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Compare and Contrast: Jesus and Mohammed

Compare and contrast the lives of Jesus and Mohammed in relation to each respective religion. Be sure to complete the following steps in your discussion:
a. Trace the lives of Jesus and Mohammed historically.
b. Compare what impact the death of each person had on his respective followers.
c. Describe the ways each individual was/is worshiped.
d. Explain how their messages are being carried out in the world today.

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Let's look closer at each section, which you can then draw on for your final copy. Briefly, the following questions can actually act as a tentative outline for your discussion. The discussion will have an Introduction (about 1/4 - 1/2 page, introduce the topic and a purpose statement e.g., the purpose of this paper is to compare and contrast the lives of Jesus and Mohammed...); the body (the questions in the order presented) and a conclusion (tying the main points together).

1. Compare and contrast the lives of Jesus and Mohammed in relation to each respective religion. Be sure to complete the following steps in your paper.
a. Trace the lives of Jesus and Mohammed historically

a. Jesus was born in Bethlehem, from the line of David Jesus' Davidic Descent: the Davidic Descent is seen as a Qualification for Being the Messiah; Jesus was Born of a Virgin e.g. Matthew and Luke (Luke 1:35; Matt 1:20), Jesus was pre-existence as the Messiah (Jesus lived in Heaven before He came to earth) The Son of God (Jesus says he is God e.g., Trinity); Jesus is the one Who Will Save His People From Their Sins.

- Jesus' Baptism by John (30?)
- Jesus' Temptations, but yet never sinned
- Began his ministry at 30 years old; (versus 12); considered a great teacher for 2 ½ years but also the Savior
- Crucified as preordained by God (at 33 years old); then God raised Jesus from the dead
(See more about Jesus' life at http://www.abu.nb.ca/Courses/NTIntro/LifeJ/IndexLife.htm and from a Roman Catholic perspective at http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/08377a.htm).

It is somewhat artificial to deal with Jesus as teacher, since Jesus teaches in the contexts of his activities as healer, exorcist, miracle worker, and of his eating with sinners. In addition, Jesus' views on the Law are in relation to those of the Pharisees outward worship, which Jesus calls hypocrites. Inward worshipping is better, according to Jesus.
Muhammad (c. 570-632) is a major figure in Islam. Muslims believe he was God's final prophet, to whom the Qur'an was revealed. Non-Muslims consider him to be the founder of Islam. According to traditional Muslim biographers, Muhammad was born (c. 570 in Mecca) and died (June 8, 632 in Medina) in the Hejaz region of present day Saudi Arabia. The name Muhammad means "the praised one" in Arabic, being a passive participle from the root "to praise". Within Islam, Muhammad is known as "The Prophet" and "The Messenger". The Qur'an (33:40) also refers to him as the "Seal of the Prophets." Thus, he lived almost twice as long as Jesus did.

Before his death in 632, Muhammad had established Islam as a social and political force and had unified most of Arabia. A few decades after his death, his successors had united all of Arabia under Islamic empire, and conquered Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Armenia, and much of North Africa. By 750, Islam had emerged as the spiritual counterpart to the two great monotheistic belief systems, Judaism and Christianity, and as the geopolitical successor to the Sassanid empire. The rest of North Africa had come under Muslim rule, as well as most of the Iberian Peninsula, much of Central Asia, and parts of South Asia (including Sind, in the Indus Valley). Under the Ghaznavids, in the tenth century, Islam was spread to the mainly Hindu principalities east of the Indus by conquering armies in what is now northern India. Even later, Islam expanded into much of Africa and Southeast Asia. Islam is now the faith of well over a billion people all over the globe, and is the second largest religion of ...

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This solution compares and contrasts the lives of Jesus and Mohammed in relation to each respective religion. Specifically, it traces the lives of Jesus and Mohammed historically, compares the impact that the death of each person had on his respective followers, describes the ways each individual was/is worshiped, and then explains how their messages are being carried out in the world today. This is all completed in about 2440 words and includes references throughout the solution.

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