I was recently asked on Quora, the question/answer site with over one billion monthly users, why Christians do not simply accept Allah, the God of Islam, as being our “Father”. This, in its entirety, was my answer to that question..
If you watch any amount of mainstream news, or the endless propaganda coming from North American and European Muslims today, you’ve likely been convinced that Muslims believe Jesus was a good teacher or a great Prophet – and that, whie they might have issues with the Church and Christians, it’s all rainbows and unicorns when they think about Jesus.
You’ve likely even heard that “Allah” is just another word for “God”. I would imagine you’ve also heard that when you boil it all down, we all really serve the same God, underneath it all.
If you’ve heard all this and believed it – you’re in for a rude awakening.
There is a popular belief, spread often by non-Muslim Western nations’ readers, and of course by Muslims themselves, that not only is Islam a “religion of peace” (which is so ironic and outrageous, in light of the news we read every day, it’s almost humorous), but that Allah and the God of the Bible, and Jehovah of the Jewish Talmud, are all one and the same Divine being.
That is absolute rubbish, and as you are going to see, from quotes pulled from the Quran itself, not only does Islam believe that Christ is NOT the Son of God, the Quran actually states that anyone believing that Jesus is the Son of God – should be destroyed by God for their perverted way of thinking.
Open your hearts and minds. We are in a war for our very souls. And Islam is the self-declared enemy of the Cross. We cannot allow anyone to tell us differently – for we are being led to the slaughter if we do.
Before we get to Jesus, we need to focus on Allah in the Quran. He is the central figure of the Islamic religion and the one who apparently created the world, and gave us all life. But if you are being told that He and Jehovah God of the Bible are one and the same, you are going to have to take a second look at the very words from the pages of the Quran themselves. Whoever Allah is, he is not what Christians would recognize as the God of the Bible.
Christianity teaches that Jesus is the Son of God, but the Quran says:
Surah Al-Baqarah (The Cow) 2:
And they say, “None will enter Paradise except one who is a Jew or a Christian.” That is [merely] their wishful thinking, Say, “Produce your proof, if you should be truthful.” (2:111)
So, the Quran teaches that it is wishful thinking for Christians to think they will enter Heaven through the work of Christ. That is absolute BLASPHEMY
Yes [on the contrary], whoever submits his face in Islam to Allah while being a doer of good will have his reward with his Lord. And no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve (2:112)
The Jews say “The Christians have nothing [true] to stand on,” and the Christians say, “The Jews have nothing to stand on,” although they [both] recite the Scripture. Thus the polytheists speak the same as their words. But Allah will judge between them on the Day of Resurrection concerning that over which they used to differ. (2:113)
And who are more unjust than those who prevent the name of Allah from being mentioned in His mosques and strive toward their destruction. It is not for them to enter them except in fear. For them in this world is disgrace, and they will have in the Hereafter a great punishment. (2:114) They say, ” Allah has taken a son.” Exalted is He! Rather, to Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and the earth. All are devoutly obedient to Him (2:116) Indeed, We have sent you, [O Muhammad], with the truth as a bringer of good tidings and a warner, and you will not be asked about the companions of Hellfire. (2:119) And never will the Jews or the Christians approve of you until you follow their religion. Say, “Indeed, the guidance of Allah is the [only] guidance.” If you were to follow their desires after what has come to you of knowledge, you would have against Allah no protector or helper. (2:120) Those to whom We have given the Book recite it with its true recital. They [are the ones who] believe in it. And whoever disbelieves in it – it is they who are the losers. (2:121) They say, “Be Jews or Christians [so] you will be guided.” Say, “Rather, [we follow] the religion of Abraham, inclining toward truth, and he was not of the polytheists.” (2:135)
The Quran mentions in chapter 3, verses 52-53, that the disciples submitted to the faith of Islam:
Ask the Children of Israel how many a sign of evidence We have given them. And whoever exchanges the favor of Allah [for disbelief] after it has come to him – then indeed, Allah is severe in penalty. (2:211)
But when Jesus felt [persistence in] disbelief from them, he said, “Who are my supporters for [the cause of] Allah ?” The disciples said,” We are supporters for Allah. We have believed in Allah and testify that we are Muslims [submitting to Him. (Quran Surah Al-Imran 52-53)
The longest narrative involving Jesus’ disciples is when they request a laden table to be sent from Heaven, for further proof that Jesus is preaching the true message:
Behold! the disciples, said: “O Jesus the son of Mary! can thy Lord send down to us a table set (with viands) from heaven?” Said Jesus: “Fear Allah, if ye have faith.”
