Dr. EL Kornegay, Jr.
Jesus and Mohammed
The Life of Jesus
The religion of Christianity has a foundation that is based around the teachings of Jesus Christ of Nazareth whose life story is told in the New Testament in the Bible. Jesus of Nazareth also widely known as Jesus Christ is the son of God according to Christians. The exact date of his birth is not known, however he was born to a virgin named Mary who had a fiancée, a carpenter whose name was Joseph. Before her pregnancy an angel named Gabriel appeared before Mary in a dream and prophesized she would give birth to a male child, upon her pregnancy the angel reappeared to Joseph and instructed him to Mary the pregnant virgin. “About 2000 years ago God sent an angel to Israel, to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to Joseph, a carpenter. The angel told Mary that by God's power, she would conceive and bear a son.” (Palmer, 2008, para. 1) . Word of the Messiah’s birth soon traveled and got the attention of Three Wise Men who traveled from the Far East, the men wanted to worship Jesus and in an attempt to find him they visited a King named Herod who led Judea. In an effort to find Jesus and kill him, Herod tricked the Wise Men and told them he too wanted to worship Jesus and to inform him when they found the Messiah. The men eventually found Jesus and brought gifts of Frankincense, Myrrh and Gold, the men were warned by an angel of Herod’s trickery and they did not return to him as promised. Another angel appeared to Joseph in a dream to escape with his family to Egypt, soon after the family escaped King Herod grew furious, because the Wise Men did not return with news of the child’s ware bouts and demanded that every male child residing in Bethlehem under the age of two be killed. Upon Herod’s death another angel appeared to Joseph in a dream, and told him that Jesus could safely return to the Israel. Jesus continued to live in Nazareth and learned the trade of carpentry from his father Joseph until about the age of 30 years old.
According to the four Gospels of the Bible which are a compilation of the account of the life of Jesus, The Messiah came to the bank of the Jordan River where a man named John the Baptist was preaching and giving baptismal. Jesus requested that John baptize him and at first John was hesitant, because he felt Jesus should be baptizing him. John eventually agreed to baptize Jesus and after the Baptismal Jesus went to the desert where he fasted for forty days and forty nights, while facing numerous temptations on the journey. Jesus continued to give sermons and perform miracles for the sick and needy. Along his travels many people wanted to be near and close to Jesus; however he chose 12 Apostles which were kept at his side. Jesus was eventually betrayed by one of his close Apostles named Judas, whom which identified him to high priest who wanted Jesus arrested, the arrest led to a trial were Jesus was mocked and crucified. Jesus had already prophesized his persecution, death and resurrection to his followers. During the crucifixion Jesus was placed on a stake to suffer were he eventually died. Jesus’ body was placed in a tomb and three days after his crucifixion, he rose from the dead and made an appearance to his mother and other followers for forty days with promises of fulfilling his prophecy before he ascended into the heavens above.
The Life of Mohammed
Mohammed is the founder and restorer of the religion of Islam. Mohammed was born in the city of Mecca which is located in Arabia. He was an orphan child who was raised by his uncle Abu Talib. Mohammed worked for a widow named Khadija, whom he married at 25 while she was 40. While in his forties Mohammed took a retreat to Mount Hira for the month of Ramadan and it was then when he witnessed his first revelation from an angel called Gabriel, who told him to recite. Upon hearing the voice, Mohammed...