I recognize this thread seems to be addressing Christians only, so I would not like to barge in .... but I did notice some errors in the first reply here that I would like to address. Hey Postmaster, A couple of things I would like to correct here. Firstly, the Prophet was not rich. Even at the end of his life, after he was the ruler of all Arabia, he rejected material wealth of every kind. He owned, I think, one goat from which he and his familly used to derive milk. He even used to repair all his own clothes himself, instead of buying new material. He had no servants, as far as I know, and used to spend a good amount of time taking care of his household chores. Unlike the 'men of the house' these days... This piety by the way was not just present in the Prophet himself, but in his followers as well. Sadly however, it did not last past his own generation and the few that came afterwords. Also, on the point about killing, I would like to point out that while the Muslims were in Makkah, they were not allowed to fight-back. So much like Jesus and his followers in Israel, the Muslims were commanded to turn the other cheek, and exercise patience. Because at this time, the Muslims were persecuted, but usually, the persecutions were limited to torture, economic and social boycott etc.. It is true that some Muslims did indeed die of torture, and that the Prophet himself faced many ordeals of course, but nonetheless, God's command while the Muslims were in Makkah remained the same to them, as they had been with Jesus PBUH. *(In the Quran, God has said that His way with His prophets never changes).* There were only like 60 or something Muslims in the entire city at this point. The command to kill (in battle) came when Islam was the state religion of the Muslims in Medinah. And it is very crucial to understand why at his point the Muslims were allowed by God to defend themselves using force. We have to ask ourselves what made the situation different? Well, you would assume that the Muslims were more secure at this point in Medina then they were living under the rule of the Quraysh at Makka right? But this is not the case. When they migrated to Medinah and Islam was established as the state-religion, and it was not that the Makkans basically said "the gloves are off"... and made war on the Muslims. The basic difference between the two situations is that in Makkah, the Muslims faced torture (mostly) but their lives were safe. But now, they were facing genocide because if they lost the war... they would lose everything (including their lives). If they did not defend themselves, the Muslims would be put under the sword, and their new religion would be wiped off the map. Life is sacred. So the command to defend life, is also in line with Jesus (Peace Be Upon Him) teaching's as well, as far as I know. What is really important to understand here is that Jesus (PBUH), in his ministry, never reached this point. He was never the ruler of a city-state, nor were his followers citizens of their own city-state. Therefore, we can not use Jesus's (PBUH) life as a model of conduct for the Prophet Muhammed's (PBUH) and his followers in its entirety. The challenges faced by the Muslims were different in nature that the Jews who were following Jesus. While the Muslims faced the same threats as Jesus and his followers in Makkah, they were advised to follow the same commandments that Jesus PBUH had been told to follow. (interesting isn't it?) But when their situation changed, after they migrated to Medinah, God progressed their revelation to a point that Jesus (PBUH) had not reached during his ministry (i.e. as independent citizens of a free city-state facing genocide). Finally, at this point, the command to carry out war in defense was really a command to defend the new revelation. And since the Quran is the final revelation to mankind, it was imperative that this time, no force be allowed to do what had been done in the past i.e. mess with the words of God. This is why the Quran today is preserved in its original form. It is exactly the same today, as it was 1400 years ago.