What Are the Main Differences Between Islam and Christianity? (Answering Islam Part 6)

Posted By on September 21, 2019


Christians and Muslims agree on a number of
issues. We agree that there is one God—all-powerful,
all-knowing, and merciful. We agree that God has sent messengers into
the world, and that people like Noah, Abraham, Moses, and David were mighty prophets. Concerning Jesus, we agree that he was born
of a virgin, that he performed miracles, and that he is the Messiah. But there are some fundamental differences
between Islam and Christianity, and we can break these differences down into three categories:
theology, ethics, and evidence. Let’s start with theology. According to the Bible, God is a Trinity. The Bible calls the Father “God”; it calls
Jesus “God”; and it calls the Holy Spirit “God.” And yet the Bible consistently affirms that
there’s only one God. This is the basis for the doctrine of the
Trinity. The Qur’an declares that Allah is not a
Trinity and that anyone who calls Allah a Trinity is a blasphemer. In both the Old and New Testaments, believers
(Jews and Christians) refer to God as their Father in heaven. The Qur’an repeatedly declares that Allah
is a father to no one. This is why you don’t hear Muslims calling
God “Father.” The highest relationship you can have with
Allah, according to the Qur’an, is a slave to master relationship. The Bible says that God loves everyone. The Qur’an says that Allah doesn’t love
unbelievers; he doesn’t love the proud; he doesn’t love ungrateful sinners; he doesn’t
love those who exceed his limits; he doesn’t love the extravagant; he doesn’t love mischief-makers. Allah doesn’t love most people. And this difference in God’s love leads
to another important theological disagreement between Christians and Muslims. In Christianity, God loves us so much that
he enters the world as Jesus of Nazareth to become the perfect sacrifice for our sins. When Muslims hear this, it makes no sense
to them, because they have no concept of a God who loves people enough to do something
like that. Allah’s deficient love leads to the second
category of disagreement between Christianity and Islam: the ethical disagreements. Jesus commanded his followers: “I say to
you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons
of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good,
and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” Notice, as Christians, we have to love others. Why? Because God loves them. But as we’ve seen, Allah doesn’t love
unbelievers. So the command in Islam is not, “Love your
enemies”; it’s “Fight those who do not believe in Allah.” The emphasis on love in Christianity affects
all our relationships. In Ephesians 5:25, the Apostle Paul says,
“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” Jesus was crucified for the church, and Paul
tells husbands to love our wives the same way. In Christianity, husbands are supposed to
love our wives so much that we should be ready to be crucified for them. In Islam, Allah says that you can beat your
wife into submission. Very different attitude towards wives, and
this ultimately goes back to differences in God’s love in Christianity and Islam. The third category is evidence. In Christianity, we have good evidence for
what we believe. I grew up as an atheist. I started studying Christianity because I
wanted to refute a Christian I knew. I understood from reading and discussions
that the Apostles based their faith on Jesus’ resurrection, so I started studying the resurrection,
in order to prove that Christianity was false. What I found was that every shred of evidence
we have tells us that Jesus died by crucifixion. We know this from ancient Christian writers,
ancient Jewish writers, and ancient Roman writers. And every shred of evidence we have tells
us that Jesus was alive again later. He appeared to more than 500 people at one
time. The historical facts just can’t be explained
without a miracle. But Jesus’ resurrection takes us even further. If Jesus was raised from the dead, he must
have God’s stamp of approval. God confirmed Jesus’ message by raising
him from the dead. So now we have to believe what Jesus claimed
about himself, and Jesus claimed to be the divine Son of God who came into the world
to die on the cross for the sins of others. I realized this as an atheist. I realized that if I wanted to go where the
evidence pointed, I had to believe what Jesus said. Islam just doesn’t have anything like this. The main argument offered by the Qur’an
is that the Qur’an is so wonderfully written, it must come from God. And this is one of the strangest arguments
ever offered by any religion. Even if the Qur’an were the most amazing
book ever written, this wouldn’t make it the Word of God. It would just mean that the Qur’an had the
best writer in history. But in fact, the Qur’an isn’t the most
amazing book ever written. Far from it. Let me quote what the Iranian scholar Ali
Dashti wrote in his book “Twenty Three Years”: The Qur’an contains sentences which are
incomplete and not fully intelligible without the aid of commentaries; foreign words, unfamiliar
Arabic words, and words used with other than the normal meaning; adjectives and verbs inflected
without observance of the concords of gender and number; illogically and ungrammatically
applied pronouns which sometimes have no referent; and predicates which in rhymed passages are
often remote from the subjects. These and other such aberrations in the language
have given scope to critics who deny the Qur’an’s eloquence. So the main argument of the Qur’an fails
miserably, and other arguments for Islam are even worse. This means that there’s no good evidence
for Islam, but we have very good evidence for Christianity. And since Christians have proof for what we
believe, this confirms our theology and our ethics whenever our theology and ethics disagree
with Islam.

