Most of us know about Jesus Christ and his life. Therefore, I will briefly cover Jesus in this paper. As for Muhammad, I will attempt to shed some light on the subject of this "Messenger of God". Perhaps a better understanding of this Islamic icon can be obtained and understood through this comparative essay. Both of these religious figures caused a renewal of faith and belief in the one and only God, or Allah as the Muslims know Him by.
Jesus Christ, son of God, was born to Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem, Israel. He was baptized by John the Baptist. When Jesus was baptized God called out from Heaven and declared "This is my beloved son". This signified that Jesus was the Messiah. Jesus had twelve companions oh his choosing. These were his disciples, also known as the apostles. They went with Jesus in his travels. In these travels, Jesus taught the masses about God through parables and sermons.
Jesus performed many miracles to prove that he was the son of God. He used his holy powers to overcome nature, disease and even death itself. He made believers out of many people that had witnessed the miracles. These miracles, along with his teachings, caused many to glorify God and believe that Jesus was truly the Messiah. The Messiah was foretold to be the savior of the world and the King of the Jews. Sadly, the Jewish leaders did not believe that Jesus was the Messiah. The Jews had Jesus arrested. He was nearly released by the Roman Governor Pilate but the Jews threatened to riot. Pilate gave in and sentenced Jesus to be crucified.
Delivering on the promise that he had made to his disciples, Jesus came back to life after he had died on the cross. As it is told in the Bible, He was sealed up in a guarded tomb. An angel came and scared the heck out of the guards and fled the scene. The disciples later went to the tomb to discover it empty. Jesus had died on the cross for the sins of humanity and had risen from the dead, thus again proving that...
...Smash Hit Musicals of the Past Century: JesusChrist Superstar
JesusChrist Superstar was a hit long before it became a musical. The musical was a rock opera concept recording produced as an album before it was staged on Broadway. It is based loosely on the Gospels’ story on the last week of Jesus Christ’s life showing the struggles between Judas and Jesus. The story follows Judas who is not please withJesus’ rise in popularity because Judas believes Jesus is just a man, not a God and that Jesus being a threat to the Roman Empire will bring trouble to Jesus, his followers and to Judas. Judas eventually ends up giving away the location of Jesus on a specific day helping the Roman soldiers find him and go forth to crucify him. The original production of the Broadway show was back in 1971. It was composed by the ever famous Andrew Lloyd Webber and the lyricist was Tim Rice. The show was directed by Tim O’Horgan and choreographed by Tom Stovall. The producer was Robert Stigwood. The original city for the performance was New York City at the Mark Hellinger Theatre. The original set designer is Robin Wagner and the original costume designer is Randy Barcelo. The four main characters were Mary Magdalene played by Yvonne Elliman, JesusChrist played by Jeff Fenholt, Judas played by Ben Vereen and...
Birds of the Devil
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov starts with a visit from the devil to Moscow. The devil takes many forms in the story and is known as the foreigner, the professor, Woland and the devil. The novel alternates between two settings; 1930’s Moscow and Jerusalem of Pontius Pilate. The devil and his entourage which consist of; a grotesquely dressed valet Koroviev, a mischievous, fast talking cat Behemoth, the fanged hit man Azazello, the pale-faced Abdonna, and the witch Hella, travel through Moscow causing as much trouble and chaos as possible. The Pontius Pilate story that is followed is that of Yeshua’s execution. The two stories are often interwoven with each other and Pontius Pilate is referenced multiple times during dialogue in the story of the devil in Moscow. The presence of swallows and sparrows in the book are very subtle but the birds are brought into the novel multiple times and are present in both, the story of Pontius Pilate, and the devil in Moscow. The swallow and sparrow symbolize the workings and presence of the devil.
“At that moment a swallow swiftly flitted into the colonnade, described a circle under the golden ceiling, swooped down, almost brushed the face of a bronze statue in a niche with its pointed wing, and disappeared behind the capital of a column. (28)”
This is the first time in The Master and Margarita that Mikhail Bulgakov introduces the readers to a swallow. The swallow happens to appear...
...he Most Holy Church of God in ChristJesus (Filipino: Kabanalbanalang Iglesia ng Dios kay Kristo Hesus), is an independent Christian denomination founded in the Philippines by Teofilo D. Ora in May 1922.
It has spread to areas including California, USA; Calgary, Canada and some Asian countries. The World Christian Encyclopedia estimates the church has a following of about 30,000.
1 Mission of the Church
2 Church History
3 Spiritual Nation
3.1 Church Anthem
3.2 Church Flag
4 Radio Programs
5 Church Choir
8 External links
Mission of the Church
To preach the gospel of the Kingdom of God or Kingdom of Heaven, to the whole world, all the nations, produce fruits, care for and insure the fruits last and become one holy nation, make ChristJesus their Lord, with hope and AGAPE in GOD.
The church was founded by Bishop Teofilo D. Ora in 1922. He, along with Avelino Santiago and Nicolas Perez, split off from the Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) in 1922. They initially called their church Iglesia Verdadera de Cristo Hesus (True Church of ChristJesus). However, following a religious doctrine controversy, Nicolas Perez split off from the group and registered an offshoot called Iglesia ng Dios kay Kristo Hesus, Haligi at Suhay ng Katotohanan (Church of God in Christ...
