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Even though Islam believes that Jesus was a prophet not the son of God. Christians believe that Jesus is the son of God. Islam and Christianity are different yet similar because Islam and Christianity both originated in the Middle East and Islam and Christianity both follow the Old Testament. Since, the beginning of time religion was always important, Islam and Christianity have been the most influential religions in the world. Both religions originated from the Middle East and both Christianity and Islam has a structured method of worship, they both respect and accept God as their creator. They both believe that there is an afterlife. However there few factors that makes them different from one another: their understanding of God, their understanding of Sin and Salvation and their religious community. This paper will discuss the common interest they share and the difference that make each religion stand out.

Christianity and Islam are both monotheistic religions, with the belief that there is only one creator.

Islam and Christianity have a different concept on God. Christians and Muslims believe that there is only one God, Muslims call God Allah. Christians Believe that Jesus is the son of God. On the other hand Muslims do not believe that God has a son. Muslims acknowledge his miracles, but Angel Gabriel gave Jesus his powers. The Quran states "Who has no son or partner, and no one has the right to be worshiped but Him alone. (Alim2) "He is God, the One. God, to whom the creatures turn for their needs." (Quran, 112:1-4). Christians believe that Jesus is their Savior and the Messiah. Christians describe God as three characters the theology of Christianity is defined by trinity God as the Father, the son, and the Holy Ghost. This means, that Christians believe, in three entities. Early Muslims came to the conclusion that Christians praise three Gods. Not to say that Muslims are right or wrong, but trinity was not defined in a proper prospective back then. The misunderstanding of this concept is found in the Quran when it states and behold, God will say; "O Jesus the Son of Mary! Didst thou say unto men, "Worship me and my mother as Gods interrogation of God?" (5:119). that is why Muslims feel that Christians serve three God's. The bible says if you believe with your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead you shall be saved (John 3:16).

Christianity and Islam both have different perspectives on Jesus's death. Christians believe that Jesus died on the cross, and since he was the son of God he arose from the dead. In the bible it states "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16). Muslims do not believe that Jesus arose from the dead; they think that he ascended to heaven on God's call. Muslims think that Jesus was a Muslim and Christianity is a manmade religion. They believe that the Bible is tainted and has been changed over time. The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia claims that the bible is not accurate nor does it tell the whole truth and the Quran is more valuable because it is a guide to life and a detailed account for the afterlife. The Quran has remained in the same text since the beginning of time and it is recited in Arabic (which is the language of God). (Montgomery, 2011)

Christians claim that the reason why it has changed over time is because of the different denominations, this caused the Bible to be changed over time. (Carl, 2008) There are different prospective on the Bible. Christians believe that Jesus died on the cross for their sins and was brought up from the dead and rose on the Sunday. On the other hand, Muslims believe that Jesus did not die on the cross, rather ascended to heaven on God's command and is coming to earth again. Islam states that when Jesus comes he will tell God that he did not tell people to worship him as a God. (Holy Qur'an, Surah Nisaa, Verse 157).

Muslims claim that God never had any children, and we are just slaves to God, also they say that Jesus never said that he was the son of God; He claims that he was only a prophet and messenger of God. The Quran states "that on Judgment day God (Allah) will Say: 'Jesus (Isa), son of Mary (Maryam), did you say to people: "Take Me & My Mother for Gods beside Allah? And Jesus (Isa) will answer: "Glory to you! It was not for me to say what I had no right to. Had I said so, you would surely have known it. You know all what is within my mind whereas I do not know what is within yours. You, indeed you know fully all that is beyond the reach of human perception" (Montgomery, 2011).

Christianity did not adopt the trinity until the Council of Nicea in 325 AD. Some of the early Christians were Unitarians. Even today, there are Christian Unitarian churches that do not accept the Trinity." According to Scholars of the Vatican Church , notable Rationalist Unitarians include thinkers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson (American), as well as famous figures such as Florence Nightingale (British) in nursing and humanitarianism, Charles Dickens (British) in literature, and Frank Lloyd Wright (American) in architecture". (Carl, 2008).

Islam and Christianity have different theories of sin salvation. Christianity teaches that the effects of a new sin have corrupted the world and the human beings that exist in it. In Islam there is no such thing an original sin. The Qur'an mentions that Adam and Eve sinned, but according to Islamic belief, they repented and were fully forgiven so that their sin had no repercussions for the rest of the human race.

Islam and Christianity have different religious communities such as their lifestyles, gender roles and they have different relationships with God. Muslims believe that you must submit yourself to Allah which means God in Arabic, do good deeds and you will enter paradise. Muslims are not supposed to eat pork nor are they able to neither drink alcohol nor indulge with the distractions of this world; they do not celebrate man made western cultural holidays such as: Christmas or Easter. Muslims pray five times a day at certain times and it has to be in the direction of Mecca. To become a better Muslim you have to read and remember scriptures and recite them in your daily prayers. Deeds are very important; Muslims have to do something good every day, which is called deeds, so when they sin it can be forgiven. Muslims have an angel on each shoulder; each angel records your good deeds on right shoulder and bad deeds on left shoulder. In contrast Christians are not obligated to pray five times a day, nor are they restricted on drinking. It is a questionable thing, but it is allowed and not forbidden. Sins are forgiven, because Christians believe that Jesus sacrificed



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