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Do Christians & Muslims worship the same God?

Let’s be clear so there is no confusion – the answer is yes and no.

Yes

On the ‘yes’ side, we have the type of God, intention and Abraham, and the Quran. First, Christianity and Islam are monotheistic religions, teaching that there is only one God. While monotheists may have different ideas about God, their concept of God being one is still the same. Therefore, Christians and Muslims worship the same type of God. Second, Christians and Muslims intend to worship the same God. Since both are monotheist, there is only one God to worship. In addition, both reference they worship the God of Abraham. Third, the Quran teaches that Jews, Christians, and Muslims worship the same God. The Quran states in reference to those given the Book (Jews and Christians), “…our God and your God is One, and unto Him we surrender…” (29:46).

No

On the ‘no’ side is the attributes of God defined in the Bible and the Quran. Just because two monotheistic religions teach about the same type of God does not mean they are talking about the same God. For example, if a husband talks about his wife by name but gets many of her attributes wrong (tall when she’s short, blond when she’s brunet, white when she’s black), then he is really talking about a different woman. His description simply does not match the actual person who is his wife. Now the list of differences between the God of the Bible and the Quran is lengthy, but here are a few examples. In the Bible, God loves all people, including unbelievers: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). In the Quran, Allah does not love unbelievers: “…He does not love the unbelievers” (30:45). In the Bible, Jesus forgives sins: “If we confess our sins, He [Jesus] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). This verses associates Jesus with God because both Christians and Muslims understand that only God can forgive sins. In the Quran, Allah does not forgive those who associate Jesus with him: “Surely Allah does not forgive that anything should be associated with Him,…” (4:48). In the Bible, Jesus is the Son of God: “…This is My beloved Son, listen to Him!” (Mark 9:7). In the Quran, Jesus is not the Son of God: “… Allah, Who has not taken a son…” (17:111). These contradictions preclude the God of Christianity and Islam being the same.

Conclusion

While the Quran teaches that Christians and Muslims worship the same God, it also teaches they worship different gods. It is clear due to the differences in the attributes of God that Christians and Muslims do not worship the same Creator.

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If God is Love, Why Does He Condemn Homosexuality?

What is Love?

Everyone agrees: love does not mean to approve of everything. In fact, sometimes the loving thing to do is to reject or prohibits something. For example, a teenager might love to go to a party with alcohol and drugs, but it is percisely because of their parents love that they reject the idea and prohibit their child from attending.

God’s Love

God is love and just as a loving parent sets guidelines for their children, so does God. Sometimes children mistakenly believe their parents hate them for restricting their behavior. But in reality if a parent believes a given behavior to be harmful, the hateful thing for them to do would be to encourage the behavior. God is the creator and designer of life. He knows how best it should be lived. His commands are given, not to hurt us, but to help us.

God’s Purpose

God created sex to be practiced between opposite sexes within marriage. When any person, heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, or otherwise, rejects God’s design for sexual relationships, it is a sin. It is rebellion which says “My will is more important than God’s.” It is the opposite view of Jesus, who when faced with death said, “…not my will, but yours, be done (Luke 22:42).” It is also the breaking of the greatest commandment: “…You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (Matthew 22:37).” A heart that loves God shows it by obeying His commandments. Many claim to love God but their actions show their true fruit. Jesus said in Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”

Conclusion

Romans 2:4 states that God is kind and patience towards people in order to lead them toward repentance. People of all sexuality have to struggle with putting God’s will above their own. But when we do this, the Bible states, “And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God (1 Corinthians 6:11).”

Are Jews, Christians, and Muslims Worshiping the Same God?

Same Gods

Well, Jews and Christians worship the same God.  The issue is that Jews know less about God than Christians because they have rejected part of God’s revelation of Himself in the New Testament.

Christians and Muslims do not worship the same God.  God cannot both be a Trinity(Christian) and not a trinity (Muslim).  These concepts are contradictory.  Therefore, Christians and Muslims do not worship the same God.

But I was talking with my brother-in-law who made the point that Christians and Muslims are focused on worshiping the same God: the Creator of the Universe.  This is correct, which has led me to this distinction:

  1. Christians and Muslims worship the same type of God (who is One, infinite, spirit, creator of all things, etc.).
  2. But they do not worship the same distinct God (which is why each group seeks to convert each other).

For example, let’s say you know my family and over hear me describing my wife: 5 foot tall, 200 pounds, and is a fitness expert.  You say, “Only the first attribute describes your wife.  The last two describe your sister-in-law.”

  1. The two women are of the same type – both are wives.
  2. But they are not the same distinct person.
Exodus 20:3
What is the difference between the Christian God, and the gods of the other religions?  The main difference is this:  The God of Christianity exists. ~ From R. C. Sproul’s book Now That’s A Good Question, Wheaton, IL: Tyndale  Publishers, 1996, p14.