by Jerry Branch

The Resurrection of Christ
Jerry Branch
I Corinthians 15: 3-26

Jesus and Mohammed have shaped the course of history and the destiny of men and women for over two millennia. Christianity and Islam are currently the largest religions with a following of 1.8 billion and 1 billion respectively. No other religion in the world comes close to achieving such numbers. These are the only two religions that have a global presence.

While some would point to the similarities of Jesus and Mohammed I want you to consider some differences. First of all they do not belong to the same period of history. Mohammed lived about 600 years after Jesus Christ. Jesus had no earthly father. Mohammed did. Jesus had no family of his own. Mohammed had a family with many wives and children.

The messages of both religious leaders are also quite different. Jesus taught people to conquer through love and by "turning the other cheek." According to Luke 22:52, Jesus' disciples started to fight against those that came to arrest Jesus; he stopped them and healed a man injured in the fight. The emphasis of Jesus is one of forgiveness, prayer, patience and love.

In contrast, the Quran as well as various Islamic teachings report that Mohammed was granted permission by Allah to wage war to protect religion and unite the people. This is the root of jihad or holy war ideology. Mohammed waged numerous wars, but constantly pardoned enemies so long as they agreed to convert to his religion.

Another stark difference is that Mohammed called himself a messenger from God, but Jesus declared that He was the Son of God. Even as a young boy his parents found him in the temple talking to the religious leaders of the day and stating to his earthly parents, "Did you not know that I must be about my Father's business?"

Mohammed died in the arms of one of his wives, Aisha, on June 8, 633 A.D. at age 63.
He was buried in Medina where millions of Muslims visit his tomb in Saudi Arabia every year. ...

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