Converts from Islam face internal confusion as well as external persecution. Progressive imams and scholars, especially in the West, maintain that Christians and Muslims essentially worship the same God. Our Turkish ministry partner “Amir” vehemently disagrees. Here he unpacks some of the difference between the God of the Bible and the Allah of the Qur’an.
“First of all, Christians and Muslims do not worship the same God. The Muslim's god, Allah, was a name of an idol in Mecca. When Mohammed destroyed the idols he made a declaration proclaiming that the only god was Allah. You see, he had destroyed the seen gods (idols) and replaced them with an unseen god…but still an idol. (Of course, if you say these things to a Muslim he won't be happy with you; he’ll probably get very angry).
When we read the Qur’an and the Bible, we see the differences between their god and our God. For one thing, the Qur’an does not recognize Jesus as God. It only recognizes Him as one of the prophets. It also does not recognize the salvation brought to us by Jesus Christ’s death on the cross. If God and Allah are the same, can we say that Allah and Jesus are the same?
Our God explains Himself in three persons who are still one God - but we certainly don't see this in the Qur’an. Muslims do not believe the Holy Spirit. Who is the Holy Spirit? Is He not God (Acts 5:3–4)? If God and Allah are the same, can we say that Allah and the Holy Spirit are the same?
Does the god of the Qur’an explain any way we can receive salvation from our sins? No! Instead, it teaches that even if you are a Muslim you may first have to go to hell and pay the price for your sins and then Allah may choose to put you in paradise.
Their god does not providean absolutely certain way for salvation, even if you are a good Muslim! So, how can we say that their god and our God are the same?
In the Qur’an, Allah says that he created hell to fill it with demons and people. In the Bible God says that He wants to give life in Jesus and He desires to save all people (2 Peter 3:9). Are God and Allah the same?
To those who think Islam is “close enough” to Christianity that all good Muslims will be in heaven – no. Those who trust in Allah will not be in heaven because they do not have salvation in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior (Acts 4:12). Islam is not “close enough” to Christ’s salvation; in fact, you cannot find salvation in even a bit of Islam!
In the Old Testament we see that people (Jews) tried to be “close enough” but they were not able to obtain salvation through trying to follow the commandments of the Lord (Galatians 2:21). Then how can we say that Muslims will be in heaven?
The Qur’an is a man-made way for people try to reach up to God, but the Bible is the way God reaches out to people. Salvation is only found in Jesus Christ. It is not in Mohammed. It is not in the Qur’an.”
“Amir” and his wife “Ceyda” are engaged in church planting and evangelism in Turkey.