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Is the God of Christianity the Same as the God of Islam?

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.


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  • http://javanut61.wordpress.com Javanut

    I was under the impression that “Allah” is the name of a Babylonian moon god. Can you give us a little more info on that?

  • http://truthbear.wordpress.com/ truthbear

    Not all Christians believe in the trinity. Simply because it is not biblical and it is a man made doctrine, a fabrication. The bible speaks of the oneness of God, but the Bible never speaks of a triune God. As far as the Christians and Muslims worshiping the same God, not a chance, the Muslims worship a pagan god, the Catholics use to worship the same pagan god. Not all Christians understand who God is.

  • Bill Pratt

    Hi Truthbear,
    I must respectfully disagree with you. The Trinity has been a core belief of the church since the fourth and fifth centuries. It is biblical, as we have shown on this blog. I have written several posts on the Trinity that you should check out. Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, and almost every Protestant denomination affirm the Trinity. It is the overwhelming position of Christendom, so those who call themselves “Christian” and deny the Trinity are in a tiny minority position.

    God bless,
    Bill

  • Brad

    Truthbear, why do you say it’s not Biblical? Is it b/c the word “Trinity” is not used? I’ll stipulate to that, b/c you’re right, it’s not. But the lack of existence of that word in the Bible, does not mean the concept isn’t there.

    Bill, I would say the same thing about the Jewish God, for they would also claim to worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. For the very reasons you state related to Islam (denial of the Trinity and denial of Jesus as the God-man), they believe in a different god.

  • http://www.usislam.org/converts/converts.htm arah

    Who is Allah, the Almighty Creator

    2:255 (Y. Ali) Allah. There is no god but He,-the Living, the Self-subsisting, Eternal. No slumber can seize Him nor sleep. His are all things in the heavens and on earth. Who is there can intercede in His presence except as He permitteth? He knoweth what (appeareth to His creatures as) before or after or behind them. Nor shall they compass aught of His knowledge except as He willeth. His Throne doth extend over the heavens and the earth, and He feeleth no fatigue in guarding and preserving them for He is the Most High, the Supreme (in glory).

    Islam mean submission to the will of One True God, the Almighty Creator. Submission to the One Almighty Creator is the main teaching of all prophets including Abraham. Moses and Jesus and Muhammad (peace be upon them).

    The commandments by Almighty God to Moses for the Israel in Deut 10:12-13

    12 And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13 and to observe the LORD’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?

    Deuteronomy 6:4-9
    4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. [a] 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

    The same One God was the greatest commandment by Jesus also to Israel.

    “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (NIV, Mark 12:28-31).

    The coming of Muhammad with the same mission but for all mankind was predicted and foretold in the OT and NT

    Al A’raf 7:157
    “Those who follow the apostle, the unlettered Prophet, whom they find mentioned in the Taurat and the Injil…”

    The Lord said to me [Moses]: ‘What they say is good. I will raise up for them a Prophet like you among their brothers; I will put My words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him. If anyone does not listen to My words that the Prophet speaks in My Name, I will Myself call him to account.’ (Deuteronomy, 18.17-9)

    Al Saff 61:6
    “…Jesus, the son of Mary said: ‘O children of Israel! I am the apostle of Allah (sent) to you, confirming the Taurat (which came) before me and giving glad tidings of an apostle to come after me, whose name shall be Ahmad’ ”

    But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the ‘Paraklit’ will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment. (John, 16:7-8)

    When Paraklit comes – the Spirit of truth – who comes from the Father, he will testify about me. (John, 15.26)

    I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking what is mine and making it known to you. (John, 16.12-14)

    I will not speak with you much longer, for the Prince of this world is coming. And I posses nothing of him. (John, 14.30)

    However the ignorant or the arrogant always disagree. That the Spirit of Truth is not the Holy Spirit because the Holy Spirit have been around even before the birth of Jesus.

    http://www.thewaytotruth.org/prophetmuhammad/proofs.html

    Allah knows best.

  • http://truthbear.wordpress.com/ truthbear

    Okay;

    The word trinity is not in the Bible. But, the truine doctrine that you speak of is not biblical, the Bible teaches us oneness. Why is it, people want to split God into three? God has many attributes, but He is still one God, not two, not three.

    I have a question for you, actually 3 questions.

    1) Who is the Father?

    2) Who is the Son?

    3) Who is the Holy Ghost?

    Mat 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

    To whom was the writer, Matthew speaking of?

  • Bill Pratt

    Truthbear,
    Brad may want to discuss the Trinity with you further, but I will refer you to my post on the Trinity being biblical, which also contains a link to an in-depth analysis of the issue on another blog site.

