Originally published on March 20, 2018
Updated October 2019
By Molly Chan
The purpose of this article is to examine the gods of Christianity and Islam in order to shed some light on the beliefs of billions of people. To be fair, this is not going to study the violence that has been committed in the name of religion. Instead, it is necessary to discover the fundamentals of both religions by specifically examining the concept of God in Christianity and in Islam.
There are similarities between Islam and Christianity, such as the belief in one God, the belief in Jesus as the Messiah and His virgin birth, in the prophets, and that a judgment day will occur. There are also many differences that are found by comparison of the Scripture. We will see that these differences matter as far as telling us about whom is being worshiped by Christians and by Muslims.
God versus Allah: Why does the difference matter?
Religion is not what decides whether a person is good or evil. Some people are only culturally faithful and are certainly not evil people. Everyone must seek what is right, regardless of whom or what they believe in. It is therefore important to know the difference between good and evil in the deities that are worshiped the world over. Hopefully this will allow us all to better understand each other. We should know where people are coming from before inviting them into our homes.
All throughout our history there have been interlopers trying to masquerade as God in order to steal the hearts and minds of the deceived. This is why examining the Scripture is crucial to help people understand that the differences between God and Allah point to the fact that they don’t behave as the same entity at all. If this is true, then we are actually dealing with opponents who are vying for the hearts of the people. Therefore there is a need to compare the doctrines of who the ultimate deity is personally in order to illuminate similarities and differences.
It is important to note that many people in the Middle East and elsewhere refer to God as Allah. To clarify, this article refers to God as the Father of Jesus. The title “allah” was used in pre-Islamic times as a generic name for a god or leader, similar to how “lord” was used. So if someone uses Allah for God the Father of Jesus, then that would refer to the God of Christianity. Now we must look to the information we get from the religious texts to determine who is God and who is the opponent, Satan.
Satan is the Ruler of the World
Satan is cast down from heaven whenever he tries to become the Most High.
“To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. His throne extends over the heavens and the earth, and their preservation tries Him not. And He is the Most High, The Most Great.” (Quran 2:255)
“How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” (Isaiah 14:12-14)
“Jesus said, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.’” (Luke 10:18)
“Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!” (Revelation 12:12)
The Bible states further that Satan is the ruler of this world for the time being. He was able to offer the world to Jesus when he tried to tempt Him in the wilderness, and Jesus indicates that the current ruler of the world has no claim on Him.
“And the Devil, leading Him up into a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the Devil said to Him, “All this power I will give you, and the glory of them; for it has been delivered to me. And I give it to whomever I will. Therefore if you will worship me, all shall be yours.” (Luke 4:5 –7)
“And in their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:4)
“Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” (John 18:36)
“The ruler of this world is judged.” (John 16:11)
“By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.” (1 John 4:2-3)
“I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me,” (John 14:30)
“Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out.” (John 12:31)
Like Satan, Allah repeatedly calls himself the ruler or lord of this world.
“All praise is due to Allah, Lord of the worlds.” (Quran 1:2)
“Allah is the Lord of the worlds.” (Quran 10:37)
“Say, “Who is Lord of the heavens and earth?” Say, “Allah.” (Quran 13:16)
“And to Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth and whatever is between them. He creates what He wills, and Allah is over all things competent and to him is the final destination.” (Quran 5:17-18)
We see in our fallen world that Allah is attempting to influence people to turn them away from Jesus. Jesus is the example God sent to teach us how to live in peace and love, and to save us from sin and death. In this respect, we see that Allah is an opponent of God since he presents the example of someone other than Jesus.
Allah’s Worst Enemy on Judgment Day will be Jesus, the King of kings
“Allah’s Apostle said, “The most awful name in Allah’s sight on the Day of Resurrection, will be (that of) a man calling himself Malik Al-Amlak (the King of kings).” (Hadith 73:224)
“Keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords.” (1 Timothy 6:14-15)
“They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.” (Revelation 17:14, 19:14-16)
This is extremely important because it shows that on judgment day, Jesus will be Allah’s greatest enemy.
Satan, the Greatest Deceiver
God does not lie. He is very much opposed to lying and deception and does not encourage it.
