What Fellowship has Light with Darkness?

Last week, The Barna Group published their annual findings concerning the changing role of Christianity in America. Not surprisingly their findings were not very encouraging.  According to Barna 41% of all American adults are unable to identify even a single individual who they consider to be an influential Christian and 59% of Americans believe the god of Islam and the God of the Bible are one and the same, even though the faiths have different beliefs and their God’s have different names. Even 40% of “born again” Christians, who believe they are saved because they have accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, believe the god Allah and the God Jehovah/Yahweh are one and the same.

But the truth is, it is completely impossible that Allah and Yahweh are the same God. For instance according to the Qur’an (the oral teachings of Mohammed – 570-632 AD):

Islam denies Jesus is the Christ: (Surah Al-Ma'idah 5:72),(Surah Al-Ma'idah 5:17)

Islam denies the deity of Jesus: (Surah Az-Zukhruf 43:57-60)

Islam denies Jesus is the Son of God: (Surah Maryam 19:88-95), (Surah Maryam 19:35)

Islam denies the Trinity: (Surah Al-Ma'idah 5:73), (Surah An-Nisa 4:171)

Islam denies Jesus was crucified and rose again: (Surah An-Nisa 4:156-159)

Islam denies we need a Savior. Rather, we must do good works: (Surah Al-Mu'minun 23:102-103) , (Surah Al-Anbiya 21:47), (Surah Al-Kahf 18:105)

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Notice the glaring contradictions between the Qur’anic verses above and the verses below recorded in the Holy Bible, which unlike the Qur’an were written through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit over a 1,600 year period, contain 66 separate books, written by over 40 authors (ranging from beggars, fishermen, shepherds, and tax collectors, to warriors, prophets, historians, physicians, rabbis, and kings), penned in three languages, on three continents, was compiled completely unedited, yet has a 100% proven track record concerning fulfilled prophecy, is 100% free of contradiction, and contains a single overarching narrative detailing the entire span of human history (past, present, and future) starting with “The Paradise Lost” in the first book ‘Genesis’ to “The Paradise Regained” in the last book ‘Revelation’:

Jesus said: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” – John 3:16-19

After the death and resurrection of Jesus, the apostle Peter boldly declared:

“Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know—  Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.  For David says concerning Him:

      ‘ I foresaw the LORD always before my face,
      For He is at my right hand, that I may not be shaken.
       Therefore my heart rejoiced, and my tongue was glad;
      Moreover my flesh also will rest in hope.
       For You will not leave my soul in Hades,
      Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.
       You have made known to me the ways of life;
      You will make me full of joy in Your presence.’

“Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne, he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption. This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.” – Acts 2:22-33

Would you like to see another massive contradiction between the Qur’an and the Bible? Islamic Paradise is not even remotely Holy, but instead contains a vast harem to satisfy the martyrs eternal physical pleasures. It is filled with vast amounts of alcohol, young servant boys “fresh like pearls”, and young voluptuous undefiled perpetual virgin females: (Surah An-Naba 78:31-34),(Surah Ar-Rahman 55:55-56),(Surah Al-Waqi'ah 56:16-24),(Surah Al-Insan 76:17-22),(Surah At-Tur 52:18-24), (Surah As-Saffaat 37:47-49),(Surah Ad-Dukhan 44:53-54), (Surah Al-Waqi'ah 56:35-37).

Yet, Jesus Christ said that the saved in Heaven will be like the angles:

“For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.” – Matthew 22:30

An entire list containing all the major differences between the two faiths would require almost as many pages as contained in the Qur’an, perhaps more. But, using just these few verses prove that these two monotheistic faiths are grossly contradictory.

We know beyond a reasonable doubt from studying the manuscript evidence that the Bible was not corrupted as the Muslims profess. We also know that the Bible declares that God “cannot lie” (Titus 1:2) and that:

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Therefore, if the Holy Bible is “TRUE” as it claims, anything that truly “contradicts” the Bible MUST logically be false according to The Law on Non-Contradiction, which is man-kinds God given lie detector test.

Jesus is either the Christ or he is not.

Jesus is either the Son of God or he is not.

God either has a Son or He does not.

Jesus is either the Second person of the Godhead or he is not.

Jesus was either crucified or he was not.

Jesus either rose from the dead or he did not.

We either must call upon the name of the Lord in order to be saved or we do not.

Truth is always exclusive and absolute. There is never any middle ground in truth, which is why the world hates it.

As we have seen, the Qur’an truly does contradict the Bible over and over again. Therefore, if the Bible is true, all the verses in the Qur’an which contradict the Bible MUST be false. Either that, or the Bible MUST not be true as it claims. But that has never been conclusively proven true by anyone. And especially not by anyone who has dared to attempt to use the Qur’an as an accurate historical document to prove that the Biblical historical accounts were wrong in some way. That is because all the Biblical historical accounts were written centuries and in most cases millennia before Mohammed was even born.

The symbol of Christianity is the empty cross for a reason. The cross represents that our Savior Jesus has risen from the dead and paid the full penalty for our sins. Muslims on the other hand, must always bow down and pray towards, and (if humanly possible) one day kiss this rock, because this is their god. But the Holy Bible says they should instead: “Kiss the Son!” – Psalm 2:12

I write this with sadness, but Islam like all the man-made religions follow a different spirit and preach a different gospel.  The Apostle Paul warned the Church to never be deceived by other gospels:

“But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!” – 2 Corinthians 11:3-4

Christians who believe that the god of Islam is the same as the God Yahweh reduce the true God to being equivalent to a rock. Not only does this not help the Muslims who are lost in their sins and need a Savior, but it instantly and continually breaks three of God’s Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17):

1) You shall have no other gods before Me. – Exodus 20:3

2) You shall not bow down to them nor serve them. – Exodus 20:5

3) – You shall not take the name of the LORD (Yahweh) your God in vain, for the LORD (Yahweh) will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. - Exodus 20:7

Which God are Christians serving when they say that the Holy God Yahweh is the same as the god Allah “which has no Son”?

We need to preach the true gospel of Jesus Christ to Muslims, not be politically correct and become like the lost Muslims ourselves.

Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Belial (Satan), or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God.” – 2 Corinthians 6:14-16

Have a blessed day!

Sean Kirkpatrick

Sean Kirkpatrick posted at 2012-1-4 Category: Islam