Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?

Question: "Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?"

The Muslim and Christian view of God have many similarities. Muslims and Christians agree that there is one God who is the Creator of everything in the universe. Both view God as sovereign, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, holy, just, and righteous. In these ways, Christians and Muslims worship the same God. However, there are also significant differences between Islam and Christianityís view of God. While Allah (Allah is the Muslim and Arabic word for God) possesses the attributes of love, mercy, and grace, Allah does not demonstrate these attributes in the same manner as the biblical God acts.

The most important difference, though, between the Muslim and Christian view of God is the concept of the Trinity. Christians believe that God has revealed Himself as one God in three Persons: God the Father, the Son of God (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit.

Godís Son became a human being, Jesus Christ, to take away the penalty and power of sin by dying on the cross. After rising from the dead, Jesus went back to heaven to be with His Father. He sent His Spirit to teach men the truth through His Word, the Bible. One day, Christ will return to judge the earth; those who have trusted in Him will go to heaven, but those who have rejected Him must be separated in hell from the holy God.

Therefore, the belief in the Trinity is essential to the Christian faith. Without the Trinity, there is no incarnation of Godís Son in the Person of Jesus Christ. Without Jesus Christ, there is no salvation for sin. Without salvation, sin condemns all to hell.

So, do Christians and Muslims worship the same God? Yes and no. Perhaps a better question would be, "Do Christians and Muslims both have a correct understanding of who God is?" To this, the answer is definitely no. Because of crucial differences between the Christian and Muslim concepts of God, the two faiths cannot both be true.

Because the Bible provides the solution to sin, we believe that Christianity has the correct view of God. Becoming a human being, Godís Son died to pay for the sin of those who trust in Him. ďFor God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting lifeĒ (John 3:16).

Recommended Resource: Answering Islam: The Crescent in Light of the Cross by Norm Geisler

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