Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Christianity and Other Religions Part Two

My proposed schedule is already changing:

Part two: Similarities between Christianity and Islam
Part three: Differences between Christianity and Islam with particular focus on Scripture, revelation and the person of Jesus
Part four: Looking at the Muslim accusation of tritheism (worshipping three gods)
(Blogging hiatus in which I finish a vacation in Mich, travel to Chicago, drive back to Jersey and move to Pennsylvania).
Part five: Do all religions lead to God?

Question 3: What do Christians and Muslims have in common?

I will attempt to list several things that Christians and Muslims have in common. Please note that many of the things that I list as being held in common contain subtle differences even in themselves that we will look into later.

  1. Both Christians and Muslims believe in one God (this is called monotheism). While there are disagreements in what this one God looks like, we can say on a very base level that both believe there is one God.
  2. Both Christians and Muslims speak out against idolatry. Both hold to the claim that we should have no other gods.
  3. Both speak of serving the God of Abraham.
  4. Both pray.
  5. Both fast.
  6. Both give to the poor.
  7. Both believe the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible), Psalms, and the New Testament are inspired words of God.
  8. Both Christians and Muslims believe that Jesus was born of a virgin and lived a sinless life.
  9. Many Muslims and Christians are against drunkenness, pre-marital sex, drug abuse, etc. Which means that on a very base level, Christians and Muslims should be in agreement on most school P.T.A. meetings.

2 comments:

The Cubicle Reverend said...

So there are a lot of surface similarities between us and Muslims? How important are these similarities and our souls?

Christin said...

Thanks for doing this Mandy. I didn't realize how similar Islam and Christianity were.