Similarities Between Christianity And Islam

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Christianity and Islam share much common ground. They trace their origins to Abraham; believe in prophecy, apostles, revelation, scripture, resurrection, and life after death. Christianity and Islam have related theological traditions; believe in one omnipotent God who is concerned with human salvation. Both religions are somewhat similar in how they embrace their beliefs; what the church is to Christianity, the umma is to Islam. Notwithstanding these important similarities, however, these two worldviews have a number of significant differences as well. This paper will explore, compare and contrast some of the similarities and the difference of both religions.

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Muslims do not support the theory that human beings advanced from apes, but that that the life of human beings began with the creation of Adam and Hawwa (Eve) and that God did not create them from dust and breathe life into Adam to become the first man but that he reached where he is now after transitioning through many stages.
The Qur’an revealed that man’s first stage was a condition of non-existence. Prior to the creation of the universe, there was a stage period when nothing existed. (Qur’an, Surah19)
Another stage in the creation process was a state of existence when the human body was created but the brain or its active abilities were not yet developed. Man was a human body, which was not yet a human being. There was the physical human body minus the evolved and perfected human brain or mind. He was in the form of a being without consciousness and intelligence, not aware of himself or of other things (Qur’an Surah 19).
The third stage in the evolution of man was reached when he entered a state of being and began to form through the seed of the male, planted in the body of the female through sexual intercourse. The fourth stage developed the human brain to perfection and presented a highly developed form of awareness and intelligence. After completing the creation, the Qur’an states that Allah "settled Himself upon the Throne" to oversee His work (Quran, Surah 50:38).
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