With Islam being the fastest growing religious group in the world, it’s important Christians educate ourselves AND our children about this dominating faith. (Source: Pew Research Center) Personally, I want to especially tell my children the differences between Islams’s god and God the Father of the Christian faith.
I want to stress that although I do not support the religion of Islam, I do love Muslim people. I want to present these facts in order to inform Christians and so they can instruct their children.
There are so many converts to the Islamic faith, I want to make sure that my children (and others) are able to adhere to the true Christian faith.
My goal IS NOT (and never will be) to instill hatred for other human beings. I respect our freedom of religion and work to respect the faith of others as far as I can, as long as it doesn’t interfere with my own belief system. I think this is a fair treatment of any person and faith. That said, I will speak truth. Whether others agree, is up to them.
Doesn’t The Word “allah” Just Mean “God?”
Islam recognizes that Allah is God.
Christians recognize the Lord Jehovah as God.
The distinction should be made between the proper name of Islam’s god and the general reference to the Arabic word “god” which is also allah. Just like in English-speaking countries, when we say the word god, we capitalize it when referring to our Christian God and leave it lowercase when referring to other gods.
The difference between a big-G God and a little-g god is not the only difference we should know.
Here are 3 other things Christians should know about the god of Islam.
3 Things Christians Should Know About the God of Islam
The God of Islam is Not the Same God as the Christian God
Are the Christian God and the Muslim God the same?
People (both Muslim and Christian) want to say the Christian God and Muslim God are the same, but that simply is not true.
This can be refuted by one simple detail.
Muslims claim that Allah has no son. (Source: BillyGraham.org)
As Christians, we know that the Father does have a son: Jesus.
On this fact alone, the two cannot be the same God.
Christlam, or the blending of the Islamic and Christian faith, although not a new trend, is a growing one in the Christian culture. And it’s a dangerous heresy that can lead many astray.
The Muslim God has Pagan Roots
Muslims claim that their god is the same God worshiped by Abraham and the prophets.
The prophet Muhammad grew up under the tutelage of his uncle who was a polytheistic idol worshiper. One of the many gods he worshiped was considered “the greatest of all gods.” But Muhammad rejected the idea of polytheism and decided that “this great god” was the only god.
It wasn’t until later that Muslims began to associate their god with the Hebrew God. Before that time, the Muslim god took on the characteristics of an ancient Moon god. Today, the symbol of Islam is a crescent moon. The Creation Studies Institute argues that there is “solid, overwhelming archaeological evidence” suggesting:
“Islam is nothing more than a revival of the ancient Moon-god cult. It has taken the symbols, the rites, the ceremonies, and even the name of its god from the ancient pagan religion of the Moon-god. As such, it is sheer idolatry and must be rejected by all those who follow the Torah and Gospel.” (Source: Creation Studies Institute)
The Bible Says that We Are Not to Even Speak the Name of Another God
How do you teach others or your child about the truth about pagan gods without saying their names? How do you talk to a Muslim without being rude if you need to mention their god?
But the Bible says:
Pay close attention to all my instructions. You must not call on the name of any other gods. Do not even speak their names. Exodus 23:13 NLT
The Bible is clear. Pay close attention. Do not even speak their names.
Wow. God was serious about this.
I think it’s important to recognize the value place on someone’s name. We often sing “there is POWER in the NAME of JESUS to break every chain”, right?
In the OT, people were named (and renamed) in order to fulfill their God-given destinies, because names have power and saying them releases that power. We are told that the tongue holds the power of life and death (Proverbs 18:21).
We must tread cautiously when discussing pagan gods, perhaps avoiding at all cost using their names.
Tell Your Children
The Bible instructs parents to train up our children in the way they should go.
We teach our children about who God IS, why would we not teach them about who God is NOT.
The devil is the master deceiver and ignorance is NOT bliss. It’s better let children know the differences between the Christian God and the god of Islam then to leave it a conversation undiscussed.
Before You Speak to your Child
Before entering into a long discussion about the Muslim god, or any other pagan religion, to your child you should take some time to pray and ask God to lead your conversation.
Answer all their questions with gentle words and avoid getting into complicated explanations if your children are especially young.
Avoid being negative about the people of Islam, reminding your children that God loves all of his creation.
Are My Children Too Young?
Personally, I don’t think children are ever too young to understand some semblance of truth.
Obviously, we don’t have to get into the nitty-gritty details, but letting them know that Jesus is the only way the truth and the live and that no one gets to the Father except through Him, is of vital importance to their eternal being.
I’d rather be the first one to instill the right information about the god of the Muslims into my children, then have to clean up the mess someone else left behind later on because I was too worried they were too young to understand.
Head covering Christian woman who loves good wine, coffee, stinky cheese and missionary books. My favorite dessert is Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake. I am a Christian author, blogger, and speaker. I fell in love with my husband because he had rain drops on his glasses (true story). In my spare time I homeschool my six children (5 girls, 2 boys).