Interesting comparison between Jesus and Muhammad

I enjoyed this article because it addresses the fact that throughout history religion has been used as an excuse for war. People have killed in the name of their God. Given this undisputed fact, how can we describe Christianity or Islam as a religion of peace? How do we decide if either or neither are inherently peaceful?

It turns out that the best way to judge a religion or political ideology is to look at both the words and the actions of the person who started the movement in the first place. If I start a religion and I tell my followers to never eat meat and I write my rules down for never eating meat and I myself never eat meat, then any follower who eats meat is therefore not a true follower. They have no right to call themselves a follower of my religion as they do not emulate my actions, my words or my rules.

Islam claims to be a religion of peace. Christianity also claims to be a religion of peace. Are both claims true or is only one of the two religions truly of peace?


Prophet Hazrat Muhammad Muhammad PBUH Quotes







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History is rife with people who claimed to be followers of Christ or Muhammad while killing and plundering. To safely determine which of the two – Christianity or Islam – is the true religion of peace, bypass the people who claim to be adherents of the two religions since their claims could and have often proven to be false. Instead, start with the words and the lives of the founders of the two religions.

Is Christianity a religion of peace?

Jesus preached peace and love for one’s enemies:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” (Matthew 5:43-44)

Did Jesus walk his talk?

According to the Bible and all other accounts of His life, including those by His detractors, He did. Jesus never hurt, maimed or killed anyone, and He certainly did not engage in war. For example, when a mob of Jews tried to crown Him king after witnessing Him perform a miracle and have Him lead an armed rebellion against the Romans, Jesus walked away from them:

“Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.” Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone.” (John 6:14-15)

Jesus’ pacifism is notable because Israel was under intense oppression by the occupying Romans army and because Jesus had the power to defeat the Romans by force. Instead, even when one of Jesus’ disciples used violence to defend Him from being captured to be crucified, Jesus chastised His disciple, condemned violence, and healed the victim:

“… Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him. And suddenly, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword, struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear. But Jesus said to him, “Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.” (Matthew 26:50-52)

“And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus answered and said, “Permit even this.” And He touched his ear and healed him.” (Luke 22:50-51)

And while Jesus rebuked those who denied their sins, He forgave everyone who admitted theirs, even those sinning without knowledge. For example, as He was being executed on the cross to pay the death penalty for the sins of those being saved, Jesus even forgave His executioners:

“And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” (Luke 23:33-34)

What about Muhammad?

While Jesus neither used nor owned a sword and warned those who did to, “Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword,” Muhammad gave names to his swords. For example, after expelling the Jewish tribe Qaynuqa from Medina in 624 AD, he gave the names, “Very Sharp,” “Pluck Out,” and “Death” to the three fine swords he took from them.

Did Muhammad use his swords?

Muhammad was born and raised in Mecca, a trading town. Since there wasn’t enough trading in his adopted farming town of Medina to feed his growing clan and since he didn’t know how to farm, Muhammad took to plundering passing caravans, and proved quite adept at it.

Emboldened by his successes, Muhammad then took to plundering towns and massacred the inhabitants of some to make others submit. He even massacred some of those who did submit. For example, when the Jews of Banu Qurayza surrendered to him in 627 AD after a 25 day siege, Muhammad had all of the approximately 900 bound male captives beheaded.

So when self-declared Christians kill and plunder, they are following neither the words nor the example set by Christ and therefore are not true Christians. But when Muslims kill and plunder, they are following the example and the words of Muhammad to “kill the infidels wherever you find them”

Christianity started and grew by the power of Christ’s truth and love. Islam started and grew by the fear of Muhammad’s sword. Christian martyrs give their lives to save others. Islamic martyrs end their lives to kill others , including for not being a Muslim

There are many peaceful verses in the Qur’an which are used as evidence to back up the view that Islam is a peaceful religion. On the other hand in the Old Testament of the Bible there are plenty of violent and barbaric verses.

The Qur’an is claimed to be a book containing the views and words of a single author, Muhammad. The Bible on the other hand is claimed to be a collection of chapters written by multiple authors at different times in history. The New Testament is set when Jesus was alive. Do these facts weaken the points made in the above article or strengthen them in your opinion?


