Who needs Deliverance and what does it mean! False Religions Islam (Muslim)

Islam (Muslim)

Due to all of the national attention that this religion is getting as a result of the 9/11 attacks, I am going to go ahead and do an article on it. For those of you who ever get a chance to witness or debate with a Muslim, this article will give you some of the basic facts of their religion and what some of the main differences are between their system of beliefs and those of true Christianity.

As you will see below in some of these main differences, this is another religion that is not compatible with the Christian faith. Our Bible makes it very clear that it is only through Jesus Christ and His sacrificial death on the cross that we can approach God the Father and receive His gift of eternal salvation. This religion will not come through Jesus Christ or His sacrificial death on the cross, and thus cannot be accepted in any way, shape, or form as a being a pure true branch of Christianity.

This religion’s origins go all the way back to 570 AD and it is one of the fastest growing religions in the world today! The two main dominant religions in the world today are Christianity and Islam. One out of every five people in the world today is a Muslim. That is 20% of the world’s population!

Christianity is still the largest religion in the world today as far as the actual numbers, but this religion may be starting to catch up. There are approximately 7 million Muslims in the United States today. It is the second largest religion in the world today. Now with the world attention this religion is starting to get, I believe even more people will be drawn into it.

For those of you who have enough of the Word in you and have a good connection and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, just read some of the passages out of their bible called the Koran. They believe that their prophet Muhammad received full and final revelation about God and all of His ways back in 570 AD and that all of it was recorded in this one book.

Muhammad claims he received a visitation from the angel Gabriel and that this angel gave him everything that is recorded in this book. However, as you will see explained below, this angel was not the angel Gabriel of our Bible since he was denying the divinity and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Our Bible tells us that demons can appear to us as “angels of light,” and the origins of this religion is a perfect example of this actually occurring.

Basic Facts on Islam

1. Origin

This religion started through a man named Muhammad. He was born in a tribe of Mecca in Saudi Arabia in 570 AD. Amazingly, this man came from the descendants of Ishmael who was a son of Abraham. God told Abraham that He would give him a son. However, Abraham’s wife Sarah got impatient waiting for this to happen. She told Abraham to have sex with one of the maids. He did, and this maid then gave birth to Ishmael!

Ishmael was not God’s original plan for his life. Sarah eventually got pregnant as God had promised and she gave birth to Isaac, who was God’s original plan and intention. Because Abraham could not wait for God’s timing, he ended up giving birth to a son whose descendants eventually bore out Muhammad. This story is giving all Christians a major lesson on the importance of staying with God’s specific instructions and timing on exactly what He wants to do with your life. If you don’t, the consequences could be extreme and severe as this story perfectly illustrates!

Muhammad was supposed to have been a good righteous man who spent a lot of time in a cave meditating. At about the age of 40, Muhammad claims that he received an angelic visitation from an angel by the name of Gabriel.

This angel then proceeds to give Muhammad revelations over a 23 year period. These revelations were then compiled in a book called the Koran or another way it is spelled, the Quran or Qur’an. This book then became to be known as the final word of God on all matters. Muhammad became the final messenger from God to man. Muslims do not believe that God has given any further revelations to anyone since Muhammad.

In the Arabic language, the word Islam means “surrender or submission.” This is submission to the will of God. A follower of Islam is called a Muslim, which in Arabic means “one who surrenders to God.” The Arabic name for God is Allah and they believe that their God is the same one that the Jews and Christians worship.

Islam’s central teaching is that there is only one all-powerful, all-knowing God and that this one God created the entire universe. They do not believe that God has any sons or daughters. They do believe in other books such as the Old Testament. They believe that men like Moses and Abraham were all true prophets and messengers from God.

2. The 5 Pillars of Faith

Central to the Islam religion is something they call the 5 pillars of faith. Here are these 5 main principles and a brief description of what they are all about:

1. Declaration of Faith – this declaration of faith is that there is no God but Allah and that Muhammad was his messenger. They believe in only one God and that his name in Arabic is Allah.

