Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God?


Is the God of the Bible and Islam the same God?

Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God? Is Allah the same God as Yahweh (The God of The Bible)? Is Allah and Jehovah the same God(The God of The Bible)?

This is an issue that I often wonder about, especially more so since becoming a born-again Christian. Hi friends and welcome back to another article on my site. My own personal testimony is that A Muslim led me to Christ but I am pretty confident that the God that I was led to was the God of the Bible and not the God of Islam. How can that be, when different religions the world over speak of the God they worship. Isn’t that God the same being to all religions?

No, personally, I don’t think so and this article is here to investigate whether the God of the Bible and the God of Christianity are the same entity or being, etc. So here is the point where the atheists are rolling their eyes and saying “ah the religious nut-jobs are at it again, arguing amongst themselves about whose God is the real one, etc”. I get it. I’m talking today about a metaphysical issue, something unseen to our human senses.

Another fact that pushed me to wonder if Muslims and Christians share the same God is my recollections of a former workmate of mine who was and most probably still is a devout Muslim. We shared many a discussion about Islam at work and I was genuinely curious about his faith. I was even considering going to the middle east on a visit to do a tour through Israel and then through the surrounding predominantly Islamic nations. Looking back now, I know why I was so interested in most of what he had to say about his faith. I was looking for God but had no idea that was the case but I did have a definite emptiness inside of me that was crying out for God! I wrote another article about why we ALL experience this here.

Anyway, getting back to the topic at hand, today I want to genuinely examine for myself and maybe for any interested readers if Muslims and Christians do in fact worship the same God. By doing this, I don’t wish to bring division between any Muslims and Christians. I do hope by examining this issue all concerned parties are left with something that I’m pretty sure most mankind values and that is the truth.

So how do I investigate an issue like this considering this “concept” of God is unseen to the naked eye. Well, let’s do it like this. Using the respective Holy Book of both faith groups, let us look at the key fundamentals of the Christian faith and then see what Islam has to say about these fundamentals. If both Holy Books are divinely inspired i.e. the God of that respective book inspired/wrote/created that book then logically if they both differ on fundamental principles, then surely it shows that the God being worshiped by each book mustn’t be the same person/entity/being?? The devout Muslim or Christian will always refer back to their Holy Book to back up any description of their respective God. Obviously for the Christian, this is the Holy Bible and for the Muslim, this is the Quran

So let’s dive in and see what the Bible has to say on the fundamental principles of the Christian faith and then, using the Quran, let’s see how Islam views those fundamental beliefs. As we go through that, I will leave it up to you the reader to see if we do in fact get a “match” or not.

Ok, let’s go right ahead and do a comparison of the God of Islam and the God of the Bible.

**The God of the Quran is known as Allah**

**Muhammad – according to Islam, is the final prophet sent by God to preach the monotheistic and all associated beliefs of Islam.

**a chapter in the Quran is known as a surah and the Quran consists of 114 surahs**

**where scripture verse numbers are quoted below, just hover over the text to see the actual verse wording*

**My disclaimer… I am not a university qualified theologian, pastor, bible scholar, past seminarian, priest, etc. I am simply a born-again man that loves Gods’ written word, The Holy Bible, love studying it, thinking about it, and living by it.**

Please do enjoy this read and don’t forget to add any of your questions/thoughts /comments on this article, below when you are done :))

Bayou

A Christian street preacher - photo by Malcolm Lightbody-unsplash

Fundamental Principles of The Christian faith

So, with me being a born-again Christian, what are some of the characteristics that I have come to know about the God of the Bible?After diving into the pages of The Holy Bible since 2017 and developing a habit of reading a little of this fantastic book every day, I can honestly say that I have seen things in the scriptures that have given me a pretty good idea of God’s character, His likes, dislikes, expectations, values, etc. This time of study and prayer has also taught me the fundamental principles of the Christian faith. By my understanding, they are as below :

  • There is only one God and God is triune: triune meaning God is three persons/entities/beings in One i.e the father(God), the Son(Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit.1 John 5:7
  • God created everything(Genesis 1:1) at the beginning including us, mankind(Genesis 1:27)
  • The Bible is God’s very own inspired book and word(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  • The relationship between God and mankind became severed physically and spiritually due to the original sin at creation(Genesis 3:1-24)
  • To repair this broken relationship, God took on human flesh(John 1:14) and sent His Son Jesus Christ into the world some 2000yrs ago(John 3:16) to:
  1. be born of a virgin(Luke 1:26-37)
  2. lead a sinless life(1 peter 2:22)
  3. be crucified and die on a cross(the crucifixion, Mark 15:21-37)
  4. then rise again 3 days later (the resurrection, Matthew 28:5-7)
  5. Christ ascended to heaven(Acts 1:9)) after this and has promised to return(Mark 13:24-26) to establish Gods’ final authority and kingdom over mankind(Revelation 11:15-18)
  • Jesus Christ is the only way to restore our own personal relationship with God now(John 14:6)
  • We are made righteous and restored in God’s eyes by believing in Christ alone(Romans 5:1-2), having faith alone(Habakkuk 2:4)and not works, good deeds, etc., and by the undeserved grace and mercy of God alone that is on offer to each one of us.(Romans 3:20-24)
  • How does Islam regard these Christian Basic beliefs?