They said: “We only wish to eat thereof and satisfy our hearts, and to know that thou hast indeed told us the truth; and that we ourselves may be witnesses to the miracle.”
Said Jesus, the son of Mary: “O Allah our Lord! Send us from heaven a table set (with viands), that there may be for us—for the first and the last of us—a solemn festival and a sign from thee; and provide for our sustenance, for thou art the best Sustainer (of our needs).”
Allah said: “I will send it down unto you: But if any of you after that resisteth faith, I will punish him with a penalty such as I have not inflicted on any one among all the peoples.” (Quran Surah Al-Ma’ida 112-115)
In Islam, Jesus is believed to have been the precursor to Muhammad, attributing the name Ahmad to someone who would follow Jesus. Islam traditionally teaches the rejection of divinity, that Jesus was not God incarnate, nor the Son of God and, according to some interpretations of the Quran, the death and crucifixion is widely denied and not believed to have occurred.
Despite the earliest Muslim traditions and exegesis quoting somewhat conflicting reports regarding death and length of death, the mainstream Muslim belief is that Jesus did not suffer death but was instead raised alive to heaven.
That is a huge problem. If Jesus did not die, then His blood was not shed for our sins. Our sins are therefore not cleansed – we would continue to require the sacrifice of animals, and the shedding of their blood in order to merely cover, but not cleanse, us of sin. The Bible says that Jesus “died (comma) and was buried (period), then ladies and gentlemen, we have a dead religion serving a dead God. And we remain dead in our sins.
Islam would like to perpetuate this myth, because underneath it all, Islam is a false religion, which could only possibly have one source or founder – one who seeks to be as a God, one who seeks to replace God. And Islam cannot accept Jesus in the form that He stated he was, because to do so would be to recognize Islam is a false religion.
“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life – NO ONE comes to the Father but by me”. (Johm 14:6)
So for a Muslim to say that Jesus was a good teacher, a good man or a good Prophet even would be nonsense, and a lie. Jesus couldn’t possibly be ANY of those things if He was also a LUNATIC OR A LIAR.
Jesus didn’t say He was a good guy. He didn’t claim to be a good teacher – He said He IS truth. He doesn’t just possess truth, or share truth, or understand truth, nor is he one that lives in truth or walks in his Truth or whatever nonsense we hear today. Jesus Christ said that He IS Truth. Period. If you want to know what’s real, who is the one you must serve, who has the backing of God the Father, and who rules and reigns the universe, look no further than Jesus Christ. For either he’s a liar, a lunatic….
The Bible says that “Jesus died (comma), was buried (COMMA), AND THAT HE ROSE AGAIN THE THIRD DAY”. That’s the Good News friend – that tiny little punctuation mark, signifying that the story isn’t over – that there is so much more to Jesus than a dead God.
Today, I can go visit Mohammad’s grave. Buddha’s gravesite is accessible for me to visit. Joseph Smith, Jim Jones, David Koresh – there have been so many men over the centuries who came along and said “look at me, I have the truth”. “Follow me, I know what I”m talking about” – and none of them did.
And in almost every case, they had to do something about Jesus Christ first. They had to write him out of their religion, or write him in as some secondary player. Because keeping Jesus the way the Bible describes Him would be to confirm they are living in a false religion. Creating a false religion is even worse – there is likely a special place in Hell for those like Mohammad, Joseph Smith and more, who have intentionally led millions astray – knowing FULL WELL that they weren’t God, nor His representatives on earth.
They all KNEW they were just mere men, but somehow they convinced millions to go along with them over the centuries, because they may have had some learned truth deep inside. The Devil can tell the truth too – just enough to convince you he’s real. Then, when he has you, you may even start to realize you have been deceived. At that point, you may be in such bondage to the religion chosen – such is the case with Islam – that you can’t break free.
Islam teaches that you must pray 5 times a day. You can’t ever escape it – because in Islam, there is no overall forgiveness of sins. You are bound to a sense of religious duty, or you will die in your sins. It is terribly sad that so many millions of people are so bound by Islam, that they can’t put it down to review another possibility for faith – it is always before them, always surrounding them, and to deny it could even mean death. As long as they are kept busy with the trappings of faith, they can ignore the fact that their religion isn’t changing them positively on the inside, isn’t bringing them hope or peace or assurance of life after death, or health when they are sick.