    God bless,
    Bill

  • Bill Pratt

    Arah,
    Pardon my ignorance, but I thought that most Muslims believe that the Old and New Testaments were thoroughly corrupted by Jews and Christians (i.e., the texts we have today of the NT and OT are not trustworthy). If so, then why would you be quoting from corrupted texts?

    Thanks,
    Bill

  • Bill Pratt

    I’ve done a little research on this and found that there seems to be some scholarly agreement that the name “Allah” or a very similar name, was familiar to Arabs before Muhammad came on the scene. It seems that Muhammad elevated Allah, who was one of the many gods worshipped by Arabs in the seventh century and prior, to be the supreme and only God.

    Islam seems to mix the polytheistic traditions and rituals among ancient Arabs with the Jewish and Christian ideas of monotheism. There are elements of both found in Islam.

    Check out this article which tries to make the case that Allah was actually worshipped as a moon god before Muhammad started using the name “Allah” for the God of his new religion.

  • Brad

    TruthBear,

    I would also recommend you read Bill’s post he referenced on the Trinity being Biblical. You said that “God has many attributes, but He is still one God, not two, not three.” You know what, I agree with you. So would Bill. We’re not saying there are 3 separate gods – if you think that, then you’ve misunderstood the basic premise of the Trinity. What we’re saying is that God exists in 3 separate, co-eternal, co-equal Persons (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). There’s not 3 gods, we don’t believe that for a second.

    Read Bill’s post on that, and then feel free to comment further if you like.

  • http://www.activesmedia.com jalal khawaldh

    “The Disbelievers”

    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

    “109.1″: Say: O unbelievers!

    “109.2″: I do not serve that which you serve,

    “109.3″: Nor do you serve Him Whom I serve:

    “109.4″: Nor am I going to serve that which you serve,

    “109.5″: Nor are you going to serve Him Whom I serve:

    “109.6″: You shall have your religion and I shall have my religion.

  • http://sonsothunder.wordpress.com sonsothunder

    Never say Never jalal,
    One day we will all bow a knee and lift praises to God All Mighty.
    I look forward to seeing you there that day. I look forward to seeing you and shaking your hand.
    If your god teaches that we will never serve the same god, and that it’s all about a religion, then I would certainly consider as to what end a god of such devision and hatred really could have for meas an individual.
    Anyway , God Bless you
    sonsothunder

  • Charlee

    Where in the bible does God say the word Trinity. And where in the bible does God say that The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit make up the trinity?

  • Bill Pratt

    Hi Charlee,
    Please read the posts on this web page for more information on the Trinity.

    Thanks for your comment,
    Bill

  • http://www.usislam.org/converts/converts.htm arah

    Please provide your proof from the Quran that Islam mixed between One God and polytheistic tradition.

    Why did Jesus mentioned the following statement?

    One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (NIV, Mark 12:28-31)

    Anywhere in the bible that Jesus teach TRINITY?

  • http://www.usislam.org/converts/converts.htm arah

    My dear bill,

    Are the teaching of Jesus and the Churches the same?

    Please provide your proof from the bible where Jesus taught TRINITY?

  • http://www.usislam.org/converts/converts.htm arah

    My dear bill.

    You will only know whether the NT and OT were corrupted by reading and analyze those documents.

    I hope this site will help

    http://www.witness-pioneer.org/vil/Books/MB_BQS/default.htm

  • Charlee

    No, there is not. And there is no word “trinity” in the bible. if it was so important then why isn’t the word in the bible

  • Charlee

    You could go on forever and ever. My God is the God of truth, light, love, and joy NOT hate, evil, war, fighting, bickering, childish things. And that is exactly what this sounds like, Childish things.
    My God is not the God of chaos and that is exactly what the bible is,,, chaos, and all religious writings are chaos. God would want people to read something clear and percise, don’t you think?
    Think with your heart, mind, and soul and you will find the truth. Over the centuries MEN changed the word of God to suit his needs. Where are women in the bible? Why do Christians think that they are the only ones with a grip on heaven and all the rest of humanity can go straight to hell.And where in the bible did Jesus call his followers Christians?
    Man, if that isn’t being arrogant. Go back to some of Christ’s teachings and read, think, and discern. God said every man will bow and every man will bow. This is God’s will not yours. God is in control, not Christians, Muslims, Catholics, Baptists, or anyone else. Christians can’t even agree so they made up a kazillion different religions. Once again, God said he would bring all men to HIM> and He will! So, quit fighting about it and realize that God is the creator, no matter what religion you are in. God is the creator! Can you grasp that? The Creator. If you are celebrating and praying to a creator, you are celebrating and praying to GOD! 3jo 1:11 for you bible readers: Beloved, imitate not that which is evil, but that which is good. God would not like disagreements on every aspect of life!! Love is the most important thing, love and relationships. So, stop bickering and acting right and arrogant. Everything is of God and from God. That includes every human! Not just Christians.

