammad and their contributions to human race. I have discovered that many authors have extensively researched their sources without giving the readers any details on how they used their sources to arrive to their conclusions. I found this book interesting and captivating because the author presented his views about these two icons simultaneously, provided evidence to back up his views, and handled it with an unbiased approach. According to Phipps, Muhammad and Jesus are contrasting historical icons that were misunderstood by the people of their own race.
Although this book is supposed to be a comparison of Jesus and Muhammad, I found that the author also pointed out few similarities in their teachings. For instance, both warned their followers of false prophets and gave guidance as to how to treat people who did not share their faith. I
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