"...The church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth." I Timothy 3:15
The False Religion of Islam
(The following is a brief study on the subject of Islam. Many different sources were
referred to which made this research possible. The purpose of the study was to offer
a short analysis of some of the basic beliefs, ideas, and views held to by the typical
INTRODUCTION: Islam is not a religious cult in the strictest sense of the word but
it is a major world religion, a false religion vastly different and opposed to Christianity.
Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world with one out of every 5 people
on the face of the earth being a Muslim. It is considered to be one of the four largest
religions in the world, behind Christianity, Judaism, and Hinduism. It is estimated
that by the year 2010, Islam will move ahead of Judaism to become the second largest
religion in America. Hundreds of millions of people all over the world have embraced
the Islamic faith to where entire countries are ruled and dominated by Islamic teachings,
practices, and laws. Islam is a religious, social, and political force which every
born-again Christian and every American should be aware of.
It is recorded that Islam first got its start around 600 A.D. by a man named Mohammed
in an area in what is known today as Saudi Arabia. This man claimed to have received
supernatural visions and revelations from Allah (Islamic name for God) through the
archangel Gabriel: one hundred fourteen to be exact. These visions and revelations
were recorded and written down known as the Koran (Arabic term for "the recitation"),
the holy book of Islam. Mohammed claimed he was the true and final prophet to restore
true religion and the praise of Allah throughout the world.
In order for us to understand the basic history and beliefs of Islam, there are some
religious terms that need to be defined:
1) Islam -- is the name of the religion which came out of the revelations and teachings
of Mohammed; it is the Arabic term for "submission."
2) Muslim -- name given to one who adheres to, follows the religion of Islam. It
means: "one who submits." A Muslim is to submit to the will of Allah as revealed
Mohammed was born in Mecca in 570 A.D. After his father's death he was raised by
his grandfather and an uncle. His uncle was a merchant who traveled and Mohammed
accompanied him, becoming a camel driver. It has been explained that when Mohammed
began to see the polytheistic, idolatrous Arab tribal society around Mecca deteriorating
in his day, that he decided to withdraw to a mountain cave near Mecca and spend a
month (28 days) in meditation.
This happened to be the month of Ramadan, the ninth month in Islam's lunar calendar.
During this time he claims Allah, through the angel Gabriel, first spoke to him and
this is when Islam had its start. Mohammed continued to have visions and revelations
and began to claim he was restoring the true religion of Abraham, Moses, Jesus, etc.
which had been corrupted. These visions and revelations were later recorded as the
Koran. The Koran records Abraham as saying: "This am I commanded, and I am the first
of the Muslims."
After conflicts for several years within his own country and people, Mohammed was
able to convince many of his fellow Arabs that Allah was the only true god. Sources
today indicate that Allah was in fact one of the 360 idol-gods worshiped by the Arab
tribes. Allah was originally a moon god to the Arabs. Muhammad's proclaiming of Allah
as the only god caused so much opposition in Mecca that he and his followers in 622
A.D. had to flee 250 miles to what is known as Medina.
It was here that Mohammed became the political and religious leader in Medina and
the town became the center for expansion of Islam. Mohammed eventually gained enough
followers that he conquered Mecca in 630 A.D. He destroyed all the idols in the town
and declared it a mosque (Arabic word for "temple"). In the next few years after
this Mohammed's followers spread Islam over Palestine and Syria. Over the period
of years, Mohammed married 15 wives. He said he did so for political reasons and
because so many Muslim women were left without husbands who had been killed in battles
When Mohammed died, he left no male heir to take over and so Islam splintered into
different groups. The biggest group is the Sunnite sect which claim to recognize
and follow the teachings of the immediate successors of Mohammed. They practice a
moderate form of Islamic interpretation of the Koran. Over 90% of the Muslims in
the Mideast, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Libya are of this group.
The next biggest group is the Shi'ite sect who claim to be the rightful line of succession
to Mohammed. This group is much more literal in its interpretation and application
of the Koran and is much more militant and fanatical. About 93% of Muslims in Iran
are of this group.
Mohammed died in 632 A.D. and was buried in Medina. This is a known historical fact
but Muslim tradition tells a different story. They claim that he went to Jerusalem
on a white horse and ascended into heaven from a rock that is now enclosed in the
Dome of the Rock (Mosque of Omar) on Mt. Moriah. This is why Jerusalem is considered
a holy place for Muslims.
