Course HUM 130
There are hundreds of thousands of religions all over the world. Some of them we know about and some of them we don’t. Usually, one thing that most religions have in common is a founder or the head figure of the religion that any particular religion revolves around. This one person is the teacher and everyone else is the follower. Two major religions that are still extremely active in today’s world are Christianity and Islam. These two religions are very similar in many ways, yet unique in their own right. One similarity is their belief in God, and one difference is who the messenger is. Christian’s believe it is Jesus, who is the son of God, and Islam’s believe it is Mohammad, who is the messenger of God. Throughout the course of this paper I will trace the lives of Jesus and Mohammad historically; compare the impact of the death of each person on his perspective religion; describe the ways each individual was and is worshiped; and explain how their messages are being carried out in the world today.
There are many different views on exactly when and where Jesus was born. Many believe that he was born in Bethlehem. The most common story and the one that I grew up hearing was that Jesus was the son of God, born to the Virgin Mary and the Holy Spirit. He was born in a small stable among the animals on what is now Christmas Day. It was said the Jesus was brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. This is now reenacted in churches everywhere at Christmastime. There really is not a lot of information about Jesus’ childhood. Jesus then reappears in the texts when he is thirty. It was said that Jesus when to be baptized by John. “He felt it improper to perform this ceremony for Jesus, whom Christians consider sinless, but Jesus insisted. How can this be interpreted? One explanation is that for Jesus, this became a ceremony of his consecration to God as the Messiah.”...