And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?
2 Corinthians 6:15
Prominent leaders in America, from President Obama, to former President George W. Bush to the late Pope John Paul II and the current Pope Francis, as well as numerous well-known Christian leaders in America and around the world, all profess that Christians, Jews and Muslims worship and pray to the same god. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Is Abraham the Father of Islam? Islam is not an Abrahamic faith. Despite the numerous proclamations by Muslim scholars and imams and even those in academia, including professors of Christian colleges, universities and seminaries, Abraham is not the “father of Islam”, nor can Islam rightly lay a claim to such. First, let us look at the biblical and historical facts. Most sources estimate that Abraham (nee Abram) was born around 2166 B.C. Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, was born around 570 or 571 A.D. or about 2,700 years after Abraham.
Although the Arabic nations of the Middle East can rightfully claim Abraham as their ancestral father, Muslims cannot. According to the Bible and other historical records, Ishmael, the illegitimate son of Abram and the pagan slave woman, Hagar, was driven by Abram into the wilderness. Ishmael became the father of twelve Arabian princes (nations) whom God said that He would “multiply … exceedingly” (Genesis 17:20). Ishmael and Hagar were driven into the Wilderness of Paran to dwell (Genesis 21:20-21). This wilderness covers the eastern Sinai and the southern and southeastern borders of present-day Israel.
Ishmael’s sons initially inhabited an area from Egypt and the Sinai Desert, the Arabian peninsula to Assyria (which includes present-day Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Syria, and the lesser Arab kingdoms). So, the Arabian kingdoms were established about 2,700 years before Muhammad, the purveyor of Islam was even born. Therefore, despite their incessant claims to legitimize their faith, Muslims have no ancestral claim to Abraham as do the Jews and Christians through the Hebrew Messiah, Jesus Christ.
In addition, in another fallacious attempt to validate their religion, Muslims claim that Islam is the “original” religion of everyone in the Bible, from Adam to Moses to Jesus Christ and the Apostles—all were really Muslims. This claim persists, despite the fact that, Islam was not “birthed” until almost 600 years after Christ’s death and resurrection.
Is Allah, the God of Jews & Christians? The demonic anti-Christ, anti-Jew god of Islam is not the same as the God of the Jews and Christians. For a Christian or Jew to profess otherwise is an apostasy and abomination to the One and Only True God of the universe. Allah, as portrayed by Muhammad and in the Qur’an is a demonic revelation from the pits of hell. Even Muhammad first believed that his “revelations” were from demons.
For anyone who is a student of the Bible, and especially those that have a “personal” relationship with Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior (and therefore an intimate relationship with God the Father), it is abundantly clear that the God of the Bible is not the god portrayed in the Qur’an or by his prophet, Muhammad. The God of the Bible has humanity-favoring characteristics that Allah does not. The God of the Bible has a loving, merciful plan of redemption for all mankind. The god of the Qur’an does not. Every characteristic of Allah in the Qur’an and that espoused by Muhammad is the converse of God Almighty of the Bible. The Qur’an and Muhammad repeatedly portray Allah as a vengeful, unloving, unmerciful god who has no plan to redeem mankind from its sins.
While the God of the Bible does punish the Jews for their rebellion against Him; their unfaithfulness and turning to pagan gods, He is always ready to forgive and receive them back once they repent and return to Him. By contrast, Allah is unforgiving and only wants to destroy all those that refuse to acknowledge him—especially the Jews and the Christians.
For the persistent reader and student of the Bible, it is clear that Jehovah God had a covenant plan of redemption and salvation for His people, the Jews, and for all those who chose Him through the redemptive work on the cross by His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Allah reverses all that, claiming that no such covenant or plan of redemption existed and that Jesus Christ was nothing more than a man who by Qur’anic implication was of lesser importance than Muhammad, the vendor of evil and mayhem.
Both the biblical and historical records define the ministry of Jesus as one of compassion, love and peaceful redemption. Jesus never led any rebellions; never conducted any raids upon the people; never assaulted or killed anyone; never robbed anyone or took their possessions; never advocated revenge upon His enemies or those who disagreed with Him or refused to follow Him. Muhammad, on the other hand, was the dead opposite of Jesus. Muhammad was violent, oppressive; a murderer and rapist; a man of hate and vengeance. Everything that Muhammad was or represented, Jesus was not.
Now, if Allah is the same god as the God of the Jews and Christians (the God of the Bible), why would he send Muhammad and a message that completely reversed everything He stood for in thousands of years of biblical and historical truth? The answer is simple: Jehovah God, the One and Only True God, would not and did not. The Bible says that the true God cannot lie and cannot go back on His word, but fulfills what He promises (Number 23:19) and His promise throughout the Bible was the coming of the redemptive love of His Son, Jesus Christ. There are over 300 prophecies in the Old Testament about the coming of Jesus Christ. There are no prophecies about the coming of Muhammad, the false prophet.
Is Islam a Religion of Peace? Islam’s teachings and 14 centuries of practice are the antithesis of peace and peacemakers. In spite of the incessant proclamations by Muslims and Muslim leaders and ignorant Christians and media talking heads, Islam is not and never has been a religion that fomented or propagated the concept or reality of peace. Unlike Christians, Muslims have never had a “prophet of peace” or a leader for peace.