THE KORAN AND ITS TEACHINGS
It is traditionally taught that there is no ceremony, no ritual involved in a person
who wants to become a Muslim. All one has to do is to believe and say: "There is
no god but Allah and Mohammed is his prophet." After saying this, the person is obligated
to do all the duties of Islam. One must remember that the word "Muslim" means: one
who submits. Islam basically offers the world two choices: the Koran (conversion)
or the sword (death). According to the teaching of the Koran, conversion to Islam
can either be by persuasion or force.
We must understand that the spread of Islam through the centuries has been carried
out largely on the battlefield. Islam has been advanced by the widespread use of
war, torture, and force of arms. Islam has swept over the world slaughtering Jews
and Christians alike. Islam is a fighting religion. Conquest is a religious duty
The Koran urges Muslims to take up arms against the "infidel" (anyone who is not
a Muslim). The Koran specifically says: "When ye encounter unbelievers, strike off
their heads until ye have made a great slaughter among them, and bind them in bonds.
" In another place it says: "those who fight against you, kill them wherever ye shall
find them ...You Allah are our protector. Give us victory therefore over the infidel
nations." "Kill thine enemy" is the practical teaching of Islam.
The Koran is the final authority in Islam. It is the recordings of all the visions
and revelations that Mohammed supposedly received directly from Allah. There were
114 in total. These revelations in the Koran are believed by Muslims to have come
to Mohammed over a period of 23 years. The Koran is divided into 114 "suras" or chapters
and contains many quotations and references to the Bible. Quoting from one source:
"The Koran offers a religion that relies upon methods of violence and force -- a
doctrine of holy wars that brings inducements to political revolution and assassinations
which have produced wars and tragedies unimaginable. The Koran offers a theology
that is distinctly anti-Christ, claiming a method of salvation based entirely upon
Islam claims to revere the writings of all the supposed great prophets of the world
yet the Muslims definitely exalt and honor the "prophecy" of Mohammed (i.e. the Koran)
above the Scriptures and any other religious writings. Muslims believe that Mohammed
is the prophet who fully revealed the final truth and they will not compromise that
belief. A leaflet prepared by the Institute of Islamic Information and Education
states: "Mohammed is the very last Prophet of God to mankind. He is the final Messenger
of God. His message was and is still to the Christians, the Jews, and the rest of
mankind. He was sent to those religious people to inform them about the true mission
of Jesus, Moses, David, Jacob, Isaac, and Abraham."
The leaflet continues: "Mohammed is considered to be the summation and the culmination
of all the prophets and messengers that came before him. He purified the previous
messages from adulteration and completed the Message of God for all humanity. He
was entrusted with the power of explaining, interpreting, and living the teachings
of the Koran." Muslims believe that all mankind must be brought into subjection to
the teachings of the Koran in order to experience peace and blessing.
In the Koran, Islam is more than a religion; it is a complete way of life that includes
political, economic, social as well as religious conduct. All Islam claims to follow
the Koran but there are a multitude of interpretations and applications of it among
At first glance to the general public, Islamic belief appears to be almost compatible
with Christianity. Often people claim that the Muslims believe in the same God as
Christians with the exception that they do not accept Jesus Christ. It is often said
that Christians, Jews, and Muslims are worshiping the same God but in different ways.
Muslims have capitalized on this misconception and now urge Christians and Jews to
worship the one God (Allah) with them, and work together for solutions to the world's
many social problems.
Based on the Koran, Muslims believe in one god (Allah but not the Trinity); they
believe in God as the Creator and Jesus as a prophet (but not as Saviour); they believe
in the resurrection of all (including animals), final judgment, and eternal punishment.
They believe in all of these things but not according to the Bible's definition of
these things. When you carefully study the Bible and compare it with the teachings
of the Koran, it becomes obvious that the god of Islam is not the God of the Bible.
Islam rejects the biblical doctrines of the Trinity and the Deity of Christ, among
What Muslims Believe About God
For the Muslim, Allah is the only true God. The Muslim concept of Allah is not what
God reveals Himself to be in the Bible. To say that God and Allah are two names for
the same being reveals a lack of understanding of the Bible or the Koran or both.
