Christianity vs. Islam
Today we are going to examine what Islam believes about Jesus and salvation. Islam is one of many different belief systems that we are going to look at this week. Our goal is to determine if all belief systems teach the same thing. New Age author Eckhart Tolle teaches in his book, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, that all religions are equally false and equally true (pg. 70-71). In this week’s series of blogs we will see this is false. If all belief systems are equally true, then shouldn’t their ideas and claims agree with each other?
We have already established that New Age teachers like to take a little bit of this and a little bit of that to make up their belief system. One of the religions they like to grab from is Islam. So let’s see if Islam teaches the same thing as Christianity:
Who is Jesus?
Islam teaches that Jesus is a prophet from God, but is not the Son of God. Islam does not believe Jesus died on the cross and that He rose from the tomb.
Immediately we see a conflict between who Jesus is: God or prophet? And we also see a difference in belief about Jesus on the cross, dying on the cross, and rising from the grave.
Do these religions agree? NO. Either Jesus was either on the cross or off the cross. He either rose from the grave or did not rise from the grave. Two conflicting accounts, they cannot both be true.
What about salvation?
Islam teaches that Allah, their god, will ultimately determine if a person is saved by deciding if that person has followed god’s law. Allah chooses whether a person will go to heaven or hell. This is based on works.
Again we see a conflict of belief between Islam and Christianity. The Bible teaches that we can never live according to the law. Therefore, God sent His own son, Jesus, to be a sacrifice on the cross for our sins so we could have fellowship with God. When we choose to believe that Jesus is God and has died for our sins, we are forgiven and gain salvation. All we have to do is choose to follow Him and let Him change our lives.
Here we have examined just two aspects of the Islamic and Christian faiths, salvation and Jesus, and have concluded that they teach two very different doctrines.
Islam and Christianity cannot be equally true.