2. Prayers – Muslims are enjoined to pray 5 times a day at prescribed times throughout the day.

3. Fasting – Muslims perform the remembrance of Allah through abstaining from food and liquids to various other activities during the holy month of Ramadan.

4. Purification – this is an obligatory duty upon all Muslims who are able to do this – to give 2.5% of their wealth to those who are in need of the money. This is done in order to remove greed and selfishness from one’s self.

5. Pilgrimage – this is for every Muslim who is able to do this, to perform a pilgrimage to Mecca and perform the rituals of hajj at least one time in their life.

3. Jesus Christ

Now here is where true Christianity parts big time with this religion. They do believe that Jesus existed. They believed that He was a great messenger and prophet from God, just like Abraham and Moses. They also believe that God gave Jesus supernatural power to do the miracles that He did. However:

  1. They do not believe that Jesus Christ was the only begotten Son of God
  2. They do not believe that Jesus Christ is God and Lord Himself
  3. They do not believe that Jesus Christ was crucified
  4. They do not believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead

They believe that God ascended Jesus up into heaven, but they do not believe He was ever crucified on a cross. They believe that Jesus ascended up to heaven before His enemies could get to Him to kill Him. They believe Judas was the one who was actually crucified!

They also do not believe that our 4 gospels were utterances from Jesus or divinely inspired by God through the Holy Spirit.

4. The Trinity

Since they do not believe that Jesus was the Son of God, they do not believe in the Trinity. In reference to the Holy Spirit, they believe that the word “Comforter” used by Jesus was not referring to the Holy Spirit. They believe this word is referring to a prophet who eventually became their prophet – Muhammad.

I could go on and on with all of their basic beliefs, but all of the above totally disqualifies them as being a pure true branch of Christianity.

The Scripture Verses

The saddest part about this religion and their story is that they really are seeking to worship and serve our God the Father. But our Bible makes it very clear that no one comes to the Father except through His Son Jesus Christ and His sacrificial death on the cross.

They are trying to go direct to God the Father without acknowledging who Jesus really is and what He did on the cross for all of us. They will not acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that He was crucified on a cross to pay the penalty for all of our sins, or that He rose from the dead on the third day after He was crucified.

Jesus’ death on the cross is the heart and soul of true Christianity. The demonic angel who appeared to Muhammad, masquerading as the angel Gabriel, cleverly left all of that out when giving all of his revelations to Muhammad.

For those of you who God may arrange to witness or debate with a Muslim, I will give you the appropriate Scripture verses below to counter some of their false beliefs.

1. Jesus Christ is God and Lord Himself

True Christianity believes in the Trinity – which is the belief that there is one God in three Persons. We believe that God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit are all God and Lord Themselves. God the Father is the first Person of the Holy Trinity, Jesus Christ is the second Person of the Trinity, and the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity.

Muslims have a problem believing that Jesus is also God and Lord Himself. They believe that only God the Father is the only One who is truly God in His nature, not anyone else. They believe that it is blasphemous to call Jesus Christ God and Lord Himself. However, if you believe that our Holy Bible is the truly the inspired and infallible Word of God, then there is absolutely no other possible conclusion that we can come to.

Here are some specific verses from Scripture that will tell us that Jesus Christ is also God and Lord Himself. The first one, in my opinion, hits the nail right on the head. It specifically tells us that Jesus is God Himself.

We all know the Bible tells us that Jesus is called the “Word of God.” This first verse tells us that Jesus was with God from the beginning – thus He was never created! It then goes on to state that the Word (Jesus) is God Himself! Here it is:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, AND THE WORD WAS GOD. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:1-4)

In this next verse, Jesus specifically states that He and God the Father are “one.” Again, interpretation of this verse implies that Jesus is also God and Lord Himself within His very nature and personality. Here is the verse:

“I and My Father are one.” (John 10:30)

In this next verse, Jesus goes one step further to give us insight into this revelation. Not only are He and the Father “one,” but He tells us in this next verse that He is “in the Father,” that the Father is also “in Him,” and that the Father also “dwells in Him.” They both thus live and dwell in each other. The only way this could be possible would be if Jesus was God and Lord Himself. Here is the verse:

“Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? … the Father who dwells in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me …” (John 14:10)

Notice in the last sentence Jesus is telling us to “believe” this revelation. This is a direct command! We can take this revelation to the bank because this is a direct word from Jesus Christ Himself.

