Tuesday, April 07, 2009

World religions: Islam

Basic beliefs

[1] There is one God, Allah, and Muhammad is his prophet. The Qur’an (or “Koran”) is the final and superior revelation of God, displacing the Bible.

[2] There is no Trinity; God is one both in essence and in person.

[3] Christ is not God: “In blasphemy indeed are those that say that God is Christ the son of Mary” (Surah 5:17). While Islam honors Jesus as the greatest of all prophets other than Muhammad, it denies that he is the Son of God or deity in any sense.

[4] Christ did not die on the cross. Since he did not die, neither did he rise from the dead.

“And because of their saying: We slew the Messiah Jesus son of Mary, Allah’s messenger--They slew him not nor crucified, but it appeared so unto them; and lo! those who disagree concerning it are in doubt thereof; they have no knowledge thereof save pursuit of a conjecture; they slew him not for certain. But Allah took him up unto Himself. Allah was ever Mighty, Wise” (Surah 4:157-158).
[5] The Muslim, in order to be saved, must fulfill the “Five Pillars” of Islam.
  • Daily recitation of the Islamic confession/creed: “There is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is the prophet of Allah.”
  • Five daily prayers (at dawn, noon, mid-afternoon, sunset, and evening) in Arabic in the direction of Mecca
  • Giving of alms
  • Fasting during the entire month of Ramadan (no eating or drinking allowed from sunrise to sunset)
  • Pilgrimage to Mecca during his lifetime
[6] Men are not sinners by nature.

[7] The Christian Scriptures (“Injil”) have been corrupted.

[8] Other beliefs and practices: polygamy and jihad (holy war)

What the Bible says

[1] Christ is God. He is divine in essence. During His earthly ministry, He was inferior in function or position (John 14:28). However, Christ is equal in essence or person to God the Father. Both are fully and equally God (John 10:30). Bible verses supporting Christ’s deity are John 1:1; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 1:3; Titus 2:13; 2 Peter 1:1; Hebrews 1:8; and 1 John 5:20.

[2] Christ is the eternal Creator and He therefore could not have been created (Isaiah 9:6, Micah 5:2, John 1:3; 8:58; Colossians 1:16; Revelation 1:8).

[3] The Bible speaks of one God in three Persons. God is spoken of in the plural (Genesis 1:26, 11:7; Isaiah 6:8). All three Persons of the Godhead were present at Christ’s baptism (Matt 3:16-17). The three Persons of the Godhead are mentioned in Isaiah 48:16, 61:1; Matthew 28:19, John 15:26; Galatians 4:6;, Acts 2:33, Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:3; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Timothy 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 3:13; and Hebrews 9:14.

[4] Jesus died on the cross (Matthew 27:50; Mark 15:44-45; John 19:31-34; 1 Corinthians 15:3). Christ physically rose from the dead (Matthew 28:5-7; Luke 24:36-43; John 2:19-21; Acts 1:3; 1 Corinthians 15:4; Colossians 2:9; 1 Timothy 2:5).

[5] Salvation is by grace alone (basis) through faith alone (means) in Christ alone (object), and not by works (John 1:29, 1 John 1:7; 2:2; Romans 3:20; 10:2-3; Galatians 2:16, Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5)

[6] The Bible is inerrant or without error (2 Samuel 7:28a; Psalm 12:6; 18:30a; 19:7-9; 119:140; 119:142; Proverbs 30:5; John 17:17; Romans 2:20; Colossians 1:5; Ephesians 1:13).

Further study (Be like the Bereans! Acts 17:11)

[1] No God but Allah: Muslim Radicalism and the New Islamic Sects, by Kenneth Boa, Th.M.; Ph.D.; D.Phil

[2] Reaching Out to Muslims, by Chuck Price

[3] Sharing Christ with Muslims: Five Areas to Explain to a Muslim; Authenticity of the Bible; Consistency of God's Revelation; Why We Believe Jesus is the Son of God; Did Jesus Really Die on the Cross? Old Testament Messianic Prophecies; Sharing the Doctrine of the Trinity with Muslims

[4] How does Islam compare with true Christianity?

[5] Bible and Islam Witnessing Guide

[6] Islam Uncovered, by Bill Lawrence Th.M., Th.D

[7] God Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth, by Allen Ross, Th.D., Ph.D.7

[8] Muslims want the truth, and IsaalMasih.net provides it in a way they best understand it. Various teachers who love Muslims team together to give the answers to the questions Muslims ask. Learn about Isa al Masih (Jesus), the Holy Scriptures, proofs from archaeology, creation, and more...

[9] Materials from Probe Ministries
[10] Materials from The Evidence Bible
[11] The Testimony of the Quran to the Bible, by Thomas H. Ross

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