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  • conwaycaptain

    Islam from its earliest days was spread by the sword. Christianity was spread by word of mouth UNTIL the Spanish invaded S America and then spread Christianity by the sword. This was wrong and was not the way Jesus preached.

    • Stuarts.burgers

      Maybe they were looking to their forebears the Moors and how they operated after invading a new country or colony

    • Bobb

      The crusaders didn’t do a lot of spreading the word by way of mouth. ;)

      • conwaycaptain

        They wernt trying to spread Christianity they were trying to retake the Holy Lands.

        • kenbeth

          i think Christianity changed when Constantine made it the religion of Rome for purely political ends.and control

  • peterwn

    Jesus used force on one occasion. He drove the money changers out of the temple. The money changers were part of the shake-down operated by the temple leaders.

    As for rules about not eating meat etc, These were early attempts at improving public health, and the Jews had a whole series of rules on this. While they seem misguided today, people tried to figure out ways to trying to stop becoming ill or prevent the spread of diseases.

    • conwaycaptain

      That is why the Jews and Muslims don’t eat pork or shell fish.
      Also there was a huge problem with drunkenness in Mecca and Medina and that is why Mohammed banned alcohol

    • kehua

      Pigs and hens are still the disposal unit for feaces and other waste in many primitiveand simple cultures.Shellfish are the bottom feeders and water purefiers of the equivilent waste that filters down to the ocean floor or is delivered to shorelines etc by currents. It makes sense hence the banning of shellfish harvesting near efffluent outlets etc.

  • Muffin

    this is like arguing that the tooth fairy is more generous than the easter bunny! and as long as Islam has an element of political control then it shouldnt be classed as a religion and afforded societies protections.

    • sandalwood789

      “…it shouldnt be classed as a religion…”

      That’s right.
      I posted a proof that Islam is an ideology a few weeks ago. Here it is again –

      Proof 1 – see here –

      The above site has statistics and the supporting data.
      If you look at the link “Amount of text devoted to the Kafir” (non-Muslims,i.e. us) you see that 64% of the Quran text is about us (and 51% of the overall trilogy (Quran, Sira, hadith).
      No so-called religion can devote half of its texts to those *outside* it and still call itself a “religion”.

      Proof 2 – Islam covers a huge number of areas of everyday life, none of which come under the aegis of “religion”.
      Inheritance law, for example.
      Islamic jurisprudence is called “fiqh” and covers the following categories –
      Criminal law
      Economic law
      Etiquette law
      Hygienical law
      Inheritance law
      Marital law
      Military law
      Political law
      Theological law

      This shows very clearly that “religion” is but a very small part of Islam.

      Proof 3 – The Quran itself implores Muslims 91 times to follow the example of Mohammad – an ordinary person. Not only that, there is the Sira (his biography) and the hadiths as well. All of this is evidence of the very strong *cultish* nature of Islam.
      Ali Sina (a well-known ex-Muslim and the creator of the Islam-critical site has this excellent op-ed – “Islam – cult or religion?” –

  • JustanObserver

    None of us were there, none of us were present during the earliest teachings or read the first accounts.
    We all read versions and accounts 32,000 times removed of both sides of this debate.
    How can we know what were the original intents, we can’t.
    Today, Radical Islam is Evil to western ideologies.
    Today, Radical Christianity would be Evil to today’s ideologies.
    I don’t want radical religion here is all I can say.

    • J Subz

      What exactly IS “radical Christianity”?

      • I.M Bach

        Lord only knows.

  • Friel Lane

    The Bible: “Love your enemies, pray FOR those who persecute you…” The Koran: “Kill your enemies…”

  • BR

    Christianity and Islam are diametric opposites.

    One declares that you should die for your god as a martyr.

    The other one has God sending his son to die for you.


  • Luis Cannon

    Regardless of what religion you follow there are in my opinion four factors that it must satisfy. 1)Love, in its widest sense. 2)Fun, allow people to interact with joy. 3)Encourage people to be happy without impinging on the happiness of others. 4)Equality. In this regard the scourge of Islam is a massive fail.

