Keith's Comments
A God By Any Other Name
In watching the premier of a new television show this past weekend entitled "Joan of Arcadia", implication was made that the God of the Holy Bible is the same god as Allah of the Koran, the Muslim's holy book. It's not the first time we've heard such statements of this nature. Most within the Muslim community who we've talked with claim that the name 'Allah' is nothing more than their translation of God. So, with the rise of the religion of Islam manifesting itself more and more in the world today, we thought it good to make a comparison of the Bible and the Koran in respect to God, Jesus and sound Christian doctrine:

The Koran says that Allah does not have a son:

"...the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; how they are turned away!" (Sura [Chapter] 9.30)

"And say: (All) praise is due to Allah, Who has not taken a son and Who has not a partner in the kingdom..." (Sura 17.111)

"Never did Allah take to Himself a son, and never was there with him any (other) god..." (Sura 23.91)

However, the Bible says that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God:

"God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee." (Acts 13:33)

"In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him." (1 John 4:9)

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The Koran says not only for a Muslim to not befriend a Jew or a Christian, but to kill them:

"O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people." (Sura 5.51)

"And kill them wherever you find them, and drive them out from whence they drove you out, and persecution is severer than slaughter, and do not fight with them at the Sacred Mosque until they fight with you in it, but if they do fight you, then slay them; such is the recompense of the unbelievers." (Sura 2.191)

But, Jesus said to love one another, including those who hate you:

"Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;" (Matthew 5:43-44)

The Bible further corroborates Jesus' statement, and directly contradicts the Koran:

"Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him." (1 John 3:15)

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The Koran states that Allah does not love those who sin:

"And fight in the way of Allah with those who fight with you, and do not exceed the limits, surely Allah does not love those who exceed the limits." (Sura 2.190)

"Allah does not bless usury, and He causes charitable deeds to prosper, and Allah does not love any ungrateful sinner." (Sura 2.276)

But the Bible shows that God loves everyone, regardless of their sin. So much, in fact, that He sent Jesus to die on the cross in our place:

"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)

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The Koran says that Jesus (called Isa in the Koran) was only an apostle, not the Messiah, and did not really die on the cross:

"And their saying: Surely we have killed the Messiah, Isa son of Marium, the apostle of Allah; and they did not kill him nor did they crucify him, but it appeared to them so (like Isa) and most surely those who differ therein are only in a doubt about it; they have no knowledge respecting it, but only follow a conjecture, and they killed him not for sure." (Sura 4.157)

However, the Bible shows that Jesus was crucified, rose from the dead, and is the Savior of the world:

"And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots." (Matthew 27:35)

"Him God raised up the third day, and showed him openly;" (Acts 10:40)

"And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world." (John 4:42)

"And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world." (1 John 4:14)

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The Koran denies the existence of the Trinity; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit:

"...believe therefore in Allah and His apostles, and say not, Three. Desist, it is better for you; Allah is only one God; far be It from His glory that He should have a son, whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth is His, and Allah is sufficient for a Protector." (Sura 4.171)

But the Bible speaks specifically of the existence of the Trinity:

"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." (John 1:14)

"For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." (1 John 5:7)

These are only a few of the many contradictory doctrinal points between the Holy Bible and the Koran; but remember, we offered evidence in our previous commentary that the Bible can be proven true. So, with these latter days come the heresies of false religion, false beliefs and damnable doctrine. Even men of supposed Christian faith, leaders of our Federal Government, appear fooled into believing that Islam is a religion of peace. But when compared to the Word of God in the Bible, the Koran shows itself differently. As Christians, we should expect such false teachings as from the Koran to rear their ugly head as the Tribulation draws ever closer. The Bible says:

"But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction." (2 Peter 2:1)

And, Jesus warned us:

"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves." (Matthew 7:15)

It wasn't Baptists that flew two aircraft into the World Trade Center towers. It wasn't Presbyterians that killed many in a blast in Bali. And it's not Methodists that kill innocent women and children in homocide bombings in Israel. Every terrorist attack perpetrated around the world has been, and is being carried out by Muslims. Don't misunderstand me...not all Muslims are terrorists, but all these terrorists have been Muslims. Those who carry out these horrific deeds are doing nothing but following exactly what their holy book, the Koran, says for a 'good Muslim' to do.

A god by any other name is not God. Only God of the Holy Bible is God, Who sent the only begotten Son, Jesus, Who gives us the Holy Spirit to provide Divine comfort, strength and guidance. These are perilous times in which we live, and there are so many who yet do not accept the Truth. Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus!

Keith

09-29-2003

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