Most Christian Zionists think of themselves as well-informed about Israel’s role in the Middle East and its struggle with the Palestinians. They are likely to feel strong empathy for the Jewish nation, and they unanimously join (much of) the rest of the world in condemning the Palestinian people.
In reality, they are only marginally informed about the issues. They only know the side of the story fed to them by anti-Islam critics and the biased media that claim Palestinians sparked the conflict. In fact, most of them know nothing of the real history.
Evangelicals need to be reminded that the Jewish version of truth is one in which Jesus pbuh is considered to be a ‘bastard’ and an ‘imposter’, whose death by hanging (crucifixion is considered to be a form of hanging) confirmed him as “the cursed of the Lord God.” [Deuteronomy, 21:23]
This can hardly be expected to give comfort to the large number of Evangelical’s who have been duped into supporting the Euro-Jewish State on the grounds that such support fulfill Biblical prophecy.
What needs to be addressed now is the differences between Christianity and Islam to refute the claim that Islam is an Antichrist religion.
Christians should consider the fact that Muslims share with them common beliefs such as:
- Both point to a holy book
- Jesus pbuh was born of a virgin mother
- He is the true Messiah.
- He performed many miracles.
- The Israelites were denounced for their wickedness.
- They conspired to crucify Jesus.
- The Antichrist will be a Jew and will rule the world from an Impostor state of Israel.
- Second coming of Jesus.
- Satan is the source of evil.
- Day of Judgement.
- Heaven and hell. Although they differ between who goes to heaven and hell.
Christians should also consider the common beliefs that Muslims do not share with them, such as:
- Christians believe in one God who exists in three eternal, co-equal Persons (Father, Son, and Spirit). In Islam, the one God neither begets nor is begotten, and none is like unto Him.
- Satan is not a fallen angel.
- Jesus pbuh was neither killed nor crucified.
- He did not die for our sins.
- Jesus pbuh was sent to the Israelites only.
- Muslims believe in all the Prophets and that Prophet Muhammad, not Jesus, is the last Prophet sent to all of mankind.
Islam and Christianity, having different beliefs on essential doctrines such as God, Jesus, scripture, and salvation, are irreconcilable. Both religions cannot be true. It would take a long debate and time to really tell the similarities and differences between these religions, so I will focus on why the Qur’an contradicts the Bible.
A: Muslims believe that a prophet was chosen for every nation at some point in their history, enjoining them to worship God alone and delivering guidance on how to live peacefully with others.
Many people, mostly non-Muslims, think that Islam commenced just over 1400 years ago, which is not true. Muslims believe that the first man, which was prophet Adam pbuh, was Muslim, as were all the prophets. They all taught the same strict Islamic monotheism, about Allah’s Attributes, about Prophets, revelation of books through an angel, about the infinite blessings in paradise and the endless torment in hell are all the same. But their teachings about permissible (halal) and forbidden (haram) and worship, were different.
However, after the prophets delivered the divine guidance to their people, their message was lost, abandoned, or changed over time [Qur’an, 2:213], with only parts of the original message intact. Allah then sent another prophet to rectify their beliefs. In order to restore the original call of all prophets, God sent Muhammad pbuh as the final prophet to all of humanity [n7:158, 3:19, 34:28]
The Islamic belief is that the Qur’an is the last scripture revealed by Allah, confirming what little truth remains in parts of previous (original) scriptures and refuting and correcting fabrications and additions which have crept into current day versions of such scriptures.
Unknown scribes corrupted the text of Isaiah to declare that the Messiah would not only be born as a child (and hence be a human being), and would eventually rule the world, but that he would also be the mighty God. The corrupted text thus portrayed the Messiah as both man and God:
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. [Isaiah, 9:6]
In Christianity, it is said:
Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist–denying the Father and the Son. [1 John, 2.22]
Muslims believe in Jesus, however many non-Muslims don’t believe the Jesus in the Qur’an is the same Jesus of the Bible. Christians believe in Jesus, but they do not believe in Muhammad. Muslims, on the other hand, believe in all the Prophets. Christians believe Islam is a false religion, and Muslims believe Christianity is a false religion. Everyone has the freewill to accept or reject Christianity or Islam, as the only true religion. Both cannot be true.
Who or what is the Holy Spirit? Is the Holy Spirit of the Qur’an the same as the Holy Ghost in the Christian belief in a third person in a Divine Trinity?
