Comparison of Christian and Muslim faiths

 

  And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cry and; saw how he died, he said, "Surely this man was the Son of God!" Mark 15 v39 - - Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him. - John 3 v 36 Who is the liar? It is the man that denies Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist - he denies the Father (God) and the Son (Jesus Christ). No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son (Jesus Christ) has the Father (God) also. - 1 John 2 v 22 -23. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. - 1 John 5 v 12. Salvation is found in no one else, (only Jesus Christ) for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.

 

 

Criteria

Christian faith

Muslim Faith

Key elements of Faith

  • One true and living eternal God, the Alpha and Omega (beginning and the end).
  • Revealed and experienced as the Trinity, Father, Son (Jesus Christ) and Holy Spirit.
  • Only one God, called Allah
    • The Quran asserts that Christians worship three Gods. God the Father, the Mother (Mary) and the Son (Jesus Christ).

    Key Figure

    • Jesus Christ (son of God)
    • approx 0 AD to 32 AD
    • Unmarried and remained a virgin up to death on a cross. No record of sexual relations because it simply didn't happen.
    • Jesus Christ is Critical to salvation
    • Muhammad (or Mohammed) 570 AD to 632 AD
    • Married 12 times (including his adopted son's wife, Zainab) who is claimed to be a child (Considered as incest in Arabia but a special case for the prophet, see Surah 33: 37-39).
    • The last in the line of prophets (which includes Jesus) and accepted as the final authority
    • Like the other prophets
    • Claimed by followers to be sinless.

    Current Position Today

    • Alive in Heaven and at the right hand of God. See Acts 7 v55
    • Mohammed died in 632 AD
    • Current location of Mohammed's spirit unknown but highly likely to be Hell because he denied Jesus Christ as his saviour.
    • Allah has the final decision.

    Understanding of Jesus Christ

    The Person

    • One divine eternal person
    • Two natures (Divine and Human)

    His work

    • Lived a sinless life
    • Supreme example of God's love for humans and His intended pattern of living. Jesus is God, reconciling the world to himself.

    The Person

    • A major prophet but not the Son of God

    ( see Suran 9 v30)

    His work

    • Lived a sinless life
    • Taught people the golden rule
    • Didn't die on the cross but taken into heaven by Allah (See Surah 4 v 157)
    • Muslims therefore don't acknowledge Jesus Christ died for their sins to allow a path back to God. Some also argue that Judas died in the place of Jesus Christ.

    Understanding of God

    • Creator
    • Almighty God is a God of LOVE

    (see John 3 v16)

    • Allah is a God who must be obeyed
    • No where in the Quran or in the Traditions of Islam is there any example of Allah's love for his creation. Ie Mankind, Men and Women

    Holy Spirit

    • Eternal member of Trinity
    • Holy Spirit is an ongoing Guide for the churches and Christians following return of Christ to Heaven in approx 30AD.
    • Angels understood are divine messengers. Many Muslims call the angel Gabriel (Jibril) the Holy Spirit because he brought the text of the Quran ( See Surah 2 v97)

    Holy Writings

    • Bible (Old and New Testaments)
    • Fully supported by Historical Documents ( Dead Sea Scrolls, etc )
    • Authoritative, unique, inspired by the Word of God
    • Guide and basis for faith and practice.
    • Quran (Koran)
    • A later revelation, supposedly superseding and correcting errors in the Bible. (See Surah 4:44)
    • The source of all certainly. The words and relevations of Allah can never be altered. (see Surah 6:34 and 10:64)

    Unfortunately there are numerous Faults and Errors in the Koran (Quran) including Historical errors, Various versions, unsubstantiated stories, Inherent Contradictions. Muslims such as Dr Zakir Naik who try to criticise the Bible deliberately distort and dishonestly misquote scripture to suit their own arguments. A Zakir quote "If Osama Bin Laden is terrorizing the enemies of Islam, I am with him. If he is terrorizing America, the biggest terrorist, then I am with him. Every Muslim should be a terrorist." Zakir, A sad individual who promotes violence and death, a core belief of Islam.

    Doctrine of Humanity

    • Created in God's image
    • Since Adam's fall, sin is inherent
    • All relationships damaged beyond human ability to repair
    • Created by God with ability to follow the will of Allah.

    Doctrine of Sin

    • Sin is wilful rebellion against God
    • Sin is caused by forgetfulness, human weakness and a spirit of rebellion, ( this has similarities to the Religious Duties as detailed in the Old Testament)

    Doctrine of Salvation

    • God's gift through Jesus Christ's death on a cross to pay the price for mankind's sin
    • Received by grace through a personal faith in the Jesus Christ (Son of God)
    • Assurance of Salvation through Christ. Praise God.
    • (See John 1 v12, Romans 10 v13, John 5 v24)
    • Achieved by submitting to the will of Allah and living a good life
    • Works Orientated Salvation based on rigidly following the five pillars of Islam. They are (1) Recitation of Islam's Creed " There is no God but Allah and mohammed is his prophet (2) Prayer 5 times a day (3) Practice of Alms giving (4) Fasting (the month of Ramadan) (5) Pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in your lifetime. Note Well Allah has the final decision on heaven or hell.
    • Therefore as a Muslim you have No Assurance of Salvation.