  • Rod

    Good article, but I have problems with the pacifist connotations of Christianity. If Christian countries followed them to the letter, we would have prayed for Adolf Hitler and his regime, but done nothing to stop him. Today a true Christian living by the doctrine outlined above would pray for the members of ISIS, but once again do nothing to stop them. Similarly, muslim terrorists should be allowed to walk free, “for they know not what they do”. Reasonable or not?

    • Nige.

      I think that is exactly the reason why they are getting a foothold. They are using our own rules (western laws it seems were based on christian values) to defeat us.

    • J Subz

      The old testament contains plenty of instances where war is permitted if absolutely necessary. War is okay if it is just and necessary.

  • Nige.

    Surely the goal of every man be them athiest or religious, is to be happy in oneself and raise a healthy family.

    Which religion does that fit in to?

    • oldmanNZ


      • Vera Fayed

        Buddhism isn’t a religion and doesn’t profess to be. It is a way of living the purpose of which is the experience of oneness with “that which is” by freeing oneself from the slavery of the conditioned mind.

        • oldmanNZ

          That is debatable, they have temples and monks. Depends on one definition of religion.

          Put it this way, let a school teach bhuddasim like teaching yoga… See what will happen.

          • Phoenician

            I’ve never heard of Buddhists who have differing views on the way things should be done go to war with each other, or even suggest violence, in a “religion” older than Islam or Christianity. So it doesn’t sound like any “God (or Allah) fearing religion to me! I know who I’d rather have as neighbours.

          • Old Man, Torbay.

            I upvoted Vera in that Buddhism is a way of living. I however also agree with you that it is a religion.

          • Zeal23

            Has to be a religion, they are prepared to prosecute in its name, even a petty incident.See….

      • PharmaBloke

        For a sl broader view, Jesus summed it up as being to love God with all you are and to love your neighbour as yourself.

        IMHO, that flows from individuals grasping, being shown, or led to ” know ” just how much God loves them first . The rest flows, if that first bit truly registers…… And the story Jesus told to illustrate whom ones neighbour is was the Good Samaritan – a radical challenge to those who first heard it and to those with ears to hear


  • nudgy

    All religions are based on the the theory of divide and rule. They subjugate and exploit the superstitious masses by putting them in fear of the many forms and shapes of God they each claim exist.They are all as bad as each other.

    • OneTrack

      No, they are demonstrably not.

  • oldmanNZ

    What i find uneasy is that, people are letting a thousand year old book, dictate how there lives shoukd be.
    Either bible or koran was written by some people, as, i think, a guidance for society.
    Society has changed in the thousands of years, and we have new laws.
    If a book says i cannot eat bacon or work on a sunday, but leagally, i can. Who am i to follow?

    Accordingly, i am now a infidel, some of these people are making death threats.
    Society in nz does not permits this, but is permitted by the book. Perhaps its time to call the police on hate crime and threats.

    • Vaughan Rivett

      The bible can be followed and applied to the modern day. It is the moral guide/compass for society and that is why we have many basic laws based on the likes of the 10 Commandments.

      The key thing is to understand what was relevant at the time a book of the bible was written as opposed to what is happening in society today. Take the book of Leviticus as an example. When it comes to the likes of someone having a skin infection, they were to be sent out of the camp as they were unclean. They were expected to dress a certain way (in torn rags) and to announce that they were unclean when being approached. When you think about this a bit deeper, this was a way to prevent the spread of disease. We know it as quarantine and see extreme examples in the outbreak of Ebola. Today, most infectious diseases can be contained or treated with the mortality rate being a lot lower.

      When reading the bible, it is important to learn the lessons from the times but to also work out how we apply those lessons to our lives in our modern day society. There is no verse or chapter in the bible that can stand on its own, the bible needs to be understood as a whole.

  • BJ

    Its high time these religious books were updated for the times we now live in. People that follow original religious teaching verbatim are like grownups still following their parents rules of living without ever questioning if its true or rational, thus emancipation will never be attained.

    • sandalwood789

      “Its high time these religious books were updated….”

      It sounds like a good idea.

