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Ethics in Islam and Christianity: Looking to Muhammad or to Jesus
July 17, 2021
Updated July 20, 2021
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Both Islam and Christianity have systems of ethics that essentially answer the question "What ought or ought not to be done?"
The article What Ought or Ought Not to be Done? Ethics in Islam and Christianity shows that when it is all said and done, Muslims look to Muhammad for their ethical answers and Christians look to Jesus.
Curiously, both are said to be "the perfect example of conduct", but who actually is?
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I look to Jesus because he is familiar. I respect Muhammad and Islam too. I read whatever is clever. It’s all the same principle expressed in different ways.
I think people tend to have a misperception of who Jesus is. He was often a smart aleck, he kicked tables over, he talked back, he said to his mother “woman what does your concern have to do with me? John 2:11. He left to do his fathers work when he was 11 and scared his mother half to death. Jesus associated with the outcasts… he came for the chief priests…His first miracle was turning water into wine so people could party on 😂. 😳
Jesus was perfect…he showed love, he stayed loyal, he healed the sick and cured the blind, he gave people hope, he stuck up for others, he was the real deal. We have an unrealistic idea of what perfect is.
Muhammad was a man who his brethren could understand and relate to. Different people but Gods spirit was with them both. God works through people. If we reject the son, we reject the father. We are all Gods children. Muhammad did say Jesus was the greatest profit that ever lived and may peace be upon him. May peace be upon them both.
God ordains in all the churches. Jesus and Muhammad were servants of God. Comparing is apples to oranges …we are to let each remain in the state they were called. But I see nothing wrong with getting to know them both. You can never have too many good friends.
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