Islam Christianity the Distinctions Between Essay

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A punishment dealt herein concerns man's occupation of earth as a home, with God endowing it only a finite capacity to host mortal life. Again, the contrast between the implications to man's punishment for Original Sin in the two texts can be traced to the contrast in man's assumed composition. In the Hebrew Bible, God punished Eve and her offspring to a perpetuity of painful childbearing "and unto Adam He said: 'Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying: Thou shalt not eat of it; cursed is the ground for thy sake; in toil shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life." (Gen. 3:17)

The intricacies that differentiate the two texts offer a useful set of variations on a creation story that is highly associated with the evolution of monotheism and the two separate faiths. Particularly, the mutual centrality of the texts on man's role and purpose in the earth's creation and the heaven's sanctity illustrates the capacity of each to elucidate its pursuant culture's views on God's divine plan for humanity. Ultimately, as we consider two faiths that were clearly conceived on a common continuum, it becomes apparent that many of the variations in their cultures are degrees and interpretations of religious responsibility. To the greater areas of importance, these faiths prove to be more commonly affiliated and postured than their geopolitical relationship might suggest.

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Works Cited:

Achtemeier, P. (1980). Inspiration and Authority. Hendrickson Publishing.

Barrett, D.B. (2001). World Christian Encyclopedia. Oxford University Press.

Katz, J. (2001). The Prophet Mohammed. Eretz Yisroel.

Koran Text. (1997 edition). The Holy Qur'an. University of Virginia: Online Book

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