The Muslims teach there is no such thing as the "blasphemous" doctrine of the Trinity,
i.e. the Godhead is One but exists in three Persons.
Christians are referred to as unbelievers, infidels by the Muslims because they believe
in the Trinity. In a booklet entitled Christian Muslim Dialogue on page 16, it states:
"The Trinity is not biblical. The word "trinity" is not even in the Bible or Bible
dictionaries; it was never taught by Jesus and was never mentioned by him. There
is no basis or proof in the Bible whatsoever for the acceptance of the Trinity."
The Koran states that Christians worship 3 gods: God, Jesus, and Mary. It denies
that there is a Trinity in the Godhead. It also says that those who say that God
is a Trinity are to be severely punished: "Surely they are disbelievers those who
said Allah is one of the 3 in a trinity. But there is none who has the right to be
worshiped but one God (Allah). And if they cease not from what they say, verily a
painful torment will befall the disbelievers among them."
The Muslim god is unapproachable by sinful man; he is so perfect and holy he can
only communicate with mankind through a progression of angels and prophets. The Muslim
god is a god of judgment, not grace; a god of wrath rather than love. Muslims have
no concept of God as a loving and compassionate Father. Muslims never do refer to
God as "Father;" they explain He would have to have a wife and children to be called
such a name. This means, of course, that Muslims deny the deity of Christ. The Koran
states: "It is not meet for Allah, the he should have any son. Allah forbid." Another
quote plainly says: "God has no Son."
What Muslims Believe About Jesus Christ
To the Muslim, Jesus Christ is just one of many prophets of Allah. He is not the
eternal Son of God or God Himself. Jesus Christ was a prophet for His people in His
day. The Koran says: "Jesus is not more than a servant whom we favored, and proposed
as an instance of divine power to the children of Israel." Mohammed, say the Muslims,
is Allah's last and greatest prophet and all should heed him, superseding Jesus and
all other prophets.
From the booklet "Christian Muslim Dialogue," it says on page 3: "The reader will
be surprised to learn that in the Bible Jesus never claimed to be God." Islam sees
Jesus Christ as a prophet of God who otherwise is no different from other men. The
Koran says: "Jesus was no more than a mortal whom Allah favored and made an example
to the Israelites." According to the Koran, the main significance of Jesus is that
He prophesied the coming of Mohammed. All Muslim commentators teach that Jesus' promise
of the coming of the Comforter in John 16:7 is a prophecy that Mohammed would come.
According to the Koran, anyone who says "God is the Messiah, Mary's Son, God shall
prohibit him entrance into Paradise and his refuge shall be the fire. They are unbelievers
who say God is the Third of Three." Another quote: "Kill those who join other gods
with God (Allah) wherever ye shall find them; and seize them, besiege them, and lay
wait for them with every kind of ambush."
In reference to Jesus Christ, the Koran states: "The Messiah, Son of Mary, is but
an apostle; other
apostles have flourished before him. And his mother was a just person, they both
ate food." In other words, Jesus was just a human; God does not eat food, argue the
Muslims. Another quote: "God has no wife, therefore he can have no son."
In a pamphlet entitled "Prophethood in Islam" it states: "The Koranic account of
Jesus emphatically rejects the concept of his divinity and divine sonship." In a
tract called "Is Jesus Really God," written by the Institute of Islamic Information
and Education, it states that Islam totally rejects the Biblical teaching that Jesus
is God manifest in the flesh.
Islam has even gone as far as to actually deny that Jesus Christ was ever crucified.
In the booklet "Christian Muslim Dialogue," it says on page 3: "The reader will be
surprised to learn that in the Bible Jesus did not die on the cross." Muslims teach
that Jesus Christ did not atone for anyone's sins, although He was Himself sinless.
Various Muslim traditions say that Jesus Christ either miraculously substituted Judas
Iscariot for Himself on the cross, or that Allah miraculously delivered Him from
the hands of the Romans and Jews before He could be crucified. Most Muslims believe
that Jesus Christ was taken bodily into heaven without having died. Koran says: "they
slew him not nor crucified him, but it appeared so unto them...they slew him not
for certain, but Allah took him up unto himself."
