Friday, October 23, 2009

Not the Same

Islam and Christianity are not the same. Today it is trendy to blur the distinctions between the two.
The teachings are not the same. Allah is not the same as God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The description of humanity is not the same. The way a person is justified before God is not the same.
The way that God interacts with man is not the same.
It might be helpful to present a clear comparison for those Christians who are flirting with universalist tendencies just because this particular false religion happens to be monotheistic in flavor. I present two similar stories that I have found to reveal the striking difference between the one, true faith of Christianity and the religion of Islam.
Story 1 - Hadith
Imran ibn Husain, a companion of Muhammad and a Narrator of Hadith, reported that a woman from Juhiana came to Muhammad and confessed that she had become pregnant because of adultery. She said, "I am pregnant as a result of zina (extramarital sex)." Muhammad said, "Go back, and come to me after the birth of the child."
After giving birth, the woman came back to Muhammad, saying, "Please purify me now." Next, Muhammad said, "Go and suckle your child, and come after the period of suckling is over." She came after the period of weaning and brought a piece of bread with her. She fed the child the piece of bread and said, "Oh, Allah's Apostle, the child has been weaned."
At that Muhammad pronounced judgement about her and she was stoned to death.
Story 2 - John 8:2-11
Early in the morning [Jesus] came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, "Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law of Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?" This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground.
And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, "Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her." And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus stood up and said to her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?" She said, "No one, Lord."
And Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more."


Thursday's Child said...

So true! I can never understand how Christians (people who claim to have actually believed the Bible) can stand to turn their backs on Christ and run to Mohammed. Yuck!

Anonymous said...

you are generalising things out of context.
The quran is not the hadiths, in the same way the books of the law of moses are not the talmud.

Both quran and bible are made so interpretation in the best or worse way is possible, the holy books do not take away choice but GIVE choice to read in them bth curse as blessing, and the choice is out of the book but in your heart.

They both talk about the same god, and quran confirms the gospel even when interpretations that are wrong do not see the equal lessons in them.

Both have a symbol law and a spiritual law.
The symbol law can be taken literally or can be taken spiritual.

Mike Baker said...

This is not a generalization out of context. It is an example that very much fits the context.

It is true that both Islam and Christianity have a symbol law and spiritual law.

...but Islam does not have a gospel. Christianity is the only religion on earth with the Gospel: where God became flesh, dwelt among us, and died for our sins to remove our guilt. Islam denies this. Where the Bible says that Christ rose again from the dead, Islam says that the prophet Jesus did not die on the cross (and therefore did not rise from the dead).

It is not the same God. The God of the Bible is Trinity (One God in Three Persons). The god of Islam is one god and is not flesh.

...and there is no subjective choice. When mankind is given a choice, it choses evil in the sight of God. Islam does not agreee with this. Islam teaches that mankind is neutral and capable of both good and bad in the eyes of Allah.

...these are but a few examples of what this post was about. The differences are like night and day. deny these facts is to deny the fundamental truths and rob both religions of their destinctiveness.

Most importantly: Christianity teaches that Islam is a false religion and that Muhammed was not a prophet. Islam teaches that the Bible is fundamentally flawed and unreliable.

As I stated before: They are not the same. When you try to have both you end up with neither.