Ahmed Deedat: Yahweh and Allah are not the Same God

The God of the Bible is not the God of Islam.  And the Jesus of the Bible is not the Jesus of Islam.  Islam is not the final revelation of God; Christianity is (Heb 1:1-2).  Islam is not even a revelation of God of any kind – it is a false religion.  Islam is not connected to Christianity in any way.  Christianity and Islam are two separate religions with two different Gods and two totally different ways of relating to God.  A Muslim cannot be a Christian unless he first renounces Islam.  And if a Christian adopts Islam, he at the same time renounces Christ and the Gospel and loses salvation, condemning himself to hell.  Christianity and Islam are diametrically opposed to and incompatible with each other and can never worship together; if they do, they cease to be either Christian or Muslim. 

The following passage from the Bible flies in the face of everything that Islam says about Jesus, “Who being the brightness of his (God’s) glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; being made so much better than the angels, as by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.  For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee?  And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?  And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, Let all the angels of God worship Him.  And of the angels he saith, Who He maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.  But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.  Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.  And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the work of thine hands: They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a vesture (garment) shalt thou roll them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail” (Hebrews 1:1-13).

This passage from the Bible, among many, shows that Christianity and Islam can never be reconciled.  Christian teaching about Jesus is anathema to Islam, so all the “Christian” namby-pamby do-gooders who try to find common ground between the two religions, and who say that Allah is the same God of Islam and Christianity, are deceivers and false teachers, and will bring all who listen to and believe them, into the same hell to which they are destined.  Here we have Jesus as being the final revelation of God – he is not just a prophet or the final prophet – he is the final revelation itself.  He is the end, the goal, the purpose, the fulfilment, of all prophecy (Heb 1:1-2).  The next revelation from heaven will be when Jesus returns in great power and glory to put all things right, make an end of this sinful world, and judge all mankind.

This passage also reveals very clearly, unequivocally, and unapologetically, that Jesus is the Son, eternally begotten of the Father, Creator of heaven and earth, and is so because he is God.  He is not the Father and the Father is not the Son; BUT both are God; as it says in the passage: “But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever”; and, “therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows”.  And though the Father and the Son are both equal and of the same substance, the Son willingly subordinates himself to the Father: “But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?”

Ahmed Deedat loves to mock Christians for believing that God can be three-yet-One, a trinity of Persons but one God.  And the concept to him is open to attack and ridicule because it seems impossible according to all known laws and principles of physics and any other discipline or science.  But God is not bound by the physical laws which bind us.  He created the vast universe yet is greater than it, he stands outside it; he holds it in his hand; he transcends it; he is not bound by its laws.  He is God!!  We finite creatures can never comprehend the being of God – he is unique and words can never come near to describing him.  All we know about God is what he has revealed to us.  We can never know any more about him than this.  And we don’t need to.  So to try and analyse and explain his triune being is futile – we just need to believe what God has revealed about himself.

So when Jesus does identify and equate himself with the Father, he always reveals a triune Godhead: “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one” (1 John 5:7). 

Thus he cannot be Allah because Allah identifies himself as a unity; and he insists he has no son.  “On the Day when We will gather the righteous to the Most Merciful, as guests.  And herd the sinners into hell, like animals to water.  They will have no power of intercession, except for someone who has an agreement with the Most Merciful.   And they say, ‘The Most Merciful has begotten a son.’  You have come up with something monstrous.  At which the heavens almost rupture, and the earth splits, and the mountains fall and crumble.  Because they attribute a son to the Most Merciful.  It is not fitting for the Most Merciful to have a son” (Itani, T. 2014, p131, “Qur’an in English, surah “Mary (Maryam”) verses 85-92.

References

Itani, Talal, translator, 2014, Qur’an in English, pub. ClearQur’an.com (for Kindle)

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