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A Brief Comparison Between Christianity and Islam
C R Lord, Webmaster
SOME COMPARISONS FROM THE BOOKS OF EACH RELIGION
Sura 24:2 - The Holy Qur'an says: "The woman or man guilty of adultery or fornication, Flog each of them with a hundred stripes, Let not compassion move you in their case, in a matter prescribed by God, if ye believe in God and the last day, and let a party of the believers witness their punishment."
John 8:3-11 - The Holy Bible says: "When Jesus had lifted up himself and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said; No man Lord. Jesus said unto her; neither do I condemn thee; go and sin no more." The self-righteous scribes and Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery to Jesus to stone her, but Jesus simply knelt down and then quietly said; "Let he that is without sin cast the first stone." When he said that everyone dropped their stones and left. Then Christ showed compassion on her and told her to go and sin no more.
Sura 4:88-89 - The Holy Qur'an says: "Why should ye be divided into two parties about the hypocrites? God hath upset them for their (evil) deeds. Would you guide those who God has thrown out of the way? For those whom God has thrown out of the way, never shalt thou find the way. They but wish that ye should reject faith as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they); But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of God (from what is forbidden); But if they turn renegades; seize them and slay them wherever you find them; and (in any case) take no friend or helper from their ranks." Please Note here that the penalty for apostasy is death.
Galatians 6:1 - The Holy Bible says: "Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault ye which are spiritual restore such a one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself lest thou also be tempted." The idea here is reconciliation. Christians should be willing to forgive even as God has forgiven them. Matthew 6:14-15
Sura 5:41 - The Holy Qur'an says: "As to the thief, male or female, cut off his or her hands: a punishment by way of example from God for their crime: and God is exalted in power."
1 John 1:9 - The Holy Bible says: "If we confess our sins He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness." God's way is forgiveness for sin.
Sura 5:36 - The Holy Qur'an says: "The punishment of those who wage war against God and his apostles, and strive with might and main with mischief through the land is execution or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from both sides, or exile from the land; That is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the hereafter."
Romans 12:19 - The Holy Bible says - "Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath; for it is written; Vengeance is mine; I will repay saith the Lord." The Lord can handle his enemies - he doesn't need our help. Sura 9:5 - The Holy Qur'an says: "But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the pagans wherever you find them, and seize them beleager them and lie in wait for them in every strategm of war; but if they repent, and establish regular prayers and practice regular charity, then open the way for them; for God is oft-forgiving, most merciful."
Matthew 5:44 - The Holy Bible says: "But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you." - The words of Jesus Christ -
Here we see that one book offers pain and death for sin or defection from the religion it represents. The other offers forgiveness and restoration for all who will repent and be forgiven and saved - God alone deals with his enemies. He doesn't need help from any man. Thou shalt not kill is still part of the Bible.
Philippians 2:10-11 - "That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in Heaven and things in earth and things under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father."
Christianity began in the Roman province of Judea.
Christians worship in church, in homes, civilian chapels, military chapels in Bible studies and in the outdoors in a wide variety of camps and etc.
Islam began in the Arabian Peninsula.
Muslims believe that Jesus Christ is a prophet but a lesser prophet than Muhammad. Islam believes in one God and of necessity rejects Christ as God. Islam believes the Catholic and Christian are one and the same, as do many in secular circles. This has led to much erroneous teaching in the world of religion and secularism worldwide.
While Catholics acknowledge the same God and Jesus Christ's death on Calvary, they have other teachings that violate the cardinal doctrines of all Christians. The most serious violation is in the teaching of Catholicism regarding Mary and her exaltation. Christians do not believe they are to pray to Mary or bow to her as if she were deity.
Christians believe that Jesus Christ is God come in human flesh as prophesied in Isaiah 7:14 and fulfilled in the book of Matthew 1:23.
They believe that he is the third person in the Godhead. He is the God/man or in theological terms the hypostatic union or the combination of divine and human natures in the single person of Jesus Christ. See Matthew 1:23 and compare it with Isaiah 7:14 - prophesied 760 BC
Muslims worship in Mosque/masjid, any place which is considered clean by Islamic standards.
Salvation For the Christian begins with personal acknowledgment that they are a sinner, procedes with humility and sorrow and coming to God to seek forgiveness for their sin and eternal life.
All true Christians understand that they are not worthy to receive the forgiveness God offers but they accept it by faith. They place their faith in the fact that Jesus Christ's blood shed on the cross of Calvary was sufficient payment for their sin debt.
God confirms by the Holy Spirit that he has heard and answered their plea and he gives them an inner witness to that fulfilling the scripture that His spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are his children.
Salvation in Islam is attained by belief in one God, remembrance of God, repentance, fear of God and hope in God's mercy. However there is not a guaranteed hope of salvation and the resurrection to eternal life as there is in the Christian Bible outside of dying in Jihad.
Like all other religions in the world, salvation is dependent on being good enough or depending on good works. The problem with this theory is that nobody can be sure their good outweighs the bad they had done; leaving them in doubt.
If my sources are correct some Muslims believe that dying in Jihad gives them assurance of life and good favor with Allah after physical death.
Christians believe their lineage extends from the time of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. In Matthew 1:1-17 the lineage from Abraham to the carrying away into Babylon is given broken down in generations of 14.
The Birth of Jesus; "God with us" is in this chapter as well; especially verse 23.
Muslims believe that the ancestor of Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم is Abraham (Ibrahim) through his son Ismael.
Christians believe the Bible is the Word of God. They believe that holy men of God wrote as the Spirit of God directed them using their natural form of writing and their personalities and their character as well to say what God wanted said to mankind. II Timothy 3:16 and 17 verifies this. Perhaps the strongest proof of the Bible being God's word is that when Christians pray to God based on the promises of scripture he answers them and in very specific ways many times.
One more thing. Christians also know the author personally once they are redeemed.
Muslims believe that God (Allah) gave Muhammad the Qur'an and it is the sacred text of Islam. While the Qur'an is the only sacred text of Islam, the Hadith, which is the sayings of Muhammad, is also highly revered. To insult the Qur'an or Muhammad is strongly forbidden and results in punishment and even death for some including what Muslims believe are infidels (unbelievers).
Muslims call Christians and Jews people of the book when referring to the Torah and the Bible scriptures.
Below are other sources for study of Muslims and what they believe including how they compare to genuine Christianity. Some of this is personal research in my study of the Qur'an and almost 41 years as a Christian, and others are from the studies of others including some Muslims who have left Islam for their own reasons. It is for the visitor to this site to decide what they believe based on research that is widely available on the net.