Posted by Lewis Heart

This article has 100 comments

  1. thank you for everyone who replied to my last comment, i remember now why i hate Christianity or at least the human side of it and why i don't agree with all of it. i think most of it is good but i hate a good part of it so i cant commit myself to it, thank you again for showing me why

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  2. David , we are so sad . We want be able to follow anymore Reza on CNN. He was fired ! Well at least Soros will continue to give him money for new projects. Pooe Soros , business is not going too welll.

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  3. Thank you & God bless you bro David. Beautifully explained about theology, ethics & evidence. Hope this would penetrate the hard hearts of the mohammadan & they start to know their pagan religion not just by reciting from the mind but from their hearts.

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  4. if Jesus or god or the son of god or whatever you call him died for our sins , why are we still in this World ?
    whats the reason why we are in this World and not with god in heaven , if he has forgiven our sins?

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  5. If I want to learn christianity or islam from the neutral perspective. I would take scholars' views from the best institutions like harvard, princeton, oxford, king's college london…etc. Because the reasonings given by preachers from both sides must be biased. Scholars' views from well-known institutions have integrity to stand up for what's right. I think it is logical to give us some understanding of how christians or muslim see themselves. God bless you.

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  6. Christianity isn't so nice to females as you say. Read 1 Corinthians. The entire narrative is misogynistic. You don't find much of the same in the quran, but you will in the sunnahs.

    Your attempts to justify one over the other won't get by me. You're as much a hypocrite as muslims. Christianity and islam — both are corrupt and bad for females.

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  7. Could the fact that Allah declares he is not completely loving, and that is the best of all deceivers protect them against hiddenness arguments? I am thinking of the argument by J. L. Schellenberg where it is stated that if God is perfectly loving, he should always be open to a relationship with all finite persons, if he is always open to a relationship with all finite persons then no one should be in a non-resistant state of non-belief as to the proposition that God exists, but the problem is that there are people in a non-resistant state of non-belief. To protect the loving nature of God, disbelief should come from some type of perversity of the will on the part of the person that is responsible for the disbelief, as opposed to some kind of "intellectual error" or "innocent mistake" that the person is making. South Park had a good caricature of this position when everyone is puzzled as to why they are in hell, and the reason is that they guessed wrong, and the Mormons luckily happened to be correct. The reality is that everyone can have reasonable non-belief as to either Christianity or Islam being true, but this is more of a problem when the deity is seen as perfectly loving, and where an endless relationship after death depends upon a certain belief.

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  8. Jesus was not crucified for the church. The church is man made. It's just a tool men use to harness the power of faith. It's also the leading cause for lose of faith.

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  9. The "good evidence" for Islam is the body with no head rotting in the sun. Muslims have no faith. They have an insanity born of perpetual fear and brain washing.

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  10. Hi David, big fan and I honestly love your work. I think i'm still an atheist, but on the verge of letting Christ back in my life again, instead of the cultural christian that I identify as today. I would love to see a debate, or honest conversation, between you and the Australian Imam Tawhidi. That would be one hell of an eye opener because he will acknowledge most of the things you are teaching us for so long. But this time it will be verified by a mohammedanian cleric. Keep up the good work! Greetings from the Netherlands

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  11. David as a Jewish person I want to thank you for giving me the knowledge and tools to stand up and defend myself and my religion against Islam and their hatred against mine, however even if Christianity is a peaceful religion it is one of two religion's that I will never convert to the other being Islam because of the persecution of my religion at the hands of yours and of Islam for thousands of years however that's not to say I don't have Christian friends like my brother in law once again I like to thank you for your videos keep up the good work

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  12. Great job sir. Please sir, i wish you can visit Nigeria. You would be amazed what you can achieve here in Nigeria.

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  13. Psalm 11:5 – The LORD examines the righteous, but the wicked, those who love violence, he hates with a passion.

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  14. If i have a good english, i hope something to share about islam with you david 😀 I try hard to translate your video bro….

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  15. the prophet peace be upon him said those of u who are closer yo allah ard those who treat their wives with dignity and honour

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  16. This world is just temporary conveniences, and the best comfort in this world is a righteous women.” Sahih Muslim 10/56, Kitab al-rida’, bab istihbab nikah al-bikr.

    Allah informs us about the just rights of each other on us:

    The wife’s rights (with regard to their husbands) are equal to the (husband’s) rights with regard to them, although men are a degree above them; and Allah is Almighty, Wise. [Quran 2:28]

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  17. Hi David
    Im a muslim from Bangladesh
    I want to become a Christian
    but i cannot go to a church and be baptized because of my country what should i do ?

