|Islam Is Not Like Christianity. It Is The Exact Opposite.|
Islam IS NOT Like Christianity. It IS the Exact Opposite.
As a Christian, you need to realize that Muslims are not evil people except in the sense that the entire human race is a fallen race and in the sense that there is not a just man upon Earth who does good and does not sin. Muslims are people whom God loves and God wants to redeem and bring to Himself through the blood of Christ.
Keep in mind the fact that Muslims profess to believe all the words of Jesus in the Bible. These are the words that are marked red in red-letter editions of the Bible. The following words may greatly help your Muslim friends. If you really care about your Muslim friends, then give them the words of Jesus. John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. John 14:6 Jesus saith to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh to the Father, but by me.
As a follower of Jesus Christ, you should know that the religion of Islam provides no way for Muslims to be certain that they can get to heaven. There is a doctrine that allows intercession, but only for a few thousand, and there is no way that a Muslim can be assured that they can reach heaven. Even if a Muslim were to perfectly fulfill all the demands of the Koran and the five pillars of Islam, there is no way that they can know for sure that they can go to heaven. For a Muslim, they get to heaven by works. Every Muslim, just as every other person, knows that he or she falls short of what is required.
As a follower of Jesus Christ, you should know that Allah is the standard Arabic word for God. When a Muslim speaks of Allah, he is simply speaking of God, but the Muslim's understanding of God is very different from the Christian understanding of God. You, as a Christian, do not believe that Mohammed is God's prophet, because so much of what Mohammed taught was contrary to the teachings of the Bible, especially to the teachings of apostles such as Paul. Keep in mind that the big difference is that the Muslim believes that Mohammed is God's prophet and the Muslim believes the teachings in the Koran, which you do not believe because they are contrary to the most important teachings of the Bible. Rather than focus on the obvious errors in the Koran, you, as a Christian, need to respond in a respectful way to Muslims. Be very careful that you respect your Bible. You can be assured that there are no errors in the Bible. Though the ungodly have been trying to find an error in the Bible, no one has been able to find a single error. There are many errors in theology and many errors in translations, but we do have the original text, and we know that there are no errors when we understand the entire Bible. So, respect your Bible--especially when talking with Muslims. When you talk to Muslims, focus on Christ and the deity of Christ and redemption that is available to them through Christ. Actually, the Koran does say that only God can bring things to life and then in other places it gives instances of Jesus bringing things to life, so that fact may help Muslims to understand.
As a follower of Jesus Christ, you should know that Islam is based in a righteousness that is generated from self, not a righteousness that is the free gift of God and only available through Jesus Christ. A follower of Islam seeks to be good enough to get into heaven. Muslims can never know whether or not they have been good enough. Christians can know that they are saved. All who have faith leading them into Jesus are born again. According to Islam, the only sure way for followers of Islam to be saved is to die as a martyr.
When you talk to Muslims, ask them if they have a way that they can be assured, 100%, of going to heaven when they die. Ask them how they can know for sure that they are going to heaven. This problem of lack of assurance is so severe that many Islamic clerics are teaching that Muslims can become martyrs and be assured of going to heaven if they will die while killing Christians or any other non-Muslims. To be sure, all clerics are not teaching this, but many are teaching it.
Besides not providing a means of salvation and reconciliation to the Father other than by human-generated "righteousness," there are several other differences. Islam seeks to establish control of the government and use the government to coerce and limit other religions. The Bible tells us of God who is love. The God of the Bible is peace and the only source of peace. The God of the Bible is in three persons. The Koran does speak of God in the plural sense just as the Bible does, but most Christians actually believe in the triune God of the Bible, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Bible does not teach Mary as being the third person of the trinity or teach that Mary was in any divine. The Bible teaches that the Father has made Christ wisdom to Christians and the wisdom consists of righteousness, holiness, and redemption. That is to say that wisdom, righteousness, holiness, and redemption are only available through Jesus. (1 Corinthians 1:30) The Bible tells us of God who has great mercy and concern for His people and longs to fellowship with His own people.
You may also want to listen to this video by Lee Strobel, Deborah Caldwell, Hesham Hassaballa, Ergun Caner on The God Of Islam versus the God Of The Bible. (Go) This page deals with the differences between the teachings of Christ and the teachings and writings of Islam. (Go)
Islam is not like Christianity.
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Last updated: Nov, 2011
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