God is moving among the Muslims throughout the world and bringing them to Christ. They are turning to Christ by the hundreds of thousands. In the Muslim religion, they pray daily that God would show them the truth, and He is. The Muslim religion is very discouraging. It offers no assurance of salvation. It is contradictory. Those who study the holy books of Islam have an even harder time believing the doctrine. If anyone asks any questions they are told that they must not ask any questions. They see the violence of their religion and can't reconcile that with being a religion of peace. So, they are turning to Christ. Many see dreams and visions in which Christ appears to them. Miracles are common.
| Basics of Islam
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Similar to what the Holy Spirit reveals through the Bible:
- Day of Judgment
- Individual accountability
- God's complete authority
- God is: "the Most Merciful, the One who acts MERCIFULLY
- God's words are the most TRUTHFUL in conveying information.
- God's is True and every other deity is false.
- God has no associate in His Divinity (The Bible teaches this too, but God, being one God, is three persons)
- God is one.
- The Arabic word 'Islam' simply means SUBMISSION. In a religious context it means complete submission to the will of God
- Most Muslims are social Muslims just as most Christians are social Christians. As with Christianity, there is only a small percentage of Muslims who are religious. Perhaps half of the religious Muslims, maybe less, want to return to the violent days of Mohammed and want world domination.
Different from what the Holy Spirit has revealed through the Bible:
- God's final message was revealed to the Prophet.
- believe God has the most magnificent Names as described in the Koran.
- Monism. This goes beyond "God is one" to talk about the nature of the Godhead.
- that Christians and the Jews have CHANGED the Bible. Believe the Bible to be corrupt.
- Followers of Islam don't receive Jesus Christ as the only Creator of the Universe, the God Who created them and their only Savior from bondage to sin. Perhaps no other group of people tries to have human goodness more than the Muslims. Alas, there is not a just man upon Earth who does good and does not sin. Muslims love Jesus, but they don't know Him as their God and as their Savior from the sinful nature. Islam offers no assurance of heaven to Muslims. By their own teachings, they are falling short. At the same time His love for those who have been deceived by Islam compels God to speak to them daily through His creation and through other means; they will not listen to Him. Salvation is by works under Islam, not by grace through faith as Jesus taught. However, for the Muslim, this gives them a very poor outlook looking forward to death and hell. A Muslim cannot be assured of heaven--in fact, he or she can almost surely be assured that they will not make it. How many good deeds would be enough? Salvation in Islam is by good deeds and following the hadith rather than salvation by grace. The Muslim thinks that he is saved by good works. Some pseudo-christian cults do the same thing--they try to do good works to get to heaven. A true Christian knows that he is saved to good works, not by good works. In other words, Jesus died not only for our forgiveness, but also to free us from our sins. The Muslim can rightly ask, "Then why do Christians live such fleshly lifes?" The answer is that only the remnant who are faithful will take part in the first resurrection. Those who are born again and never grow up (because they have not submitted to Jesus) will not take part. They are the foolish virgins of whom Jesus spoke. Muslims have a sensual paradise, especially to those who were martyred in the cause of Islam.
- Polygamy instead of Monogamy
- War and bloodshed instead of peace.
- Revenge instead of forgiveness
"Anybody who can make any religious system look totally idiotic, you can be sure he doesn't understand it. There is not total nonsense to it--there has to be some experiential relevance or pragmatic benefit or something like that." Ravi Zacharias Satan rarely tells lies that have no truth at all in them. Satan rather takes the truth and twists it so that it is both compelling and deadly. If there is truth in any false religious system, you will find those same truths in the Bible. However, in the Bible, they will be in the context of a much more comprehensive and helpful truth.
Christianity is based on Jesus Christ, the Living Christ, Who reveals Himself to the Christian on an ongoing basis. Believer's have the supernatural trust that is a gift from God. By this trust, we see Jesus and hear His Voice. It is Jesus Himself who reveals to us that the Bible is His Word, His Utterance. And it is Jesus Himself Who speaks to us through His Word. Jesus speaks to us through many different means: Scripture, intuition, bringing Scripture to our remembrance, apostles, prophets, etc. When God speaks to us, faith comes and with faith comes a vision of hope. This vision shows us who we are in Christ in an ever-more-clear understanding. When God speaks, He instructs us what to think, what to say, and what to do. Then, He does the work through us by His grace, His free gift of righteousness. This righteousness of God in us is the moving of the Holy Spirit that transfigures us from glory to glory to be like Jesus, killing our fleshly nature and causing Christ to be more fully formed in us. And this death to self, to the old adamic sin nature, and building up of Christ is the very thing that redeems us, sets us free from slavery to the fleshly nature, to Satan, to the pressures of the world, and to death. (some caveats about hearing God's Voice)
Some have suggested that, with just a few tweaks to the walk with Jesus, it could come into total compatibility with Islam (and other religions). The little tweaks, however, amount to the follower of Christ ceasing from following Christ and instead following Islam. God's plan for this hour is not to make all religions and philosophies get along. His plan is to have a people, a remnant company, who continue to discover Him, to walk with Him until they come into perfect unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God to one totally complete man (the Body of Christ and the Head, Jesus), to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Islam lacks this person relationship with the Creator God. When Muslims do hear from Jesus Christ, they generally receive Him as Savior and Lord over their lives. Hundreds of thousands are doing so.
