Do Christians and Muslims Worship The Same God?
December 4, 2007 28 Comments
I was faced with this question at a Deacons meeting last night at my church. As part of the devotional time at the beginning of the meeting one of the Deacons made a comment and gave a short presentation that basically said that the God of Christianity is the same god the Muslims worship. I don’t think anyone was aware of the content of the devotion before he gave it.
To say that I was stunned would be a great understatement. I even asked for clarification from him to make sure I understood what he meant. Unfortunately, I heard him correctly. I attend a small, very traditional Southern Baptist Church in a small town in East Tennessee. Our disagreements are not usually over something this…..substantive. Since I was unaware of the need to be prepared for something of this importance I was forced to object to his presentation from memory. As is normally the case, I thought of much more I could have said after I got home that night and was thinking about it. I also consulted a pastor friend who was able to give me a few questions to bring to this brother.
I was able to mention 3 or 4 things that made it very clear that the God of Christianity is not the god of Islam. The things I mentioned were: 1)Muslims do not believe that Jesus was the Son of God but that He was only a mortal prophet, like any other prophet and second to Mohammad, 2)Muslims do not believe that Jesus was crucified…they believe that someone else was crucified on the cross for Him, 3)Muslims believe in a works based salvation…not by grace through faith. None of these are Biblical.
If you truly believe that we worship the same God you have to ask yourself a couple very important questions. Why would the same God give different revelations about Himself to different people groups? And next, If He did give different revelations about Himself does that mean that the different paths to salvation in these different revelations are both equally valid since they lead to the same God?
I have not done any extensive research about the differences between Christianity and Islam but I have done some basic study on the topic. I will be starting to do some more research now as I need to prepare myself to be able to discuss this issue with my brother in Christ and so that maybe God can use me in some way to bring him back from this error and crisis he is going through.
If you have any suggestions on good material (books, websites, etc.) that might help me I would appreciate it. Just post a comment with the reference.