The message of Jesus leads to liberation while the message of Muhammad leads to subjugation.

By Michael Brown Published on June 23, 2017

The key difference between Christianity and Islam is the difference between Jesus and Muhammad. Jesus was a spiritual leader who laid down His life to save the world. Muhammad was a spiritual leader, who became a political leader, then a violent military leader. Jesus accomplished His mission by dying on the cross. Muhammad accomplished his mission (at least largely) by ruling by the sword.

There are, of course, great similarities between the world’s two largest religions. Both point to a holy book, allegedly inspired by God, for faith and practice. Both call for high moral standards and serious personal commitment. Both share common traditions, since Muhammad learned from Jews as well as Christians. And both have a vision to spread their faith around the world.

But this is where the two faiths diverge. One follows the example of a crucified and risen Savior. The other follows the example of a prophet and military leader.

Cross vs. Sword

The biblical verses of violence (as in “Kill the Canaanites”) were limited to a specific place and time. No such commands are found on Jesus’ lips. The Quranic verses of violence (as in “Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them”) do not have such obvious limitations. Many Quranic interpreters and Islamic jurists claim that those verses cannot be applied indiscriminately today. But others differ. And they proudly cite them in their jihadi manuals.

Again, the difference is that of the cross versus the sword. That’s why Jesus and His followers never established the death penalty for leaving the faith. Muhammad established it once he assumed military dominance. And the death penalty for apostasy from Islam remains in force in a number of Islamic countries today.

Muhammad beheaded some of his enemies. Jesus forbade His followers from taking up the sword in His defense.

Muhammad beheaded some of his enemies. Jesus forbade His followers from taking up the sword in His defense. The differences are glaring and clear.

Just compare the teachings of Jesus in the Gospels with those of Muhammad in the Hadith. Jesus never calls for violent acts against enemies of the faith. Muhammad often does. That’s why there’s no gospel (or apostolic) equivalent to the lengthy collection of Muhammad’s military raids.

Exception vs. Expression 

The most tolerant expressions of Islam are found when: 1) Muslims are the minority in a country, as in America; or 2) the Muslim-dominated country is quite secular, as in Indonesia. In strictly observant Muslim countries, there is limited tolerance for non-Muslims.

If you don’t believe me, try setting up a public Christian mission to Muslims in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan or Iran. Tell me how long it lasts.

I do commend those Muslims who call for a more tolerant expression of their faith. They abhor the terrorism carried out in the name of their religion. But if they’re honest, they will have to admit that violent Islam has a long and rich history.

To quote the noted Catholic scholar of Islam Samir Kahlil Samir,

I speak about the violence expressed in the Qur’ān and practiced in Muhammad’s life in order to address the idea, widespread in the West, that the violence we see today is a deformation of Islam. We must honestly admit that there are two readings of the Qur’ān and the sunna (Islamic traditions connected to Muhammad): one that opts for the verses that encourage tolerance toward other believers, and one that prefers the verses that encourage conflict. Both readings are legitimate.

Acts of violence carried out to advance the Christian faith are the extreme exception to the rule. Acts of violence carried out to advance the Islamic faith are all too common.

Liberation vs. Subjugation 

When it comes to freedom of religion, a country like America, drawing on Judeo-Christian principles, has allowed this liberty from its founding. And in a country like England, which also has a rich Christian history (despite its current backslidden state), Muslims can practice their religion freely. They can even proselytize non-Muslims.If Muslims became the majority religion in England, it would be a different story. Non-Muslims would become second-class citizens. They would have limited freedoms (like Christians in Pakistan), unless they converted to Islam.

It is the difference between the cross and the sword.

It is true that both faiths seek to spread their message by disseminating information. Both faiths point to the sublime message of their founders. But the message of Jesus leads to liberation while the message of Muhammad leads to subjugation.

Again, I know there are honorable Muslims who seek to reform their faith. Some of them believe they are being true to the real spirit of their faith.

But there’s a reason that, in general, true Christians are persecuted by true Muslims rather than true Muslims persecuted by true Christians. It’s the difference between the cross and the sword.

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  • missy

    The key differences between Christianity and Islam is simple – the Christian doctrine advocates LOVE and the islamic doctrine proclaims HATE

    • stan schmunk

      Prove it.

      • missy

        Read the Bible and teachings in the Quran/hadiths then watch the escalating (Muslim) persecutions occurring almost daily in the news somewhere in the world. Judeo/Christian culture and values are almost polar opposites compared to Islam ideology. The Quran has at least 109 verses proclaiming Muslims to war with non-believers (infidels). Every 12th verse of Islam’s Quran proclaims or speaks to Allah’s hatred for non-Muslims or calls for their death, forced conversion or subjugation (e.g. Sula 8:12 – ‘I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them’ (5:33) ‘the punishment of those who wage war against Allah and his messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have chastisement’ (2:216) ‘fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not’). Muslim believers hate it that most Christians support Israel. Islam is a religion of sharia law, submission, fear, punishments and demands total surrender or submission (calls
        on all unbelievers to convert to Islam or it conquers the unbelievers). Infidels are to be humiliated, oppressed, denied rights protection and either forced to convert, pay a religious tax (jizyah) or be killed. Islam never gives up what it conquers (including religion, language, culture or life). Assumption is Islam is perfect and it cannot be criticized. Violence is so deep-rooted in Islam, it has never stopped being at war with other religions or itself (Sunni vs Shia). Radical Islamic terrorism is all hate – of all that Christians believe, stand up for, hope and love. They hate our freedoms, they hate the message of Christ’s love and our tolerance for other religious worship freedoms for all. Their overall goal is to bring the entire world under submission and subjugation to the Quran and Islamic sharia law. Christians are to love our enemies and our neighbors and win them over through love, compassion and giving. Luke 6:27 – ‘but I say unto you which hear, love your enemies, do good to them that hate you’ (28) ’bless them that curse you and pray for them that despitefully use you’ (35) ‘but love your enemies and do good and lend, hoping for nothing again and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for He is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil’ (36) be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful (37) judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned; forgive and ye shall be forgiven’. I am a Christian and I will never sell my soul or my freedom to worship the one and only true God – Jesus Christ. Christianity is light and Islam is darkness.