“And also the Glory of Israel will not lie or have regret, for he is not a man, that he should have regret.” (1 Samuel 15:29)
“And now, O Lord God, you are God, and your words are true, and you have promised this good thing to your servant.” (2 Samuel 7:28)
“The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.” (Psalm 119:160)
“In hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began.” (Titus 1:2)
“So that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie.” (Hebrews 6:18)
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
“Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” (John 17:17)
Jesus called Satan the father of lies in John 8:44. He was the original liar in the Garden of Eden in Genesis 3:4, and is described by Paul as masquerading as an angel of light (2 Cor 1:14). It is also revealed in Revelation 12:9 that Satan is the deceiver of the whole world.
Similarly, we see that Allah calls himself the greatest of all deceivers and followers are permitted and even encouraged to lie. This is known as “Taqiya”.
“Allah is the greatest of all deceivers.” – (Qur’an 3:54, 8:30)
“Then did they feel secure from the plan of Allah? But no one feels secure from the plan of Allah except the losing people.” (Qur’an 7:99)
“Whoever disbelieves in Allah after his belief… except for one who is forced [to renounce his religion] while his heart is secure in faith. But those who [willingly]open their breasts to disbelief, upon them is wrath from Allah, and for them is a great punishment;” (Qur’an 16:106)
“Allah does not impose blame upon you for what is unintentional in your oaths, but He imposes blame upon you for what your hearts have earned. And Allah is Forgiving and Forbearing.” (Qur’an 2:225)
“Narrated Um Kulthum bint Uqba: That she heard Allah’s Apostle saying, “He who makes peace between the people by inventing good information or saying good things, is not a liar.” (Sahih Bukhari 49:857)
“if I tell you something between me and you (not a Hadith) then it was indeed a trick (i.e., I may say things just to cheat my enemy).” Sahih Bukhari 84:64)
“A liar is not one who tries to bring reconciliation amongst people and speaks good (in order to avert dispute), or he conveys good. Ibn Shihab said he did not hear that exemption was granted in anything what the people speak as lie but in three cases: in battle, for bringing reconciliation amongst persons and the narration of the words of the husband to his wife, and the narration of the words of a wife to her husband (in a twisted form in order to bring reconciliation between them).” (Sahih Muslim 32:6303)
Additionally, there are sections in Sharia Law that instruct people to lie in many circumstances, such as to manifest the standards of Islam, to settle disagreements, to gain sympathy, or if the truth is damaging to Islam. This is information taken directly from Reliance of the Traveler, which is a handbook for Sharia Law.
Now we see what happens to the greatest of all deceivers:
“And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.” (Revelation 12:9)
“…and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” (Revelation 20:10)
As we can see when we read the quotes from the Scriptures, God and Allah have different personalities. If Satan is the current ruler of the world, and Allah indicates that he is the current ruler, we must be dealing with the same entity. Also, if Allah is so accepting of deception, and God does not lie, then we are dealing with two different personalities. Therefore, it makes sense to conclude that the God of the Bible and the god of the Quran are not the same deity. Furthermore, the similarities between Allah and Satan lead us to conclude that they must actually be the same being.
This article was written after a document was found at a church outlining Muslim beliefs that was created by the local Islamic Society. The first point on the first page stated that Allah is the same God that Christians and Jews worship. It was astounding to find this in what was supposed to be a house of Christ!
Allah cannot be the same god that Christians worship, since Jesus is the only way to the true, ever-living God. Research led to a whole plethora of books, articles, debates, and websites about the topic. It became necessary to study the Qur’an, hadiths, and other Islamic documents like Reliance of the Traveler and compare them to the Bible. This led to the conclusions outlined above. The truth becomes even clearer when one also compares Jesus and Mohammad.
It is extremely important to note that this article is not about hatred for Muslims. It is about love for Muslims and hatred for Satan, who has them shackled. It is about helping to lead people to establish a personal relationship with the living God who will cherish them and forgive them for every mistake upon repentance. It is about not living in fear of death or hell. Every single person who accepts and abides in Jesus Christ as our Savior and the Son of God will have life everlasting. Jesus is waiting with His hand outstretched to bring peace, joy, and rest to every soul that seeks Him.
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