As discussed above, I listed 7 key beliefs for Christians. Let’s just focus on 4 of these key beliefs and see what Islam has to say r.e.these points i.e. God being triune(The trinity), creation, The Holy Bible, and The Deity and Sacrificial Death of Jesus Christ.

Is God/Allah triune?

 

– Surah 112:1-3 is pretty clear that is not the case at all with Allah.

Surah 112:1-3(Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran translation)…

112:1

Say, ˹O Prophet,˺ “He is Allah—One ˹and Indivisible˺;

The God of the Bible is clearly triune, that is a trinity composition made up of the Father(God), Son(Jesus Christ) and the Holy Spirit. See 1 John 5:7. How can Allah being “one and indivisible” be the same person/being /entity?

112:2

Allah—the Sustainer ˹needed by all˺.

112:3

He has never had offspring, nor was He born.

As is commonly known in Christian doctrine, the God of the Bible does have offspring in His only-begotten Son in the form of our Lord Jesus Christ. See Matthew 3:17 and John 3:16.

Not only that but we i.e. mankind are regularly referred to as “His children” and Him, the “Father and loving Father” of us all. See John 1:12; 2 Corinthians 6:18 & 2 Samuel 7:14.

God created everything at the beginning including us, mankind

The following three surahs describe Allah as being responsible for the creation of the material universe around us as well as Adam and Eve and hence mankind from this first couple.

Surah 7:54

Indeed, your Lord is Allah Who created the heavens and the earth in six Days,1 then established Himself on the Throne. He makes the day and night overlap in rapid succession. He created the sun, the moon, and the stars—all subjected by His command. The creation and the command belong to Him ˹alone˺. Blessed is Allah—Lord of all worlds!

— Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

Surah 15:26

Indeed, We created man from sounding clay molded from black mud.

— Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

Surah 7:189

He is the One Who created you from a single soul, then from it made its spouse so he may find comfort in her. After he had been united with her, she carried a light burden that developed gradually.

The Bible is God’s very own inspired book and word

The Quran and hence the Islamic view of the Holy Bible and the people of the Book(Christians) seems to be rather confusing. On the one hand, it appears to say:
  • The Bible has been corrupted, see Surah 5:13-15:5:13

But for breaking their covenant We condemned them and hardened their hearts. They distorted the words of the Scripture and neglected a portion of what they had been commanded to uphold. You ˹O Prophet˺ will always find deceit on their part, except for a few. But pardon them and bear with them. Indeed, Allah loves the good-doers.

— Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

5:14

And from those who say, “We are Christians,” We took their covenant, but they neglected a portion of what they had been commanded to uphold. So We let hostility and enmity arise between them until the Day of Judgment, and soon Allah will inform them of all they have done.

— Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

5:15

O People of the Book! Now Our Messenger has come to you, revealing much of what you have hidden of the Scriptures and disregarding much. There certainly has come to you from Allah a light and a clear Book

— Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

  • And on the other hand, it seems to agree with the integrity and truth of the Torah(The Pentateuch or Old Testament and the Gospels or New Testament) see

Surah 5:46 – Then in the footsteps of the prophets, We sent Jesus, son of Mary, confirming the Torah revealed before him. And We gave him the Gospel containing guidance and light and confirming what was revealed in the Torah—a guide and a lesson to the God-fearing.

Surah 5:68 – Say, ˹O Prophet,˺ “O People of the Book! You have nothing to stand on unless you observe the Torah, the Gospel, and what has been revealed to you from your Lord.” And your Lord’s revelation to you ˹O Prophet˺ will only cause many of them to increase in wickedness and disbelief. So do not grieve for the people who disbelieve.

— Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

the Quran also goes on to mention key persons in the Bible such as Abraham(Ibrahim), Moses(Musa), Mary(Maryam)mother of Jesus, and Jesus(Isa) himself. This is all very confusing to me as a born-again Christian because, on the one hand, I’m reading and hearing Islam say the Bible you are holding is an unreliable corrupted text, and elsewhere the Quran is saying the Bible you are holding contains divinely inspired truth??

 

Muslims at the Kaaba - photo by Adli Wahid-unsplash

The Deity and Sacrificial Death of Jesus Christ.

 

Surah 4:171 lays out clearly what the Quran says r.e the Deity of Christ as the Son of The Living God as well as being one part of the Holy Trinity as believed by Christianity.

“171. O followers of the Book! (Christians) do not exceed the limits in your religion, and do not speak (lies) against Allah, but (speak) the truth; the Messiah, Isa(Jesus) son of Marium(Mary) is only an apostle of Allah and His Word which He communicated to Marium and a spirit from Him; believe therefore in Allah and His apostles, and say not, Three. Desist, it is better for you; Allah is only one God; far be It from His glory that He should have a son, whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth is His, and Allah is sufficient for a Protector.

the crucifixion and death of Jesus: surah 4:157 is a clear contradiction to the central message of the Bible i.e Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross for all mankind.