In contrast to Islam, followers of Christ receive Jesus Christ as the only Creator of the Universe, the God Who created them and their only Savior from bondage to sin. At the same time His love for those who have been deceived by Islam compels God to speak to them daily through His creation and through other means; they will not listen to Him. You know that you were created for more than you are experiencing. If you continue to think like you always thought, you will continue to get what you always got. Is it enough? Read more. Read even more.
| Islam's Worldview of a Supreme Being
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- One of the most dramatic ways to show the difference between the God of the Bible and the god of Islam is to compare the accounts of the creation in the Koran and in the Bible. The Bible tells of God walking in the garden and talking to the humans He created. In the Koran, there is no such personal God Who loves His people. In fact, Muslims may think that it is sacrilege to think of God in such terms. This is a huge difference. In addition, the God of the Bible frequently spoke to men and women. In addition, the God of the Bible is even closer to those who have accepted Christ. He abides in those who are born again into His family. He speaks to them continually, guiding them throughout their lives. He flows through them and His love, His very essence, is shed abroad flowing out to others through the follower of Christ. Not only that, but God does His righteousness through the Christian as the Christian yields to God's Spirit. Islam has no such God.
- The Muslim view of God is diametrically opposed to the Christian view. Allah rather than the Triune God: Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit, Who are One God. Adopts biblical monotheism (one and only one God) but violently rejects biblical trinity.
- In a strawman approach, Islam restates the biblical doctrine of trinity as a non-biblical view of three gods, and then seeks to attack the newly devised idea of three gods, falsely claiming that the newly devised three-gods doctrine is the Christian view, which it is not.
- The Islamic god is Allah. Allah is the only Aribic word for God.
- Allah is considered merciful, but there is no emphasis on a personal relationship with Allah as there is with Jehovah.
- The Trinity is rejected in Islam. The God of the Bible is not like the one who is described in the Koran. At the same time, the Koran, just as the Bible, speaks of God in the plural sense, as more than one person.
- The Koran rejects a trinity of The Father, the Son, and Mary--and this is a trinity of which the Bible never speaks--Christians would also reject this trinity.
- The Koran mentions female goddesses, but the Bible has no such notion. This is in the satanic verses. These are explained as a time when Mohammed was deceived by Satan and wrote the wrong thing. Later, he corrected it.
In direct conflict with the teachings of Islam, there is one triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in perfect unity yet distinct persons within that unity. God is creator of the universe and everything in it. He is all-present, all-knowing, all-powerful. All that is good comes from God. Jesus is God. The Father is God. The Holy Spirit is God. They are three persons and one God.
Unlike the teachings of Islam, walking with Jesus is based on the God of the Bible. The Bible speaks of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The full name of Jesus is Lord, Jesus, Christ. Lord refers to the Father. Jesus said, if you have seen me, you have seen the Father. Jesus means savior, because He came to save us from our sins. God Himself paid our price for us that His holy righteousness would be fulfilled and so that He could restore us to Himself. Christ is a synonym for Messiah or Anointed One. Christ will always be the only Anointed One. The Anointing Oil is a type of the Holy Spirit. The word, trinity, is not in the Bible, but the three persons of the trinity are very plain throughout the Bible. Christians have an ongoing experience with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This is what it means to be a Christian. Whoever will may come.
Another difference between following Christ and the teachings of Islam, following Christ is based on knowing Jesus personally. Christians believe Jesus when He tells them that it is in Him alone that they can find life, peace, joy, fulfillment, love, righteousness, and every other good thing. They believe Jesus when He tells them that rejecting Him as their one and only God is the most serious sin that could be committed--the sin against the first commandment.
One more difference between the teachings of Islam and following Jesus is that walking in this Way would make no sense at all if Jesus were not God.