  • Charlee

    Bill, I have read the bible no need to read your posts on this web page. There is no word TRINITY in the bible. It is man-made, or thought up I did read over and over again in the bible that there is ONE GOD. Maybe that’s where the mistake is. I also read that God said, “this is my son,” How would ya know? And I guess Jesus is seated at the right hand of God the father, actually means that he is seated by Himself. You need to stop making up stuff as you go along. Now Christians are using the word Triune, a madeup word to encompass our wonderful creator. Enough is enough.

  • Bill Pratt

    Charlee,
    You said, “My God is not the God of chaos and that is exactly what the bible is,,, chaos, and all religious writings are chaos.”

    But then you go on to quote the Bible to support your position. So which is it? Is the Bible chaos or not? If it is, then why are you quoting from it to support your position?

  • Bill Pratt

    Arah,
    You don’t seem to understand the Christian view of the Bible. The entire Bible is considered God’s Word; that means both the things Jesus said and the things he did not say, but other biblical authors said. There are many things that Jesus did not address, so if your argument is that because Jesus never explicitly taught the doctrine of the Trinity, then it won’t fly. Christians don’t restrict their understanding of God to only Jesus’ words he spoke as a human on earth. The Bible teaches the concept of the Trinity in clear terms and in many places. Please read the posts on this blog that address the Trinity.

    God bless,
    Bill

  • Charlee

    I wrote “for you bible readers”
    I already know that everything chaotic and evil comes from evil and everything good and right comes from God. So, you’re continuing criticisms have no warrant. Religion is chaotic, spirituality is not. Spirituality to taking all writings and using DISCERNMENT< don't believe everything you read and less of what you hear. Use your heart, mind, and soul. God will show you the truth.

  • Charlee

    Bill,
    I suppose you are one of those Christians who actually think that if some poor soul dies tomorrow and didn’t take Christ as their savior and get baptized that they will spend an eternity in hell’s fire. If you do, I feel really sorry for you.
    God be with you,
    Charlee

  • Bill Pratt

    Actually I don’t believe that, but I don’t think that will matter much to you, as you seem to think that you know me better than I know myself.

  • Bill Pratt

    So the Bible is chaos, meaning it cannot be trusted?

  • Adem

    “Allah” is simply the Arabic word for ‘God.’ Therefore, it would not be surprising if pre-Islamic tribes used Allah as a term for their God. Similarly, Arab Christians use the world ‘Allah’ when discussing the Christian God – http://www.christiananswers.net/q-eden/allah.html

  • Pam

    I just wanted to say, I ran across this post looking for answers to my heart about an event that brokes my heart. A nondenominational church in Gainesville, Florida, plans to host an Quran burning. Charlee I agree with you. “Religion is chaotic, spirituality is not. Spirituality to taking all writings and using DISCERNMENT< don't believe everything you read and less of what you hear. Use your heart, mind, and soul. God will show you the truth." God have mercy on us all. Oh I am what some would call Christian. But I believe God will show us all the way. God Bless or Allah be with you.

  • Bill Pratt

    Pam,
    The God of Christianity and the God of Islam are clearly different, but burning a Qur’an is horribly disrespectful to Muslims. I am appalled that a church would do this. What good can possibly come of this? None that I can see.

  • eric

    GOD-By Jesus christ son of god

  • eric

    Who is Jesus Christ and what is His mission to the world?

    “Who is Jesus Christ and what is His mission to the world?” is certainly a logical question to ask. He changed the world in only 30 years on earth, and no one has had more of an impact on this planet than Jesus Christ. This is, after all, His planet.

    Psalms 97:1-6 says, “The LORD reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice. Clouds and thick darkness surround him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. Fire goes before him and consumes his foes on every side. His lightning lights up the world; the earth sees and trembles. The mountains melt like wax before the LORD, before the Lord of all the earth. The heavens proclaim his righteousness, and all the peoples see his glory.”

    There is no surer sign of Christ’s divinity than 2000 years after His death people and demons still tremble at His name. Many shudder upon hearing His powerful name; there is no other name that has power like that of Jesus.

    The Bible attributes this phenomenon to the fact that Jesus is God. His message is love, and as 1 John 4:8 tells us, God is love. Although His message and His acts were selfless, His teaching focused on Himself. “Follow me;” “I am the light;” “I am the way the truth and the life, and no one comes to the Father except through me.”

