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In the past 2000 years, two major world religions have emerged from the sandy peninsula we now call the Middle East: Islam and Christianity. While these two religions vary in history, belief, and practice, they also have many similarities.

History
Islam : in 610CE, God gave his first declared revelation to the Prophet Muhammad at a cave in Hira. The first year of the Islamic calendar begins in 622CE, when the Prophet Muhammad and his followers moved to Medina.
Christianity : Jesus Christ was born in 1CE in Bethlehem. When he was thirty, he began to preach the word of God. In 33CE, Jesus was crucified in Jerusalem; Christians believe he was resurrected three days later and eventually ascended into heaven.

Beliefs
Islam  is centered on the belief that there is no god but God, and Mohammad is his prophet. They belief that their holy book, the Koran, is a direct transcription of the word of God. Islam means a submission to the will of God
Christianity : believe that God sent his only son, Jesus, to save them from sin. Those who believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit will have eternal life.

Practices
Islam : there are five pillars that create the core Islamic practices. Shahadah is the recitation of their fundamental belief. Salah is the ritual prayer that must be said five times a day. Zakat is the giving of charity to the poor. Sawm is fasting during the month of Ramadan. Hajj is a once in a lifetime pilgrimage all Muslims make to Mecca.
Christianity : asks its followers to attend church every Sunday. They should confess their sins and partake in communion. Penance for sins can include alms-giving or good works.

Other general aspects
Began in the Middle East and consider Jerusalem to be a holy city.
Are monotheistic – believing in a single supreme being.
Have been successful proselytizers, spreading far beyond the Middle East to become world religions.
Have a holy book in which they believe the word of God is written.
Espouse daily, weekly, and yearly rituals and ask their followers to adhere to a specific moral code.
Have had internal division, leading to different branches or sects.

Summary:
1.Both religions were founded by the works of one man, with Islam beginning 600 years after Christianity.
2.Islam believes Mohammad was a prophet while Christianity believes Jesus was the son of God.
3.Islam asks its followers to adhere to the Five Pillars while Christians do most of their formal worship on Sundays.

[In this article we highlighted only the facts not opinions. If you find fault in any fact, please leave us a comment below]


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  1. Christianity does not require penitance, only repentance. Ephesians 2: 8 explains “For we are saved by Grace through faith, not of yourself, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast.”

    So you see salvation is a gift and is predicated (Solely dependent) on faith in Jesus Christ; Romans 10:9 “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

    This the bases of salvation

    1 John 1:9 also validates “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

    • I agree with Blouin’s point.

      And at the same time, to be a follower of Jesus is to do what he’s done, which is feeding the hungry, visiting the imprisoned, caring for the sick and shut in, clothing the naked, loving God, loving the tangible (each other) before talking about loving the intagible (God — how can we talk about loving God while hating each other?), loving one another as ourselves, and loving our self… not for the sake of pentinence (this is not community service) or salvation (we’re saved through grace, not works) or whatever, but for the sake of love of God and each other.

      This site is awesome, but I think this is a very poor and innacurate explanation of Christian practice… despite denominational practices, just talking about general Christianity practices. Hopefully the provided explanation for Muslim practice is more accurate.

      • One thing about trying to do anything is someone will come along and be able to say it is no good.

        I wonder if you could help us all understand the difference between these two religions, you seem pretty adept, verbally?

    • John Blouin and KS Harris… I think you are both right… James 2:17-19 says that faith without works is dead but those works should be a natural response to the grace and love shown to us by Jesus.

      I would sure like to hear some Muslims weigh in on the Islamic explanation.

    • when you are save by Grace, you will do what God has commanded you. You abide in him and His Law. John 14:4-15

  2. all religions whether islam, christianity or Islam, teach the same common rules:

    for complete text of the points and other points, please refer the blog:
    comparative-religion-points.blogspot.com

    (1) Prohibition of Alcohol:- Manu Smriti: 9:235, 11:55; Rig Veda: 8:2:12, 8:21:14; //BIBLE: Proverbs: 20:1, 23:31; Ephesians: 5:18; //QURAN: 2:219, 5:93.

    (2) Prohibition of Pork:- //BIBLE: Leviticus 11:7-8; Deuteronomy 14:8; //QURAN: 2:173, 5:4, 6:145, 16:115.

    (3) Prohibition of Usury (Interest on Money/Loan/Credit):- Manu Smriti: 11:62, 8:152; //BIBLE: Leviticus 25:36-37; Ezekiel 18:13, 22:12; Psalms 15:5; //QURAN: 2:275, 3:130.