” and for boasting, “We killed the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, the messenger of Allah.” But they neither killed nor crucified him—it was only made to appear so.1 Even those who argue for this ˹crucifixion˺ are in doubt. They have no knowledge whatsoever—only making assumptions. They certainly did not kill him.

— Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

My thoughts….

Well, I will be the first to admit that putting this article together wasn’t the easiest one to do. having said that, I don’t think that anybody has to be a theologian, academic, ordained, etc in order to confirm the identity of the God of the Bible, alongside the God of Islam, Allah.

As I’ve compared four fundamental areas of the Christian faith against Islam above, I can only come to one clear answer and my thoughts are this.

  1. If both faith groups are certain that their respective Holy Books are divinely inspired by the one true God, why then do they differ so much especially in key fundamental principles of each faith group?
  2. if the “author” of each book were the same person/entity/being why would they write and “hand down” a text that was so different, one from the other?
  3. How can the character descriptions of the God of the Bible and the God of Islam be so different? I mean come on, if we were cops looking for a criminal and relying on eyewitness descriptions, I reckon we would be thoroughly confused by now!
  4. My personal conclusion is the God of The Bible and the God of Islam are not the same person/entity/being.

Conclusion

The good news is that the God of the Bible and His Son Jesus Christ are still alive and well and just as keen to find those that are looking for them!!

The Holy Bible is a God breathed, Holy Spirit inspired love letter to all past and present. The truly great news is that

God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit treasure us, mankind, more than creation itself because we are family to him, blood kin and today he is calling to you and me to come home to him. Will you come home today to Jesus Christ?

“Well how do I get there?” you might ask.

Just head to this link to take your free invitation back to the Son of the Living God, Jesus Christ.

you are not alone anymore!!

I do pray and hope that this article was able to help you in getting to know just who the real Jesus Christ is and I am excited for the journey that now lies ahead of you in your new walk with Christ now!!

I do have 2 vital suggestions for you before you go:

1. try and read a bit of the bible every day. If you don’t have one, you can download a free offline version here.

Doing this will truly grow you and strengthen you in Christ!!

2. Get around other “born again” Christian believers asap. You can does this by seeking out your nearest “bible teaching church”. You can find one by simply entering “bible teaching church near me” into google or via a search on most social media platforms.

Getting around other believers will also be a great source of strength to you as well !!

Please do comment below or email me at admin@bayouswalk.com on any thoughts that you may have on the above article. I do really look forward to hearing about any testimony you might have on how Christ has impacted your life now. I would also like to hear any questions on how I can assist you now, in moving forward with your walk with Christ today and into the blessed future that awaits you!!

I truly hope that this article was able to assist somebody, somewhere !!

Stay blessed !!

Bayou

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6 thoughts on “Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God?”

  1. MIchel says:

    I always assumed that Allah and God were the same, but this was a very interesting and well-researched article on the topic. I think that more wars have broken out over arguments and different beliefs over religion than any other source, so I am so over people arguing about who is right and who is wrong. But I guess one day hopefully we will find out the truth. 

    A lot of what one believes in is due to the way we were brought up, as we tend to believe as our parents do.

    1. William Wymarra says:

      Hi Mlchel,thanks for leaving a comment here on this article.I cant say I agree with the very last statement you have made though. My parents were definitely not born again Christians as were the rest of my siblings in our younger years.I know why I am today though,its the fact that the God of the Bible revealed Himself to me in His good time for His own reasons.My personal story of this encounter can be seen here https://bayouswalk.com/a-musli

  2. Kwidzin says:

    As far as i’m concerned the both religions are as bad as each other. They both teach that you the human being are flawed. From the day you are born you are expected to feel guilty. Expected to shoulder guilt for ssimply exisiting. They even mask the meaning of the name yahweh because without doing so, the would have no power of control/

    1. William Wymarra says:

      Hi Kwidzin,thanks heaps for your interesting feedback here.I can say that the Bible does teach that we mankind do live in a fallen world with hearts separated from our creator God.I am not a muslim so I cannot comment on what the Quran has to say about this issue.Aside from that,thanks for your comment here.

  3. David Pratama says:

    Dear Williams,

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the subject. My family consists both Muslims and Christians, and there has been cases where some have converted to one or the other. For me, what’s important is that we respect each other and support each other on how we pray to God. In the case of my family, we have a tradition to have a family reunion during Christmas with my Christian family and come together with my Muslim family during Ed Mubarak. We have been living harmoniously since I was born 46 years ago. So, I just want to share my thoughts and experience, and hopefully can inspire others on the most important things in our lifes.

    1. William Wymarra says:

      Hi David,thanks for your comments here on this article, more so seeing that you have both Muslim and Christian family members. From that personal background,I can see that you have some valuable insight to offer here

      As I stated in my article intro,the purpose of the article was not to bring division between Christians and Muslims but to examine others scriptures objectively and then make up our own minds on this issue logically based on this comparison.

      Of course,wether we come to the conclusion He is the same God to both religions or not,we must always treat each other with respect,courtesy,help,love  and dignity befitting of each of us being made in the image of God as Ive written about here. https://bayouswalk.com/gods-la

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