Christian Versus Islam

 

Christian Islam

The Purpose of Christ's Coming

Jesus will come to rescue Israel, defeat the Antichrist (Revelation. 19:11-21), judge the nations (Matthew 25:31-46) and the wicked in Israel (Ezekiel 20:33-38), and rule over the messianic kingdom (Matthew 19:28; Revelation. 20:1-6) Jesus (Isa) will return to over-throw al-Dajjal in the battle of 'Aqabat Afiq' in Syria, or at the Lud gate in Jerusalem according to another account. Jesus will "kill all pigs and break all crosses", confirming Islam as the only true religion.

After 40 years Jesus will die and be buried next to Muhammad in Medina (Islam teaches that Jesus didn't die in A.D. 33 but has been in a state of "suspended animation" since)

 

Destruction of the present world

The Earth will be destroyed (excludes angels)
II Peter 3:10
 
Allah will destroy all the nations except Islamic ones. At the end of Jesus' and the messianic Imam's rule, the angels will be destroyed and the earth will "spill out its contents".

 

Signs preceding judgment day

Yes (Matthew 24:4-28) Yes - The Jews will be gathered together.  Final battle between Muslims and Jews.  Quran also contains a version of the "Gog & Magog" war from the Bible with several differences.

 

Who must experience death?

All people will experience physical death except those living when Christ returns.

 

All people will experience physical death

Basis for salvation / eternal life

Salvation is received by grace through faith in Jesus Christ who already paid the penalty for our sins. Works will be judged on the scales of justice which will be hung on a pillared structure on the eastern side of the Temple Mount platform.

If the scales show more good works than bad, the Muslim believer receives eternal life.

 

Levels of Reward

Not levels, but degrees of reward

 

Seven levels of reward

Hell as an eternal punishment

Those who are not saved will be thrown into the fire of hell for eternity. (Matthew 5:29)
The lake of fire is the second death of the soul. (Revelation 20:14)
 
Hell is a lake of fire where non-Muslims/infidels live in torment.
Sura 4:56 "Some of them believe on the prophet [Mohammad] and some turn aside from him: - the flame of hell is their sufficing punishment"

Islam teaches that there are 8 levels of torment.

Sura 14:50 "And thou shalt see the wicked on that day linked together in chains - their garments of pitch, and fire shall enwrap their faces - that God may reward every soul as it deserveth;"

Hell is eternal:

Sura 74:21 "And who shall teach thee what Hell-fire is? It leaveth nought, it spareth nought, blackening the skin.
 

The Nature of Man

Men have a sinful nature and are inherently wicked. We are made alive/changed through Jesus Christ unto good works. (Romans 9:20)
Ephesians 2:1-5 "But, because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions - it is by grace you have been saved.

Ephesians 2:10 "For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."
 
Men are basically good. (Sura 7:23-29)
Some have been guided toward right and some are left in error. We are inherently good, but Satan brings some into trouble as Allah wills.
 

Belief in Purgatory (temporary hell where one can be purified or gain entry into heaven)

Evangelicals - No
Catholics - Yes
 
Yes - called Barzakh

Assurance of Salvation

Those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their savior have eternal life. (I John 1:12-13) Salvation is a free gift available to all willing to receive it.
Colossians 1:22-23 "But now he has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard..."
 
It is impossible in this life to have any assurance of salvation. Good works will be measured against bad on the scales of justice on judgment day.

 

Nature of God as judge

God is a just God (Romans 3:26)
II Peter 3:9 "The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance."
 
Allah is arbitrary. Some are born to knowledge while others are not.


Sura 35:8 "Verily God misleadeth whom He will, and guideth whom he will."
 

Beliefs on those who will experience the tribulation

The church will be raptured (snatched away) and taken to be with the Lord. God's judgment will be poured out on the wicked of the earth.

 

Believers of Allah will be hidden with the prophet Mohammad, followed by a "wind of destruction" which will kill all the remaining people.

Christ will come again

Yes - Jesus will return at the end of the tribulation.
John 14:3 "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
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Titus 2:13 "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;"

See Also Revelation 22:20
 
Yes - "To break the cross and kill the swine" followed by an "eruption of fire in Eden".

Signs of the End Times

Beginning of birth pangs:


1. Wars between nations (Matthew 24:67)

2. Famine & earthquakes (Matthew 24:7)

3. False christs (Matthew 24:5)

4. Israel reestablished (Isaiah 11:11-12)


Birth pangs:

1. Temple worship restored and abomination of desolation (Daniel 9:27; Matthew 25:15; II Thessalonians 2:4; Revelation 11:1-2)

2. Jews persecuted (Matthew 24:9-10, 16-20)

3. False christs and prophets (Matthew 24:11,24)

4. Global preaching of kingdom (Matthew 24:14)

5. Celestial disturbances (Matthew 24:29; Revelation 6-19)
 
Major and minor signs will Revelationeal that the end times have arrived (Sura 21:96, 27:82, 43:61)


Major Signs:

1. Gross materialism

2. Women outnumber men

3. Muslims defeat Jews in battle; Muslims and Christians battle unbelievers together, then Muslims defeat Christians in battle.


Minor Signs:

1. Increase in bloodshed and war

2. Contraction of time

3. Religious knowledge decreases

4. Prevalence of the ungodly


 

Result of End-time battle

After Armageddon, Satan is bound and believers enter the Millennium. Following the thousand year reign of Christ there is a final battle with Satan (Revelation 20:7-9), the destruction of the cosmos (2 Peter 3:10-13) and recreation (Revelation 21:1)

 

A "Great Destruction" which destroys all but God, then a resurrection/recreation

The End-time ruler (following Armageddon)

Eternal (Mark 9:43-48) Gog and Magog led by Darius, the king of Persia (Sura 21:96)

 

Temporal dwelling for dead

Christians will be in Christ's presence (II Corinthians 5:8)
Non-Christians will go to Hell (the lake of fire) (Luke 16:23, Revelation 20:13)
 
Most scholars say the good and the bad will be with Allah until judgment, but some say "Alam Bazar" is for all people or for only the wicked.

Eternal dwelling for believers

Heaven/New Jerusalem Revelation 21:2-3 "And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

(3) And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
 

 

Janah("Paradise")

Nature of Eternal Life

Fellowship (Revelation 21:3, 7; 22:4)


Service (Revelation 7:15; 22:3)

Worship (Revelation 6:9-12)

Praise (Revelation 19:1-6)
 

Mutahsibir - sensual pleasure in sex with virgins, eating, and happiness
Sura 55:56 "On couches with linings of brocade shall they recline, and there in shall be the damsels with retiring glances, whom nor man nor djinn hath touched before them:

Like jacynths and pearls: Shall the reward of good be aught but good? And beside these shall be two other gardens:

With gushing fountains in each: In each fruits and the palm and the pomegranate: In each the fai, the beauteous ones: With large dark eyeballs, kept close in their pavilions:

Whom man hath never touched nor any djinn: Their spouses on soft green cushions and on beautiful carpets shall recline: Blessed by the name of they Lord, full of majesty and Glory."

Also (Sura 56:15-22, Sura 47)
 

Future of Israel

Eternally restored (Jeremiah 31:35-37) Eternally destroyed

** Note all references are taken from the King James Version.