Many believe that Judeo-Christianity and Islamic beliefs are highly differential. In fact, all stem from the same basic stories and ideologies as well as geographical location. Not only were all born in the herat of the Middle East but many of the tales told as part of their sacred morals and beliefs, overlap. For example the stories of creation of the world, heaven and hell, duty and prophetic end of world scenarios, while different in some key aspects are more often than not linked in deeper meaning and root.
Let's start at the beginning. In the beginning God created (Old Testament, Genesis 1). According to Christian ideology in the beginning there was a single all powerful being called God which created the world from nothing. The same is true for Islamic beliefs in which the supreme being Allah created the world. Both religions base their story of creation around the act of this god creating the earth as we know it and bending it to the will of humanity, ranked at the top of the food chain, in a matter of 6 days. This includes the creation of humanity itself. Also, prevelant in both narratives is the idea that the whole of creation was based around a specific set of guidelines, rules and patterns made by the creator.
[...] Judeo-Christianity and Islamic belief have a tale to answer that question as well. While not a direct narrative both give general accounts of what this afterlife is said to be like. The Christian belief is in a heaven and hell location in which the souls of the judged will go after God or Jesus determines whether they were dutiful and followed the defined moral codes of their faith. Islam believes in a Paradise that the believers and dutiful will gain access to after death. [...]
[...] As in many religions both Judeo-Christianity and Islam have more stories about how the world will end and humanity will burn, rather than the creation of such a wonderful place. These faiths center around the idea of a cataclysmic like event that will bring around not only the final judgement of every living soul on earth but also the final battle for the soul of humanity. In Christian beliefs the story centers around what we know as Armageddon in which the armies of God and Satan partake in the last battle on earth. [...]
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