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1. Introduction Overview Questions regarding relations between Christians and Muslims continue receiving extensive attention in the mass media and society in general. In particular, from questions concerning the nature of the God the two religions worship to the teachings of the two most prominent figures in the religions; Jesus Christ and Muhammad. Answers have repeatedly been diverging, with one side maintaining the answers should be confirmatory and the other passionately refuting this. Majority of the questions related to this matter are very vague and conflates diverse subjects in a way that is not helpful. Therefore, instead of attempting to answer directly whether Christians and Muslims serve a similar God, it is more significant to contemplate comparisons and dissimilarities in the beliefs of Christians and Muslims, as manifested through the teachings of Jesus and Muhammad, noting extents of both agreement and disagreement. As will be revealed in this study, there are some clear similarities between the beliefs of the two religions. However, there exist vital dissimilarities as well- dissimilarities that focus on the fundamentals of the Christian gospel and the teachings about Jesus as presented in the New Testament and the views of Islam about the same. What follows is a very concise and in-depth analysis of some features of Christianity and Islam, exploring on multiple substantial ideas at which the Christian gospel differs from what Islam conventionally has upheld. The study compares the teachings of Jesus Christ and those of Muhammad with an aim of understanding the differences between Christianity and Islam, especially in relation to how Jesus is perceived in the two religions. Background
In the context of Christian-Muslim relations, “Christology” is amongst the major contentious theological-doctrinal constructs that puts the two religions in diametrical opposition to each other. While amongst Christians it is alleged that Jesus is the “Son of God”, amongst Muslims he is alleged that he was just a “prophet of Allah”. Muslims have consistently rebutted this perspective of the Christians concerning Christology both in the Qur’an and the Hadiths as blasphemy. For a majority of the Christians, the Islamic view of Jesus Christ as a “prophet of Allah” is unorthodox and must be condemned. Subsequently, the contours of their relationships have been one of claim and counterclaim. Currently, dialogue between the two religious traditions has assisted to create honesty between them to some extent. Islam is no longer completely considered as a “Christian heresy”, but a religion in its own right. In spite of the Qur’anic refute of the Christian faith in Jesus Christ as the “Son of God”, there is expanding honesty between Christians and Muslims concerning the significance for dialogue as a way of creating mutual understanding between the two religions on Christology. These dialogues are a possibility since the Qur’an has its narratives concerning

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