    (4) Permission for Non-Vegetarian Food:- Ramayana: 2:20:29, 2:20:17-18; Manu Smriti: 5:30, 39; Mahabharata: 13:88; //BIBLE: Deuteronomy 14:4-6, 14:11; Leviticus 11:3; //QURAN: 5:2, 6:142, 16:5, 23:21.

    (5) Permission for Multiple Spouses (Wives/Husbands):- Ramayana: 2:8:12, Dasaratha; Mahabharata: Draupadi, Krishna; //BIBLE: 3Kings 11:3; 2Kings (2Samuel) 5:13; 2Chronicles 11:21; Exodus 21:10; Deuteronomy 21:15; //QURAN: 4:3.

    (6) Veil/Head Scarf/Modesty:- Rig Veda: 8:33:19; //BIBLE: 1st Corinthians 11:5; //QURAN: 24:30-31, 33:59.

    (7) Oneness of God & Prohibition of Idol Worship:- VEDA: Yajur Veda 32:3, 40:8-9; Rig Veda 1:164:46, 6:45:16; UPANISHAD: Khandogya: 6:2:1, Shwetashvatara 6:9, 4:20; GEETA: 7:20, 10:3; BRAHMA SUTRA; //BIBLE: Leviticus 26:1; Exodus 20:4; //QURAN: 2:163, 2:255, 4:171, 7:191, 16:20, 25:3, 112:1-4.

    (8) Prophet Muhammad’s Description:- Bhavishya Purana: Prati Sarag: Parv III: Khand 3: Aday 3: Shloka 5-8, 10-27; Samveda: Book II: Hymn 6: Verse 8; //BIBLE: Deuteronomy 18:18; John 14:16; //QURAN: 3:144, 47:2, 48:29, 61:6.

  3. Jerusalem is not the holy city it’s Mekka.

  4. I have no questions about what I have read today. Infact all I have read today has been quiet helpfull. Thank you. I now know my what my true religion of life is to be. ISLAM.

    (1) One quistion I do have for you is this. In islam you pray five times a day in the derection of mecca. I live in portland,oregon so which way is mecca.
    (2) I know I said I only had one quistion for you, I was wrong. I have a second quistion. What is mecca & what does it mean.

    P.S. thank you for your time & understanding…

    • Mr Dennis, Please read the new testement of the Bible. If for no other reason than to increase your knowledge. the description of christianity on this site is not quite accurate and is sufficiently lacking in information. I can’t speak for Islam as I am a Christian. You have nothing to lose by reading the ministry of JESUS.. Or you can ask GOD (jehovah/yaweh) to guide you;. But if you go that way, hold on. He will prove himself to you but it can be a hard and narrow path. as the bible says , it is a narrow gate you must enter, don’t take the broad gate that is easier filled with the multitudes for it leads nowhere good. GOD bless and I hope to see you in Heaven.

    • Hi Dennis
      if you really choose Islam I have to say”Congratulation”to you,Islam is the best religion in the world.The religion of Peace.Don’t believe that Islam is based on Terrorism.
      You have to see the religion”Islam” & act how the God & religion said not the followers “Muslims” and their works!!Read Quran carefully.
      The exactly meaning of Mecca is:A place that there is Kaaba in it.The other meaning is the place where the people make a community.
      I read that in a book, named “Al-Monjed” is an Arabic dictionary.
      I hope that this article will be helpful.
      And excuse me because I can speak English very well.
      Good luck.

    • What an interesting question- Mecca, or defining where it is in relation to Portland, reveals so much.

      Mecca is downward from here, but here is downward from Mecca. Point your finger generally towards the ground, through it.

      Hmmm! Kewl!

  5. “Thank you, God, for loving me and sending your Son to die on the cross for my sins. I now choose to make Jesus the Lord of my life. Help me to be the kind of person that You want me to be. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

    Hello, my dear Brothers and Sisters,

    How are you, I hope that you are very fine in the name of Jesus Christ. For you kind information that presently I am Muslim , I am married and have five children’s they are all students and are studying in various classes. My Brothers and Sisters. I want to change my religion along with my all above quoted family members from Islam to Christianity due to following reasons:-

    1) Islam – A Religion Based on Terrorism.
    2) No evidence at all going for it.
    3) Life of the “Prophet” Mohammed”
    4) Prophet Mohammed says that if a Muslim discards his religion, kill him.
    5) True Islam permits neither elections nor democracy
    6) Just do what we say and everything will be fine.
    7) All land is Muslim land.
    8) Brutality of HUD punishments.
    9) I will never condemn a Muslim.
    10) Shariah Law should be the law of the land and forced on all people.
    11) Absurdities, contrivances and contradictions in the Qur’an.
    12) Islam is the only religion that allows lying and deceit as part of their doctrine

    MY Brother and Sisters, how can Islam be a peaceful religion when it commands its followers to do the following?
    1) [2.191] And kill them wherever you find them, and drive them out from whence they drove you out, and persecution is severer than slaughter, and do not fight with them at the Sacred Mosque until they fight with you in it, but if they do fight you, then slay them; such is the recompense of the unbelievers.