Another incompatibility with the teachings of Islam is this: a called-out person's life is all about a relationship with God. This relationship is very close and personal. It is a relationship of submission to the Holy Spirit. The human mind was never created to be operated without the Anointing of the Holy Spirit flowing through it with the human mind in complete submission. The same is true of the body. Spiritual death is defined as a condition where the human spirit, mind, or body is not in complete submission to the Holy Spirit.
Biblical Christianity's Teachings on God: The Only God is triune, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, everywhere-present, and has always existed.
No person can find purpose or meaning in life or be fulfilled outside of a relationship with God. God is love and wants a personal relationship with every person.
| Islam's Worldview of Jesus
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- Islam sees Jesus as a prophet only, but not divine.
- Muslims recognize Jesus' miracles, but not His divinity.
- Muslims do not recognize Christ as Savior from their sins.
- Muslims place Jesus under Mohammed.
112: 1-4 Sonship; 6:101-102; 9:30; 19:34-35
4:153-159 Death and Resurrection
- The following would seem to indicate that the Koran says that Jesus is God, but the Muslims don't think so:
Only Allah brings dead to life 2:73
Jesus rose the dead to life 3:49B
The Koran has childhood accounts of Jesus
Jesus makes birds out of clay 3:49A
- 55:27 There remaineth but the countenance of thy Lord of Might and Glory.
Ascended to heaven and will come again 4:158
Jesus brought the gospel of guidance and light 4:46
A prophet equal to the others
- Muslims don't believe Jesus when He tells them that it is in Him alone that they can find life, peace, joy, fulfillment, love, righteousness, and every other good thing. They don't believe Jesus that rejecting Him as their one and only God is the most serious sin that could be committed--the sin against the first commandment. Muslims are not saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
- Muslims respect the words of Jesus. Yet, Christ is not revered as God, but is only a prophet, and Mohamed is seen as greater than Christ. Yet, Mohammed is not believed by Muslims to have led a perfect life, but Jesus is. And the Koran says that Jesus created life and it also says that only God can create life.
- Muslims don't realize that they were created to be joined to Jesus Christ, to have a continual flow of the Anointing of His Holy Spirit through them so that the Spirit will continually lead them and the Creator will do His work through them.
- Question: Does Koran suggest Mohammed as a perfect man as compared to Jesus?
- The following would seem to point to the Triune God, but Muslims don't think so.
2:87 Holy Spirit
2:53 Jesus supported by Holy Spirit "our" and "we" for God
3:45 Jesus as word, Allah in the same verse
- Mohammed is not Holy Spirit
- John 15:16-17 Jesus calls the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Truth, who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness of me. The Greek word is Parakletos and could not refer to Muhammad. In John 15:26-27 "You have been with Me from the beginning." Parakletos is not a human being but a spirit. In Mathew 3:11, mark 1:8 and John1:29-34 "He himself will baptize you with the Holy Spirit". Does that means, "He will baptize you with Muhammad or Ahmed? In Luke 4:1 "And Jesus full of the Holy Spirit, returned from Jordan and was led about by the Spirit in the wilderness. Note: Was Jesus full with Muhammad or Ahmed when he returned from Jordan. The disciples were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues. As the Spirit was giving them utterance. Note: And they were filled with Muhammad or Ahmed and began to speak with their tongues as Muhammad or Ahmed was giving them utterances. Could it possibly mean that? Acts 4:31 They were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness: were they filled with Muhammad or Ahmed (Periklutos) Mathew 28:19 Did Jesus say, "Baptize them in the name of the Father, and the Son and Muhammad". In Acts 10:44: While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit, fell upon all those who were listening. Was that Muhammad or Ahmed?
In divergence from the teachings of Islam, called-out followers of Jesus know by revelation that Jesus is God. God is One, yet God is plural. There are three persons in One God. The unity between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is beyond what the human mind can comprehend. Jesus, Son of God, one person of the one triune God, so joined to the Father that His name is Father, yet in submission to the Father. He is Savior, Lord, and Anointed one (Christ). Eternal God and incarnated as man. In him is hidden all knowledge. Without Him, we can do nothing. He lives in the hearts of those who have received His redemption and gives them strength to endure all things and walk in holiness. Jesus is the Truth, and the Bible testifies of Him. If you have Jesus, then you have the Father. If you don't have Jesus, then you don't have the Father. Jesus is wisdom, and without Him, there is no wisdom. In the same way, God is love, so Jesus is love. He is peace. He is joy. All knowledge is hidden in Him.
