IS “ALLAH” OF ISLAM THE GOD OF THE BIBLE?
With the events of 9/11 and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the religion of Islam has gotten a lot of attention in the media the last few years. The mainstream media and many politicians proclaim the idea that we are a Judeo-Christian-Islamic nation and they promote the claim of Muslims that “Allah” of Islam is the God of the Bible.
Muslims claim to worship the God of Abraham, whom they call “Allah” and that he revealed his will to Muhammad, as is recorded in the Qur’an (the holy book of Islam), in the middle of the seventh century A. D. Muslims claim that Allah is the same divine being who is revealed as the one true God in the Bible. But is “Allah” really the God of the Bible?
Let’s consider some passages from the Qur’an to see what it says about “Allah”.
Surah 6:101, Creator of heaven and earth. How should He have a son when He had no consort?
Surah 9:30, …the Christians say the Messiah is the son of God…How perverse they are.
Surah 19:88-89, Those who say; “The Lord of Mercy has begotten a son, preach a monstrous falsehood…
Surah 23:91, Never has God (Allah) begotten a son, nor is there any other god besides Him.
According to these, and other passages in the Qur’an, “Allah” has never begotten a Son. Yet the God of the Bible, in his own words, proclaimed Jesus to be his Son both at the baptism of Jesus in Matthew 3:17 and at the transfiguration on the mountain in Matthew 17:5. Jesus acknowledges that he is the Son of God when on trial before the Sanhedrin, Matthew 26:63-64. The foundation of Christianity is the fact that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son… John 3:16.
Another distinct difference in “Allah” and the God of the Bible is the attitude each has toward sinners. The Qur’an says of Allah in Surah 42:40, Let evil be rewarded with evil. But he that forgives and seeks reconcilement shall be recompensed by Allah. He does not love the wrong doer. While the Bible says of God in Romans 5:8, that God loved us while we were yet sinners…
Again, the Qur’an says of Allah in Surah 25:77, Say (to the rejecters), ‘Little cares my Lord (Allah) if you do not invoke Him. Now that you have denied His revelations, His punishment is bound to overtake you.’ While the Bible says of God in II Peter 3:9, that he doesn’t want anyone to perish, but wants all to come to repentance. The Qur’an claims that Allah does not love evildoers and does not care if men do not acknowledge him. Yet, the Bible says that God loved us while we were still sinners and that he doesn’t want anyone to perish but everyone to repent.
Another distinct difference in “Allah” and the God of the Bible is the means by which salvation is attained. Consider the following passages from the Qur’an: Surah 7:8-9, On that day all shall be weighed with justice. Those whose good deeds weigh heavy in the scales shall triumph, but those whose deeds are light shall lose their souls, because they have denied Our revelations. Surah 7:43, And a voice will cry out to them saying: ‘This is the Paradise which you have earned with your labors.
According to the Qur’an, Allah offers salvation to those who have earned it by their deeds. But the God of the Bible offers salvation by grace, through faith in Jesus, not by works. Consider Romans 6:23 and Ephesians 2:8-9.
According to the Qur’an, “Allah” has not begotten a son, does not love sinners, does not care if sinners reject him, and offers salvation only to those whose deeds weigh heavy enough to earn their salvation. According to the Bible, God acknowledged Jesus as his only begotten Son, He loves sinners so much He gave his Son to die for them, He wants all men to repent and He offers to all men the gift of salvation which is by grace, not by works.
In light of these differences it is obvious; “Allah” of Islam is not the God of the Bible.
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.