To deny Jesus Christ's crucifixion is to deny His resurrection. Muslims believe in
a resurrection, but not the resurrection of the crucified Lord Jesus Christ. So here
we see that Islam denies the basic, essential message of the Bible: the crucifixion
and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In doing so, it has taken away the Saviour and
has rejected God's saving grace. Islam says it has a high regard for Jesus as a prophet
of Allah but no amount of respect for Jesus as a prophet can be acceptable to God
when the Person and work of Jesus Christ are outright denied.
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY?
The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ was indeed God manifest in the flesh (1 Tim.
3 :16). John 1:1 and 14 says God dwelt as a Man among men. The Lord said to the religious
people of His day who rejected His deity: "if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall
die in your sins" (John 8:24). The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ was crucified
and His crucifixion and resurrection are the basic message of the Bible. About one-third
of the words of the first 4 books in the New Testament are given to eye-witness accounts
of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The basic essential message of the
Bible is the gospel of Jesus Christ, His death on the Cross for sinners, His burial,
and His glorious resurrection from the dead.
The Bible teaches that from birth man is a sinner and cannot help or save himself.
He must have a substitute to atone for him and the only substitute God will accept
is Jesus Christ and His death on the Cross. The death of Christ is the only means
of salvation. It is the only means of reconciliation to God. Without the crucifixion,
God's Word makes it clear there can be no forgiveness of sin and no eternal life.
If Jesus Christ did not die on the Cross and rise from the dead, there is no salvation
Islam unashamedly rejects these basic truths which comprise the gospel. While many
people try to argue that Christians and Muslims worship the same God, 2 John verse
7 and 9 say otherwise: "For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess
not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
. . Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not
God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son."
Denying the doctrine of Christ reveals Islam as a deception and an antichrist religion.
The Koran has substituted false doctrines which present another gospel. No matter
how intellectual, civilized, or scientific Islam is made to appear, it is still a
religion which embraces and proclaims a false gospel and the Bible declares it and
those who believe it to be accursed. "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him
that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another;
but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though
we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we
have preached unto you, let him be accursed." (Galatians 1:6-8)
FALSE CONCEPT OF SIN AND SALVATION
For a true Muslim, the Koran is the "word of Allah," and is to be believed and practiced
literally. Apart from being a Muslim, there is no hope for a person according to
the Koran. The Koran says: "Whoso desires any other religion than Islam, that religion
shall never be accepted from him, and in the next world he shall be among the lost."
Another quote: "The true religion with God is Islam." These two quotes simply signify
that there can be no compromise, concession, or agreement between true Christianity
and orthodox Islam.
Biblical Christianity and Islam teach a different concept of sin and salvation. Islam
believes mankind is born pure, without sin. From the tract entitled "Introducing
Islam to Non-Muslims," it is explained: "Muslims believe that people are born free
of sin. It is only after they reach the age of puberty and it is only after they
commit sins that they are to be charged for their mistakes. No one is responsible
for or can take the responsibility for the sins of others."
What this does is to deny the Biblical teaching that all mankind sinned in Adam,
i.e. Adam's sin has been imputed to the whole human race: "Wherefore, as by one man
sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for
that all have sinned:" (Romans 5:12). Second, this is a denial of the Biblical teaching
that the sin of man is imputed to Christ, i.e. Christ became sin for us on Calvary's
cross: "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be
made the righteousness of God in him." (2 Corinthians 5:21) Third, this is a denial
of the Biblical teaching that the righteousness of God is imputed to men upon believing,
i.e. believers possess the righteousness of God: "For as by one man's disobedience
many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous."
(Romans 5:19) By denying these truths which are fundamental to the gospel of salvation
by grace through faith alone, Islam has laid the groundwork for a false gospel of
self-righteousness and salvation by works.
The differing concepts of sin between Christianity and Islam leads to differing views
of salvation. Islam's "salvation" is based on an individual's good works outweighing
their bad works. The Bible teaches that salvation is not a reward but "the gift of
God" (Romans 6:23). Heaven is the eternal abode of those who have received Christ
as Saviour. Islam teaches that salvation is indeed a reward for a life of relative
piety and righteousness. The Koran states: "Then those whose scales are heavy, they
are successful. And those whose scales are light are those who lose their souls."
