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Compare and Contrast the Christian view of Man with the Islam’s Concept of Man

We cannot deny to the fact that we have come to different perspective view of man, what would be the origin, nature, purpose, structure etc. through this concern religion have a different view. The great examples of this are the Christian and Muslim view of man. Both of them have their own sources; in Islam they have the Qur’an whereas the Christian they have their Bible. Both sources speak out the origin of man but they have different approach in expressing it.

In Islam the origin of man express in two different ways, the far origin and the close origin. The far origin express that man comes from mud and Allah breathe him in order to have life. While close origin starts that man comes from the womb of the mother.

Regarding to the Christian view the creation of man expresses also in two different ways, the Yahwist and the Priestly account. In Yahwist account, man comes from the clay of the earth, God breathed into the nostrils of man the breath of life (Gen 2:7). The author says that man is made up of clay, which points man’s relation with creation and his being part of it, and the breath of God, which shows his relationship with God and which make superior to all creation.

Regarding to Priestly account, this is more organized. The work of creation was done in six days. Man therefore is the greatest of all creatures. He is created in the image and likeness of God (Gen 2:27-28). Man is put in charge of all creation. Man has to work to do; be fruitful, multiply, and subdue the earth and conquer it.

Hence, man is the highest creature. He is created in the image and likeness of God, and gifted with intellect and will. Man is made up of body and soul. Male and female are equal in dignity.

As for Islam man is an honored creature and endowed with faculty in order to distinguish and choose between good and evil. For them the gifted man has the ability to learn and acquire...
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