Hi guys I’m curious to get your views on this topic. Its part of a series of post I’m planning on this and other websites exploring the topic of religion. I suppose I should mention this topic is of particular interest to me as I have an Algerian Muslim mother and a British Christian farther. I personally had a secular upbringing but was taught to respect the beliefs of people of all faiths. Christian Belife Christianity teaches that Jesus (Isa) was the son of God (Allah) and Jesus sacrificed his life on the cross so that man kind could be forgiven for their sins. Although this may be something of an over simplification the core of the Christian beliefs about Jesus are thus... Mankind are flawed sinners who commit sin. To make up for the sins of man Jesus sacrificed himself, died, came back to life and then ascended to heaven. After Jesus sacrificed himself man would be forgiven for their sins by Allah and allowed into heaven but only if they accepted Jesus as their savior. Whether or not they live a good life is an irrelevance to being allowed into heaven. The only important factor is accepting Jesus as their saviour. Islamic Belief Under Islamic belief it is taught that in a sense Jesus is the son of God but only in sense that we are all the children of God. Jesus is consider one of the most important prophets after Abraham and Mohamed (ppuh) but it is consider blasphemous to worship Jesus as a deity as under Islamic belief there is only one God not the three Gods in one as we see with Christianity. Islam teaches that although Jesus was placed on the Cross by the Romans he ascended to Heaven beforehe died. Muslims believe this is due to that fact that God is all loving and all forgiving and so God will forgive mankind’s sins without the requirement for the blood sacrifice of one of his sons/prophets. Some Muslims believe Jesus is the Messiah and will one day return to save mankind. Under Islamic belief accepting Jesus as your savior is not the sole requirement for ascending to heaven. Islam teaches the most important thing is to have love in your heart for god and for your fellow man. What religion you are is irrelevant to God, all that matters is that you love. This is summed up by a particularly poignant quote from The Prophet (pbuh) in which he compares the path to God to climbing a mountain. The Prophet (pbuh) points out that the route we take up a mountain is irrelevant as the destination is ultimately the same. In a similar vein the path we take to God, namely our various religions, is irrelevant as ultimately our destination, to be one with God, is the same.