      The only problem is – Muslims regard the Quran as being “perfect”.
      After all, it’s “the word of Allah” according to them.
      Therefore, any effort to try to update their “perfect book” won’t get off the ground.

  • I.M Bach

    Is there really such a thing as a religion of peace? They all cause some trouble, somewhere at some time. (Except maybe Buddhism.)

  • intelligentes candida diva

    There is a difference between having a:
    Godly or spiritual faith with free will within a religion and
    Religion without free will.

    The former is the strength within oneself to live by the prescribed religions scriptures or quotes in ways that enhances the life of oneself as well and when possible others.
    The latter holds fast to rigid rituals and the implementation of them without regard for others free will to choose.

    Religious radicals or some of those “lone wolves” may have faith but their actions are dominated by rigid rituals and agendas using their religious scriptures/quotes to justify their actions.
    e.g. A christian who shoots a person who performs abortion in the name of God is no better than the Paris murderers, to me they are the same ilk.

    Another point of difference The Bible does not ignore the need to defend and there is a big difference between strategic fighting to defend than an unprovoked attacked.

  • AndrewML

    The Bible is written by God the koran by Muhammad. A great place to start your study to prove this fact is the following book by E W Bullinger (1837 1913) It can be downloaded in PDF format see.
    He also debunked some of christianity’s most well held myths of today, well worth the time to explore his many other writings.

    • Sailor Sam

      The Bible was not written by god, it is a collection of writings depicting historical events (old testamentas written by ancient scholars) and the writings of disciples of Jesus (people, not god).
      There are enough statements in the Bible that are contradictory and prove that there is no single god.
      There is plenty of evidence also that Jesus was not teh ‘son of god”.

      • AndrewML

        Well you haven’t had time to read the book I put a link to, so until you do read all of it and come back with arguments that show its just coincidence then I will stick to my view.

  • labourmustbeliquidated

    Muhammad was a pedophile and murderer. There’s your prophet of the religion of peace. Furthermore, the Koran (not a collection of books by many different writers as the Bible is, but completely written by Muhammad) encourages Muslims to lie to non-muslims if it advances the cause of Islam. The media will just take all this stuff at face value, because their liberal world view and indoctrinated moral equivalence tells them that all religions are the same and they are completely ignorant of Islam and history. Even a cursory study of Islams history reveals that it has always been spread by brutal persecution of non-muslims, murder, torture and rape.

  • Mayan

    A point about the “violent and barbaric verses” of the Tanakh/Old Testament: they are presented as accounts of what happened, not as instructions.

    Islam is different because much of its violence is in the form of open-ended encouragements to kill, rape, pillage and plunder. The difference is profound.

  • Adios Africa

    Robert Redeker – writer from Le Figaro. On 19 September 2006, a few days
    before the Islamic month of Ramadan, he wrote an opinion piece for Le Figaro, a French secular and conservative newspaper,which quickly removed the article from its public database. In it, he attacked Islam and Muhammad, writing: “Pitiless war leader, pillager, butcher of Jews and polygamous, this is how Mohammed is revealed by the Koran.” He called the Qur’an “a book of incredible violence”,
    adding: “Jesus is a master of love, Muhammad a master of hate”.

    That day’s issue of Le Figaro was banned in Egypt and Tunisia. Afterwards, Redeker received various death threats originating from one Islamist website (where he was sentenced to death; they posted his address and a photograph of his home). He requested and was given police protection.

    Redeker wrote: ” The exaltation of iolence; a merciless war chief, plunderer, slaughterer of Jews and a polygamist, such is the man revealed through the Koran… Turning to Mahomet, by contradiction, reinforces hate and violence. The stoning of Satan, each year at Mecca, is not just a superstitious phenomenon. It not only sets the scene for a rabble flirting with barbarity. Its scope is anthropological. Here in effect is a rite, which each Muslim is invited to submit himself to, emphasizing violence as a sacred duty in the heart of the believer. This stoning, annually accompanied with deaths by trampling of the faithful, nurtures archaic violence. Instead of getting rid of this archaic violence… Islam builds a nest for this violence, where it can grow in the warmth… Islam is a religion which, even in its sacred text, as well as in its banal rites, exalts violence and hate… Hate and violence inhabit the book with which each Muslims educated, the Koran.”

