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Comparing Convictions

Comparing Convictions Christianity and Islam The majority of the world's religious population is made up of followers of either Christianity or Islam. Both religions have massive U.S. and global populations. What do the two monotheistic religions share and what are their main differences? SNAPSHOTS Here's a quick look at the basics of the two religions. Christianity Islam Deity GOD ALLAH Prophet Jesus Christ Muhammad Sacred text The New Testament The Quran Dates back to About 33 c.E. About 622 c.E. Location founded Arabian Peninsula Palestine Number of followers in the U.S. About 246,780,000 Estimated 5 million to 12 million In the world Estimated 2,100,000,000 Estimated 1,500,000,000 General divisions Shi'a, Sufism, Sunni Orthodox, Catholic, Anglican, Protestant WHERE DO THEY PRACTICE? Here's a look at the faithful in some of the countries where each religion is most popular: Christianity Islam Russia 105,220,000 United States 246,780,000 Egypt 80,024,000 China Nigeria 80,510,000 67,070,000 Philippines Mexico 86,790,000 107,780,000 Brazil 175,770,000 Indonesia Nigeria 75,728,000 204,847,000 Pakistan Bangladesh 148,607,000 178,097,000 India 177,286,000 COMMONALITIES The Hebrew Bible (The Old Testament) is a divinely inspired text. An Anti-Christ will rise before the End Days. There is a Heaven (Paradise) and a Hell (Separation from God). We are all descendants of Abraham. There will be a day of judgment for all humanity. The roles of God include Creator, Forgiver and Ultimate Judge. The Ten Commandments should be followed. God sent a prophet to teach humans about morality. Jesus was born through the Virgin Mary. CORE DIFFERENCES In Islam, angels are not divine and are not to be worshipped; they were created by God, just as humans were. Islam rejects the Holy Trinity. The Prophet Muhammad is not a form of God, as Jesus is considered in Christianity. Muslims do not believe in the doctrine of Original Sin, as Christians do. The "god" in both religions, God and Allah, are not identical. SOURCES Ohttp://www.patheos.como • • •

Comparing Convictions

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Religion can be confusing. From different texts and deities to opposing views and implemented beliefs, there are many people confused about different religions. One religion that seems to baffle most ...


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