*THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS NO HATE TO PEOPLE WHO IDENTIFY AS MUSLIM, BUT ONLY COMPARES
If you aren't sure about what the Christian faith is exactly, I want to give a brief summary.
Christians believe in God the father, God the son (Jesus), and God the Holy Spirit. God is one being, but he is split into three parts of himself: the father, the son, and the Holy Spirit.
Christians believe that God came down in the form of a man named Jesus. While on earth, He never sinned, taught in God's name, and was crucified. It is this crucifixion that acted similarly to Old Testament sacrifices to atone for sins. He conquered death and rose from the grave, appeared to tons of people, and then ascended into Heaven.
Christians are people who have accepted Jesus'
WHAT TO MUSLIMS BELIEVE?
The faith is championed by Muhammad who is a prophet of Allah (God). Out of respect for the beliefs that some Muslims hold, I will not insert a photo depiction of Muhammad.
Muslims also believe that there is no guarantee of Heaven. You must live right, pray a certain number of times a day, give alms to the poor, take a trip to Mecca, and more.
So why do I believe in the trinity? Why am I a Christian? Here are things I believe show me that Christianity is the right way to go. As always, be sure to learn all of this for yourself. I want to make clear that I will be using sources from Muslim holy books and trusted sources.
GOD'S WARNING FULFILLED
To begin, here is God's warning:
"And if he [Muhammad] had made up about Us some [false] sayings, We would have seized him by the right hand; Then We would have cut form him the Aorta"
Quran, Surah 69:44-46
Quick biology lesson, your aorta, as you can see in the depiction to the right, is the main roadway to the heart. Severing it would result in death, a painful one at that.
OK, so there was the warning, plain as day. This is obviously a pretty terrible way to dye, and a really painful one at that. So where is this fulfilled?
Muhammad died from poison. A Jewish woman made him a meal and poisoned it. She did this after her family was killed by Muhammad and his men. She thought that it would be a sign that he was the true prophet of God if he lived. If he died, however, she thought it would be a clear sign that he was not.
But it is what he says after being poisoned that drove this home to me:
"The Prophet in his ailment in which he died, used to say, "O Aishah! I still feel the pain caused by the food I ate at Khaibar, and at this time, I feel as if my aorta is being cut from that poison." - Sahih al-Bukhari 4428
"Umm Bishar said to the Prophet during the sickness of which he died: What do you think about your illness, Apostle of Allah? I do not think about the illness of my son except the poisoned sheep of which he had eaten with you at Khaibar. The Prophet said: And I do not think about my illness except that. This is the time when it cut of my aorta." -Sunan Abu Dawud 4449
"The Messenger of God said during the illness from which he died - the mother of Bishr b. al-Bara had come in to visit him - "Umm Bishr, at this very moment I feel my aorta being severed because of the food I ate with your son at Khaybar." - At-Tabari p. 124
MUHAMMAD VS. JESUS
To begin, Jesus lived a sinless life. He abhorred violence.
"Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword." - Matthew 26:52
Next, Jesus claimed to be God in humans form and performed miracles as such. Muhammad claimed to be a messenger that had God's revelation revealed to him in private.
Another stark difference is the treatment of women. It is said that Muhammad's wife Aisha was only 6 years old when he married her. But she wasn't the only one. He had three wives. Jesus, who upheld Jewish beliefs, believed in marrying one wife and loving her alone.
I think I will make this a series that highlights some of the major religions. Let me know what you think. I am open to discussion. I hope that I approached this delicately enough to be respectful while presenting the facts.
I'd like to credit Acts17Apologetics on YouTube who dug up most of this. Feel free to look up "Who Killed Muhammad?" on YouTube.
- Admit to God that you are a sinner
(Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23).
- Repent, turning away from your sin
(Acts 3:19; 1 John 1:9).
- Believe that Jesus is God's Son and accept God's gift of forgiveness from sin
(Romans 5:8; Acts 4:12; John 3:16; John 14:6; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:11-13).
- Confess your faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord
HOW TO GET TO HEAVEN
God is a perfect being who designed each and every one of us. He is sinless, good, and perfect. However, after Eve ate that apple, sin was released into the world and, as a result, everyone was born into sin and everyone does wrong. Only those without sin can enter into Heaven. But don't worry, Jesus came down to Earth and paid your sin debt do you could go to Heaven. Jesus is our salvation and offers us a way to Heaven. A way to live with Him forever. Here is what you have to do:
Ann Marie Ruby