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  18. I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come (John 16:12-13).
    Is this not Proof of Islam

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  19. muslims n christians will never agree on anythin cuz the basis of each religion is the opposite of the other…

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  20. What evidence do you have from the first century that Jesus was crucified? Saying 'ancient sources, texts or writers' does not suffice as evidence.

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  21. whatever you say whatever you lie about Islam we will still be muslims even the whole world are conspiring against us we will still be muslims no matter what
    there are thousands of people are converting to Islam these days even celebrities , Islam is the right religion
    peace upon you✋

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  22. Yes my dear David wood. According to your ethics no one will be punished. Don't you think that your propaganda is nonsense ? I'm not linking to kill all man made god, and when Muslims are doing all the crimes you said your god is not going to punish them because your Jesus is so kind. In this case then all bad people and good people are the same, so we dont need a
    god and also we dont need a lecture from you cos it is of no use.

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  23. Psalm 5:5, "The boastful shall not stand before Thine eyes; Thou dost hate all who do iniquity,"
    Psalm 11:5, "The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked, and the one who loves violence His soul hates."
    Prov. 6:6-19, "There are six things which the Lord hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: 17 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 A heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, 19 A false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers."

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  24. God never changed His message of redemption and He certainly did not reveal something totally different to one man. Our enemy still says today "Yea, hath God said…" just like in the garden of Eden.

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  25. Satan does not LOVE nor can he be a FATHER — but Satan is Deceiver and a Proud One (Arrogant) — Satan is Antichrist
    Satan has nothing about others than himself
    Satan has well Organized under world (A Unseen Force, Walking Opposite)
    Satan is Masquerader and father of LIES and Author of all Confusion and Creator of FEAR and DOUBT (Atheist or disbeliever)
    Satan is Murderer and Satan's hobby is to Kill physically (body Harass, torture) Ruthless or lead them to HELL a Saddest
    Satan is very Wicked in all dimension, Vulgar,
    Satan is an Opportunist
    Satan is unforgiver and Revengeful
    Satan is root of all Evil, Deception Hypocrite, Manipulator, False Accuser,
    Satan is Mislead er and Misinformer and False Witness (giver)
    Satan is a Blasphemer and Enemy of the TRUTH — Satan is a false witness and Testimony Destroyer
    Satan is the god of all RELIGIONS on the Earth (rituals, Practices doctrinaires and dogmas, Idols, graveyard)
    Satan god of the is World and Satan is the power of Air
    Satan is Trap setter — Satan is a thief (stealer) and Destroyer
    Satan is False Teacher and Blind folder or the Truth

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  26. you are stupid people who watch and agree this liar , i watch and laugh for the hate in him the stupidity and the lies , he is a lier , go read by yourself , you bunch of sheep blind followers

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  27. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but, to me, as an atheist: your presentation sounds like people hating each other because the same god won't reveal itself and explain the truth for once and for ever. Instead, the same god say different things through three different holy words. You guys are going to have to decide which belief of the same god is correct because I need to be educated as this particular god seem to stay silent. Then again, all other gods don't seem to me to explain which is the only god to follow, and which is the correct way to do so. My observations.

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  28. I am an atheist and I find it sad to see how religious persons who believe in the same god/s are out to criticize one another. The Quran, the Thora and the Bible are three holy scriptures lead by the same god but they differ widely from one another. Is there any way that persons of the Aramaic faiths: Christians, Jewish believers and those from Islam get one scripture or "Holy Word" so that we can finally se religious peace on earth?

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  29. if you believe that Jesus came back from death then I think you have already given up on rational thinking. How do you explain love your enemies in today's perspective. Christian nations have waged wars like no one in history.

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  30. Christians love their enemies so do Christians love Hitler, Satan, ISIS? This is some of the most deceitful arguments i have heard. God loves everyone you sure?

    One example in the bible. Proverbs 6:16-19 – "These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren."

    He says bible says Jesus is god…….. no it doesnt. Jesus never claims divinity its actually the opposite. He says the father is greater than 1, I myself cant do nothing etc.

    God loves everyone but it says in the bible that women are not allowed to speak in churches. First Corinthians 14:33–35 states, “As in all the congregations of the saints, women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church” (ESV). God hates the women????

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  31. I believe in the Godhead, not the trinity, but the differences pointed out are quite clear. Allah and Elohim (God) are two different Gods. Elohim is the true God and Allah is a false god.

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  32. …while we have evidence in christianity(didnt bring any)….. back to you Boby(dont worry its easy those buy smoke)….

