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Comparing Basic Beliefs in Christianity and Islam

One God Muslims worship Allah, whom they believe created the world. They believe there are no gods other than Allah. Jesus taught, “The Lord our God is one Lord.” God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are One. (See Mark 12:29, John 10:30, and John 14:16,17.)
Holy Book Muslims believe their holy book, the Koran (or Quran), was dictated to the Muslim prophet Mohammed by an angel from Allah. Christians believe the Bible is the Word of God. It is the unfolding story of God’s relationship to man and His plan to save men from sin.
What is God like? Muslims believe that Allah is not knowable. He is not a father to humans. The Koran does not say Allah seeks to redeem those lost in sin or that he loves those who don’t love him first. God is a loving heavenly Father. Humans can have a relationship with Him. We love Him, because He first loved us, even while we were sinners, and sent Jesus to save us. (See Luke 19:10, Romans 5:8, 2 Corinthians 6:18, and 1 John 4:19.)
Who is Jesus? Muslims believe Jesus was a prophet but no more than a man. They believe that He did not die on the cross and did not rise from the dead. Jesus, who is One with God, is called “the Son of God,” He died and rose again. He is “the way, the truth, and the life,” and no one comes to God the Father except through Him. God sent Him to save the world from sin. (See John 14:6 and John 3:16.)
Salvation Muslims believe Allah will judge everyone on Judgment Day. If they have done more good deeds than bad, they will go to paradise. Christians believe that humans are not righteous enough to save themselves through good works. All fall short of God’s glory. God sent Jesus to redeem the lost from sin, so that those who believe in Him may have eternal life. (See Romans 3:22–25.)