WHAT IN THE WORLD IS HAPPENING? DO CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS WORSHIP THE SAME GOD?
Most of us have heard it said that ‘we all worship the same God’, and while that may be true when referring to Christian religions, it is not valid when comparing the God of Christianity with that of any other religion.
There have recently been efforts to find common ground between Christianity and Islam, with some proponents coining the phrase Chrislam. Some Christian churches have even held services where there have been readings from both the Bible and the Koran. Other Christian leaders have said that we are all on different paths to the same God. However, as the above verses state, there is one God and one God only, and there is only one way or path to that God.
The only common characteristics between Islam and Christianity is that they are both monotheistic, or worship a single God. Allah and the Islamic religion have been derived from worship of a moon god. While both Islam and Christianity refer to Abraham as a founding father, that is where similarity ends. The Koran was written by Mohammed – the Bible was authored by God through inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
To Muslims, Jesus was a prophet – to Christians He is the Son of God. Islam denies that there is a Trinity, while Christianity acknowledges that there is a Godhead composed of three distinct persons – God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
Not only do we Christians worship the true God, but as the verse John 14:6 states, there is one path to eternal life and that is through the Jesus Christ and Him alone. As has often been said, Christianity is not just a religion, but is a relationship between God and individuals. While Islam and other religions require its adherents to accomplish salvation through good works, Christianity is based on the cross work of Jesus Christ and faith in Him. Our salvation has been purchased through the shed blood of Jesus and is available to all who will believe and receive the gift of forgiveness and eternal life.
Do you accept Jesus’ statement that He is the only way to God?
Or do you believe different religions worship the same God?
What do you base your belief on?