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Christianity versus Shia comparison chart
Edit this comparison chartChristianityShia
Place of worship Church, chapel, cathedral, basilica, home bible study, personal dwellings. Mosque, Imambarah or Ashurkhana, Eidgah
Use of statues and pictures In Catholic & Orthodox Churches. Not permitted
Clergy Priests, bishops, ministers, monks, and nuns. Imaam (divinely guided), Ayatollah, Mujtahid, Allamah, Maulana, Hojatoleslam, Sayed, Mollah (colloquial)
Offshoot religions Rastafarianism,Universalism, and Deism, and Masonry. Baha'i - a separate religion
Marriage A Holy Sacrament. Man may marry up to 4 women.
Original Language(s) Aramaic, Greek, and Latin. Arabic, Farsi
Holy Days Christmas (celebration of the birth of Jesus), Good Friday (death of Jesus), Sunday (day of rest), Easter (resurrection of Jesus), Lent (Catholicism), saints' feast days. Ashura, Eid al Fitr, Eid al Adha, Eid al ghadeer
Belief of God One God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. One God
Second coming of Jesus Affirmed. Affirmed
Birth of Jesus Virgin Birth, through God. Virgin Birth
imams identified as N/A. Divinely guided. Considered as the only legitimate interpreters of the Quran.
Death of Jesus Death by crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension to heaven. Will return. Denied. Jesus did not die on the cross, but his body went up to heaven.
View of other Abrahamic religions Judaism is regarded as a True religion but incomplete (without Gospel, and Messiah) Islam is regarded as a false religion, Christianity does not accept the Qur'an as true. Christianity and Judaism are "People of the Book."
Resurrection of Jesus Affirmed Denied. Jesus did not die on the cross. Jesus will come back down from heaven in the future.
Population Over a billion adherents worldwide. 200 million

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