December 21, 2015
The God in Christianity and the God in the Muslim religion live for more than thousand years—one is wearing cross and the other one is having crescent moon—though claiming as one God in their own fashion and style but living in two different scenarios and camps of life since they have not only irreconcilable differences but also incompatible way of life that arise due to the nature of concepts, philosophy, time and place gap which do have their own political, cultural and historical contexts and characteristics, though they are differing, at times, thru delivering contesting understanding and interpretation that do lead to matter of controversy in relation to the idea and sense of God as they have given to date thru their own doctrines and principles’ of life which have demonstrated under system of governance they have established to date.
They live in creating not only conflict, and contradiction but also tolerance and understanding and harmony between followers and lovers of such religions, not only in such given religions, but also in all forms of and ways of life since their inception and to date and the gaps and space between such religions and followers of such given religions exist to date. Why?
If there is no differences in such Gods, not only in terms of understanding and interpretations of God but also by the very nature of the concepts and definition they derive of God, such differences, gaps, contradictions and conflict will not arise unless people are impelled by some other and different great purpose to unify such differing religions into one form and way of life. This is crystal clear. The desire and good wish to unify and make resemblance between such Gods is appreciated, which does not warranty the variations and gaps that do not exist in such Gods.
The first and major differences that exist between such Gods is on the very concept of God in which the God in Christianity believes in three features and aspect of God, the Son, the Holy Spirit, the Father in which Jesus Christ, the son is the core of the belief system, where as the God in Muslim religion state that God is unknowable reality, but God can be known thru His messengers such as Prophet Muhammad, who is the seal of the prophets and the apostle of God.
The second difference that exist between these two systems of religion is on the spiritual aspect which people employ in creating certain communion with God amongst one of the methods used as the instrumentality of fasting and praying although fasting and praying are generally recommended, in both aspects of religion, but the way and how, and when such things should be practiced is stated in the Islam in specific terms where as it exists in Christianity, such a thing exists in general.
The Muslim religion has specific dates and particular methods and approaches of prayers in which they pray five times a day, and they fast 30 days a year (month of Ramadan) where as in the God of Christianity, they are just asked to pray and fast, dates and periods of such prayer and fasting are not specifically determined, they go by the dictates of the heads of churches where followers respectively belong.
The third differences that exist between in Christianity and Muslim religion is the physical place or geographical place where spiritual, social and administrative centers locate and belong in which the Christians have different headquarters which they choose based on their given heads of Churches belong. Although all recommend to pay pilgrimage which they call the journey of the soul, the spiritual journey, but the pivot place which such practice is recommended vary as per the nature and characters of such religions due to the significance they attribute to such places.
Even if Jerusalem is attributed as holy place to Jew, Christians and Islam, the current practice state that Christians have their own such particular places especially as head quarters in administering the affairs of their respective followers within their domain, and such places are selected sites places be heads of churches, depending on the types of dogma and ideology which they practice since many denominations do exist and their way of life also differ as the doctrine in the denominations vary and the Muslims also have their own sites in relation to such spiritual and administrations pivot places too.
As written material state, the Orthodox Church is a communion comprising the fifteen separate autocephalous hierarchical churches that recognize each other as “canonical” Orthodox Christian churches. Each constituent church is self-governing; its highest-ranking bishop (a patriarch or archbishop) reports to no higher earthly authority … Western Orthodoxy is sometimes used to denominate what is technically a Vicariate within the Antiochian Orthodox and the Russian Orthodox Churches and thus a part of the Eastern Orthodox Church as that term is defined here.
The Catholic Christianity belongs in Vatican, the Protestant and other denominations of Christianity belongs in Western Europe and America where as in the case of Muslim religion, the spiritual social and administrative headquarters of the Sunni Muslim is located at Mecca, in Saudi Arabia where as the Shite Muslim population have their majority in Iraq and in Iran.
In relation to declaring one’s faith as Muslim, the belief in Islam religion states that in the religious practices of Muslims are enumerated in the Five Pillars of Islam, which, in addition to Shahadah, consist of daily prayers (Salat), fasting during the Islamic month of Ramadan (Sawm), almsgiving (Zakat), and the pilgrimage to Mecca (hajj) at least once in a lifetimes; where as in the Christianity, it is mostly stated that, to be a true Christian, a person must change— really change, shows that Christians must “repent” and walk a different way of life. After repentance, a Christian must also be baptized (immersed in water) by a servant of Jesus.
In relation to marriage, Muslim can marry up to four wives if one has just eyes although it recommends that one should marry only one wife indirectly since it is not possible to be just, where as in the Christianity religion it is clearly stated that one should marry one wife and vice versa to the woman accordingly; the way women should be dressed in Christianly religion is not specifically determined except statement that state that they should not be ridiculed of their dressing while the dressing style of women in the Muslim religion is particularly stated in way that most part of their given body should be covered up.
These are some of the basic difference that exist any given individual level, on their given social dynamics, the principles their given and respective institutions function and believe and on the very conceptual framework which such given forms and ways of such religions are founded upon. Although both practice and forms of religious vary, there are also certain similarities which they share something inn common since they are religion, they have founders, they claim that they are from God, they have prophecies and expectations, schism, within their followers and systems of religion and the like.
Therefore, it is not possible to claim that they worship same God, but they can live up to such major differences with understanding, tolerance, and forbearance since their basic teachings deliver their respective followers to be good person although the approaches and methods they employ is being different. This is like, in order to reach to certain point, one uses, train and the other one uses an airplane according to their give claim but from their given differences it sounds that they have different destinations which they might not realize.
Besides the above variations they have reflected, which are mentioned to indicate few given aspects of their system of life, the fowling few deviations and gaps both have in terms of understanding and interpretation of such given aspects of their way of life such as, the second person of the Trinity and born of the Virgin Mary. “…true God from true God”.. A prophet, sent by Allah and born of the Virgin Mary, but not divine.. to reconcile Man to God, through his death as a sacrifice for the sins of all mankind. ..in the Quran it s state that to proclaim the Injil, or gospel; this gospel has been corrupted over time by human additions and alterations……For our sake he was crucified…he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again…he ascended into heaven…”(Nicene Creed) Jesus was not crucified (Quran 4:157), but was raised to Heaven by Allah…
…Christians use the writings of the early church fathers and ecumenical councils, including the Creeds…. The Hadith, a collection of traditions/sayings of the Prophet Mohammed. The Hadith functions as a supplement to the Quran, giving guidance to Muslims for daily living… We inherit a sinful nature through our common ancestor Adam, who rebelled against God. Jesus Christ atoned for our sins through his death on the Cross … In Islam it is stated that there is no concept of original sin, nor vicarious atonement. All Humans are born sinless, but human weakness leads to sin. And in relation to salvation is achieved by the grace through faith in Jesus Christ … but in Islam it is achieved through good works, thus personal righteousness must outweigh personal sin.
However, one clearly and without even making single calculation and hesitation rejects the claim few people do in creating new form of religion to unify both since the new form of religion cannot escape from the misunderstanding of its own things, misinterpretations that cause schism in its own domain as both formerly do, and beyond such given factors, it also adds another confusion and contradictions due to the mysterious and unknowable aspect of God and none can ably claim authority and responsibility on behalf of the unknowable essence.
The most useful and important aspect of life in such given aspect and process of life is on choosing the mechanism that sounds safe, fast, secure and comfortable to travel and live with, which vary on the type of train or airplane which people choose to take on their given journey of life which is merely dependent upon choices, efforts and decisions they make in due course of time since life is a journey which people do by the tools and processes already underway.