The Birth and Rise of Christianity and Islam Essay

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As of today, the world’s two largest religions Christianity and Islam share an estimated 3.6 billion members, more than half of the world’s population. On the surface, they appear to have almost nothing in common, however, as one goes beyond the surface and examines the other factors such as the rituals, beliefs, ethics, founders, and convictions, the two religions share many similarities. However, in order to truly see and understand these similarities and differences, one must date back to the rise and birth of Christianity and Islam.
Jesus, the founder of Christianity, and Muhammad, the founder of Islam, were both considered prophets of God. Although they only had a few followers in the beginning, the majority thought they were crazy
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The Muslim prophet, Muhammad, was born in 570 in the city of Mecca. Muhammad lived a normal life just like any Muslim, until he began seeing visions believed to be inspired by Allah. Muhammad believed that since Allah has already revealed himself to Moses and Jesus, it was now his turn to receive the final revelations. After receiving them, Muhammad tried to convince his people that the revelations were true, but most thought he was insane and crazy, or that he would upset the social and political order of society. As a result, Muhammad and some of his followers left to the rival city of Yathrib in 622. Yathrib was later renamed Medina, which meant “city of prophet”, as he began to win support from the residents in Medina and on the surrounding country side. With these people, Muhammad formed the first Muslim community.
Although both Christianity and Islam are monotheistic religions, there beliefs of the concept of deity and the view of Jesus differThe Christians believed in the trinity, or three persons in one godhead; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; with God as the Father, Jesus as the son, and the Holy Spirit of God within each Christian. Where as unity and strict monotheism was the belief for the Muslims, as they saw Allah as one and only one. The Christians also believed Jesus as the son of God and the savior of the world, while the Muslims saw Jesus only as a true prophet of God, not the son of God, as the Qur’an states, “Say: “God is Unique! God, the Source
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