If you’ve been paying attention to the news or social media lately, you may have seen a flurry of articles from people saying that Christians and Muslims do or do not worship the same God. Several months ago, I attended a conference on how to respond to Islam, and I heard a term used that I had previously been unaware of. The term was Chrislam, and as it sounds, it is any sort of blending between Christianity and Islam. At the time, I didn’t think much of it, as I hadn’t heard much of it around, except for Atheists who lump Christianity, Judaism, and Islam together. Fast forward the clock to now and the ideas seem to be everywhere.
You will often hear people say that Allah and Yahweh share a lot of the same attributes, like being sovereign and omnipotent. However, as with all religions, the crux of the matter is Jesus. Islam teaches the following things about Jesus:
- Jesus was born of a virgin (Surah Maryam 19:19-21)
- Jesus was given revelation by Allah (Surah Maryam 19:30)
- Jesus was created (Surah Al Imran 3:59)
- Jesus was not crucified (Surah An Nisa 4:157)
- Jesus was no more than a messenger of Allah (Surah An Nisa 4:171 ; Surah Al Maidah 5:75)
- Jesus did not want to be worshiped (Surah Al Maidah 5:116)
- Jesus is not the son of God, and those who say so are cursed. (Surah At Taubah 9:30)
There are certainly more things the Qur’an has to say about Jesus, but these examples make clear that they believe very different things than Christians do when it comes to Jesus. If they believe in a different Jesus, then it doesn’t matter what other similarities they marshal forward, they decidedly do not believe in the same God.