    Christ claimed to be God. Even in the Bible, people asked, “Who is Jesus?”

    “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “Before Abraham was born, I AM!”

    Proclaiming He was God was not Jesus’ mission. What is His mission to the world? His three-year mission was not to convert people to His cause. Although Christ ministered to many people, John the Baptist was better known throughout the Roman Empire. The Apostle Paul influenced thousands to follow Jesus, compared to Jesus Himself who only had 120 supporters shortly after His death.

    The mission of Jesus was prophesied in Isaiah 7:14-15: “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. He will eat curds and honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right.”

    Jesus was also fully human. Jesus became tired, hungry, sad, and angry. He went to work as other men, and most importantly, He was tempted. Immanuel means “God with us.” Jesus came to experience humanity, so as a human He could pay the price for the crimes of humanity. Our sins have been nailed to the cross, and we bear them no more.

    God is the judge, and humanity is the offender. The judge is the only one who can name the penalty, and the offender is the only one who can pay the atonement. Therefore, in order to pay the atonement on behalf of humanity, God had to become human. The penalty has been paid in full, and the decision to accept the payment on your behalf is yours.

  • Michael Crass

    The Trinity is all over the New Testament. Three different persons mentioned on a regular basis and each are called God and work together in every process. It would take a willful ignorance not to see it.

  • DonS.

    Read the posts here on this blog concerning the Trinity. Also, it’s very obvious by reading the Gospels. What didn’t you understand?

  • Worduncensored

    Okay so you want the english word trinity to be there in the Bible? Search hard you won’t find it…. However, if you are really interested in knowing the truth and not blindly rejecting because the word “Trinity” in English is not present, no one can help. Here is why most christians believe in Trinity – The Creator, God the Father, created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1). Then jump to John 1:1 to 4 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life,and that life was the light of all mankind.

    After reading that jump to verse 14 in John 1.

    14 -The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.

    Now that is Jesus. The “Word became flesh” is the key. And since the verse 1 of John claims that the Word was God, the flesh God and the creator God are now one and yet seperate parts of the God Head. Now for the 3rd part of the Supreme God Head – the Holy Spirit. It was spoken by Jesus. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. – John 16:13. So Holy Spirit works hand in hand with God the Father and God the Son to convict the world of the sin. In the same chapter Jesus speaks about the sin the Holy Spirit convicts the world of and about going to the Father.

    John 16:8 to 11
    When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment:9 about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

    So according to Jesus – “The sin of the world is not believing in Him”. And He is saying that the Holy Spirit will be the testimony and convict us all of that sin. With all that said, I think Jesus was serious about what He said or He was really a crazy guy trumpeting that He was God. Judge for yourself. I believe He was saying the truth.

    So if Jesus was referring to Father as a separate person and Holy Spirit as separate person and yet insisting on their oneness (I and the Father are one, Spirit tells what He hears from Me), the only explanation is that of a Trinity. The Trinity was a word coined to explain the concept. The concept was not coined by people, the word “Trinity” was. The concept is clearly explained in the Bible.

    I know you will reject it saying that it is in our mind and we are creating disunity… but a man with willingness to read the words in black and white (without having already made up the mind to not see it) will see that the concept is clearly written and is not man made to create division. Jesus testified about God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. Will you believe it or not is upto you.

  • occupant 9

    Islam is “horribly disrespectful” to Christians and Jews when Muslims pray five times a day, for the beginning of each prayer has a slander to both the Christians and the Jews. Further, this “holy” book of the Muslims speaks very ill towards Christians and Jews, and other faiths as well, with proscriptions of warfare and murder to come.

    Burning the Koran is an act that tells Muslims they are not respected and have earned none for 1400 years. The good to come of this is the backbone of a free people quite clearly demonstrating our disgust for a “religious” book that calls us filth and demands we be second class citizens or worse.

    The Muslim “holy” book tells them they (Muslims) are the “best of people.”

    As I survey Muslim history up to the present state, I cannot agree to respect the Muslim view of things by respecting their “holy” book.

  • occupant 9

    Nice taqiyya jalal. Got any more abrogated verses for us?

  • occupant 9

    Bill, it is all “corrupted” when convenient to serve the arguments of Islam.

    Arah, as you full well know, Allah commands the Muslim to murder all the Jews that God painstakingly forged into His nation. Obviously, Allah is not God for Allah’s interest is the outright murder of God’s chosen. Islam has more in common with the Nazi than with any other ideology.

    When we talk about “corruption,” the conversation really starts with Islam’s habit of cultural appropriation and blessed deception/lying (taqiyya, kitman) in order to safeguard and/or promote Islam.

    Islam is the definition of hutzpa!

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