Axia College of University of Phoenix
Jesus and Mohammed are the central icons of two of the largest religions in the World: Christianity and Islam. Together, they have influenced the lives of more people in the last two thousand years than any other. Both are highly regarded figures amongst their followers. This paper will focus on comparing and contrasting the lives and influence they had on their respective religions. It will also trace their historic lives, compare the impact that each leader's death had on the religion, describe how each was and/or is worshipped, and explain how their teachings are being applied in the World today.
Jesus was born in Bethlehem sometime between 8 BC and 29 AD. Most Christians believe that Jesus was conceived divinely by the Virgin Mary, although she was married to Joseph the carpenter at the time. Not much is known about his early life except that he may have trained as a carpenter under his father in the small town of Nazareth (The Life of Jesus, 2004). According to the Gospels, Jesus was baptized when he was about 30 years old and then began his teachings that lasted between one to three years. The teachings were delivered through the use of parables (stories with metaphorical meanings) to large crowds in Galilee in Northern Israel and Perea in Western Jordan. He also recruited 12 close disciples to continue his work while he was away.
The Gospels depicted Jesus as performing a number of miracles including turning water into wine, walking on water, healing the sick, exorcising demons, and even raising a man from the dead (Jesus, 2006). Jesus was a preacher of the ideas of love, humility, forgiveness of sin, and realizing everlasting life in the kingdom of God. His teachings were very popular with most but they were considered subversive by Roman authorities and Jewish leaders. Ultimately, Jesus was arrested for blasphemy in that he claimed to be the Messiah. He... [continues]
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