Do Christians and Muslims worship the same god?

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Whenever there is a terrorist attack perpetrated by Muslims in the name of Allah I always hear that Christianity shares the blame because both faiths worship the same god. 

This assertion is absolutely false.

In the Bible, God reveals Himself to us in many names. These names are His personal property. We did not invent these names for God. To the contrary, God revealed these names as His own.

We have no right to modify or to revise these names—much less to reject them. Jesus Christ made this abundantly clear. In the simplest way imaginable, Jesus teaches us to know God as Father, and to use this name in prayer. The Lord’s Prayer begins with the words, “Our Father, who is in heaven.” By the grace that God has shown us in Christ, we can truly know Him as Father.

Muslims do not speak of God as their heavenly Father. In the Islamic faith, Allah is not only a different name for god; the deity it designates is far more impersonal than the God of the Bible. Father—the very name that Jesus gave us as the designated name for use in prayer—is a name that simply does not fit Allah as depicted in the Quran.

Furthermore, Muslims claim that Allah has no son. This represents a head-on collision between the God of the Bible and Allah. For, as the Bible makes clear, the one and only true God is most perfectly revealed as the Father of the Son, Jesus Christ. In the Gospel of John, Jesus repeatedly teaches that no one has truly known the Father, except by the Son. In one of the most clarifying verses in the New Testament, Jesus declared Himself to be “the way, and the truth, and the life,” adding, “No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

Because Muslims deny that God has a son, they explicitly reject any Trinitarian language. From the very starting point, Islam denies what Christianity takes as its central truth claim: the fact that Jesus Christ is the only begotten of the Father. If Allah has no son, then Allah is not the God who reveals Himself through the Son. How then can calling God “Allah” not lead to anything but confusion—and worse?

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6 replies

  1. The Christian populations of the Middle East, which date back to the time of the Apostles, have been nearly stamped out over the last 60 years and the process has rapidly accelerated over the last 15. This is genocide; anyone claiming “that Christianity shares the blame” when Christians are being systematically murdered and displaced is obscenely stupid.
    On the other hand, without getting into intra-Islamic debates or trying to figure out what constitutes “authentic Islam” – that is none of our business – anything good done by the followers of Islam is not wasted; God does not reject sincere prayer or just living.

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    • Great point dp.

      I have been told multiple times (most bizarre example is that I am ISIS on paved stteets) that Muslims and Christians worship the same God so there is not much difference in the faiths.

      Obscenely stupid isn’t wrong but I prefer woefully misguided and uninformed.

      Sad the people who often say these things claim to be intellectually superior to religious folk.

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  2. The God of Is-lam james, can hardly be known as El Shaddai, as believers know Him as God of the breast, a truth revealed to Abraham, as well as our friend John, who leaned on the Lord………..at supper……….on the night in which He was betrayed.

    The true God of heaven has no competitors, but as to many people doing good things, I say ‘so what.’ Even a drunk is considered a nice guy when he buys a drunk his next round.

    At the end of the day, the question is: what think ye of Christ? A fine question. And btw, Christians have no orders…………none……to lop off heads.

    There is no comparison between the true God and all false gods.

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  3. Although I like most of what this blog has to offer, I must insist that, from a strict biblical point of view, we cannot deny that Muslims and Christians worship the same God. Muslims and Christians certainly disagree about certain attributes and characteristics of God: whether he has a son, what names are appropriate, whether there is a trinity, and so on. But Muslims certainly intend to worship the God of the Bible, and the Bible clearly teaches that people do NOT need to know all about God in order to worship him. (I doubt that the thief on the cross knew that God had a son, or knew what name to call Jesus). Even though Islam is an erroneous religion, we go too far when we try to say that Muslims are not trying to worship our God.

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