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  33. Hi David, some people are trying to pass this off as you. It does not even look like you. Can you please confirm. I think it may be another David Wood.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYcTxzae2ds

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  34. There aren't a lot of differences between the two religions. They both are dreamed up by humans for human purposes. The evidence for the existence of christ and allah is equally poor.
    How is it possible Mr Wood sees so clearly the many nonsense in islam, but fails to see similar nonsense in christianity ? Does he wear blinders ?

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  35. There is so many facts you need to know / and i love all Christian
    1- Trinity is not written in Bible but in st paul Book ,
    2- The Arabic source is Quran so if you find something wrong in Quran actually is the arabic language not The source ! imagine drinking water in a dirty cup , so you say the water is no clean ? Or the cup
    3- Quran is a book of all time !! So on the period of Muhammad peace upon him so many disbelievers were fighting and tortured Muslims so if Quran really encourages people to fight 1.8B is an enormous number to kill all the people
    4- i live in Iraq i have so many Christian friends and even atheists , trust me all religion are good but these people trying to show you different , Thanks all

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  36. The Bible also says wives are to submit to their husbands. Don't forget that part. God has been very clear about the roles of men and women, and they are anything but equal.

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  37. To Muslims who practice Islam. Why does your so-called god(allah) claim to be "the best of all deceivers"? Qur'an 3:54 & Qur'an 8:30.

    Note, in the Holy Bible God(Jesus) claims that Satan is the Father of lies.

    John 8:43-45
    The Children of the Devil

    43) "Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you are unable to accept My message. 44) You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out his desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, refusing to uphold the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, because he is a liar and the father of lies. 45) But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me!"

    Do you see where I'm going with this? How can one put trust, or faith in a God who is capable of deception? Listen to what Jesus says:

    John 14:6
    6) Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

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  38. Dr Zakir Naik try to bring harmony by talking about similarities between these two religions whereas you seem to bring the opposite of it by having a talk about the differences

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  39. thank you david. I learn a lot from your video. it helps me so much specially to defend my faith here in saudi arabia. God bless you brother david.

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  40. first you have to know that you can't take a verse from Quran and just translate it .but you have to see 7 verses before and 7 verses after the verse you want to understand to see the whole picture. so when he said to fight those who were unbelievers ,he said this because they were fighting the muslims at this time and tortured them so the muslim had to fight them back.so there are verses that were said in a particular occasions which was unnormal times. second when the quran said that you can beat your wife this can be dobe after some procedures :1you have to advice her many times if she was doin something wrong. 2 : if she kept on doing the same wrong thing you have to don't sleep with her in one bed for some time so that she can understand that there is something wrong . if she kept on doing the wrong thing after all of this then you can beat her but the word 'beat' is translated from the arabic word 'darab' which is to beat softly like you are beating with something like a lolipop so she can't get hurt from you. after all i'm not a 'sheikh ' which means 'priest' but you can see guys like ahmed dedat or zaker naik to make you know islam better. because when you understand the islam you'll find that it's the most peaceful religion . and i am sorry if my english isn't quiet well because it's not my native language .

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  41. God love us who said that he didnt ……u are just claiming things withoit evidence and u are just ignorart to admit that we are God's slaves

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  42. The beast in revelation and Daniel has ten horns and the name of blastphemy on their heads.. Islam..

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  43. hey David i hate you because i am a jihadist and we don't tolerate people with functional brain, like our prophet.

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  44. No one has the right to insult any religion of this world. People should give respect to all the religions and all the prophets.

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  45. Jesus Christ preached love and peace, that's why he's called prince of peace. While Muhammad (May police be upon him) preached sword and warfare and acted fully as a warlord and terrorist.

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  46. Yes God so lovED the world which I say He cares about everyone but
    [[Psa 5:6]] KJV Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.

    Reprobates are also rejected.
    But obviously God of the bible is way more merciful than Quranic demon that claims he "loves" humans.

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  47. Mohammed is most like either a Jim Jones of the Jonestown suicide massacre or like a Mohmar Ghadafi in trying to be an earthly godlike knower of all

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  48. You people are prisoners of your own hearts so take it easy, otherwise for freedom Show your confidence in your religion or reason. I suggest you with respect that you follow the Holy Quran, if you don't agree with me? then after death liar will take other's and his whole nation's sins, do you agree?

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  49. your views of islam are twisted and distorted… you do not give anything close to a real comparison of these two religions and anyone believing your crap is actually dumber for watching it.

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  50. Gods can claim anything. Talk is cheap. Actions prove what a person really is. And the Abrahamic Gods have a horrible record.

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  51. David Wood please stop defenfing islam, because Allah is satan and Muhammed the anti christ. Islam got to be destroyed in the name of world peace!

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