Just a few points:
bhodisattva Defender of Justice wrote:
Jesus was the son of God. Mohammed was just a guy doing some preaching and prophet work. Not trashing Mohammed or Islam but i think if you were gonna compare Mohammed to someone in the bibe it would have to be one of the many prophets from the old testament.
It's a silly comparison though. From the Muslim point of view, Jesus is just another prophet. Thus, in the Koran
both are of similar importance (along with Moses, and all the other figures from the old testiment). You talk about the people in the Old Testiment as less important the Jesus, but that's because to christians Jesus is the centerpiece of "their book". Since the Koran is newer then the New Testament, Mohammed is of more importance in that book. It's a New-new Testament if you want to think of it that way. Muslims look on Jesus in exactly the same way you look at a figure like Ezekiel or Abraham or Moses. Important to earlier worshipers of god, but not as important as your prophet.
Remember, the OT is about God from the perspective of the Jews. The NT is an add on work by the Christians. Same god. They just add Jesus. The Koran is still the same god. They just add Muhammed.
As a matter of fact the Koran goes out of its way to state that Mohammed was just a man preaching Gods word. In the bible you got Jesus is a part of the holy trinity and more than man the son of god.
Actually, so does the New Testament. How often does Jesus correct his disciples when they refer to him as the "son of god", and he says he's just the "son of man"? On several ocasions Jesus rebuks those who try to attribute divinity to him. Jesus tried really hard to convince his followers that he was really just a man with a essage (ie: a prophet. although he doesn't even accept that title himself, just Rabi). Everything in the NT about Jesus being god commes after he dies and is made up by his followers. The concept of the trinity doesn't appear until centuries later. It is not in any of the gospels, I know. I'm reasonably sure it doesn't appear at all in the NT.
Both preached the word of god yes for there respective faiths but how each fits into the faith is vastly different.
Which would be great if this was a "Jesus vs Muhammed" thread. But it's not. God and Allah are exactly the same deity. Always have been. They're just two diffeent works for the same thing. Edited, Wed Jun 30 16:44:16 2004 by gbaji