Series 9 - Comparisons Between Islam and Christianity
The Gospel Questions the Koran
1. The Nicene Creed
First Article: I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible.
Second Article: And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of Very God, begotten, not created, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
Third Article: And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And I believe one holy Christian and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins, and I hope for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
2. The Apostles' Creed
First Article: I believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.
Second Article: And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
Third Article: I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.
3. Luther's Explanation to the First Article
I believe that God has created me and all creatures; that He has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears and all my members, my reason and all my senses, and still preserves them;
also clothing and shoes, meat and drink, house and home, wife and children, fields, cattle and all my goods; that he richly and daily provides me with all that I need to support this body and life;
that he defends me against all danger, and guards and protects me from all evil;
and all this purely out of fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me;
for all which it is my duty to thank and praise, to serve and obey Him.
This is most certainly true.
4. Luther's Explanation to the Second Article
I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the Virgin Mary, is my Lord,
who has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil; not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death,
that I may be His own, and live under Him in His kingdom and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence and blessedness,
even as he is risen from the dead, lives and reigns to all eternity.
This is most certainly true.
5. Luther's Explanation to the Third Article
I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Ghost has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith;
even as he calls, gathers, enlightens and sanctifies the whole Christian Church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith;
in which Christian Church He daily and richly forgives all sins to me and all believers, and will at the Last Day raise up me and all the dead, and give unto me and all believers in Christ eternal life.
This is most certainly true.
Test your knowledge of this book! If you answer 30 of the 38 questions correctly, we will enroll you in our Bible correspondence course.
- How many Muslims live in your town or state?
- What are you doing to bring the Gospel to them effectively?
- According to the Qur'an how much does Allah love the world?
- What is written in Sura al-Sajda 32:13 and what does it mean?
- Who is loved by Allah and who will be rejected?
- Why do Muslims reject the Christian belief in the Son of God? (Write the main reasons.)
- What does the Nicene Creed state about the divinity of Jesus?
- Why are all Christians cursed according to Sura al-Tawba 9:30? What does this verse mean?
- How did Muhammad's rejection of the death of Christ develop?
- Why do Muslims not believe in the substitutionary death of Christ on the cross?
- Explain the Muslim understanding of belief according to Sura Hud 49:14.
- What are the six articles of the Islamic faith?
- What are the three sections of the Christian creed that are completely missing in the Islamic creed?
- Can you explain James 2:19 in connection with Muslims?
- What do the frightening verses, 71-72, of Sura Maryam 19 mean? What are the consequences?
- Why can no Muslim be justified by the Sharia?
- What are the signs of the last hour in Islam?
- Write the most important stages of the day of judgement according to the Islamic understanding.
- What does a Muslim imagine hell to be like?
- Who will be condemned to hell according to the Qur'an?
- Why do Muslims not know or comprehend that they are lost sinners?
- What does John 3:17-18 and 5:24 mean for Muslims?
- What are the main expectations in Islam of the gardens of pleasure (paradise)?
- Who may enter the gardens and who may not?
- Why will Allah never be in paradise?
- What are the basic mistakes in the Islamic understanding of paradise?
- How does Matthew 22:22-33 answer the Muslim idea of paradise?
- What does the Muslim hope of everlasting life lack completely?
- Why does an anti-Biblical spirit rule in Islam?
- In which cases does the Shari'a allow lying?
- Which kind of oath can be annulled according to the Shari'a?
- Explain 1 John 2:21-23 and 4:1-4 in connection with Islam.
- How can a Muslim be saved?
- What three steps do Muslim states use to protect themselves from any Christian influence?
- Why must Islam aim at becoming a religious state and why can it not remain only a religion?
- Why can Allah in the Qur'an not be the God of the Bible?
- Why should everyone who evangelizes Muslims put himself under the protecting cover of the blood of Jesus and confess all his sins to his Savior before he starts to serve among Muslims?
- Do you really want to evangelize Muslims? What steps should you then always remember?
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The Gospel Questions the Qur'an
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life.“ The individual statements of this summary of the gospel as found in the Gospel of John 3:16 are used in this book to test Islam spiritually. The alarming results of this test explain on the one hand why Islam must be seen as an anti-biblical, antichristian and anti-congregational spirit. On the other hand, this booklet reveals why Jesus Christ commands us to evangelize Muslims lovingly.