It is taught that a Muslim cannot be assured of attaining Paradise (Koran's concept
of Heaven) unless he dies in a "jihad" (holy war). Then he goes immediately to paradise,
which explains why Muslims are willing to die in terrorist acts. Note this quote
from the Koran: "And they who have suffered in my cause and have fought and fallen,
I will blot out their sins from them, and I will bring them into gardens beneath
which the streams do flow."
One writer wrote describing a Muslim's concept of paradise as a type of desert oasis
"where they will recline on soft couches, drinking cups of wine handed to them by
maidens of paradise, of whom each man may marry as many as he pleases."
FIVE PILLARS OF THE FAITH
Every Muslim who hopes to escape the judgment of Allah, must fulfill his religious
duties which are the works of the "Five Pillars of the Faith":
1. Recite the Muslim creed -- "There is no God but Allah and Mohammed is his prophet."
To say the creed with conviction and sincerity makes one a Muslim.
2. Pray 5 prescribed prayers a day toward the holy city of Mecca.
3. Give alms to the poor. Muslims are required to give one-fortieth of their income
as charitable contributions.
4. Fast during the entire month of Ramadan (9th month in the Muslim's lunar calendar).
This is when the Muslims are supposed to fast for 28 days from all food and drink
from sunrise to sunset in atonement for their own sins over the previous year. In
actuality, what this involves is sleeping all during the day and eating all night.
5. Make a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca at least once in a lifetime. For those
unable to physically go, they can hire a substitute to go in their place.
According to the Bible, Allah is not God, Mohammed is not his prophet, and the Koran
is not the Word of God. Islam is a false religion and utterly without power to save
from sin because it doesn't recognize Jesus Christ as the Saviour. No person, no
matter how religious or how sincere he may be, can possess truth or salvation apart
from the Lord Jesus Christ. The person and work of Christ is the crucial divider
between Christianity and Islam. Christ's atoning death is the perfect and only sacrifice
which God will accept in behalf of sinners.
Our message to Muslims is that they, like all men, are hopelessly lost. All are naturally
at enmity with God. There is no good in us that can merit God's favor and there is
no good we can do to endear ourselves to Him. Being utterly lost and completely unable
to save ourselves, God did all that was required to reconcile men to Himself by sending
His only begotten Son. Christ bore our sin, died on the Cross as our Substitute,
shedding His precious blood as a complete, all-sufficient, perfect sacrifice for
sin, and He arose again bodily from the dead. Repenting of one's sins and believing
on Christ, trusting Him for salvation, is all that is necessary to be saved.
Islam claims to be a religion of peace and tolerance when in fact it is characterized
by violence and religious bigotry. It is the Christian's duty to diligently witness
to, not dialogue with the Muslims. We must stand for the true Gospel and against
all other false gospels. Islam has rejected the essential teachings of the Word of
God. The so-called prophet Mohammed brought an erroneous message from a false spirit
that is totally opposed to the Gospel of God's grace. The message of Islam is a curse,
not a blessing. "There is only one true religion. It was prophesied in the Garden
of Eden, typified in the days of Noah, confirmed to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and
realized in the Person and work of Jesus Christ."
There is no doubt that Muslims have a definite zeal for their god. They desire to
follow Allah and express their worship of Allah through their lives. But the fact
remains, Muslims need Christ and His saving Gospel which is still the power of God
unto salvation to everyone that believeth. They need not only to hear and believe
this life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ, but they also need to see it demonstrated
in the lives of believers to serve as an example of what the Lord can do with a life
that is totally and truly surrendered and submitted unto Him. Islam offers this world
two choices: the Koran (conversion) or the sword (death). Bible-believing Christians
have only one choice to offer the world: the Cross and empty tomb of Jesus Christ.
In this age of ecumenicalism and tolerance, many people would like to emphasize the
resemblances and similarities between Islam and Christianity. While the two religions
may share many historical persons and events in common, there is still an unbridgeable
gap between them. "There is no possible compromise between biblical Christianity
and Islam and none should be sought."
Sources Referred To:
The Kingdom of the Cults by Walter Martin.
The Discerner by William A. BeVier
The Baptist Watchman -- "Is the God of Islam the God of the Bible?" by Laurence A.