In the Gospel of John, Jesus said: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27). By stark contrast, Muhammad reportedly said: “I have been sent with the sword between my hands to ensure that no one but Allah is worshipped.” This is quoted by virtually every Muslim jihadist in their justification for their murderous purges against the “infidels” of the world.
[From Islam & Christianity, A Revealing Contrast] . . . Twenty centuries of secular and religious history attest to Jesus Christ as the “Prince of Peace.” No other deity or human being has or can claim that title. Around 740 B.C., the Old Testament prophet Isaiah heralded the coming of the Jewish Messiah with this revelation from God:
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6, NKJV).
“Surely,” the prophet Isaiah testified, “he [the promised Messiah] took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:4-5). Certainly, this type of sacrifice for others is not something that Muhammad could lay claim to as Allah’s last and most important prophet. Muhammad never took upon himself anyone’s sicknesses or sins. He never suffered torture or extreme punishment and pain for the sake of his follower’s inner peace and spiritual freedom.
. . . Not only is the Judeo-Christian God known as the God of Peace, but He sent His Son to be the example of His peace on earth. Christ established a new covenant built upon the old promises of God, restoring God’s peace to mankind through His shed blood on the cross. The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the church at Ephesus, put it this way:
For he himself is our peace, who was made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out
of the two, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility (Ephesians 2:14-16).
It was Almighty God’s intention from the beginning to bring His Son into the world to abolish the old covenant that brought enmity between God and His creation. Through Jesus’ sacrifice and shedding of blood on the cross, God installed a new covenant of reconciliation and peace. Allah, on the other hand, according to his revelations to Muhammad, used Muhammad to bring about discord and blood shed—not the sacrificial blood of Muhammad, his chosen prophet—but the shed blood of all those deemed to be the enemies of Allah.
. . . According to the Qur’an, adherents to Islam are to fight against all who stand in the way of the spread of Islam and to fight against anyone who refused to enter into the Islamic faith.
And fight with them [the unbelievers] until there is no more persecution and religion should be only for Allah; but if they desist, then surely Allah sees what they do (surah 8:39). Islam & Christianity, A Revealing Contrast, pp. 93-95.
A Common Word Response. On October 13, 2007, an initial group of 138 Muslim scholars, Muslim religious leaders and Muslim organization leaders from around the world penned an open letter (A Common Word between Us and You) to leaders of Christianity worldwide. It was a veiled attempt to establish that there is common ground among Muslims, Christians and Jews, including the worship of the one and same god. The fact that some of the signatories represented known U.S.-based terror sponsoring groups is not comforting.
The gist and appeal of the lengthy letter is that we all (Muslims, Christians and Jews) have the same heritage, worship the same god and desire peace in the world. “The future of the world depends on peace between Muslims and Christians”, the Muslim letter begins. “The basis for this peace and understanding already exists,” it continues. “It is part of the very foundational principles of both faiths: love of the One God, and love of the neighbour. These principles are found over and over again in the sacred texts of Islam and Christianity. The Unity of God, the necessity of love for Him, and the necessity of love of the neighbour is thus the common ground between Islam and Christianity.”
The letter proffers that Allah is a god of love and that he wants nothing more than justice and freedom of religion for all. But then the authors offer up this conundrum: “The central creed of Islam consists of the two testimonies of faith or Shahadahs [Muslim prayer of faith], which state that: There is no god but God, Muhammad is the messenger of God. These Two Testimonies are the sine qua non [indispensible condition] of Islam. He or she who testifies to them is a Muslim; he or she who denies them is not a Muslim.” That is the bottom line that supersedes all the Muslim rhetoric: If you are not a Muslim, you are an infidel that is worthy of persecution and death. Forget all the proclamations that Islam offers freedom of religion or that it is a religion of peace. Those and many more claims are the deceptive lies of Satan.
You can read more of A Common Word between Us and You here.
The “Christian” Response. On November 18, 2007, a full page ad was published in the New York Times, with the heading: Loving God and Neighbor Together: A Christian Response to A Common Word Between Us and You. It was authored by scholars at the Yale (University) Center for Faith & Culture and was initially signed by 300 Christian leaders from around the world. The letter agreed with the Muslim letter premise of having a common goal with Muslims of loving God and loving one’s neighbor and implied that Muslims and Christians worship the same God. Many well-known Christian leaders (pastors, priests, Christian college, university and seminary leaders and heads of Christian organizations and denominations signed on to the letter, thus agreeing with its content.
The letter started out by affirming Islam as an Abrahamic faith and then stated, “we ask forgiveness of the All-Merciful One [Allah] and of the Muslim community around the world” for the Christian crusades against the Muslims. The crusades were the response of from Pope Urban II and the kings of Europe to recover southern Europe from decades of insurgency by murderous Muslims from Africa and the Middle East and recover the Holy Land from Islamic domination. That the signatories would plead for Allah’s forgiveness is a travesty of the Christian faith.
Throughout the letter it is stressed or implied that God and Allah are one and the same. The signatories accept the Muslim premise and lie that Muslims are commanded to love their neighbor just like Christians. However, there is no such command in Islam. While Muslims are called to love each other (but fail to do so), there is no such requirement in the Qur’an to love non-Muslims.
You can read the entire letter of Christian response here , as well as see the initial 300 signatories.
Continued: Be sure to read Apostasy in the American Church, Part 2 here.
For a more complete study on Islam, read Islam & Christianity, A Revealing Contrast.