Is Islam and Christianity Compatible?



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  • Is Islam and Christianity Compatible?

    Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?

    An article written by Matthew R. Brooks.


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    We've critiqued Matthew Brooks' theology once before on Word of the Cross and Discerning the Truth. His teachings are not consistently biblical.

    Jesus provided an inclusive and striking statement as recorded in John 14: ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’ More insight comes from another text in Acts 4, which is part of a speech by Peter after being questioned about his authority to heal a lame man. Peter replies: "It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed… Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved."

    We can ask the question, “Is Jesus the only way to eternal life?”, if we are marked by the Holy Spirit, we can conclude that the answer is ‘Yes’. Where it is not possible to earnest states that Jesus is Lord except we have been transformed. No other religious system points to the Son of God as Savior, but instead to a Satanic substitute or system of rules.

    Islamic thought on Jesus differs from Christian teachings. The Qur’an mentions Jesus, or Isa, 25 times, but differently each time. Muslims believe that Jesus was a prophet who was given a special message or the gospel—to convey to all people. This message both confirmed what was taught in the Torah and foretold the coming of Prophet Muhammad. Thus, Jesus has a vital and unique role to play in the Muslim faith. However, while Muslims accept that Jesus was a servant, teacher, and lover of God’s Word, they do not believe that he was divine or the son of God. Instead, Jesus is a sign to all humankind of God’s endless mercy.

    Muslims do not believe in original sin. They see no need for a Savior and, moreover, do not believe in Jesus’ crucifixion. The Qur’an states that Jesus was assumed into heaven (3:169) before his actual death. Islamic tradition explains that Jesus was spared death because he was God’s holy one. Muslims believe Jesus’ enemies could not triumph over him because he is God’s chosen servant. Islam adamantly rejects the deity of Christ. The Qur’an declares the idea that Jesus is God to be blasphemy (5:17). Belief in the deity of Christ is considered pagan polytheism to Muslims. Islam is not consistent with Christianity, nor do they observe Jesus exclusivity as the Savior. Instead their gaze is set upon their false idol, Muhammad.

    However, we have movements in the church coined "Chrislam" which is a portmanteau of Christianity and Islam. Chrislam is an attempt to syncretize Christianity with Islam. Chrislam began in the city of Lagos, the biggest city and sea port in Nigeri in 1980 and spread worldwide since. The essential concept of Chrislam is that Christianity and Islam are compatible, that one can be a Christian and a Muslim at the same time. False teachers like renegade Rick Warren of Saddleback Community Church in Orange County California has taught this for some time. Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners and Leith Anderson, President of the National Association of Evangelicals and 300 American theologians, ministry leaders and prominent pastors support this view.

    No different than the rampant fake news, at any given moment, unbiblical error is being taught as fact. Deceit is far more plenteous than truth.


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