Post Author: Bill Pratt
Imagine the following scenario: two people claim to know the same professional football player. The football player’s name is Alex and he plays in the NFL. The first person who knows Alex the football player describes him this way:
He is 6′ 6″ tall, he weighs 305 lbs., he plays left tackle, he is married, and he plays for the Carolina Panthers.
Now the second person describes Alex the football player:
He is 6′ 2″ tall, he weighs 256 lbs., he plays middle linebacker, he is single, and he plays for the Atlanta Falcons.
When when we started out, we were pretty confident that these two people were talking about the same Alex the football player. Once we asked for more details, though, we quickly discovered that they are not the same person at all, but two different people. We just needed a little more information about Alex from each person.
This is the same situation with the God of Islam and the God of Christianity. Both are claimed to be the God of Abraham and both are monotheistic creator-God’s. If we stop there, we might conclude that they must be the same God.
Unfortunately, there is a slight problem. Christians believe that God is three persons in one nature, a Trinity. The three persons are the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Muslims flatly reject the Trinity. There is only one person who is God, not three.
Second, Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the God-man – he is fully God and fully man. Muslims completely reject this idea of Jesus as God-man. They view Jesus as a mere human prophet who is less important than the final prophet, Muhammad.
There are more differences in the God of Islam and the God of Christianity, but we need go no further. Just based on the differences highlighted above, we are 100% sure that these two Gods are not the same.
One final note. We must admit that there are some similarities in the God of Islam and the God of Christianity, and when Christians speak to Muslims about God, we can use these similarities as launching pads to share our faith. However, just because there are some similarities, we must not fall into the trap of papering over the very real and very significant differences. Closing our eyes to the key beliefs of these two religions doesn’t get us anywhere.