Christianity & Islam
What We Do Not Believe as Christians
We are sharing what we do not believe first, because it is so important to the continued existence of ALL non-Muslims, not just Christians. There is a dangerous misconception, even within the Christian clergy that “we all serve the same God.”
We emphatically do not believe that Christianity and Islam serve the same God.
1. We do not believe in the defining statement of all of Islam:
“There is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is his messenger.”
When Muslims recite the Shahdah, they proclaim:
1. Allah is the only God, and that Mohammed is his prophet
2. They personally accept this to be true
3. They will obey all the commitments of Islam in their life
The Five Pillars of Islam consist of:
Shahadah: reciting the Muslim profession of faith with great sincerity
Salat: performing ritual prayers five times each day and in the proper way
Zakat: paying charity tax to benefit the poor and the needy
Sawm: fasting during the month of Ramadan
Hajj: pilgrimage to Mecca
On the outset, that looks all well and good, even comparable to Christianity, but look deeper . . .
2. We do not believe that Mohammed is a ¹“messenger to be obeyed well in all matters of faith” based on the biography of his life. (From the Sunnah)
Please do the research and compare Christian beliefs to Islamic beliefs. Muslims must profess to follow the example of Mohammed, and again, they are to “obey all the commitments of Islam in their lives.” These commitments involve what is stated in the Islamic political doctrine/system of the Koran, the Hadith (the traditions of Mohammed) and his biography, the Sira. But the “commitments” also involve taxation, hatred, torture and murder of any and all “Kafirs” or non-Muslims, because the doctrine of Islam itself states that only Muslims are worthy.
Again, all Muslims must follow the example of Mohammed. He committed great crimes of sexual and violent natures, and waged war against Jews and Christians, all of which you will NOT find at Wikipedia, but you will find within the Koran Hadith and Sira. (Example: ²”In Medina, Mohammed sat all day long beside his 12-year-old wife while they watched as the heads of 800 Jews were removed by sword.”)
Are you beginning to understand why Muslims can also be terrorists? And why so-called “moderate Muslims” say nothing and do nothing to counteract Islamic violence? Why is the media and our own government trying to hide this information as they demonize non-Muslims who try to share it?
What We Believe (as followers of Christ)
As Islam is a religion of works and commitments, Christianity is a religion of faith and forgiveness. For all of Christianity, the defining statement is as follows:
“For God so love the world that He gave His only begotten son so that whosoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life.” — John 3: 16
God’s “son” is Jesus, Emmanuel, whose name means “God with us.” He is the One predicted as the Savior of the world all throughout Old Testament to reconcile us back to our Creator, because it is impossible for humans to reach law-abiding, good-works-based perfection on this earth. We are a fallen, imperfect people by our own choice. The True God of love made a way to bring us back to our original perfection with Him.
In contrast, Mohammed lived from 570 AD to 632 AD and Muslims believe that ³Jesus was a “prophet” sent to predict the arrival of Mohammed, who would restore Islam, which Muslims believe is the original faith of Adam, Abraham, Moses and the “prophet” Jesus. Muslims believe it is a “hideous thing, whereby almost the heavens are torn, and the earth is split asunder and the mountains fall in ruins; That they ascribe unto the Most Merciful a son, when it is not suitable for (the Majesty of) the Most Merciful that He should take a son. There is none in the heavens and the earth but comes unto the Most Merciful as a slave.” (Quran 19:88-93))
¹Why Islam? http://www.whyislam.org/on-faith/faith/
²B. Warner, Center for the Study of Political Islam, The Life of Mohammed, The Sira, 2010, p. 5
³Islam Religion – Jesus in Islam http://www.islamreligion.com/articles /30/jesus-in-islam-part-2/
Pastors: Have you ever spoken to a Middle-Eastern Christian or a an ex-Muslim who has seen the True Light of God? Contact us using the form below. You and your congregation need to hear what these people have to say.