Some people sincerely believe Christians and Muslims worship the same God. They are sincerely wrong. There are distinct differences between Islam and Christianity.
In Islam, Allah (God) is utterly unknowable. To think in terms of a God who can be known and who desires a relationship with his creatures is actually considered blasphemous. Allah is a distant God who is to be feared. In place of relationship, there is only submission. Allah only reveals his will, not himself, hence the Muslim practice of ritual prayers. These memorized prayers are offered five times a day to appease a transcendent force with no personal interest in his creation.
Contrast that to the God of the Bible, who reveals himself, knocks at the door of our heart, and encourages us to enter into an ever-increasing relationship with him. He calls us his “friends” (John 15:15).
Islam requires a strict adherence to good works as a means to reach heaven. At birth people are considered sinless with unlimited spiritual potential if they faithfully adhere to the teachings of Allah, as reflected through the words of the prophet Mohammed. It’s good works that open the doors to one of the seven different levels of heaven. But there’s no advocate to intercede with Allah when one falls short of the level of good works required.
In Christianity, it’s only through the blood of Jesus Christ that we are in relationship with God and given the promise of eternal life. Good works spring out of that gift of relationship with God through Jesus, they aren’t the means to the relationship.
While Islam recognizes Jesus as a prophet, it rejects his divinity, and claims that Mohammed is actually the superior prophet from God. He is the one considered to have brought God’s final revelation. The Koran (3:59-60) says that Jesus was, like Adam, created from dust.
Contrast that with Jesus’ own claim that he is the only way to God (John 14:6) and that he and God the Father are one (John 10:30). Jesus’ divinity and reflection as the final revelation of God are central to what it means to follow him.
Truth doesn’t need to raise its voice. It speaks for itself. Below is a list of what Muslims believe and how they differ from Christians and sometimes Christians and Jews:
1. Muslims say Allah made a covenant with Abraham to give the Promised Land to Ishmael’s descendants, but Christians and Jews say Jehovah made a covenant with Abraham to give the Promised land to Isaac and his descendants forever.
2. Muslims say Jesus was created just like Adam, but Christians say Jesus was born of a virgin whose name is Mary.
3. Muslims say Jesus was a messenger of God, but Christians say Jesus is the Son of God.
4. Muslims say Judas Iscariot died on the cross, but Christians say Jesus died on the cross.
5. Muslims believe in a messiah called the Mahdi (whom I believe to be the coming Anti-Christ) but Christians say the Messiah is Jesus.
6. Muslims say the Messiah will be a descendant of Muhammad, but Christians and Jews say the Messiah will be a descendant of King David.
7. Muslims say the Messiah will reign on earth for seven years and die (again, this is why I believe the Islamic messiah is the Anti-Christ), but Christians say He will reign on earth for 1,000 years called the Millennial Reign of Peace and never die.
8. Muslims say the Messiah will conquer Israel, but Christians and Jews say the Messiah will rescue Israel.
9. Muslims believe in a great war at the end of the age called the Mother of All Battles, but Christians call it the Battle of Armageddon and Jews call it the Battle of All Battles.
There are too many differences in beliefs here for this to be of the same God. The politically correct crowd spew that “same god” nonsense to soothe the ears of the ignorant. The god of the Muslims and the God of the Christians and Jews are NOT the same!