Contrary to the assertions of some all religions are not the same. All religions may be wrong, one right and the others wrong, but all cannot be right. Even if one holds the belief that all religions lead to God such a person must still answer “To which God do all religions lead? The God of Judaism, the of Christianity, of Islam, or the many gods of polytheistic religions?”
“All roads lead to God” is vacuousness.
Since 9/11 through this present time as ISIS/ISIL/IS fills the headlines much has been written about Islam. Islam is a dominant world religion one-third (with Christianity and Judaism) of the large Monotheistic religions of the world.
Although there are an estimated 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, and Islam dominates entire regions and peoples, here are 3 reasons I am not a Muslim.
1. The Koran contradicts the Bible.
Even a cursory review reveals contradictions of the major doctrines of Christianity. The Trinity, the deity of Christ, His atoning death, salvation through Jesus alone, the Holy Spirit, and grace are but a few. The Bible was complete hundreds of years before Muhammad lived and the Quran compiled. If the Bible is true, the Quran is not.
2. Jesus is the prophet, not Muhammad.
The most well known Islamic saying to non-Muslims is, “There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is His prophet.” One English translation of Quran 33 (Al-Ahzab):40 is, “Muhammad is not the father of any man among you, but he is the Messenger of Allah and the last (end) of the Prophets. And Allah is Every All-Aware of everything.” At least some Muslims believe Muhammad was the prophet spoken of by Moses in Deuteronomy 18:18, 19. However, Muhammad was neither the prophet spoken of by Moses, nor was he the last of the Prophets.
According to Jesus the last of the prophets was John the Baptist, as he was the prophet who heralded the Messiah’s arrival:
The Law and the Prophets were until John; since then, the good news of the kingdom of God has been proclaimed, and everyone is strongly urged to enter it. (Luke 16:16, HCSB, emphasis mine)
The prophet spoken of by Moses was not Muhammad, but was Jesus Himself. This was the conclusion reached by many of Jesus’ own day (John 6:14). I cannot be a Muslim since the offices claimed for Muhammad are already filled by others.
3. Jesus, not Muhammad, died for my sins.
Muhammad did not die for my sins. Muhammad did not bear my sins. Muhammad did not leave my sins in his grave. Muhammad is not seated at the right hand of the Father interceding for me. All of these things and more, Jesus has done and is doing. Jesus alone is the Savior for sinners.
Islam holds no draw for me as it is a works/law based religion that would undermine my freedom in Christ. The book of Galatians warns not to allow anyone to add works to grace. When Jesus saved me He freed me from works-based, self-effort religious emptiness. Since I cannot add to the gospel, I am not a Muslim.
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