Activity 1-1: How (Dis)Similar Are Muslims and Christians?

Upon reflecting on the worldviews of Islam, I realized that among their six major beliefs or their Articles of Faith, four are also widespread Christian truths.

Monotheism. The Muslims’ belief in having just one God is also the Christian faith. For the rest of this blog, I will be citing from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.

It is stated in 1 Timothy 2:4 that, “Who is willing to have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth which is in Christ Jesus, who is the Only Begotten Son of God, and ordained to be a Mediator between God and man; who is one God, and hath power over all men.”

Belief in angels. As Christians – whether Roman Catholics, Born Again Christians or LDS – we also believe in the existence of angels.

In Matthew 1:40, it is clearly stated that “But of that day, and hour, no one knoweth; no, not the angels of God in heaven, but my Father only.”

Belief in the Judgment Day. Ask any practicing Christian and they would be able to tell you that they believe in the Day of Reckoning when all men will be judged according to their works.

Before this judgment day, though, Christians – just like Muslims – believe that there are signs foretelling the end of the world.

Belief in all messengers and prophets of God. The general Christian belief is that there were prophets who lived during the biblical times yet in our times, this calling has ceased to exist.

In the LDS faith, we strongly abide by the scripture written in Amos 3:7 which says, “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.” So we believe that in our times, there are still modern-day prophets who continue to lead the church (the Lord’s kingdom here on earth).

Belief in other revealed books apart from the Bible. For this particular article of faith, I will have to single out the Latter-day Saints or the Mormon faith which is one of the few religions in the world that believe in the existence of other words of God outside of the Holy Bible.

As Mormons (yes, I am an LDS), we believe that God did not stop revealing Himself to men. In our own Articles of Faith (believe it or not, this is also how we call our belief system or framework of beliefs), it is stated that ” We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.”

The only dissimilarity that I saw pertaining the Islam worldview and the Christian faith is that of the Divine Decree where everything happens because they were already pre-decreed.

The Christian faith believes in the so-called agency or free will where we have the choice to do good or evil. The only thing that we have no control over is the consequence that comes with our choice.

This free will is our ability to make choices without compulsion so, spiritually, a person who repents and follows God’s will is free from the bondage brought about by sin.

From the earliest days of man on earth (pertaining to the Genesis account), we have been given the freedom to choose, “Of every tree thou mayest freely eat.” (Genesis 2:16).

In Joshua 24:15, the Israelites were given a choice, “Choose you this day whom ye will serve…”

But if I were to play the devil’s advocate and see through philosophical lens, then I would also say that God is Omnipresent and Omniscient, hence, He already knows what will happen to us even before they transpire since He has already been there (time has no relevance to Him since He is in the past, present, and future). This questions the very nature of free will and the nature of time.

I Am Safeerah

I have been given two Christian names so, this time, I went for just one. For my pseudonym, I would like to be referred to as Safeerah, meaning, ambassador or messenger.

I am a professional writer and, for the longest time, I believe it has been my calling to reach out to women from all walks of life, to let them know that they are God’s fairest creation. I have a blog about women, women’s rights, and femininity in general (see Women’s Nook).

Other reference:

The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments translated out of the original tongues, and with the former translations diligently compared and revised, by His Majestys special command: Authorized King James Version with explanatory notes and cross references to the standard works of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (2003). Salt Lake City, UT: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

 

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2 comments

  1. You write “The Muslims’ belief in having just one God is also the Christian faith.” Real Christians do have only One True God, though the majority of people who call themselves Christian do worship a Trinity and as such have three gods. Muslims may not forget that throughout the ages there have always been real followers of the Nazarene master teacher Jeshua (Jesus Christ) who kept to the same Gdo as Jesus worshipped, namely the God of Abraham Who is an eternal Spirit and not a man of flesh and blood.

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