On March 6, 1991 George Herbert Walker Bush, then President of the United States in a speech before the U.S. Congress, uttered the words "new world order". This revelation spoken by Bush created controversy and speculation. The occasion for the congressional address was to speak concerning the Persian Gulf War that expelled Saddam Hussein's Army from Kuwait. Bush said," Now, we can see a new world coming into view. A world in which there is the very real prospect of a new world order." Bush commented that the Gulf War was the first test to the new world. Implicit in the concept of New World Order is the thought of a united rule of political and religious life to come if the same does not exist today. Notwithstanding, since the March 6, 1991 speech, the current President George Walker Bush has made an equally astounding comment shortly after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack upon the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. The current President Bush is the 43rd President of the United States and his father George Herbert Walker Bush was the 41st President of the United States. The statement by President Bush (43) referred to the War on Terrorism as a "Crusade". Unfortunately the term Crusade has many historical social-political connotations that can be interpreted to be very negative.
The history that shrouds the question of religious wars and the conquering of the world, gives rise to much speculation concerning the explosiveness of the geo-politics of the 21st century. The benefit of studying our current political conflict and making an assessment of the potential for an all out war placing Christianity and Islam in a catastrophic conflict is a very real prospect and a fear of war spreading beyond the middle east into World War III. In a comparative study there are many differences in the philosophy of Christianity and Islam. Both of these religions have their beginnings in Judaism. Nonetheless, Christianity and Islam have many strong points of appeal to religious devotees. The ideas set forth by both religions have similar goals, but very strongly diverge, with differing concepts of God. The vast majority of people in the world adhere to some religious belief. On the other hand there is a group of people who do not subscribe to a religious ideology. Nonetheless, Christianity and Islam have many strong points of appeal to religious devotees. The ideas set forth by both religions have similar goals, but very strongly diverge, with differing concepts of God. A major problem, which flows from the interpretation of religious text, is agreement among believers, as to the meaning of the said text. In Christianity and Islam we have this problem. As a result, we observe numerous trends, sects, denominations, creeds, movements, revisions, and revivals of religion. In Christianity we have found its leading proponents have generally agreed upon a document called the Apostle's Creed as a general definitive statement of what Christians believe. In Islam the same defining statement finds its source coming from the Quran. From a starting point, we will quickly move to the theological and practical implications of Islamic and Christian beliefs. The following is a comparison of the aforementioned defining statements of what are the beliefs of Christianity & Islam respectively.
CHRISTIANITY (Apostle's Creed)ISLAM (Koran, sura 59:23-4)
"I believe in God Almighty, maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
Born of the virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, dead and buried,
He descended into hades:
The third day he rose again form the dead,
He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion...