Why The God of the Bible is Not the Same as Allah the god of Islam

By: Amanda Mattingly 0 Comments   7/23/2012

Most religions recognize and worship some type of a higherbeing. However, there are many misconceptions in our world that can sometimes view Christianity and Islam as the same or a very similar.

However, the God of the Bible is not the same as Allah, the god of Islam.

There are many ideas and concepts that can be discussed concerning the differences between the God of the Bible and Allah.  Let's look at three distinctions.

The first difference is that Allah did not stem from the monotheistic beliefs of Christianity and Judaism. The god of Islam stemmed from the pagan beliefs of the Sabean people who believed in polytheistic religions. The Moon God is among many of the gods the Sabean people worshipped, according to an article found on biblebelievers.org.

In the same article, it is determined that these gods were present in the days of Muhammad, and that Muhammad determined the Moon God was the “greatest” among all the gods, declaring that this god should be the only god to be worshipped. It is also noted that the beginning of the Muslim creed begins, “Allah is the greatest.” The god Islam worships is that of the Moon God who is known as Allah and not the God of the Bible.

The second difference in that the God of the Bible is known as the one who created both Heaven and earth and everything in them. God is worshipped as the one, true God and the Creator of the universe. The Bible even goes to warn Christian believers against worshipping the sun, moon, or stars instead of worshipping Him, the Creator of all things.

Deuteronomy 4:19 – “And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars—all the heavenly array—do not be enticed into bowing down to them and worshipping things the LORD your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven.”

A third difference between Allah and the God of the Bible is the view on discrimination. The God of the Bible does not discriminate against any person. He does not hate people, but rather He loves every man, woman, and child unconditionally.

Isaiah 45:22 says, “Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.”

The God of the Bible loves all men and “all you ends of the earth.” In contrast, the religion of Islam calls for the destruction of Israel and the murder of all Jewish people. The violence and hatred found in this command from Allah shows not a loving nature but one of anger and destruction. This is often shown in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Islamic countries in the Middle East.

Allah shows an attitude of hatred and discrimination as opposed to the Christian God that expresses unconditional love. This concept then leads into another dimension that separates the God of the Bible from Allah. As it has already been noted that the Christian God is one of everlasting love, He proves this to all people by sacrificing his Son, Jesus.

Born for the purpose of dying to rescue mankind, the God of the Bible wholly and freely gave up his Son who he dearly loves in order to offer mankind an eternity with Him.

John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”

Through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, every person has the opportunity to accept Christ and spend eternity in Heaven.

While there are many differences between Allah, the god of Islam, and the God of the Bible these are three that can help show a distinct difference. Ultimately, the God of the Bible is one known for love and compassion. He is one that is open and willing for “all you ends of the earth” to come to Him and know Him.   

-- Added By Curtis Ophoven
The primary reason people turn to Islam rather than Christianity is because it is based on works rather than grace.

People feel comfortable identifying with the idea that they can pay for their own way to heaven with good works. Like most other religions, salvation in Islam is found by doing good things ‘works’ to make up for the bad things we have done.

Christianity on the other hand, teaches that salvation cannot be based on works because no amount of good things can pay for the wages of sin that we have committed.  Scripture is clear that the penalty for sin is death, which is why Christ died as an innocent man in our place.  He paid our penalty of death that we deserved.

Trying to balance good works against sins is impossible because God has already declared the sentence is death. Putting our faith in our works is believing that what appears good enough for man, is good enough for God. 

They believe God will honor their commitment and dedication, praying five time a day and following many rules, but these things do not remove the sentence that awaits us.  Without believing in the Son of God, God's wrath remains on us. 

“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him." – John 3:36

The only way to pay the penalty of sin is to believe that Jesus Christ died an innocent man in our place.

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