The Real God vs. Allah
This website is about Biblical worship. And sometimes we just need to make clear exactly who the real God is that we are worshiping!
Last week, my thirteen-year-old son told me something that stopped me in my tracks. He said, “Dad, did you know that our God and Allah are really the same god?” He had watched a film at his middle school that day called Three Religions: One God. If my child — who is daily being taught Christian values from the Bible — could believe such a lie, how easily can children and youth in non-Christian homes think that Allah is the same as the Christian God?
The very next night during our family devotion, we compared Allah and Yahweh (YHWH) according to the Quran and the Holy Bible. I encourage all parents to sit down with their children and go through these important points below. Our God is the only true God. Allah and all other so-called gods are false and cannot begin to compare to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. — Dwayne
Differences according to the Bible and the Quran:
- -YHWH is God’s name ‘forever’. (Exodus 3:13-15)
-Allah is God’s name. (The Quran)
- -Evil is not from YHWH, but willful rebellion against YHWH. YHWH is the author of good, not evil. (Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalm 92:15; 1 John 1:5)
-Allah is the author of both good and evil. (Q91:5-9)
- -YHWH can make himself present with and in people and places: this is distinct from his omnipresence. (Exodus 33:14-15; Joel 2:27-29)
-Allah is everywhere at once, but nowhere in particular: he indwells nothing. (Q2:109; Q4:125)
- -YHWH is holy, and his followers should be holy too. (Leviticus 19:1-2)
-The Holiness of Allah is rarely referred to in the Quran: it appears to be a minor or secondary attribute of Allah. (Q59:20-24)
- -Human beings are created in God’s image and should seek to be like him. (Genesis 1:26-27; Ephesians 5:1-2)
-Nothing in creation is like Allah, and people must not seek to be like him. (Q4:50-54) No human attribute may be associated with Allah, and when people use the same words to describe humans and Allah this is merely a figure of speech.
- -YHWH loves sinners and reaches out to his enemies in love. (Exodus 34:5-7; 1 John 4:19)
-Allah will typically hate those who hate him, and love those who obey him, and he wants people to follow him in this. He is however under no obligation to love and can love or hate whoever he chooses. (Q3:25-29)
- -YHWH is faithful to his word, which is unchanging, and he does not lie. (Numbers 23:19) Although God can and often does make conditional promises – including covenants – his inherent faithfulness is not dependent upon human faithfulness, but reflects his utter holiness. (Hebrews 6:17-19; Malachi 3:6)
-Allah acts as he pleases and is the ‘best of schemers’ (Q3:54); he can, without impugning his perfection, abrogate something he has said earlier and replace it with a contradictory word. (Q16:100-104) He is not obligated to follow his covenants, nor does he obligate himself to people in any way. (Q17:85-89)
- -YHWH is triune (Father, Son, Spirit)
-Allah is not.