The diametrically opposite to the teachings of Islam is the revelation that Jesus as the one and only unique Son of God Who is bringing many sons into glory. Christianity is based on knowing Jesus personally. Christians believe Jesus when He tells them that it is in Him alone that they can find life, peace, joy, fulfillment, love, righteousness, and every other good thing. They believe Jesus when He tells them that rejecting Him as their one and only God is the most serious sin that could be committed--the sin against the first commandment. Jesus said: He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me. Luke 10:16 Jesus saith to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh to the Father, but by me. John 14:6
Unlike Islam, True Christianity is not a religion but rather a living experience with the living Jesus. It is a moment-by-moment experience of the Holy Spirit (the Spirit of Christ) guiding and directing the Christian and the Christian either contending with God or submitting to the Holy Spirit. If the Christian contends, he or she becomes less mature in Christ. If the Christian submits, he or she has actually simply entered into the sabbath rest to let God do His work through them. When a Christian submits, faith comes. Faith is supernatural belief that God will do what He has just led the Christian to do. At that moment, the Christian has access into the grace of God, which is God's free gift. Righteousness is the free gift of God and the righteousness of God then flows to the Christian. If the Christian will submit his or her members to the Spirit of God, then God does His righteousness through the Christian. The Christian does the work, yet it is not the Christian but Christ in the Christian doing the work. When God does His righteousness through the Christian, this plants holy seed into the heart of the Christian. The old sinful person, the flesh dies a little bit each time. The Christ within is built up. This holy seed grows in the heart and brings more fruit, which, in turn, plants more holy seed. At the same time, the Christian is set free from sin in some measure--this is the meaning of the word, redemption. This is the relationship that God desires to have with every person. This process proceeds through the Body of Christ. Each member of the Body of Christ, each Christian, is a manifestation of the living Christ in the Earth. Each member is being fitted for a specific place of service within this Body, and the Body of Christ continues to grow until the full manifestation of the sons of God takes place at the end of the age.
In stark dissimilarity to Islam, true Christianity depends on the revelation that Jesus is God. Only God could pay the price for the sin of every person who ever lived or will live. A Christian's life is all about a relationship with the One Almighty Creator God, the God Who is Love. This relationship is very close and personal. It is a relationship of submission to the Holy Spirit. The human mind was never created to be operated without the Anointing of the Holy Spirit flowing through it with the human mind in complete submission. The same is true of the body. Spiritual death is defined as a condition where the human spirit, mind, or body is not in complete submission to the Holy Spirit.
As the opposite of the teachings of Islam as light is to darkness, God has revealed that He is a loving forgiving, but totally righteous, God. Christians have been forgiven for their sins because of the blood of Jesus. Jesus paid the price of the sins of every person. The Christian is required to see reality, that is, to have the humility to realize that they have fallen short of the glory of God and that they need the Savior to deliver them. And Christians no longer are forced to continually obey their own flesh so that even their own self-righteousness is as filthy rags. Christians can yield to the Holy Spirit and allow God to do His righteousness through them. God does not force Christians to yield, however. Many Christians are born again and remain as babes in Christ, but they will not be found among the faithful. Some Christians attempt in vain to establish their own righteousness, a self-righteousness, and so they are unable to receive the free gift of righteousness that comes from the throne of God, but they will not be found among the faithful. If Christians willingly abandon their self-righteousness and self-dependence and believe God rather than their own understanding, and if they stop contending against Jesus but rather accept Him and His free gift, then God will totally deliver them at the end of this present age. If a Christian dies in the meantime, they are together with Christ in glory and they join that great cloud of witnesses who have been faithful but have not yet obtained the promise.
Another thing that separates those who have been called out to follow Jesus from the teachings of Islam is that those who receive God's salvation are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Christians know that they have received the free gift (grace) of forgiveness of sins. Christians can know that they are going to heaven because of the goodness of God. All that is required is that a person not reject the free gift.
| Islam's Worldview of the Works of Jesus
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- Islam rejects the most important part of the work of Jesus Christ. Muslims do not believe that Jesus really died on the cross. They don't believe in the salvation that Jesus gave.
- They recognize that Jesus brought the gospel, yet they reject that gospel.
- Islam recognizes the signs that Jesus wrought.
- Muslims recognize that Jesus was sent to the children of Israel, though they interpret the Arab races to have the true lineage from Abraham through Ishmael, rejecting the biblical account.
An additional fact that is contradictory to the teachings of Islam is that Jesus lived a holy life without sin, died as a substitution for us, descended into hell and rose again in three days, and ascended into Heaven to save us from sin, death, and the power of Satan. He conquered sin, sickness and death on the cross.