    Meeting Place

    • Church
    • Mosque (masjid in arabic)

    Life after Death

    Two Destinations

    • Eternal Communion with God ( Heaven )
    • Eternal Separation from God ( Hell )

     

    Two Destinations

    • Final Judgement with destination of paradise or hell

    Treatment of Enemies

    Love your Enemies

    • The second Commandment (see Matthew 19 v19, Mark 12 v31) "Love your neighbour as yourself"
    • Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you. (see Luke 6 v 27 )

    Koran teaches "Kill your Enemies"

    • Those that kill for the sake of Allah will enter Paradise (See Surah 3:157, 169 and 195)
    • Muslims are to fight the People of the Book (Christians and Jews) who do not believe in Mohammed's teaching and are not willing to pay tribute and be humiliated by Muslims (see Surah 9:29)

    Other Characteristics

    Treatment of other Faiths

    Christians in the main believe and agree that all man and women have a right to freedom of religious beliefs. This is why there is a multitude of faiths, cults and sects within the Western world including Muslims, Hindu, Buddists, Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses, etc.

    Christians have been criticised for the Crusades but this was a reaction against the spread of Islam by the Sword (the Ottoman Empire) across Europe in late 1,000s. This bloody action was horrific and brutal and not supported by Christians today.

    Generally Islam is intolerant of others beliefs certainly as the percentage of Muslims within a country increase, this intolerance and aggression to other faiths increases. A list Islamic Terror Groups follows:-
    Afghanistan (Mujahuddin and Taliban), Algeria (FIS and GIA), Egypt (Muslim Brotherhood), Iraq (Al Qaeda), Israel and Palestine (Amal, Hamas, Hezbollah), United Kingdom (Al-Muhajiroun), India & Pakistan (Harakat ul Ansar and HUA), Philippines (Abu Sayeff) and Indonesia (Laskar Jihad).

    In addition in the following Countries we see organised violence, discrimination and persecution against Christians. They are Lebanon, Sudan, Chechnya, Saudi Arabia, Southern Thailand, Bangladesh, Ambon, Aceh - Indonesia and now West Papua.

    Where there is bloodshed in these Countries you can almost guarantee militant Muslims have some involvement. In Indonesia, the Army work hand in hand with the militant Muslims and a bloody genocide against native Papuans in West Papua is now imminent. This is repeat of what happened in East Timor. Meanwhile the UN does nothing !

    In Bali there has now has been two serious bombings with the last 3 years killing over 200 innocent tourists.

    Individual Persecution on non-Muslims, torture, murder, destruction of private and publicly controlled property (churches), removal of rights to worship freely, removal of religious holidays, discrimination against non-Muslims are commonplace. (reference the current treatment of non-Muslims in Sudan, Indonesia and Pakistan. )

    A few examples of many: In Indonesia in the years 1965 to 1997 over 395 churches have been attacked by muslims. In October 2006, Pastor Irianto Kongkoli (General Secretary of the Christian Church of Central Sulawesi) was shot dead in Palu.

    In Sudan in April 1999 a Swiss human rights group, called Christian Solidarity International paid US$50 per head to free 1,783 slaves in Sudan. The Islamic Government in Khartoum received the money.

    In Saudi Arabia, between 1990 and 1993, 329 Christians were arrested, some were flogged.

    In Nigeria in 2006, 50 Nigerian Christians were murdered by irate Muslims as a result of cartoons of the "so called" prophet Mohammed in a Danish newspaper. An absolute sorry waste of precious lives by hot headed Muslims who don't value human life. In Jigawa State, Nigeria in Sept 2006 Islamic extremists went on the rampage. 2000 Nigerian Christians were left homeless, 80 christian businesses vandalised or burned, 6 people seriously injured and 14 churches destroyed. In Maiduguguri, Nigeria in October 2009 Islamic "Boko Haram" sect went on a killing rampage, 700 Christians were killed.

    In the Philippines, in June 2006 Pastor Mocsin Hasim and his daughter Mercilyn were shot dead in western Mindanao. Members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front are the suspected killers.

