Is Islam right about Christians believing in three “gods”? That may seem like a strange question. Some people say that Christians and Muslims believe in the same “God”. Others say no. However, the Qur’an says that Christians and Jews believe in more than one “God”. It’s a question of monotheism versus polytheism. One God versus multiple gods. But who’s right? Do Christians believe in three “gods”?
Christianity & Islam
I was just reading an article that made me think about the differences in teachings related to orphans and widows in Christianity and Islam. Both books talk about widows and orphans. No real surprise there. But the things they have to say are very different. That should not have been a surprise, but it was. At least, it was more of a surprise than I expected. When we hear about something, like the Qur’an and Islam – and also read the actual Qur’an – it can be hard to remember what the actual book says versus what people claim about the book. The same is true for anything. We really need to pay attention to what’s real and what’s opinion.
I was doing some research on an article on “Orphans and Widows in Christianity and Islam” and found something interesting. I was looking at nine translations of the Qur’an. What I found was two very different translation of the same Qur’an passage. I had started with two, but they were so strikingly different that I went to nine. That first one still stuck out as being so very different.
Christianity and Islam both view submission as important. This begs the question, do both religions have the same definition of submission? Furthermore, do either, or both, of them use the same definition as the secular use of the word? It’s important to know. Otherwise, it’s like talking about fruit – but one person is talking about oranges and the other is talking about Japanese star anise. The orange is good for our health, flavorful, and can be eaten raw or cooked. However, the Japanese star anise (image below) fruit is highly toxic and its seeds are even used in animal poison.
The story of creation in the Bible and the Qur’an are the same, right?
They ought to be. We’re told so often that Christians and Muslims believe in the same God. If that’s true, how could they possibly be different from each other? I mean – creation is creation. So “Christian creation” has to line up with “Muslim creation”.
So, how come they don’t? Why are they different?
Christians should know that “I never knew you” is from the Bible, but is it really in the Qur’an as well? Did you see it? Did you find, “I never knew you” in those verses from the Qu’ran?
Question: is it more than irony that this verse in the Qu’ran is used to say the true followers of Jesus are idol worshipers?