  • Edward Bufe

    My father was a minster of the Christian faith, what he taught I will always try to emulate even though I am not a practising Christian myself. I try to emulate the goodness of the deeds he taught me and not the dogma that some of the professing christians teach. Do unto others which you wish to be done unto you, to me that is what the bible is in a nut shell

  • Eiselmann

    I have brutally harsh views on what should be done with gangs , as a Christian that need to purge our society of these people is my biggest struggle, I know first hand what these gangs do to other people. My saviour is a true man of peace he would have prayed for Gang Members to turn their lives around and so that’s what I do….
    Now if I was a Muslim…..what constraint is there on me? My childhood experiences (and even many as an adult) would demand vengeance and my faith would justify that vengeance
    Again I write this(at risk of it becoming my mantra)
    I am a Christian and I will die for my religion
    I am a Jew and I will die for my religion
    I am a Muslim and you will die for my religion.

    • Cowgirl

      I think Jesus would pray for them, but also give them a stern talking to. He might give them a dose of tough love, but the difference is, it would still be love and come from that place.

  • Vera Fayed

    It is well past time that mainstream Islam, (if there is such a thing), issued a clear and unequivocal statement condemning the current jihad. Should this not happen, a time is fast approaching when these lunatics will perpetrate an act so horrific that it precipitates the Armageddon of Revelations. Armageddon is a place, (appropriately in the Middle East) where the final showdown takes place. It would not end well for Islam.

    The fire breathing beasts of John’s prophecies will be modern war machines, and I’ll back the side who has the biggest and the best.

  • Don’t Stop Me Now

    I agree with everyone else, very interesting comparison. The article though does choose to leave out passages of The Bible showing Jesus having a temper: Mark 11:15-16 – “On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchendise through the temple courts.”

    I’m not saying that just because of this one religion is more peaceful than the other, just pointing it out.

    On a side note, Jesus also showed disrespect to hs mother. “On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”

    I know I would have got a clip round the ear for speaking to my mother like that, and my kids definetely get a clip if I hear them speaking this way.

    • spanishbride

      He gave her lip but went ahead and turned the water into wine didn’t he? LOL

      • Don’t Stop Me Now

        Yes he did, probably only because his mother asked for it. If I was the father, or foster father as Joseph was, he would have been given a clip round the ear for back chatting his mother.

  • Cowgirl

    This is what I’ve been thinking for a while and I think explains the lack of outrage on the part of muslims when someone commits an atrocity in the name of islam. It has been noted before that if someone did something horrendous in the name of Jesus Christ, it would anger and outrage Christians, and be relatively easy to disprove a connection between Christianity and the perpetrators. Such an act would fly in the face of everything the world knows Jesus Christ stood for. This is why I think – for the most part – people like the Westboro fools and abortion doctor murderers are mocked and shunned by the wider Christian community. There is no place for this sort of hatred and violence in Christ’s teachings and everyone knows it.

    It’s not so easy for muslims to do the same when intolerance, violence, theft, slavery and other such acts are the credo by which muhammed lived his life, and their main religious text has never been revised to reflect differently.

  • Matt Pearce

    The difference between jihad and the crusades, for anyone comparing the two

  • sandalwood789

    “There are many peaceful verses in the Qur’an…”

    Only problem is – *none* of them apply to non-Muslims any more.

  • paul468

    I think that strengthens the points. Muhammad being the person who wrote the Koran means they were definitely his words and he was telling people what to think. Jesus shows that his thoughts and ideas about how to live your life were seen by others as of value and therefore he was not telling you anything, he was showing you the way to live. Interesting that you had a graphic with the words “I, the Son of Man” being what Jesus called himself. He never said He was the Son of God and certainly wouldn’t like to be made King. He was all about helping others and distributing what you had to others less fortunate. As I understand it, Son of Man means just another person like you or me. That sort of says it all about the person. There’s an excellent book called ” Zealot: The life and times of Jesus of Nazareth” by Reza Azlan. Well worth a read IMHO.