The Gospel According to Islam

This (Pulpit Magazine » Blog Archive » The Gospel According to Islam) is a very good article on the differences between Christianity and Islam.  It points out that both cannot be true.  It says

“Clearly, Islam and Christianity are mutually exclusive. Both claim to be the only true way to God, but both cannot be right. There is no atonement in Islam, no forgiveness, no savior, and no assurance of eternal life. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a message of hope; Islam is a religion of hopelessness.”

This brief list of distinctions is powerful.  How can people say that these two religions are related?  How can Christians insist on being tolerant of something that is completely opposed to Christianity.  We as Christians need to understand that those in the Islamic religion are not on another path to God, they are on a path to Hell.  They are lost. We need to recognize and attempt to share the Gospel with them.  Showing love to them does not mean that we have to accept their religion as equal to ours, it means that we must reach out to them as we would any group of lost people.

We as Christians need to stand firm on Jesus and His teachings.  We need to be uncompromising when it comes to the Gospel.  We cannot be afraid that we will be labeled (and we will be labeled) by non believers as being too harsh or unloving or any number of other things.  God calls us to take a stand for Him….will we be obedient? 

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8 Responses to The Gospel According to Islam

  1. Manas says:

    I can not agree with you.

    Both believe in one God, both believe in Last Day and Eternal Bliss and Hell.

    It’s not correct that there is no atonement in Islam? Islam says there is atonement in asking for forgiveness, for He is all-forgiving, Merciful.

    The righteous shall live in Peace, for ever, in paradise. The wrongdoers shall perish.

    Islam believes man’s nature is good. This world’s temptations sometime fail him. However, he should seek refuge in God. God is Merciful.

    It is not Muslims who call believing Christians names. Muslims believe in Christ, and believe that his original teachings are lost.

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  2. Tom says:

    Hi Manas,

    Thank you for your comment and thank you for visiting my blog.

    Manas said

    It’s not correct that there is no atonement in Islam? Islam says there is atonement in asking for forgiveness, for He is all-forgiving, Merciful.

    Webster’s defines atonement as “reparation for an offense or injury”. In Christianity, this means that there is a price that must be paid because of our sin. It must be paid by us or by someone else. Jesus has paid that price for His followers.
    Two quick points. First, your comment above seems to suggest that atonement is found in simply the act of asking for forgiveness. Have I missed your point? Did you mean it that way? If you did, then the word as used in Islam has a completely different meaning than how it is used in Christianity. Second, Islam seems to teach a works based salvation – by this I am referring to the scales or doing more good than bad. How is atonement even necessary in a works based religion?

    Manas said

    It is not Muslims who call believing Christians names.

    What about where Christians (and all non-Muslims) are called Infedels

    Manas said

    Muslims believe in Christ, and believe that his original teachings are lost.

    Yes, but you believe that He was only a prophet and only a man…not God incarnate. This is just another point that proves that our religions are not related. The article that I linked to proved that both cannot be true. If one is true the other must be false.

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  3. Manas says:

    Islam believes that All-Powerful God can forgive whoever He will, it’s His world, after all. Atonement from a bad act can be reached by repenting before God, as well as good acts such as charity-even by smiling at other people.

    You got that bit about infidel wrong, friend. Infidel are those who have no faith in God. Christians, along with Jews and some others are called ‘People of the Book’ because they received divine revealations (it is another matter that the followers of these revelations have gone astray, just as we Muslims are going astray now). May God save us. Pagans are called kafirs (kafir does not mean infidel, see below). Not Christians and Jews. In fact the Qur’an says- you will find that the closest to the Muslims are the Christians.

    Yes, we do not believe that Jesus was God incarnate. We believe he was a prophet. And both of us can not be right on that account. However, there are some Christian sects that do not believe in the divinity of Jesus. Some Christians and Muslims think the Bible never claims that Jesus was God incarnate.

    However, I hope you will agree the pagan religions that worship idols and believe in many gods have less in common with Christianity than has Islam.

    Kafir: Kafir literally means one who hides. Islam says that all men in their heart knows that there is only One God. However, some people, out of ego or a hardened heart, do not accept that fact. These are the people who are called kafirs. Christians are called ahl-e-kitaab(people of the Book). We don’t use the word infidel.

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  4. Tom says:

    Manas said

    Atonement from a bad act can be reached by repenting before God, as well as good acts such as charity-even by smiling at other people.

    This atonement is not the same as atonement in Christianity.

    Manas said

    Yes, we do not believe that Jesus was God incarnate. We believe he was a prophet. And both of us can not be right on that account. However, there are some Christian sects that do not believe in the divinity of Jesus. Some Christians and Muslims think the Bible never claims that Jesus was God incarnate.

