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Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God?

There are similarities in how Muslims and Christians view God. Both believe in one God, who has created the universe. There are similarities between the book of the Muslims, the Quran, and the Bible. In both books people like Abraham, Moses and David can be found. God is sovereign, omnipresent and all-powerful according both to Muslims and Christians. Also Jesus is found in both the Quran and the Bible.

He is not just a prophet

However, there is a vital difference between the two views. Christians believe in Jesus as the Saviour, the Son of God who came to bear the penalty of sin (John 3:16). He is not just a prophet, as Muslims view him. Christians believe Jesus to be God incarnated (Colossians 1:15-17, 19). Jesus is the center of Christian belief: everything depends on him. He conquered sin and death, and reconciled us to God the Father (Colossians 1:20). He was resurrected from the dead and likewise, all who put their trust in him will be resurrected from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:20-23).

The Holy Spirit is also vital in Christian belief. Without the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer, real knowledge of God is impossible (John 16:13, 14). It is through the Spirit that the believer is able to understand the Word of God, the Bible. It is through the Spirit’s work that the believer is changed in his or her pattern of thinking and acting, to become more like the Son of God, Jesus (Romans 8:5,9; Galatians 5:22).

The only way to God

Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God? There is only one true God. The real question is, which group really understands who God is? God has revealed himself in his Word, the Bible, and we can know him through his Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus himself claimed that he is the only way to God (John 14:6). So Muslims try to worship God, but they do not know him. Therefore they cannot be true worshipers who worship God as Father in spirit and in truth, as Jesus said (John 4:23).

God is love. This is a clear truth that speaks to us from every page of the Bible. It speaks to us through the sacrifice of Jesus who died on the cross to save us from hell and eternal punishment (1 John 4:7-10). God desires every person to be saved and be with him (1Timothy 2:4) – it is not by works that we are saved, but by his mercy and grace (Ephesians 2:4). May all people on earth get to know God in this way.

Also read: Why believe the Bible?

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Esther Visser

Esther Visser

Esther Visser (1972) was raised in Waddinxveen. She did a 2-year masters degree at Tyndale Theological Seminary in Badhoevedorp, to prepare for the mission field. In 2000 her husband and she were sent to Thailand as church planters, in cooperation with OMF and GZB. They lived and worked there for 15 years, together with their two children. At this time Esther is editor-in-chief for De Waarheidsvriend, the house magazine of the Gereformeerde Bond. She is also active in church life, as a youth worker, and as an artist.

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Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God?