Fundamentalist Church of JesusChrist of Latter Day Saints
Fundamentalist Church of JesusChrist of Latter Day Saints
At first glance the Fundamentalist Church of JesusChrist of Latter Day Saints, commonly known as the FLDS Church, is simply a church. They have a different belief system than the mainstream LDS church, the most glaring difference being polygamy, but until the last 10-15 years it was not clear other issues that were being hidden behind closed doors in the communities in Hilldale, UT, Colorado City, AZ, neighboring border towns, which was the largest concentration of members of the religion, as well as small communities in Mexico and British Columbia, Canada. Church headquarters moved to Texas in recent years but the beliefs and activities have not.
The sect began in 1890 after polygamy was denounced by the traditional Church of JesusChrist of Latter-day Saints. They settled in small communities near the Utah-Arizona border. Essentially taking over communities, either by marring into existing families or chasing out settlers who did not believe as they did they soon had the towns almost entirely to themselves. Due to the illegal nature of the relationships they practiced, it became the habit of the secluding themselves from the rest of the world having very limited contact outside of the community and...
...The Church of JesusChrist of Latter Day Saints, otherwise known as the Mormon Church, is a well known large organization. With about thirteen million members, this Christian religion just keeps on growing. Mormons believe that the heavenly father (God) and JesusChrist lead the church through revelations given to the President or present day prophet. They also believe that a man named Joseph Smith translated a sacred book called the Book of Mormon. With a living day prophet and this extra book of scriptures, they believe that their church is the most correct one in the world today.
I was able to interview my wife and father in law regarding some questions I had about the religion. Following is the summary of my learning’s about the Mormon religion. I learned that Joseph Smith was the first president of the Church, which was also the first modern day prophet. As a young fourteen year old boy, Joseph Smith Jr. did not know which church he should join or which one was right. He then went into a grove near his home and prayed to know which church was the one that he should adhere to. The answer to his prayer was not one he was expecting. Heavenly father and JesusChrist showed themselves to Joseph and told him that none of the churches were right and that he shouldn’t join any of them. They also told him that he would be a part of a wonderful work that must be done. That work...
...End: A study of the cultural beliefs and rituals surrounding death and dying in The Church of JesusChrist of Latter-Day Saints
University of New England
Death Is Not The End: A study of the cultural beliefs and rituals surrounding death and dying in The Church of JesusChrist of Latter-Day Saints
Since the beginning of recorded history nothing has cast more fear, sadness, or uncertainty as death or dying. The Egyptians viewed death as a passageway to the next life. The ancient Jews had set rituals regarding the dead and the handling of the deceased prior to and during burial according to the Law of Moses. Early Christians viewed death with great fear and trepidation mostly because of a belief that God was a punishing or angry God not a loving God. The one theme each of these groups has in common is their belief in an afterlife. It is precisely because of this belief in the afterlife that these cultural groups perform certain rituals at death to prepare the body for burial. The same thing can be said about The Church of JesusChrist of Latter-Day Saints in regards to rituals at death to prepare the body for burial. The difference for Latter-Day Saints is their belief in a loving not an angry God, and because of this belief the preparation, care, and treatment of the body begins well before birth, and does not end at death.
The Church of Jesus...
...RELIGION ESSAY – MORMON
Origin and History of the Mormons
The Mormon religion was formed in April 1830 in upstate New York by 24 year old
Joseph Smith and five others. It was initially called the Church of Christ. Smith
dispatched missionaries to spread the message that a new dispensation was at hand,
that God had called a prophet and that the fullness of the Christian gospel was
contained in a new book of scripture The Book of Mormon.
By the end of 1830, around a hundred individuals had been Baptized in New York, and
a similar number in Ohio. This formative period of Mormonism came to a close when a
revelation directed church leaders to gather the entire body of converts in Kirtland, Ohio.
By May 1831 nearly all Mormons had left New York.
For most of the 1830s, missionary work remained concentrated near areas of Mormon
settlement in Ohio and Missouri as well as the states in between those two headquarter
sites and some parts of eastern Canada. In 1837, however, Joseph Smith sent a small
contingent of missionaries to Great Britain. Between 1837 and the early 1840s,
thousands of Britons joined the LDS Church, and most of them migrated to the LDS
stronghold at Nauvoo, Illinois. Smaller missionary operations began in French Polynesia
in 1843. After Joseph Smith's death in 1844, missions were established in Wales and
California. In the 1850s, after the Mormons arrived in Utah,...
...Excommunication In The Mormon Church
Kate Kelly, a feminist, civil rights activist and faithful member of The Church of JesusChrist of Latter Day saints, was recently notified that she might possibly be excommunicated, pending a trial in absentia. Ms. Kelly is being tried as an apostate, due to her vocal presence online and for begging the question- why can’t women have the same rights as men within the church? It is morally and ethically apprehensible to excommunicate a faithful and active member of the church, simply because the member is asking for growth, progress and equality.
Excommunication is considered the highest punishment that the Church can impose on its members. It consists of “…cutting the person off from the Church, so that he is no longer a member. Every blessing of the gospel is thereby lost, and unless the person repents and gains his church status again, he cannot be saved in the Celestial Kingdom.” (McConkie, 1979). Cause for excommunication includes apostasy, rebellion, cruelty to wives and children (just a hint of sexism), immorality, and “all crimes involving moral turpitude”. (McConkie, 1979).
The Mormon faith is known for several things- kindness, community, family, service, charity, sobriety, etc. But a closer look also shows blatant sexism, a history of racism, intolerance, antiquated world-views, corporate greed and an alarming amount of cognitive dissonance, avoidance issues and lasting psychological...