Monday, June 11, 2018

What is Islam? Do Muslims Worship the Same God that Jews and Christians Worship? Clearing Up Some Misunderstandings

In this video, my good friend Pastor Sule Prince and I address some basic questions such as what is Islam, what does the word 'Muslim' mean, and do Muslims worship the same God Jews and Christians worship? The Qur'an states that Muslims are to say to Jews and Christians that they believe in their revelations, and that their God (Allah) and the God of the Jews and Christians is one and the same as set out in Qur'an 29:46, 

And do not argue with the People of the Scripture [Jews and Christians] except in a way that is best, except for those who commit injustice among them, and say, 'We believe in that which has been revealed to us and revealed to you. And our God and your God is one'

This passage is problematic for two reasons. First, while Muslims are to affirm belief in what has been revealed to the Jews and the Christians, they in fact do not believe in those revelations and thus are in disobedience to Allah. Muslims charge that the revelations to the Jews (Old Testament) and to the Christians (New Testament) have been corrupted. If this is true, then Qur'an 29:46 is in grave error. If this is false, then the Qur'an is also in error because it contradicts the revelations to the Jews and Christians in the Bible. Secondly, this passage affirms that the God of the Muslims and the Jews / Christians is one and the same. If this were the case, then Muslims would not object to the Triune God of Scripture, but instead they reject Him. They also reject the idea of God as "Father" which is part of the revelations in the Old and New Testament.

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