March 20, 2018
-Updated May 8, 2020-
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The purpose of this article is to examine 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 Temporary 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 art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” (Isaiah 14:12-14)
“And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.” (Luke 10:18)
“Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” (Revelation 12:12)
The Bible states further that Satan to be the ruler of this world for the time being. This is why the current world contains so much evil. Satan 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, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.” (Luke 4:5-7)
“In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” (2 Corinthians 4:4)
“Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.” (John 18:36)
“Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.” (John 16:11)
“Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” (1 John 4:2-3)
“Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.” (John 14:30)
“Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince 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)
“That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;” (1 Timothy 6:14-15)
“These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.” (Revelation 17:14)
“And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords.” (Revelation 19:14-16)
This is extremely important because it shows that on Judgment Day, Jesus, the King of kings, will be Allah’s greatest enemy.
Satan, the Greatest Deceiver
God does not lie and does not encourage lying:
“And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.” (1 Samuel 15:29)
“And now, O Lord God, thou art that God, and thy words be true, and thou hast promised this goodness unto thy servant:” (2 Samuel 7:28)
“Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.” (Psalm 119:160)
“In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;” (Titus 1:2)
“That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:” (Hebrews 6:18)
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy 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 Corinthians 11:14). 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.” – (Quran 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.” (Quran 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;” (Quran 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.” (Quran 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 cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” (Revelation 12:9)
“And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever 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. Jesus said he is not of this world. 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 are 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 plethora of books, articles, debates, and websites about the topic. It became necessary to study the Quran, 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 Muhammad.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)
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 Saviour 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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