This topic was dicey and debatable in every regard and as such needed to be comprehensively explained leaving little or no room for doubt. Simple everyday register teaches us that a question demands an answer. And so, Overseer Peter Darlington was confident of the fact that Christians and Muslims do not worship the same God. He however did not downplay the complexity of the matter. The sermon was rife with Arabic references from the Quran, in order that we may grasp the heart of the matter and better appreciate it.
Our speaker set sail with some lines he was taught to tow as a young Muslim boy. According to him, he was taught to worship:
- The God who created Adam and Eve. (Surah 7:12-13 and 189).
- He that rescued Noah from the flood.(Surah 57:16)
- The God who helped Moses escape Egypt
- He who made Mary get pregnant with the word, which was the word from God. (Surah 19:20).
- He who sent Jesus into the world and helped his disciples overcome.(Surah 61:14)
- A God who is still sovereign today.
These beliefs confront us with the obvious question; “Is this not the same God in the Bible?” The answer might seem obvious and straightforward at first glance, but truth might elude our eyes if that is done.
The message from here on establishes the very obvious disparity that lies between the Muslim view of God and the Christian God.
- One very profound truth is captured in the BIBLICAL CONCEPT OF THE TRINITY. God revealed himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, with each person of the trinity being fully God. And so, if water exists as warm water, cold water, or water that has solidified, the base element still remains water and this water is fully functional in whatever state it may be. The trinity, the speaker asserted, is essential to the Christian faith, without which our salvation and sure escape from hell will not be assured.
Muslims however condemn the worship of the Trinity (Surah 5:73), with the Quran establishing the concept of monotheism in Islam, where emphasis is placed on the absolute oneness of Allah.
- Another difference between the Islamic God and the Christian God is His fatherhood. Christians see God as their father, yet the Quran emphatically debunks this truth. Allah, they say, cannot be a father (Surah 112:1-4). They are thus asked to rebuke Christians for calling God their father because humans are just things God has created.
Our speaker further enlightened us with some evidence from the Al Quran and Bible that Allah and the God of the Bible are not the same. They are captured under these sub topics:
- Lies from the Quran; The Torah and Gospel promises paradise to those who kill and are killed for the sake of Allah. But Bible tells us that those who live by the sword die by the sword. (Matthew 26:52)
- How non-believers ought to be treated; The Quran admonishes its people to take neither Jews nor Christians as friends and to wage war on infidels dealing with them firmly. (Surah 9:123). This should explain terrorist activity quite well. The Bible encourages Christians to love all including those who persecute them. (Matthew 6:44).
- Adultery; The Quran authorizes sex with slaves and those who are paid for sex. But Bible constantly echoes in our minds not to commit adultery.
- Wife Beating; Men ought to love their wives just as they love their bodies (Ephesians 5:28). Islam however supports wife beating. Disobedient wives ought to be beaten (Surah 4:34).
- Purification: Islam believes that outward purification (ablution) is a sure banker. The Bible establishes the truth that those whose hearts are pure are those that may stand in His Holy place. Purity thus transcends from the physical into the hearts of men. (Psalm 24:3-4).
- Muslims pray and face Kaaba, limiting God to a geographical space. But thanks be to God that regardless of a believer’s location, a spiritual relationship with God is guaranteed.
To compare the Allah to the God of the Christians is an error. There is more to be said but this much has been said. The difference between the two Deities is not only in their nature. But also, they are fundamentally incompatible.
GOD BLESS HIS WORD!