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What are Some Key Similarities between Christianity and Islam?

WHAT ARE SOME KEY SIMILARITIES BETWEEN CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM?

Submitter’s Note:
Craig is studying the teachings of different religions (to find ‘common ground’/principles/ and as he learns from his research, is sharing these notes in an attempt to ‘enlighten’ (himself and perhaps others) regarding ‘eternal and universal truths.’ These notes form part of Craig’s new novel set in the Middle East, titled ‘A New Dawn: Let the Journey Begin’. Hope this piece may be of interest to you too.
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INTRODUCTION

The issue of RELIGION throughout history of mankind and today evermore plays a vital part in many conflicts around the world. Religion is (and was) often blamed as the cause of the conflicts; whereas it is/was people misusing religion for their own ends (often taking particular and significant interpretations out of context) that have shaped societies and cultures. I truly believe it’s critically important to emphasize the common values shared by different religions to drastically reduce tensions around the globe. So that religion (and it’s beliefs) can be turned around from being part of the conflict to be part of the SOLUTION. Instead of focusing on the differences between people, in this ‘battle of ideas/ideologies” we should focus far more on what we have in common.

So what are the foundations, what is the frame-work of the respective beliefs?

Most religions of the world espouse (nice word, eh!) good moral values as a code of conduct: the virtues of passion for liberalism, tolerance, compassion, decency and generous ideals. However, there is a fundamental doctrinal incompatibility between the major faiths of Islam and Christianity (though together with the Jews, they worship the God of Abraham). These three major religions share the common truth of the Old Testament, having many prophets in common and consequently have many “shared values” that have shaped societies over the past two millennia.

Whilst there are some major differences between Islam and Christianity, from my research (fascinating and mainly online) some of the fundamental similarities in beliefs between these two main religions (as well as Judaism) are as follows:

“Whilst we can (and should) celebrate our differences, our unique cultures, let not our different beliefs set us apart as human beings, but rather let our shared humanity be what defines and unites us as common citizens of our planet.”
– me

“Peace. it does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. it means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.”

– author unknown

“Instead of the limits of borders (of countries and of our minds) let us and our leaders expand our sense of possibility… and together let’s look at building bridges to distant horizons, far and great. Lord, help us all lift our eyes a little higher.”
– craig
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What Each ONE of Us Can Learn From the Character and Life of Jesus

WHAT CAN EACH ONE OF US LEARN FROM THE CHARACTER AND LIFE OF JESUS
Here are some traits/points/characteristics on the “person”, that was/is Jesus that I’ve collected, as I’ve studied his life. No matter whether you believe or not (and no matter how “secularly” you may think), I hope these qualities may be helpful. Perhaps even inspirational to you too…
in your work and in your life.

THE CHARACTER OF JESUS

He was compassionate, humble, meek and mild…yet masculine, strong and bold. Definitely something many timid and “wimpish” members of the “churchy” fraternity don’t seem to follow that characteristic/trait (“stirrer” and no judging now please, c!).

He treated the poor with respect, children with love and tenderness, and accepted ALL the way they were. Jesus displayed the utmost integrity in his short life. He was pure, selfless, sinless with immeasurable mercy, love and grace.He always saw the best in people, calling (inviting) them to be the highest (best) they could become.

Jesus said: You shall know people by the fruit that they bear: fruits like compassion, justice, righteousness, forgiveness, reconciliation, peace and so on.”

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The unique character (and spirit) of Jesus:

“When our charm wears off, one needs character.”

Jesus’s:
* Compassion for his fellow man (and especially those in difficulty, facing hardships)
* Supreme Love for humanity
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The Hierarchy of Human Consciousness:Levels of Consciousness

HIERARCHY OF HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS February 19, 2013 from http://www.grandprixchampion.wordpress.com and http://www.sharefaith.wordpress.com The Hierarchy of Human Consciousness:Levels of Consciousness (like Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs) The Overlap between the Mind and Spirituality*: An Examination into Human Consciousness (or what we usually … Continue reading

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JESUS MEETS MUHAMMAD

JESUS MEETS MUHAMMAD

A NEW “BOOK”

Tags: Jesus, Muhammad, Muhammed, Islam, Jesus Christ, Islam, Christianity, religion, teachings

A “chance”meeting and consequent conversation and debate between these founders of great religions (and great and fascinating figures in history)… and the title of a new manuscript that is “writing itself”, my “secret task, a labour of love” in the year 2011
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