035 - SIMILARITY 1: Revelation
As Christians we believe that the Bible is the Word of God and that it came into being as a result of revelation from God to specific men in God's history with his people, the Sons of Jacob. This means that for us the Bible is not a product of human imagination or reason, but owes its existence to the presence, actions and communications of God himself.
Muslims believe something similar in view of their Koran. Even though they know that the content of the Koran came to them through Muhammad, they believe that it is the Word of Allah (kalaam-ul-llaah). So, also for them, their Koran is not viewed as the product of Muhammad's intuition or thinking, but they believe that in these inspirations (wahiy) Allah himself was active in making koranic verses come down upon Muhammad. This is why the Muslim word for “verse” is “aayat”, which literally means “a miracle or sign”.
The details as to how the Bible was revealed by God and as to how the Koran was revealed by Allah may differ significantly, but in the fact that both are believed to be supernatural revelations they are similar.
The content of these two different revelations will be the criterion for us to decide, whether the God of the Koran (Allah) and the God the Bible (Elohim) are the same or not.