Comparison Chart: Religious Views of Jesus


The importance of Jesus is officially recognized not only in traditional Christianity, but also by early Christian sects that were labeled "heresies" and modern Christian religious movements. Even some non-Christian religions such as Islam, the Baha'i Faith, and Cao Dai have official doctrines regarding Jesus. Jesus is also respected by many Buddhists, Hindus, some Jews, and even many atheists. The following chart compares the views of religious groups on who Jesus was and what he came to do.

 Jesus WasJesus' PurposeDivinity Of JesusResurrection Of Jesus
Arianism A divine being created by God the Father and inferior to God the Father. Son of God. Savior. To save humanity from sin. yes yes
Baha'i A "manifestation of God." Prophet. Superseded by Muhammad and Baha'u'llah. To reveal God's will as part of progressive revelation to humanity. no only spiritually
Buddhism Wise and enlightened man who taught similar things to the Buddha. To teach humanity wisdom and the way to enlightenment. no not addressed
Christadelphian Son of God but human, because mother was human Mary. Lived a sinless life and died sacrificial death. To show God's love for humanity and redeem humanity from sin. yes (half-man, half-God) yes
Christian Science Wise man especially attuned to the divine Christ. To teach humanity, heal, and overcome death. no yes
 Jesus WasJesus' PurposeDivinity Of JesusResurrection Of Jesus
Christianity Son of God. Savior. Messiah. Second person of the Trinity. Incarnation of God. Word of God. To die for the sins of humanity (atonement). yes ("fully God and fully man" in Nicene Creed) yes
Hinduism Incarnation of God akin to Krishna, or wise man. not addressed views vary not addressed
Islam True prophet sent by God, but message corrupted and superseded by Muhammad. Bring messages from God. no no
Judaism false prophet none no no
Unitarian Universalism Great teacher. Faith-healer. "Incarnation of God's love." To demonstrate God's love for humanity and teach about justice and compassion. no No official teaching; most do not believe physical resurrection.