    Anyone who does not believe that Jesus was God incarnate (God in human form….fully God and fully human) is not, by definition, a Christian. They are in need of salvation. Anyone who is a member of a christian sect that does not believe in the divinity of Jesus is a member of a cult.

    Thank you for explaining the use and non-use of the word infidel. I had heard that this was used in the Qur’an but please accept my apology for using the wrong word.

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  5. Manas says:

    The prescribed atonement are not the same in Islam and Christianity, yes. But the person you quoted said Islam has no atonement. I am sorry if I gave the impression that atonement prescribed in Islam, and that in Christianity are the same. However, as far as I know, Christianity also places a lot of emphasis on repenting.

    About the sects/cults that do not believe in divinity of Jesus– they believe they are the Christians, and normally they are called by that name. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nestorianism

    There is nothing to apologise. It is unfair of me if I demand a thorough knowledge of Qur’an from you, especially now. The media puts the word infidel so frequently in our mouth, it is not your fault at all that you think so.

    Did you know this, that it is the duty of a Islamic government to protect the Christians and the Jews in it’s land, and to help them maintain their religion? You will be surprised if I tell you that Jerusalem remained a Christian majority for over three centuries under Muslim rule.

    When the Muslim Caliph Omar took Jerusalem, he signed the following pact (you can see the love Muslims have for Jews and Christians)-
    “In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Beneficent. This is what the slave of Allah, Umar b.Al-Khattab, the Amir of the believers, has offered the people of Illyaa’[1] of security granting them Amaan (protection) for their selves, their money, their churches, their children, their lowly and their innocent, and the remainder of their people.

    Their churches are not to be taken, nor are they to be destroyed, nor are they to be degraded or belittled, neither are their crosses or their money, and they are not to be forced to change their religion, nor is any one of them to be harmed.

    No Jews are to live with them in Illyaa’ and it is required of the people of Illyaa’ to pay the Jizya, like the people of the cities. It is also required of them to remove the Romans from the land; and whoever amongst the people of Illyaa’ that wishes to depart with their selves and their money with the Romans, leaving their trading goods and children behind, then their selves, their trading goods and their children are secure until they reach their destination.

    Upon what is in this book is the word of Allah, the covenant of His Messenger, of the Khulafaa’ and of the believers if they (the people of Illyaa’) gave what was required of them of Jizya.

    The witnesses upon this were Khalid ibn Al-Walid, ‘Amr ibn al-‘As, Abdur Rahman bin Awf and Muawiyah ibn Abi Sufyan. Written and passed on the 15th year (after Hijrah)”

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  6. Zaynab s says:

    masallah manas..u have so much knowledge. Although i would like to know why tom hasnt replied…i must say most of toms refrences are too biased..like i mentioned before please broaden ur horizons…thanks

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  7. Sharjeel says:

    Every human is born pure, without sin. When i came into this world i had no track record on me. Whatever sins i have are those that i committed myself.

    I do not need a saviour to die for my sins. That just means i can go on a sin rampage and expect them all to have been erased since someone died for me. That’s taking the easy way out. I and only I alone am responsible and accountable for my sins. Only I can repent and ask for forgiveness from my Lord.

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  8. Ken says:

    Sharjeel said

    1. “Every human is born pure, without sin” The Bible tells us that Adam and Eve were exiled by God from paradise (Eden). So the issue is not whether we are born pure or not, but that we are in exile from the presence of God, with no means to bring ourselves back. (Note: All humans are descendants of Adam and Eve, and so we are all equally included in this condition).

    2. “Whatever sins i have are those I that committed myself” Each of us is painfully aware that we have personally sinned. We also know that we are members of a sinful human race. So therefore, as well as being in exile away from God, we are also guilty of sinning (offending) against God.

    3. God is and always will be Just. How could a Just God just overlook sin? In His justice he cannot just arbitrarily forgive and forget. In order for justice to be met there must be reparation and propitiation. We sinful humans have nothing to offer in this regard. We can, and must, offer repentance and remorse for sin, but that does not constitute an atonement. Only a pure, sinless human can atone and propitiate.
    The only sinless Man, Jesus, is the One who has done that; His sinless live is offered on behalf of Adam’s descendants. What remaions is for us to offer our lives in repentance
    and faith in the adequacy of Jesus’ sin offering.

    3.”I do not need a saviour to die for my sins”. Once we realize the true condition of fallen, sinful, lost humankind, then we will no longer say we do not need a saviour.

    4. “That just means i can go on a sin rampage and expect them all to have been erased since someone died for me”. No, that misses the point. The very fact that I recognize the mercy of Jesus tasting death and conquering death for me, means I no longer lightly entertain sin; I hate the sin and death that Jesus died to free me from.

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