Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?

Posted By on September 22, 2019


[Questioner] Yeah good morning and thank you. I’ve been kind of a bystander,
witness, to a long-standing chatter on Facebook over the question of whether or
not Christians and Muslims worship the same God. And I’ve yet to hear a good
biblical answer to that question. [Craig] This has become hugely controversial. Last year Wheaton college, my alma
mater, dismissed one of its faculty members
because she said that Muslims and Christians worship the same God and
she was not able to defend her position apparently or explain it adequately
theologically for the college to feel that they could keep her on the staff. Well this brought down on the college
enormous bad press and heaps of abuse even many Christian theologians say that
the college was wrong, that Muslims and Christians do worship the same God and
that it was incorrect what the college did. Now I have
addressed this issue in one of my questions of the week on the website probably about a month or two ago so if you go to the the website look at
the questions of the week for about a month or two ago there’s one on “Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God.” And without wanting to get too complicated let me say that the
way that question is phrased raises all sorts of difficult philosophical
questions about what it means to refer to the same thing because we can refer
to something under a false description. For example, I could say that man in the corner drinking a
martini is my uncle. But it turns out that he wasn’t drinking
a martini it was water and yet I am referring to the same person under a
false description and so the claim is well maybe Muslims are worshiping the
same God but under a false description of who God is. And that raises in all sorts
of philosophical problems of what it means to refer to the same thing and how
do you successfully refer. I think the question is better reworded
by saying is the concept of God in Islam the same as the concept of God in
Christianity. Do we have the same understanding of God,
and there I argued that they are worlds apart. That the concept of God in Islam
and Christianity is very very different. And one of the principal ways in which
they are different is that the Muslim concept of God, I believe, is morally
defective. It is a morally defective vision of who
God is. As the greatest conceivable being a morally perfect being. God must be all-loving. And this is
exactly what the Bible teaches. The Bible teaches that God loves sinners, his love is impartial, it is universal, it is unconditional, and this is a world
of difference from the god of the Quran. According to the Quran, God does not love sinners. He does not love unbelievers. He is an enemy to unbelievers. God in the
Quran only loves those who first love him, so that his love rises no higher
than the sort of love that Jesus said tax collectors and sinners exhibit. They love those who love them and that’s
the kind of love that the god of the Quran exhibits. So the Quran assures us of
god’s love for the god-fearing and the good-doers but he has no love for
sinners and unbelievers. The Quran says that God does not love the very people
that John 3:16 says God loves so much that He sent His only Son to die for
them! While we were yet enemies, Christ died
for us. So this is a huge difference between the
god of the Quran and the God of the Bible. The heavenly Father revealed
by Jesus loves sinners, loves unbelievers, wants them to come to Him, His love is
universal, impartial, and unconditional love. But the god of the Quran, his love is
partial, it is selective, and it has to be earned, it is conditional. Only those who earn it will receive it.
So this is a vastly different conception of God. So I would agree with those who
say that the god of Muhammad is not the God of Jesus Christ. He is not the God of
the Bible. In fact, I would say that the god of the Quran is a
defamation of the heavenly Father revealed by Jesus.

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