In sharp contrast to the teachings of Islam, Jesus now sits at the right hand of the Father interceding for us. He is the only source of forgiveness or access to the Father. Those who don't except His work are not accepting the Father and are dooming themselves to judgment.
Unlike the teachings of Islam, Jesus works in the lives of believers, helping us to apply and take advantage of His victory in our lives through the Holy Spirit and helping us to grow in Christ.
Another distinction between the teachings of Islam and the teachings of the Holy Spirit: Jesus Christ will, in God's appointed time, return to the earth to raise the dead, judge and rule over the nations with His Church, the Body of Christ, in His everlasting Kingdom.
| Islam's Worldview of Authority
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- Unlike the Christian view, the Qur'an (Koran) is Islam's highest authority rather than the Bible.
- The Muslims also recognize the Bible as having authority, but because of the Islamic doctrine of deprecation, Muslims believe that many verses of the Bible (and of the Koran) no longer apply. Those verses are considered to be deprecated and replaced by newer verses in the Koran.
- While there are elements of biblical Christianity in Islam, there is no unity between Islam and Christianity. Most Muslims believe that any Muslim who converts to Christianity should be killed. Muslims may claim to believe the Bible or to be just like Christians when they are trying to recruit Christians to Islam, but they try very hard to discredit the Bible and Christianity.
- BELIEVE IN A 3 C (CCC) THEORY
- Islam is a continuation to the previously revealed revelations
- Islam is a correction to the previously revealed revelations
- Islam is a culmination to the series of prophets that came.(114 k)
Other Sacred Sources
- SUNNA is the PRACTICE and EXAMPLE of the Prophet.
- A HADITH is a reliably transmitted report of what the Prophet said, did, or approved.
Contrary to the teachings of Islam, the Bible (Old & New Testaments) as revealed to the hearts and minds of believers by the power of the Spirit but not by the corrupt natural human mind, is the unique, revealed, factual, accurate, & inspired Word of God, the sole authoritative writing for faith & practice.
A dissimilarity to the claimed authority of Islam is that the teachings of the Bible have been shown to be absolutely accurate in every way by every test possible.
Unlike the teachings of Islam, God speaks directly through the Bible, creation, the conscience, and other believers. When God speaks, He never conflicts with his revealed Word in the Bible and never conflicts with His creation.
Another way that God's revelation is unlike the teachings of Islam: God reveals and gives the interpretation of Scripture. God forbids any human speculation, imagination, assumption, presumption, presupposition, rationalization, or anything else that adds to or takes from Scripture. The Scripture is very clear in stating that the human mind is evil, deceptive, and untrustworthy to the point that our own minds can deceive us. The battle is for the mind with Satan and the flesh on the one side and the Holy Spirit joined to the redeemed human spirit on the other side.
The teachings of Islam do not agree with the revelation that the church, as it is defined in the Bible, has authority. The human-designed deviations from the Scriptural church dilute this authority. Within the church, there are gifts, offices, and ministries, all of whom have a Bible-defined authority. Scripture defines those who have authority to receive the interpretation of the Bible and administer doctrine to the church.
There is a disparity with the teachings of Islam in that God has declared that there is one and only one truth. Truth is not relative but it is very precise and tangible. Truth is found in Jesus Christ. Whatever God has not revealed and led in is sin. Each Christian, and also every unsaved person, is responsible to find God through Jesus Christ. Whoever seeks Him does find Him. He does speak to them. While the Bible has definitive truth, the Bible is not God. God must reveal the meaning of the Bible to His people. His primary authority for interpreting the Bible is through apostles. Because of the spiritual war that is currently raging, Satan introduces counterfeits of every reality, so Satan introduces false apostles. However, God assures us that we can know the difference by the Spirit of God. The false apostles will give themselves away by their works.
| Islam's Worldview of a Humanity
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- Humanity is seen in a totally different light in Islam as compared to Christianity. Islam sees humans as basically pure, but fallible and needing guidance. The Bible says that there is not a just man upon the earth who does good and does not sin and there is not one righteous man on the earth. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God according to the Bible, and the righteousness that we do is filthy.
- Muslims recognize the creation of man and the universe but disagree with the biblical view of the result of the fall into sin.
- They see mankind as having the ability to follow Allah's will, attaining the highest plan of God without the salvation that is available through Christ. Christians believe what the Bible says: that no one can come to the Father except through Jesus and there is no other name given among men by which we must be saved.