Another real catchy verse that shows us that Jesus was never created but has always been is the following:

Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” (John 8:58)

Notice that Jesus says “I AM,” not I “was.” He is using present tense, which is telling us that He has never been created like all humans and angels have been. Put this verse together with the first verse above, and Scripture is telling us, without any other possible interpretation, that Jesus Christ is God and Lord Himself, that He has never been created, and that He has always been with God the Father from the very beginning of all things!

If you would like more detailed information on the doctrine of the Trinity, along with all of the other Scripture verses to back up this doctrine, we have another article in our site titled, “The Doctrine of the Trinity,” in the Bible Basics section of our site.

2. Jesus Christ is the Only Begotten Son of God the Father

Not only does our Bible tell us that Jesus is God and Lord Himself, but it also tells us that He is the “only begotten Son of God.” Again, Muslims cannot believe that Jesus is the only Son of God. They feel this is blasphemous. They believe that God has no direct sons or daughters.

However, our Bible tells us otherwise. Here are several good verses if you should ever need them to prove this point. These verses are all direct and straight to the point. I do not believe there is any other interpretation. These verses mean exactly what they are saying. Jesus Christ is the one and only begotten Son of God the Father!

And Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 16:16)

Note that this was a direct revelation given to Peter by God the Father for Peter to state that Jesus is the Son of the living God.

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)

The first verse tells us that Jesus is truly the Son of God. This next verse tells us that He is the “only begotten” Son of God.

These next set of verses all tell us, without any other possible interpretation, that Jesus Christ is truly the Son of God.

  1. “… that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:15-18)
     
  2. “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest …” (Luke 1:31)
     
  3. “And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in Him, and He in God.” (1 John 4:14)
     
  4. “And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” (1 John 5:11-12)
     
  5. “God, who at various times and in different ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things …” (Hebrews 1:1-4)
     
  6. “And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” (John 20:30-31)

I do not think the above Scripture verses could be any more clear. Jesus Christ is truly the only begotten Son of God the Father. End of discussion!

3. The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ

Muslims also do not believe that Jesus was ever crucified. They believe that God ascended Him into heaven before His enemies could get to Him. They believe that Judas was the one who was actually crucified in this story. Leave it to the demonic spirit that was masquerading as the angel Gabriel to leave out this part of the story!

I will not type out all the Scripture verses on the crucifixion. All 4 gospel accounts give complete narratives of Jesus’ crucifixion. The crucifixion of Jesus is the heart and soul of true Christianity. No true Christian would ever argue this point. Without Jesus dying on the cross for all of our sins, there is no forgiveness for any of our sins, there is no life after death, and there is no eternal salvation for any of us.

4. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ

If Muslims do not believe that Jesus was ever crucified, they obviously will not believe that He then rose from the dead on the third day after He was crucified. Here are several key verses from the Bible showing and proving that Jesus literally rose from the dead on the third day following His crucifixion.

Again, there is simply no other interpretation on these verses. If Jesus did not rise from the grave on the third day after being crucified on the cross, then there is no eternal salvation for any of us! His bodily resurrection from the grave goes hand-in-hand with His death on the cross. You have to believe in both of these doctrines in order to be saved through His name.

1.  This first verse is one of the most powerful verses in all of Scripture. Jesus is making the statement that He is literally the resurrection!

  1. Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.” (John 11:25)
     
  2. Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” (Luke 24:46-47)
     
  3. “But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.” (1 Corinthians 15:20)
     
  4. “Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is vain and your faith is also vain … For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.” (1 Corinthians 15:12-18)

These four verses are telling us that there is no eternal salvation whatsoever without Jesus rising from the grave on that third day!

2.  This next verse is very interesting in that it tells us that after Jesus rose from the dead, that He gave the apostles many infallible proofs for 40 days following His resurrection that He had risen and that He was now fully alive!