To be blunt, if they ever had an encounter with the teachings or person of Jesus Christ, they would realize right away they were being hoodwinked where they were. However, most religions have a response for the teachings and person of Jesus – either they discredit Him as being lesser than He is, or they discredit His followers’ weaknesses as proof that He couldn’t possibly be that great of a God.
They don’t explain, however, how they are justified in their faith, when many of them are even weaker than we are.
Mahatma Gandhi said, concerning believers in Christ:
“I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
But wait – Gandhi never said that. There’s no proof that quote ever came from him. But so desperate are some to discredit Jesus or the Church, they are convinced that making up nonsense about either is better than nothing. A similar quote appears to be from an Indian philosopher named Bara Dada. The full quote from Dada appears to be from the mid-1920s:
“Jesus is ideal and wonderful, but you Christians, you are not like him.”
With all due respect, the personal opinion of some “philosopher” is of little value to me. Jesus truly IS as ideal and wonderful as the man claimed, and what difference does it make whether man is weak and frail or not, it’s not a reflection on the God we serve, nor can one say “Yah, God’s got some great ideas, but Christians just wreck it for me”.
If you are that weakminded that you can only follow a philosophy or belief that is full of rock solid followers – you must not believe in ANYTHING then. Because there are weak people in every industry, every career, every nation, every religion. The above is much the same as saying “I like the laws around here, but the cops are so bad, they wreck it for me, so I can’t respect the law now.” Well, Good News then – the law doesn’t care whether you respect it, or like its enforcement agencies or not.
Go ahead and break the law, thinking that you are justified in doing so. Jail will be just as small, the food just as nasty, and orange will be just as much the new black. The law doesn’t care if you respect it, agree with it, appreciate it, understand it or accept it. If you don’t obey it, you will be punished by it – and you have no choice in that matter. (Shawn Jorgensen)
The same is true of God – go ahead and deny His teachers or that of Jesus Christ, stating that Christians have wrecked it for you, or “but I’ve got my guy – I think I’ll just continue to go along with him.” Well, that’s entirely your choice, but you’re still going to Hell regardless. Jesus isn’t an OPTIONAL God, like a side of fries with a hamburger.
Oh but Jesus? Yah, they all have a replacement, a crisis actor all trained up and ready to go to try to replace him. It’s Jesus all the religions of the world are gunning for. It’s Jesus they cannot just allow to exist, nor can they allow His teachings to spread very far.
Because they all know He’s the real deal, and His very existence confirms that they are liars and frauds. There aren’t “options” when it comes to religion. There’s Jesus or there’s Hell. Period. He’s not a menu item on the religious buffet of the week. He’s the only game in town. Run after your circus acts all you want to – it doesn’t make them any more real life than before. Watching too many cartoons, even believing they are all true, still won’t make them real, no matter what you think.
The Bible says that “it’s appointed for man once to die, and then the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). You don’t get to come along after the fact and say “oh, I don’t believe in any of that”. 5 minutes after you die, as you stand before God, He’s not going to be concerned about your belief system at that point, because for you, it will then be already too late to change anything anyway. One can not simply take Islam back for a full refund, once you realize you have a dead, defective religion that didn’t save you from your sins and keep you from the wrath of almighty God.
If the Indian philospher mentioned previously believed that Jesus really was so ideal and wonderful, why isn’t he following Jesus Himself? Oh, he’s not following Jesus because Christians are such bad examples? Nice try, but that sounds like fake news to me.
Jesus Christ has taught every man all they need to know to accept Him and live out their lives. The Quran even contains some of the teachings of Christ. In fact, here’s a little known fact – Jesus is mentioned by name much more often than Mohammad is! This “secondary player”, even as a good prophet, gets more play time in Islam than the head messenger Mohammad himself!
The fact that Islam rejects the teachers of Christ as weak or a lie, but still tries to propogate the belief that they admire Jesus is nonsensical. You can’t call Jesus a liar and a Prophet at the same time. You can’t cherry pick the teachings and beliefs you want, and reject the rest. Jesus is ALL OR NOTHING.
Muslims believe that anyone rejecting their faith can be killed. Nearly 100 times in the Quran, it gives them permission to kill non-Muslims who will not accept the faith. They spread their religion, not through love, one person at a time – but through conquering nations by the sword. In a sense, that’s cheating when it comes to creating a religion. Unfair advantage – just gather enough of an army together, and the rest is all down to majority rules.
Why do you think they want to immigrate to non-Muslim countries with some intense volumes of people? It’s an invasion! They want to seek to weaken our flanks and to slowly erode our freedom of relgion.