    2) [3:28] Let not the believers take the unbelievers for friends rather than believers; and whoever does this, he shall have nothing of Allah, but you should guard yourselves against them, guarding carefully; and Allah makes you cautious of (retribution from) Himself; and to Allah is the eventual coming.

    3) [3.151] We will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve, because they set up with Allah that for which He has sent down no authority, and their abode is the fire, and evil is the abode of the unjust.

    4) [4.34] Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High, Great.

    5) [4.76] Those who believe fight in the way of Allah, and those who disbelieve fight in the way of the Satan. Fight therefore against the friends of the Satan; surely the strategy of the Satan is weak.

    6) [5.51] O you who believe! Do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people

    7) [8.12] When your Lord revealed to the angels: I am with you, therefore make firm those who believe. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.

    8) [8.69] Eat then of the lawful and good (things) which you have acquired in war, and be careful of your duty to Allah; surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

    9) [9.5] When the sacred months are over slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them. If they repent and take to prayer and render the alms levy, allow them to go their way.

    10) [9.5] When the sacred months are over slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them. If they repent and take to prayer and render the alms levy, allow them to go their way.

    11) [9.14] Fight them, Allah will punish them by your hands and bring them to disgrace, and assist you against them and heal the hearts of a believing people.

    12) [9.29] Fight those who do not believe in Allah (Jews and Christians), nor in the latter day, nor do they prohibit what Allah and His Apostle have prohibited, nor follow the religion of truth, out of those who have been given the Book, until they pay the tax (jizya) in acknowledgment of (Islamic) superiority and they are in a state of subjection.

    13) [9.30] And the Jews say: Uzair is the son of Allah; and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; how they are turned away!

    14) [9.33] He it is Who sent His Apostle with guidance and the religion of truth, that He might cause it to prevail over all religions, though the polytheists may be averse.

    15) [9.123] O you who believe! Fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness; and know that Allah is with those who guard (against evil).

    16) [22.39] Permission (to fight) is given to those upon whom war is made because they are oppressed, and most surely Allah is well able to assist them.

    17) [33.61] Cursed: wherever they are found they shall be seized and murdered, a (horrible) murdering.

    18) [47.4] So when you meet in battle those who disbelieve, then smite the necks until when you have overcome them, then make (them) prisoners

    19) [48.28] He it is Who sent His Apostle with the guidance and the true religion that He may make it prevail over all the religions; and Allah is enough for a witness.

    20) [48.29] Muhammad is God’s apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another.

    21) [61.9] He it is Who sent His Apostle with the guidance and the true religion, that He may make it overcome the religions, all of them, though the polytheists may be averse.

    22) [62.6] O ye who are Jews! If ye claim that ye are favoured of Allah to the exclusion of all mankind, and then long for death (as believers do) if ye are truthful.

    Dear Brother and Sisters, did you know that there are 123 verses in the Quran concerning fighting and killing for the cause of Allah? Here are but a few passages are sent herewith for your kind information:-

    1) Regarding infidels (unbelievers), they are the Muslim’s “inveterate enemies” (Sura 4:101). Muslims are to “arrest them, besiege them and lie in ambush everywhere” (Sura 9:5) for them. They are to “seize them and put them to death wherever you find them, kill them wherever you find them, seek out the enemies of Islam relentlessly” (Sura 4:90). “Fight them until Islam reigns supreme” (Sura 2:193). “Cut off their heads, and cut off the tips of their fingers” (Sura 8:12).

    2) If a Muslim does not go to war, Allah will kill him (Sura 9:39). He is to be told, “the heat of war is fierce, but more fierce is the heat of Hell-fire” (Sura 9:81).

    3) They should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides. (Koran 5:33)

    4) Muslims are to be “ruthless to unbelievers” (Sura 48:29).

    5) Muslims are encouraged to be wholly occupied (Sura 2:273) with fighting for Allah’s cause.

    6) Muslims are encouraged to be wholly occupied (Sura 2:273) with fighting for Allah’s cause.

    7) I will instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers, Smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger tips of them. (Koran 8:12)

    8) Slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush. (Koran 9:5)

    9) Whoever changes his Islamic religion, kill him. Sahih Al-Bukhari (9:57)

    10) Anyone who fights against Allah or renounces Islam in favor of another religion shall be “put to death or crucified or have their hands and feet cut off alternative sides” (Sura 5:34).