“The former account I made, Theophilus, of all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.” (Acts 1:1-3)

Again, if you believe that the Holy Bible is truly the inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word of our God, then all of the above verses are telling us that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has truly risen from the grave on the third day after He was crucified.

5. The Holy Spirit

If Muslims do not believe that Jesus Christ is God and Lord Himself, they obviously are not going to believe that the Holy Spirit is also God and Lord Himself. When Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit as being the “Comforter” in Scripture, they believe He is referring to another prophet who ended up being their prophet Muhammad.

I will give you one really good verse from Scripture that will show you that the Holy Spirit is also God and Lord Himself, and that He is also a part of the Divine Trinity. Here is the verse. Remember, Jesus is called the Word of God.

“And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three who bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; AND THESE THREE ARE ONE. And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one.” (1 John 5:6-7)

Remember, Jesus says that both He and the Father are one. The above verse tells us that the Holy Spirit is also one with both God and Jesus. This verse specifically tells us that the Three of Them are perfectly one with one another – thus making all Three of Them God and Lord Themselves!

This one verse tells us that we are dealing with a “God Trinity” consisting of God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit! This verse also tells us that these Three all bear witness of the truth in heaven. However, down here on earth, it is the Spirit, the water, and the blood that bears witness to the truth. In other words, it is the Holy Spirit operating through the Word and preaching about the crucifixion of Jesus that will lead people into eternal salvation.

This one verse all by itself is all you need to base the entire doctrine of the Trinity on if you believe that the Bible is the true Word of God. For more verses showing that the Holy Spirit is also God and Lord Himself, go to our article titled, “The Doctrine of the Trinity,” in the Bible Basics section of our site.

6. The Bible

Muslims do not believe that our Bible, especially the New Testament, is the inspired and infallible Word of God. I have even run a cross some Christians who question the authenticity and validity of the Bible.

I will give you two main Scripture verses that will tell us that the Bible was truly written by holy men who were moved by the Holy Spirit to write this book and that all of Scripture was given to us by the inspiration of God Himself!

In other words, the Holy Spirit personally directed each of the authors who wrote all of the books in the Bible. It was God the Father, operating through the Holy Spirit, that divinely led each of the authors of the Bible to write what they wrote.

The Holy Spirit is the real author of the Bible! This is why it is the Holy Spirit’s job to help each Christian understand what they are reading when they try and read the Bible for themselves.

Here are two very powerful verses from Scripture specifically giving us this revelation:

  1. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
     
  2. “… knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:20)

The last verse literally tells us that none of Scripture was from any personal private interpretation from human authors! The Holy Spirit was guiding them as to what to write and how to write it.

This verse is also telling us that we can believe and accept all of the words that are in the Bible. All of the specific words spoken by God the Father in the Old Testament, and all of the specific words spoken by Jesus Christ in the New Testament can be counted on as being the real words from both God and Jesus!

Conclusion

As you can see from some of the above major differences, their bible, the Koran, in no way compares to our Bible. As a result, there is no way these two religions can ever unite with one another since our central core beliefs are just too far apart.

For those of you who may ever get a chance to witness or debate with a Muslim, all of the above should give you some basic information in which to understand their religion, how it all started, and how it dramatically differs from true Christianity.

I will leave you with one very strong verse from Scripture that is giving all us a very dire warning. This verse is telling us that we cannot accept any other gospel given to us – even if this other gospel is coming direct from an actual angel. This verse is telling us that if an angel from heaven comes preaching any other kind of gospel other than the gospel of Jesus Christ – let him be accursed! Here it is:

“But even if we, OR AN ANGEL FROM HEAVEN, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:8)

This religion is a perfect example of a demonic angel coming to a man and giving him another gospel which is not the true gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Once again, God the Father is way ahead of the game by giving us this revelation before Muhammad even started to receive these visitations from this demonic spirit.

This is a perfect example of a demonic spirit coming to a man and trying to appear to him as an angel of light. God has given us more than enough revelation and knowledge from His Word to be able to properly separate a false religion from the one and only true religion and faith of this world – the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

I once again rest my case for the one and only true Savior of this world – Jesus Christ!