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Question:  Don't Muslims and Christians have the same God?

Answer:  No, not really. Christians worship the God who has made himself known to us through his Word, the Bible. God of the Bible is worshipped by both Christians and Jews (though Jews do not accept that Jesus was indeed God as a man). While it is true that both Jews (including Jesus) and Muslims are descendents of Abraham (see Genesis 15 & 21), Muslims have drifted far in their understanding from the God of Abraham. The following table summarizes some of the distinctions.

Christian Worldview
Islamic Worldview
Creation by God of all that exists (Genesis 1:1) Creation by Allah of all that exists
There is one God. He exists eternally in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:18-23, Mark 12:29, John 14:26, Matthew 28:19) There is one God (Allah). They reject that Jesus is divine, He being simply one of God's prophets - of which Mohammad is the greatest
God has revealed Himself through the Bible and most clearly in Jesus Christ, the incarnation of God Himself (Colossians 1:13-17, 2nd Timothy 3:16, 2nd Peter 2:21) Allah never would reveal himself, instead he reveals his will, not himself
Man made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27) Man NOT made in the image of God
Adam and Eve sinned and thus brought sin into the world (Genesis 3:1-7) Adam & Eve sinned, then repented and were forgiven, with no continuing effects of their rebellion
Original Sin - all of Adam's posterity are born with a sin nature and are sinful from birth (Romans 3:22-23, 1st John 1:10) Does not believe in original sin, nor that all men are sinful. After his sin and repentance God makes Adam his deputy (caliph) and the first of the prophets.
Man is by nature sinful and has need for redemption by the atonement of Jesus Christ (Romans 5:6, 8:32, Colossians 1:19-20, Hebrews 7:26-27, 9:26, 10:12, 1st John 4:10) Man is basically good but prone to mistakes. Muslims who repent and submit to God return to a state of sinlessness, with no help from Christ (or anyone) needed.
Through the work of Christ, God adopts Christians into His family and calls them His children (Romans 8:14-15, Ephesians 1:5, Galatians 4:5) Through rigorous religious ritual man can become a servant of Allah but will never be considered a part of Allah's family

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