Compare And Contrast Catholic Christianity And Islam

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Catholic Christianity vs. Islam’s Understanding of Jesus Christ Who is Jesus Christ? This is a universal question, which intrigues many people of different races, nationalities and religions. Jesus Christ is the central figure of Christianity, which makes him globally known because Christianity is the largest practicing religion in the world. Furthermore, the two most popular and universalizing world religions are Catholic Christianity and Islam because they have “beliefs and appropriateness that appeal to populations worldwide” (Wiley p.178). However, their beliefs regarding Jesus Christ, known to be “the Son of God,” differs greatly. So who exactly is Jesus Christ? Catholic Christianity believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, which makes him almighty, divine and eternal. In contrast, Islam teaches that Jesus is the prophet of God (Allah) and he is as pure as Allah, but he is not the Son of God. The teachings of Catholic Christianity and Islam regarding Jesus Christ differ greatly because Jesus is the Son of God in Catholic Christianity and only a prophet in the Islamic faith. As stated before, within Catholic Christianity, Jesus Christ is known to be the Son of God. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that, “The name "Jesus" signifies that the very name of God is present in the person of his Son, made man for the universal and definitive redemption from sins” (5). This proves that Jesus Christ is God himself in the form of his Son, who was born to save

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