- Islam believes that human beings must give account of their conduct on the day of judgment, and don't see Christ as dying to atone for their sins. They choose to stand on their own abilities and works before the Holy Creator God.
A polarizing teaching of Islam is in conflict with the revelation that men and women were created by God, and that, at the time of their creation, they were good--as was everything else. At that time, God set man in authority over the rest of creation.
In comparison to the teachings of Islam, the followers of Christ realize that they were created to be joined to Jesus Christ, to have a continual flow of the Anointing of His Holy Spirit through them so that the Spirit will continually lead them and the Creator will do His work through them.
Another way that God's revelation diverges from the teachings of Islam is that the followers of Christ know that man obeyed Satan and became servant of Satan, and in this way, brought all creation under the control of Satan, so humans, in their natural state, are totally corrupted and in slavery to Satan and sin. This fall into sin separated man from God. Outside of the salvation that God has given through Christ, there is no hope for any person to do righteousness. Humanity is lost in sin and the result is death. The mind of man has been corrupted by the fall and is deceitful and desperately wicked. Each person is a trinity, body, soul, and spirit, and is dead to God, body, soul, and spirit, unless joined to God through trusting in the work of Jesus.
Here is a further disagreement with the teachings of Islam--the followers of Christ are set free from slavery to their own desires. God is working with followers of Christ through faith to untangle many lies that come from the father of all lies. If they listen, God will set them completely free, that is, redeem them. Those who are following Christ are redeemed in their spirits, having a close relationship with the Holy Spirit as they worship in spirit and in truth. The current battle is to redeem the mind. The final redemption will the redemption of the body spoken of in Romans and 1 Corinthians.
Another way to distinguish between the teachings of Islam the revelation of the Bible is the fact that the Bible teaches that man (and woman) is a three-part entity, spirit, soul, and body. The soul is the mind, life, and heart--these are synonyms. The human spirit and the human soul were never created to operate outside of a union with God. Jesus prayed for this union when He prayed, "I pray that they all may be one..."
Islam has teachings that conflict with the fact that man is appointed once to die and after this the judgment--and so Christ died for every man.
The teachings of Christ and the teachings of Islam are dissimilar in that the followers of Christ were created to walk from glory to every-increasing glory by the Spirit of God. Actually, every person was created for this purpose. In this age, some are disobedient to that call.
Followers of Christ have been the power behind the English and the U.S. movements to abolish slavery. Biblical Christianity has no place for the concept of races. We are all descendents of Adam. All of humanity is one race. Among the descendents of Adam, those who are born again have been born into the family of God. All who have not been born again have chosen to remain true to their father, Satan. Each person makes this choice. All are free to choose to come into God's family by putting their faith in Jesus and committing themselves to Him.
True Christianity respects women and does not make them a lesser creation.
| Islam's Worldview of the Human Problem
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- Sin and the lack of a worldwide Islamic State are seen to be the main problems.
- Islam correctly identifies the problem as being sin, but sin is defined differently from the Christian definition. In fact, following Christ as God, Lord and Savior is considered a grave sin in Islam. Ministering your Christian faith to a Muslim can earn you the death penalty in some Muslim nations.
- In Islam, sin is seen as disobedience of responsible human beings to the law of Allah. The cause of sin is seen to be human weakness, forgetfulness and a spirit of rebellion.
- Confession of faith
- FIVE PILLARS OF ISLAM
1. Shahada or Kalima: Creed
2. Salaat or Nimaz: Prayer Abolution 2:6, Direction 2:144, 1st Heaven, Bukh Vol.5 vs. 147
3. Zakah or Zakat: Alms 2:263,270; 4:114; 6:60,79:103; 24:56
4. Ramadan or Som: Lenten period/fast - Koran revealed 2:25
5. Hajj: go to pilgrimage 2:196; 5:21; 2:158,189,196
The problem is sin. Sin is anything that is not done in response to the leading of God, that is not done by God's miraculous righteousness working through us, or both. In the Garden of Eden, this took the form of Eve believing and obeying the serpent rather than God. In other words, whenever a man or woman sets out to establish their own righteousness, this is sin.
Sin is human will that is not in submission to God's will. All sin is a lack of love, because God is love. All righteousness is a free gift from God. Those who reject Jesus do so because they don't want the righteousness of God. When the law is understood, with it's many just and holy commandments, it is the manifestation of God in His people. This active work of sin has continued in all of mankind until today.