    11) Allah loves those who “fight for his cause” (Sura 61:3).

    12) A Muslim should “enjoy the good things” he has gained by fighting (Sura 8:69).

    13) Muslims must make war on the infidels (unbelievers) who live around them (Sura 9:123).

    14) A Muslim can kill any person he wishes if it be a “just cause” (Sura 6:152).

    15) Allah will give “a far richer recompense to those who fight for him” (Sura 4:96).

    16) A Muslim must “fight for the cause of Allah with the devotion due to him” (Sura 22:78)

    17) Take him and fetter him and expose him to hell fire. (Koran 69:30-37)

    Dear Brother and Sisters, please revealing Suras (or Chapters) in the Quran and directly from the Arabic text Quran. You are therefore, requested to please convey my message to all my other Christian brothers and sisters for their necessary information, God bless you, thanks.

    “Lord Jesus I believe you are the Son of God. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. Please forgive my sins and give me and family the gift of eternal life. I ask you in to my lfe and heart to be my Lord and Savior; I want to serve you always”.

    • your long comment will not influnce reader at ur last u said juses is son God but refuses to ur point no..17 to fight 4 cause Allah what a biased statement if u r worried 4 eternal life u should become a muslim and Allah will save u there not a SON.

    • Alhamdulillah! All d long comment will neva make me change 2 christianity. Alhadulillah, all dat u quoted are command 4rm God on Unblievrs not a willingly action by d blievrsg. Since its a command, what can u say abt LUKE19:27 ”…for these enemies of mine, who do not want me to be their king and reign over them, bring them here and kill them before me..” So please read d Quran wit undrstndng and by following d context and also find any imam to trnslate for u. Bcoz 2 me u dnt knw arabic language and u dnt knw y those verses were revealed.

      • Way to take that out of context…maybe you should read the whole thing instead of just the one verse….
        Luke 19:1-28

        1 And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.

        2 And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.

        3 And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.

        4 And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.

        5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.

        6 And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.

        7 And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.

        8 And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.

        9 And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.

        10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

        11 And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.

        12 He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.

        13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.

        14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.

        15 And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.

        16 Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.

        17 And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.

        18 And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.

        19 And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities.

        20 And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin:

        21 For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow.

        22 And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow:

        23 Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?

        24 And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds.

        25 (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.)

        26 For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.

        27 But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.

        28 And when he had thus spoken, he went before, ascending up to Jerusalem.

        You should always read the Bible in context to the other verses.

    • some of you mentioned above is right, except the 12 points in the beginning are wrong. in 1 islam means peace how can it be based on terrorism, islam is based on elections actually, islam doesn’t allow lying or cheating at all. actually the real musilm know these things and what you said show the opposite. i hope if you don’t like islam let other know the truth. peaceful on you.

  6. This article seems to be slanted more towards Islam than Christianity. Their ‘practices’ of Christianity are not correct. Christianity is not something you go do on Sunday, it is a lifestyle. Also, there is no ‘penitance’ for sin, it is repentence. Christianity does not teach that you do good works to pay for your sins either. You should do a little more research on it before you decide to write an article as fact.

  7. Please see the original texts if Quran (the only one Quran) and the Bibles, you will see they are similar. So the fact narrated in them is Bible predicts of new Profit’s coming. Quran is the last of the God’s revelation to Mankind, in continuation from Noah, Abraham, Moses, Christ and Finally Mohammad. Same God, Same Massage. The problem is that the Clearest Message of God in Quran is being opposed by the some powerful people and misguiding the rest.

    You dont need to change your faith. Just read Qurab once, please, with a “neutral mind” and you decide for your self, whether it’s Good or otherwise.

    Kindly amend the the text above, that Islam (God) regards all the profits as true messangers of God in the Quran (brought by Mohammad)

  8. Hey,

    Thanks for making this page, difference between Islam and Christianity.

    I note some very good descriptions, but a few places where clarity could be conveyed.

    Muslims use the Quran, Christians use the Bible.

    Both do not think that acts get one “in good” all alone.

    Both indicte the necessity to submit to something other than oneself.

    Both forbid certain activities that until recently were termed ethics and morals. Both guided all manner of life, and in surprisingly similar ways.

    It appears to this person there is a near duplicate message and fallible humans who interpreted this message differently owing to the nature of Man to think we are the center of everything, that what we think dictates everything, when the opposite is generally and usually true.

    I came here wondering if there is evidence Mohammed and his religion derive from the Abrahamic god/God/ as does Judaism and Christianity.

    Thanks again for taking time to clarify this, so that I could leap-frog your good work.

    Mike

  9. The Quran is full of hatred verses therefore the Islam is not peace full religion

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