Islam & Christianity Cannot Be Mixed

October 12, 2014

Last week my mom and I witnessed to and prayed with a couple who were originally from Africa. The woman was a Christian and the man said that because one of his parents is Christian and one is Muslim, he is both Christian and Muslim. We tried to gently explain to him that a person cannot be both, for the two religions, though yes, they overlap in commanding righteousness, do, for the most part, contradict one another. The man and woman were polite listeners, and at separate times my mom and I prayed with the wife who was eager to have her husband come to the Truth.

One thing I almost always bring up with Muslims who think that their religion and Christianity can mix is that Jesus claimed to be the “I Am” (John 8:58) –the Almighty Most High, Creator and Only God. If Muslims teach that Jesus was merely one of the great prophets, how are the faiths compatible?

I also almost always ask a Muslim about how he believes that his sins can ever be atoned for. If we’ve all sinned, I say, and sin requires either punishment or pardon, how do you get God to pardon you for all your sins so that you can make it into Heaven? The Muslim usually answers to the effect that he is trying to be good enough. Yet this, we know, is impossible before a perfectly holy God. For perfect justice to be upheld, there must be a punishment or a ransom paid –and a ransom paid requires a Redeemer. The Muslim religion has no such Person. It all falls on the Muslim individual –how much he can please God; and of course all of us are a part of fallen humanity in which every human falls short of God’s requirements. (Rom. 3:23)

The Christian, on the other hand, and though he, also, like the Muslim, wants to please God, has both a Redeemer and a Savior. Jesus has bought us back to God by the shedding of His blood (Acts 20:28) –the blood of Him who was/is sinless. (2 Cor. 5:21) This is the only way to be forgiven by God for sin (Heb. 4:14-16 & 9:22), and thus the only way to be saved from God’s wrath against sin. (1 Thes. 1:10) By stepping into Christ, therefore, and doing so “by faith in His blood” (Rom. 3:25), we come into the One who is sinless and we abide there in loyal submission to Him (Luke 6:46-49 & 14:25-35), we abide there living His life (Gal. 2:20 // Col. 2:10), we abide there by having renounced sin (Rom. ch. 6 // Gal. 5:24), we abide there free from Sin’s mastery (same verses), and we abide there, pleasing God because we are controlled no longer by the sinful nature but by His Seed / Nature / Spirit. (Rom. 8:9 // 1 John 3:4-10) By the Seed / Nature / Spirit of God in us –which comes by being born of His Spirit (John 3:3-8)– we have the power to live up to that righteousness which, as Muslims and Christians agree, God does indeed require. (Jesus Himself told us that the command is perfection. –Matt. 5:27-30,48) And if we do allow ourselves to get weary or neglectful so that we take up sin, we have an Advocate and a Cleanser who comes to our aid when we repent. (1 John 1:9-2:6) But, who does the Muslim have? No one but himself. And he, the Muslim, is not powerful enough or good enough.

Christianity and Islam are not compatible. The faiths cannot exist together in harmony. Anyone who thinks he can adhere to both and be in the Truth is just deceiving himself.

“Seek the Truth,” is what we told this confused man. And it is what everyone needs to do who is not yet walking in the Only Truth and Life –He who is the Only Way to the Father (John 14:6) and He whose teaching is the only Redemption (John 8:31-36 // 2 John 1:9), this being because He is the Father Himself in bodily form. (Isa. 9:6 // Col. 1:15-20 & 2:9)

with love,

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