Here’s the bottom line – Islam came along at least 700 years after Jesus had already left for Heaven again. They don’t get to define terms or who God or Jesus are. They don’t get to decide for the rest of us whether Jesus died and was raised again or not.
They are a false religion in the opinion of the Church, and Mohammad merely tried to respond to the Christian presence throughout the world, by creating this religious system. The religious aspect of Mohammad was quickly lost behind the military actions he took, as the religion at the time never really took root. So he conquered by the sword, spreading his “faith” by force.
Muslims call Jews and Christians “polytheists” (worshippers of many gods) several times in the Qu’ran. Where on earth do they get the idea that either Jews or Christians promote such nonsense – where’s the proof that we influence those type of people?
And Allah is to judge believers in Christ? That’s odd, because the Bible says that “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Romans 8:1)
The Qu’ran of course speaks to the deity and Sonship of Christ in the Trinity as well:
And yet some people assert, “God has taken unto Himself a son!” Limitless is He in His glory! Nay, but His is all that is in the heavens and on earth; all things devoutly obey His will. (2:116 (Asad)
Some assert” that God has taken a son? So in other words, the Quran is debating this? It seems so. And those people “asserting” this are Christians, of course. How convenient that Islam gets to comment on other religions and their followers, trying to have the last word, like it matters to the teachings of the Bible whether Islam comments on them afterwards or not. The Bible says that “Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever!” (Hebrews 13:8)
An original, such as a work of art, is never at the mercy of a cheap copy. Neither is the person and the teachings of Jesus Christ made lesser than by some invented religion that comes along centuries later, trying to discredit it or assimilate its main characters into their religious fiction.
NEVER let anyone tell you that a Muslim accepts Jesus Christ as He truly is. That is a lie from the pit of Hell. Al-An’am (The Cattle) – 6:101 [read in context] says:
“The Originator of the heavens and the earth! How could it be that He should have a child without there ever having been a mate for Him – since it is He who has created everything, and He alone knows everything?”- 6:101 (Asad)
This is the weakest and most nonsensical statement of them all. God is not limited in his ability to have a Son, who could exist from eternity past until now, just like God does Himself. God is the Creator – He wouldn’t require the same physical methodology of reproducing as man does. HE CREATED the system that man uses to have children – he’s not bound by its principles, any more than God must adhere to the principles of time, space, gravity, and a host of other concepts that man is bound to or constrained by on earth.
And if Jesus is God, He would not be created at all – he simply would exist forever past, present and future as His Father does. The Holy Spirit as well has always been – He was not manufactured by God at some point down the road – He has always been.
Islam is going to have to do a lot better than that.
At-Tauba (The Repentance) – 9:30 [read in context]
AND THE JEWS say, “Ezra is God’s son,” while the Christians say, “The Christ is God’s son.” Such are the sayings which they utter with their mouths, following in spirit assertions made in earlier times by people who denied the truth!  [They deserve the imprecation:] “May God destroy them!”  How perverted are their minds!  – 9:30 (Asad)
So when people try try to tell you the God of the Bible and Allah are one – NEITHER Christianity nor Islam believes that at all, and in fact each believes the other is a FALSE GOD. Islam goes one step further, saying that God should destroy us for believing in Jesus being God’s Son. And when Muslims say Jesus was a Prophet or a good teacher, they lie because Jesus said He was the Son of God and they consider such belief “perverted”.
The Bible says that “you shall know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:32). I encourage you to read the teachings of Jesus from the Bible, which is the only book that has the legitimate right to speak for Him. And by all means, look at the fruits of Christianity and Islam, as propogated by their members. Christianity has founded more hospitals, social service agencies, schools, universities, and has done more charitable work, even among Muslims, than Islam could ever even claim amongst its own – and Islam has NO charitable works targetting non-Muslims in need. That should tell you everything.
But MOST TELLING of all – Baptists are not beheading people. Catholics are not throwing gays off of buildings. Lutherans are not stoning adulterers to death. Presbyterians don’t cut the hands off of thieves. And NO Christian organization feels the legitimate right to EXECUTE those who walk away from the Church.
Islam will answer for much someday. But for now, let their actions speak for them – over 35,000 terrorist attacks globally since 9/11 and counting. That’s not a character flaw, a statistical anomaly, a mistake or an aberration. That much effort to bring suffering to the world shows the true heart of the religion.
I declare the statement of faith of Joshua, who led the children of Israel into the Promised Land after the death of Moses (from Joshua 24:15):
“Choose you this day whom you will serve. As for me and my house…
WE WILL SERVE THE LORD”.