The Differences and Similarities Between Christianity and Islam

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The Differences and Similarities Between Christianity and Islam

Have you ever wondered about the differences and similarities between Christianity and Islam? Both Christianity and Islam are monotheistic, meaning they both believe in one God. In both religions God is the creator of everything and is loving and forgiving. He also has a special relationship with humans, and has made covenants with them. However, there is one major difference between the beliefs of Christians and Muslims regarding God. While Christians believe in the Holy Trinity, or three persons in one divine nature, Muslims believe that God is only one person, and that the Trinity is the belief in three Gods. The first major difference between these two religions
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Christians believe that we can earn indulgences or reparation for our sins, through the good works of the saints, because we are one as a church. Muslims believe that each human is born sinless, and is responsible to maintain this state throughout life. They believe that each person is responsible for only his or her salvation, and that no person can receive an indulgence. Both religions have similar beliefs as to what will happen at the end of time. Both believe that Jesus will come again to judge all people. Christians and Muslims also believe that all people will go to either heaven or hell. Both religions believe that heaven is eternal, but while Christians believe that hell is also eternal, some Muslims believe that God can pardon those in hell.Important aspects of both religions are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Both have a holy day where all adherents are obligated to go to a group prayer. Muslims go to their mosque on Fridays, and Christians go to church on Sundays. Muslims are also obligated to face Mecca, the Muslim holy land, five times daily and say certain prayers. Christian daily prayer is less rigid, and is seen as a person discussion between God and man. Muslims fast each year on Ramadan, the ninth month of the lunar calendar (Islam uses a lunar calendar). They do not eat anything on these days between sunrise and sunset. Christians fast on