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Submitted by jennifer solis (United States), Dec 28, 2008 at 17:31

"Educated" Muslim ~

Many doctrines practiced in Islam are debatable, that is true.

But to claim Muslims "believe in Jesus and Moses, just like Christians do" is patently FALSE.

The Bible teaches Jesus Christ was the Son of God; Islam teaches Jesus was a prophet.

The Bible teaches belief in Jesus Christ results in salvation, eternity spent in the presence of God - "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved" (Acts 16:31); John 3:16; John 5:24; John 14:6; Galations 3:26; Romans 8:1-2; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; Ephesians 2:8-9.

Islam teaches, follow the Five Pillars (pilgrimage to Mecca, charity, etc.) - maybe you'll get to Paradise. However, look at the Sixth Pillar - should a "believer" die (martyrdom) whilst fighting/killing the "unbeliever" in "jihad", he is assured eternal Paradise (Qur'an 9:111) - with 72 virgins to boot.

Today, apostacy in Islam is punishable by death in the countries of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Yemen, Iran, Sudan, Afghanistan and Mauritania. In Pakistan blasephemy is also punishable by death. Not to mention innumerable "honor killings" performed on behalf of families who wish to clear the family name from such dishonor, around the globe. Imam al-Shafi'i (Arabic jurist, 767 AD - 820 AD) interpreted the Qu'ranic verse 2:217 as providing the main evidence for apostacy being a capital crime (punishable by death) in Islam.

NOWHERE is apostacy in Christianity punishable by death. Not in scripture. Not in the world. Nowhere.

These two points (means by which salvation/Paradise/Heaven is attained; volitional consequence, or, as in the case with Isalm, ELIMINATION of one's volition all together with regards to an individual's belief) are basic, fundamental, chasm-like differences. To claim, as you do, that Islam and Christianity have more in common than not is groundless.

In fact, the more you look, the more obvious the many, many polar-opposite doctrines of Islam and Christianity. Islam dictates Theocracy; Christianity states this will not occur until the Second Advent of Christ. The Bible states Abraham had a bastard child named Ishmael from an adulterous union with the female slave Hagar; Islam states Ishmael was a prince, and Hagar a queen. The Bible portrays Jesus Christ as the Savior who was crucified; Gen. 12:3 states "And I will bless those who bless you [Israel, Jews], And the one who curses you I will curse". Islam states Jesus will come back, kill all the Jews, and destroy all the crosses. The Bible stipulates perfect enviroment will happen only after Christ Himself wipes out the enemies of Israel (the end of the Tribulation, beginning of the Millenium) - Islam teaches Muslims themselves will ultimately establish world-wide "dar al-Islam" (when every living person is Muslim; conversely, according to the Bible, there will be "unbelievers" during Christ's reign). Even the scripture pertaining to both is structurally in opposition (Old Testament of the Bible, first written, contains violence, not the New Testament; conversely, the early Meccan verses of the Qur'an are the tranquill, the later Median verses are the violent).

As a side note - I always wonder at the 360 "gods" of the Ka'bah, fore-runner of Islam ("Allah" was the cheif "god" of the pantheon).

Get it? "360", as in someone, or something - "it", or "they" - did a 360 (degrees), with regards to Truth.

"How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to earth, you who have weakened the nations!

"But you said in your heart, 'I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, And I will sit on the mount of assembly in the recesses of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High'."

- Isa. 14:12-13

Perhaps Islam does, after all, have something in common with Christianity. But it's not what you imagine.

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