Unlike the teachings of Islam, The Bible teaches that human beings are sold into sin, slaves of Satan and must be bought back out of slavery by the blood of Christ. Christians are fully aware of the totally lost condition of all human beings, the inability of human beings to do good works, and the one Holy Creator God's great gift of giving His one and only way of salvation through acceptance of the atoning work of His one, unique Son, Jesus Christ. Christians do not miss all the benefits of holiness, righteousness, peace, glory, love, and joy that can only be found through Jesus. Christians are those who do not rebel against God and His free salvation, which is through Christ. Christians choose heaven rather than hell.
God's plan for humanity is very high. Sin is falling short of God's plan.
In contrast to the teachings of Islam, sin is failure to obey God, but sin is much more. God created man in a certain way to be guided by the Spirit of God by grace through faith. Whatever does not follow this pattern of guidance is sin.
In variance with the teachings of Islam, God is love, and sin is the lack of Love. God has a will and is a personal God. Sin is self-will or obedience to other spirits. Humanity was designed to be completely filled with the fullness of God at all times. Unlike the teachings of Islam, God desires to lead us at every moment in every detail. He desires that we hear His voice and respond in submission. We were created for this. We were created to respond by yielding to the Spirit of God and allowing God to do His works through us.
In stark contrast to the teachings of Islam, the problem is that, since the fall, humanity is hopelessly in slavery to Satan and cut off from God, and all creation has been corrupted by sin. That is the reason that death, sorrow, sickness, and trouble exists.
Differing from the teachings of Islam, true Christianity teaches that human beings are sold into sin, slaves of Satan and must be bought back out of slavery by the blood of Christ. true Christians are fully aware of the totally lost condition of all human beings, the inability of human beings to do good works, and the one Holy Creator God's great gift of giving His one and only way of salvation through acceptance of the atoning work of His one, unique Son, Jesus Christ. Christians do not miss all the benefits of holiness, righteousness, peace, glory, love, and joy that can only be found through Jesus. Christians are those who do not rebel against God and His free salvation, which is through Christ. Christians choose heaven rather than hell.
Differing from the teachings of Islam, a true Christian's life is all about a relationship with God. This relationship is very close and personal. It is a relationship of submission to the Holy Spirit. The human mind was never created to be operated without the Anointing of the Holy Spirit flowing through it with the human mind in complete submission. The same is true of the body. Spiritual death is defined as a condition where the human spirit, mind, or body is not in complete submission to the Holy Spirit.
| Islam's Worldview of the Solution to the Human Problem
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- The Islamic solution is the opposite of the biblical Christian solution.
- Islam teaches that each Muslim solves his or her own problem by personal observance of the Pillars of the Faith and submission to Allah.
- Islam teaches that Allah is merciful and forgives.
- The Bible talks about the Kingdom of God in which Christ will rule and reign with His saints. Islam also talks about a worldwide government of Islam which will solve all problems. The difference is that the Kingdom of God will be established in peace, but the Islamic totalitarian government is seen to be established by jihad (holy war). This is another instance where Christianity is exactly opposite of Islam.
- Note: not all Muslims believe in jihad or terrorism. Many are peaceful.
Salvation from humanity's sin and depravity requires forgiveness from God. This forgiveness results in the New Birth. Forgiveness and being born again are, and can only be, attained through faith in Jesus Christ, God's Son, and in His efficacious death on the cross of Calvary and His resurrection from the dead. Without being born again, no one can see, or enter the Kingdom of God. Everyone who has faith in Jesus Christ is born again, and that no other action, gift, baptism, or any other such thing is needed for a person to be born again. When a person is born again they are a member of the Church--the Church is the called out Body of Christ made up of the ministries of all the believers.
Righteousness is a free gift from God and that it is part of our salvation. Faith gives us access into grace, the free gift. The free gift includes both forgiveness and righteousness. Righteousness is obtained by drawing near to God and yielding to God.
Righteousness is in the moment. It is the flow of God's love through a human being. Holiness/Sanctification is the establishment of God's righteousness in the mind/soul of a person. Holiness is established by submission to the righteousness of God. Holiness represents a stability in the heart; it is a permanent transformation. Holiness is progressive as we yield ourselves to the Holy Spirit. Redemption is also progressive. Redemption is being set free from sin. Redemption is being set free to serve God.
Contradicting the teachings of Islam, for a Christian who is following Christ, Christianity is not a religion. Christianity is an ongoing relationship. It is an unfolding revelation of the living Christ. Jesus is the only source of righteousness. As a Christian yields to Jesus, the Holy Spirit both leads that Christian into righteousness and also does the righteousness of God through the Christian. This leads to holiness and also to redemption from slavery to sin. Yielding to sin, even for Christians, brings bondage to sin. Sin is habit-forming, but so is the righteousness that is only available through Jesus--the works He does through you.
