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Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?

To listen to Nancy's answer recorded from Moody radio, click here

The answer to this question is absolutely no. The marking of all cults and all false religions deny the deity of Christ. The Christians believe in the Trinity, that is one being and three persons, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The Muslims believe in a false God by the name of Allah. They see Jesus as a prophet but not as God.

Allah means "the only god". Christian Arabs used the name, Allah, to refer to the God of Abraham, Moses, and Jacob. That can be a bit confusing, but, the holy book of Islam is the Qur'an, not the Bible. In the Qur'an, Allah is unknowable and uninterested in the daily lives of Muslims. He is their sovereign god that has the power to do good and evil and is unknowable and transcendent. He is the Lawgiver and punisher of the disobedient. He is capricious meaning that he is given to sudden sometimes irrational mood and unpredictable behavior changes.

Muslim Imams or teachers claim that Allah can be known through the 99 beautiful names. The Qur’an has 104 names of god, but the number 99 has a magical significance to Muslims. Many of the names of Allah are similar to the characteristics of God in the Bible. That is because Muhammad founded the religion in 610 AD, after the birth of Christ. However, there are attributes of the God of the Scriptures that are missing from the names of Allah. They are agape love, justice and mercy.

God in the Bible is Holy and does not create sin and evil. God is the Lawgiver, the just judge, the merciful, and the Redeemer. He is immutable, personal, faithful, truth, wise, good, loving, and faithful, all the time in everything he does.

John 10:30 "The Father and I are one."

John 17:21 "That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me."

John 1:18 "No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known."

1 John 5:12 "Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life."

It is interesting to note that in the Qur'an, there are verses from the New Testament about believing. Most believers in Allah deny this but the Suras support it:

Sura 57:27 "Then, in their wake, we filled them up with (others of) Our messengers: We sent after them Jesus the son of Mary, and bestowed on him the Gospel; and We ordained in the hearts of those who followed him Compassion and Mercy."

Sura 5:47 "Let the people of the Gospel judge by what Allah hath revealed therein. If any do fail to judge by (the light of) what Allah hath revealed, they are (no better than) those who rebel."

Today there are 2 billion Muslims in the world who need Jesus. We need to see them as human beings who were created in the image of God. We can pray for them and build friendships with those whom God puts in our path. They like to talk about their faith. We need to listen well and ask them questions that would cause them to think. Because the New Testament (Injil or Injeel) is one of their religious books, you might be able have a one on one study with a Muslim friend.

 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son" (John 3:16-18).

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