The God of the bible is awesome but what about the Muslim god?

There is much discussion about the similarities between the Muslim, Jewish, and Christian view of God. Many say they are the same, but are they? I suggest they are not. Read more to see how different they are.

There is only one God, all others are false gods and the bible commands Christians to declare this truth. Some are bolder than others in preaching their faith but Jesus was clear about spreading the Gospel to the whole world. There is ‘biblical truth’ and there are ‘religious fantasies’. Accepting other faiths as equally true is calling God a liar. In the last days there will be a falling away from the truth of the bible and a great lie taught which will lead many to believe in a false god. Christians must teach the One true God of the bible and not accept that other faiths are just fine for anyone else.

It’s an uncomfortable truth but one that sincere Christians must address in their own faith commitments.

I have been studying the teachings of Islam more thoroughly in the past few months. This study is not because I’m questioning my own faith, but because I’m making an effort to better understand what the fastest growing religion (Islam) is offering those who turn to its teachings. I’ve been finding some very helpful insights and information from learned scholars who have become experts in the field. I’ve also seen the God of the bible increase in glory and majesty in comparison to the false gods of human religions.

Here’s an interesting comparison between the God of Christianity and the god of Islam.

The bible makes shockingly bold claims about God that the Quran does not dare to claim about Allah.

The Christian God as revealed in the bible is knowable, personal, caring, and loving towards humanity. The Islamic god is distant, unknowable, and demands submission.

Example One

Jeremiah 9:23-24

Thus says the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glories glory in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord which exercise loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, says the Lord.

The god of Islam does not have the same love for humanity. There are expressions of love from their god to humanity but never expressed in the way the bible describes the Heavenly Father. One very important difference is that the Muslim believer cannot fathom their god being a father. He is god and completely separate and transcendent  from us his creation. There is no father and child of god relationship.

The above verse in Jeremiah highlights something that a Muslim doesn’t see as possible. Christians can rejoice in knowing God but for the Muslim Allah is unknowable.

Example Two

Jeremiah 3:12-14

“12 Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, return, thou backsliding Israel, says the Lord; and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, says the Lord, and I will not keep anger for ever. 13 Only acknowledge your sin, that you have committed against the Lord your God, and have scattered your ways to the strangers under every green tree, and you have not obeyed my voice, says the Lord. 14 Turn, O backsliding children, says the Lord; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion.”

This passage describes a God who sees the sins of His children but is willing to forgive them if they turn back to Him. The God of the bible is revealed to be a Father who grieves over wayward children and begs them to come back. The Lord even sees himself married to unfaithful Israel and will accept her return to Him.

What a contrast to what the god of Islam offers. I think many of us are familiar with the poor track record Islam has in regards to women. The bible shows a great respect for women and this verse shows that the Heavenly Father would welcome back the adulterous, sinful Israel if she were to simply repent and return to the Lord.

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I’m thankful my God is a forgiving, merciful Father to me and invites us all to get to know Him and experience a close relationship with Him.

What do you think? Should we choose among the gods or just let others believe whatever they want?

Pastor Doug