To further differentiate The Biblical teachings from the teachings of Islam, salvation is a process that begins with being born again and progresses from glory to ever increasing glory. Salvation is by God's free gift and God's free gift is received through believing and receiving God. God is love, so to receive God is to receive love. Love is righteousness and the fulfillment of the law. When we yield to God, His love does His righteousness through us and fulfills all of God's law. God's love and revelation is always in complete harmony with the Bible, God's word. This is the way in which we are born again into the Kingdom of God. And this is the way in which we proceed from glory to glory to the manifestation of the sons of God, the redemption of our bodies, the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
| Islam's Worldview of Ethics, Values, and Morals
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- Islamic ethics are nothing like Christian ethics. There are some areas of agreement, but the differences are not subtle.
- Islam teaches ethics based on the Shari'ah, which is Islam's holy law. That which advances Islam is ethical. That which advances the people of Islam is ethical.
In variation from the teachings of Islam, God gave his law on Sinai, and His law is holy and just and good, but human beings are not able to obey His law. As a result, no one can earn salvation.
In opposition to the teachings of Islam, salvation brings works, not the other way around. We are saved to good works; good works cannot bring salvation. Good works are a gift from God. They are, in fact, God Himself doing His work through us, and that is only available to the saved.
Another difference from the teachings of Islam is this--because the believer has been born again into God's family, God speaks the word of faith into the heart of the believer. Then, God gives the power to believe and to discern the voice of God from other voices. God gives the power both to will and to do His good pleasure. He actually does the work-it is His grace (free gift) doing the work in the believer. Then, He rewards the believer as if the believer had done something.
Unlike the teachings of Islam, salvation is free in Christ Jesus.
The Bible contradicts the teachings of Islam. The law can be summed up in one word, love. So when someone commits adultery this is the opposite of love. Satan, for the sake of confusion, calls adultery love, but it is just the opposite. The same is true of envy, murder, covetousness, disrespect for parents, perversion, or any other part of God's law.
The Bible is diverse from the teachings of Islam. For those who have been born again, the law is being written on their hearts by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit now becomes the One who guides them and gives them power both to will and to do God's good pleasure. No one can obey God unless it is God both giving them the will do good and also doing the good works though them.
The Bible and the leading of the Holy Spirit are at variance with the teachings of Islam. The Bible is given as an authoritative guide to the truth, and the Holy Spirit teaches us when we read the Bible, provided we ask for leading and believe that we will receive it.
The Holy Spirit, as He has led the Church, is in disagreement with the teachings of Islam. The Holy Spirit teaches that the Bible gives us the order for the church and the order of the church is also given for guidance in interpreting the Bible and for understanding what is right and what is wrong
| Islam's Worldview of Judgment
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- Islam's concept of heaven is very different from the biblical view. Islam also has a concept of hell. A Muslim cannot be certain of attaining heaven, because it's difficult to determine whether or not they have been good enough.
- Unbelievers (non-Muslims) or those who commit apostasy will be punished. The Muslim concept of apostasy is totally different from the Christian concept of apostasy.
The Spirit is not in agreement with the teachings of Islam on Judgment, heaven, and hell. There is a life hereafter: heaven for the righteous, hell for the wicked and rebellious. God Himself is the only One Who makes this judgment.
God's revelation, through Scripture, is in contradiction to the teachings of Islam in that resurrection and judgment of all will take place on the day appointed by God. The saved will have everlasting fellowship with the Creator God. Those who have persisted in unbelief will receive judgment according to God's wisdom.
God's revelation differs further from the teachings of Islam: God's judgment is continual also during life. God's judgments are remedial, though they can be very severe. God has no pleasure in correcting anyone through His judgment. God's judgment starts with gentle leading, speaking to each person who lives. If that person receives the direction of God, they will first receive supernatural belief in Jesus as Savior to deliver them from both the punishment for their sins and to also deliver them from their sins. From their, God will lead them from glory to glory by the Spirit of the Lord. The path of the just is as a shining light that shines more and more until that day when Christ is fully and completely formed in the members of the Body of Christ as they flow into that total unity with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Unlike the teachings of Islam, God uses punishment as a way to bring those He loves to Himself. For those who are not obedient to the Spirit of God, it becomes more difficult.
Unlike the teachings of Islam, Even now, Jesus is the resurrection and the life and we can partake of his life to a degree.
Last updated: Dec, 2012
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