In the Qur’an, we are informed that Allah strengthened Jesus pbuh with the Holy Spirit:
…And We gave Jesus, the son of Mary, clear proofs and supported him with the Pure Spirit… [Qur’an, 2:87 and 2:253]
We are informed that, as a consequence of being strengthened with the Holy Spirit, Jesus was able to perform miracles:
[The Day] when Allah will say, “O Jesus, Son of Mary, remember My favor upon you and upon your mother when I supported you with the Pure Spirit and you spoke to the people in the cradle and in maturity; and [remember] when I taught you writing and wisdom and the Torah and the Gospel; and when you designed from clay [what was] like the form of a bird with My permission, then you breathed into it, and it became a bird with My permission; and you healed the blind and the leper with My permission; and when you brought forth the dead with My permission… [Qur’an, 5:110]
The Qur’an referred to the Holy Spirit again, which allows us to identify him as the angel who brought down the divine revelation to Muhammad pbuh:
Say, [O Muhammad], “The Pure Spirit has brought it (i.e., the Qur’an) down from your Lord in truth to make firm those who believe and as guidance and good tidings to the Muslims.” [Qur’an, 16:102]
Say, “Whoever is an enemy to Gabriel – it is [none but] he who has brought the Qur’an down upon your heart, [O Muhammad], by permission of Allah, confirming that which was before it and as guidance and good tidings for the believers.” [Qur’an, 2:97-98]
When the Qur’an referred to a Holy Spirit, it was referring to angel Gabriel. This was made clear when the Qur’an referred to the Holy Spirit coming down to perform all errands assigned to it by Allah:
The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months. The angels and the Spirit descend therein by permission of their Lord for every matter. [Qur’an, 97:3-4]
Q. Is Satan a fallen angel?
A. In Christianity, Satan is said to be a fallen angel [Revelation 12:9, Matthew 25:41], although the Bible nowhere explicitly describes Satan as an angel before he rebelled against God and was cast out of heaven. In Islam, Iblis, or Satan, is of the Jinn.
Satan disobeyed the command of his Lord of out arrogance:
And [mention] when We said to the angels, “Prostrate before Adam”; so they prostrated, except for Iblees. He refused and was arrogant and became of the disbelievers. [Qur’an, 2:34]
If this verse of the Qur’an is studied by itself in isolation, the conclusion would be that Iblis was an Angel. Those who came to that conclusion still hold the view to this day, that he is a fallen angel since he disobeyed Allah’s order.
Angels cannot and do not disobey:
O you who have believed, protect yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is people and stones, over which are [appointed] angels, harsh and severe; they do not disobey Allah in what He commands them but do what they are commanded. [Qur’an, 66:6]
He was of the Jinn:
And [mention] when We said to the angels, “Prostrate to Adam,” and they prostrated, except for Iblees. He was of the jinn and departed from the command of his Lord…[Qur’an, 18:50]
You can read the full explanation of why Satan is not a fallen angel here.
Q. Why do Muslims deny Jesus was neither killed nor crucified?
A. See my post: The Rejection Of Jesus as the Messiah and his Crucifixion.
Q. Why do Muslims deny Jesus died for our sins?
A. Firstly, the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus (Isa) is rejected by Muslims, but like Christians, they believe that Jesus will return before the end of time. In Islam, on the Day of Judgment, every individual will be resurrected to account for their lives. Allah describes this event in the Qur’an:
And We place the scales of justice for the Day of Resurrection, so no soul will be treated unjustly at all. And if there is [even] the weight of a mustard seed, We will bring it forth. And sufficient are We as accountant. [Qur’an, 21:47]
On that Day, people will come forward in separate groups to be shown their deeds:
That Day, the people will depart separated [into categories] to be shown [the result of] their deeds. So whoever does an atom’s weight of good will see it, And whoever does an atom’s weight of evil will see it. [Qur’an, 99:6-8]
Allah will weigh everyone’s good and bad actions according to his mercy and his Justice.
Q. Is it true that Jesus was only sent to the lost sheep of Israel? See my post on the rejection of the Messiah and his crucifixion here.
In the Qur’an, we read about Jesus’ true mission to the children of Israel:
….And He will teach him writing and wisdom and the Torah and the Gospel. And [make him] a messenger to the Children of Israel, [who will say], ‘Indeed I have come to you with a sign from your Lord in that I design for you from clay [that which is] like the form of a bird, then I breathe into it and it becomes a bird by permission of Allah . And I cure the blind and the leper, and I give life to the dead – by permission of Allah . And I inform you of what you eat and what you store in your houses. Indeed in that is a sign for you, if you are believers. And [I have come] confirming what was before me of the Torah and to make lawful for you some of what was forbidden to you. And I have come to you with a sign from your Lord, so fear Allah and obey me. [Qur’an, 3:48-50]
Q. Why do Muslims believe prophet Muhammad is the seal of the prophets and not Jesus?
True Christians do not support Antichrist Israel and the Jews, and like Muslims, know that the Antichrist will be a Jew and will rule the world from an impostor State of Israel.
Even though Christians believe Islam is a false religion, and see Islam as Antichrist, the above mentioned does not make Islam Antichrist, as Muslims believe in Jesus pbuh and the Qur’an as the final revelation revealed by God. This makes Islam either a true or false religion but not Antichrist.