    In Iran during 2006, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad using his secret Police have applied intense violent pressure against Christians in Iran. Beatings, harassment, bashings and imprisonment against converted Muslims are common actions by the Islamic Government and now murder. Mr Ghorban Tourani was taken from his home in mid 2006 and murdered by Iranian Police. Then his blood drenched body was dumped at the front of his home within a few hours after being taken. This is same president who claims to be developing a peaceful nuclear industry that the United Nations, Israel and the US are so concerned about. There is strong evidence that Iran is funding Hezbollah's massive accumulation of missles that are proposed to be used against Israel.

    In Somalia, the country is ruled by warloads - Islamic Radicals. If you become a Christian in Somalia it means an almost instant death sentence.

    In Mumbai, India, in November 2008 171 Indians, Westerners and Jews were murdered by Islamic Radicals. Over 290 seriously injured. See photo below.

    Although horrific, this is not surprising because the Quran sees Christianity as a specific enemy of Islam. See Surah 4:17 and 5:14, 17, 72-73 and 75.

    (reference "Mosques and Miracles" book)

    Will violence by Muslims against Christians and Westerners continue across the world?. The answer is obvious , but the Lord Jesus is our strength and refuge in times of trouble..

    Treatment of Women (in accordance with Bible and Koran)

    Christian men called to love and respect and honour their wives. (see Ephesians 5 v25-28 and 1 Peter 3 v7)

    Women have a different role to men but equal under God. Equal rights on earth and heaven. Co heirs of God's love and gift - salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.

    The Lord Jesus held women in high regard throughout his ministry.

    Women generally treated as lesser importance as men. Emancipated throughout much of the Muslim world & treated as inferior. Eg. Young women in Afghanistan refused education when the Taliban Government ruled the country.

    Koran teaches that wives are for reproductive purposes and are likened to farmland. see Surah 2 v223.

    If wives are disobedient to their husbands they are to be beaten until they submit. see Surah 4 v34

    Courageous women who are prepared denounce the muslim faith as "backward" such as Ayaan Hirsi Ali receive Death threats.

     

     

    Reference material for this table have been drawn from the International Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention and the Book "Mosques and Miracles - Revealing Islam and God's Grace" by Stuart Robinson - City Harvest Publications. A truly excellent book.

    I consider it is key issue for all Christians to educate themselves about the Islamic religion. Islam will have a dramatic violent and aggressive affect on the free western world over the next 10 years and yet many Christians and non believers think nothing will change and consider Islam will not affect them..
    For those readers who still believe ISLAM is a religion of Peace, Please click the link below.

    Those who follow Islam have killed thousands of innocent people since September 11


    Christianity in Action verses Islam in GLASGOW
    An Airport worker tries to save the life of an Islamic Terrorist who moments before has tried to kill him and one hundred other innocent law abiding passengers. (Photo Source - Daily Mirror UK)


    The Religion of Peace - Islam in Action in Mumbai, India 27 November 2008
    Islamic Terrorists kill over 170 innocent law Indian citizens and Western visitors. In addition 294 are seriously injured. If not for the heroism of many Indian hotel staff and workers many more may have died. Islamic Terrorists engage in Senseless, mindless, hate motivated violence against people going about their normal lives. There is also evidence of premeditated torture against civilians and Jews. The God of the Bible hates the shedding of innocent blood and will judge those who commit, organise and inspire these horrendous crimes, such as Ayman Al-Zawahri. (Photo Source - www.thereligionofpeace.com)

    The Religion of Peace - Comment at Christmas 2010
    In Christmas 2010, Religion of Peace devotees have bombed a church in the Philippines, blown up 45 flood refugees waiting in line for Western food aid, plotted to bomb a Christmas tree lighting in Oregon and a recruitment center in Maryland, massacred 86 innocents in attacks on Nigerian churches, planned to poison American food buffets and implant bombs in human bodies, plotted the slaughter of civilians in Holland, London and a newspaper office in Denmark... and even set off the first suicide blast in Sweden, which was intended for Christmas shoppers.

    So when do we stop pretending that Islam is just another religion? and When is our over rated President Barack Obama going to stop grovelling to every muslim he can, as though we as US Citizens owe Muslims our allegience.



    God sent His Son the Lord Jesus Christ to die for all humankind including Buddhist, Hindu and Muslims. The Bible states that ALL human beings HAVE SINNED and fallen short of the glory of the God. "God is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." - 2 Peter 3 verse 9. AsktheBible.com considers Islam has satanic origins and having evil origins cannot be considered as a benign, peaceloving religion. The Bible calls all muslims to repent and follow the true and living God, the true and almighty God as described in the Holy Bible.
    Jesus Christ is the only entity that can save you from eternal punishment in hell. Mohammed was only a man. He is not a true because he does not reference Jesus Christ and he cannot save you from Hell. FACT!



    Praise God - Zakaria Botros leads thousands of muslims to Christ
    Zakaria Botros tells the truth about Muhummad and convinces thousands the Koran is false.




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