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Jesus and Mohammed
Jason R. Pauley
February 1, 2009
The story of Jesus’ birth is well known throughout the world, by people of most any religion. According to the New Testament, in the Gospel According to Luke, Mary became pregnant before confirming her marriage to Joseph, a descendant of king David of Israel. The Arch Angel Gabriel came to Mary announcing that she would carry the son of God, though she had never known a man sexually. In Luke, the angle said, “The Holy Ghost shall com upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” 1 We know, through Biblical scriptures, that he was born unto his stepfather Joseph and virgin mother Mary, in Bethlehem. It was this Davidic Decent that was a “qualification” of Messiah—though Matthew, Chapter 1, verses 1-161. He, according to his teachings, lived in Heaven before his physical birth, as he was the Son of God, part of the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
Upon his birth, there were many miraculous accounts, recognized as signs of the prophesized Lamb of God. Jesus of Nazareth, Son of Mary, was raised as a simple carpenter showing great wisdom and an exceptional example of righteous behavior. As his teachings grew follows, he proclaimed they were in accordance to the heavenly Father’s words. These teachings and demonstrations of miracles grew a fast following, inspiring the disciples to compose the writings that would later become the New Testament.
The life of Jesus inspired the traditions still present today. His baptism by John the Disciple is followed through today’s practice of being baptized to show a dedication to God and being cleansed of sin through Jesus Christ. The principle belief that Jesus can save sinners is based off of the biblical tales of Jesus’ temptations, though never sinned. He never married or begot...