  • Spot on. The best succinct way to highlight the differences between Christianity and Islam is with this sentence: Christ dies to start Christianity; Mohammed killed to start Islam. Everything stems from those two mythos, mythos being a story line from which religious thoughts are derived.

  • John Sloan

    Both Christianity and Islam have ‘reset buttons’. For instance when a liberal Christian ‘pushes’ the button they find the cross and the grace to die to self. When a liberal Muslim pushes the ‘button’ they find the sword and the power to kill others.

  • Grumpy4456

    The Catholic Scholar ignores a very important aspect of the reading of the Qu’ran and the Sunna and that is abrogation. Everything that follows overrules that which has come before. Islamic religious writings began peacefully when Muhammad was in Mecca and Islam was weak but grew fearsome as Muhammad gained power in Medina.

  • sanpala

    Good message by Michael Brown. I’m not sure why he added the quote from the Catholic scholar, Samir’s thought was already conveyed in the article therefore not needed. In my view it would have been better to leave it out.

  • Howard Rosenbaum

    While Christianity is popularly viewed as one of the “worlds great religions” in reality it really isn’t. Semantics aside , there is nothing comparable in the realm of human experience to compare w/the Christian faith. Islam is a “great world religion”. The word “great” here having no primary significance other than the number of constituents it claims worldwide. So while I would affirm the valid argument Mr Brown outlines , I am always a bit uncomfortable w/the limitations the word “religion” connotes . Jesus didn’t rise from the dead to bring us a great religion. His resurrection brought us into a Great family of which God presides over w/the a fatherly compassion. So much so that this God is best known to his children as Father. Believers are known as sons & daughters. No religion can
    make either claim ….

    • john appleseed

      *sigh*
      I get sooo weary of the constant assault on the word “religion” by those who apparently have not read James 1:27.
      God loves religion!
      God only opposes false religion, like Islam.

      • Howard Rosenbaum

        No disrespect , but God loves people . He doesn’t love concepts, ideology ,
        semantics or even pizza. The word religion in the verse you noted refers to
        practical application or service towards others. What we as believers are privileged to partake of is a whole lot greater than a religious expression or experience. Islam is not a “false religion”. It is a systematic political & religious ideology which promotes the self interests of it’s followers . The fact that it propagates untruths regarding God & His will towards humanity does not negate it’s “great religion” status.

        • The Evangelical

          “God loves people” is a bit too narrow of a definition. God is glorified in concepts, ideas, and all good things that He has equipped us to generate. That includes how we worship, systematic theology, practical application, and service to others.

          I think you are making it more complicated than it is. There a lots of religions, but only Christianity is the true religion that leads to salvation. What else would we call it? The only “personal relationship”? The only “transcendental state of being and experience”? Religion is a perfectly fine descriptor of all facets of what Christianity is, while noting that Christianity teaches that all other religions are false.

          • Howard Rosenbaum

            Sure , everyone outside of the faith considers religion the appropriate label for Christianity. In that context calling what we believers embrace
            a religion is inevitable in the secular vernacular. Colleges offer courses in comparative religion. They usually don’t acknowledge the superiority of the Christian faith in relationship to all other faiths. Perhaps it’s not their place to do so. The absence of a resurrected redeemer in all other religions places Christianity both conceptually, ideologically & pragmatically a world apart. There is no biblical prohibition mandated against the use of the “religion” word when referencing Christianity. There is also no precedent scripturally for referencing Christianity in a religious context. Therefore my preference when discussing my faith w/others is outside the religious paradigm. Most unbelievers oppose Christianity on the basis of it being a religion. Something relegated to history. Something not too relevant to their worldview. Sure, thats an oversimplification , but seemingly true nevertheless. So, since the Christian faith transcends all others in terms of its reach, impact & origin, I’ll avoid the terminology the world uses to categorize this “peculiar relationship w/a Living God. At least when I have the option to do so. So what do I call this if not “religion” ? How about a relationship. How do I categorize this unique relationship ? Why categorize it ? It’s a phenomena in a class by itself …

    • The Evangelical

      Christianity is a religion in the proper sense of the word; and, in fact, it’s the only correct religion. Just because the secular world has used the word “religion” in a negative sense to refer to oppressive, unsaving, laws and rules doesn’t mean that we need to accept their definition.

      • Howard Rosenbaum

        There are very few english translations of the word “religion” from the original languages of the scripture, in both testaments. There are ample references to the concept of mans relationship w/God & Gods relationship w/us , which denotes the “proper” biblical context of the religion word. Christianity is much more about grace & corresponding faith than it is about behavior, as essential as that is. So we might say that the biblically implied usage of this word is best understood in the light of God’s compassionate provision of His many graces offered us & our God given capacity to reciprocate w/faith. So, I would challenge the consideration you suggest regarding the secularist hijacking of a word that has basically been theirs all along. We who profess the Christian faith perhaps are really the culprits when it comes to borrowing a concept somewhat foreign to the biblical narrative of grace & truth while everyone else , as you imply , lump all systems of theological concern into one big melting pot. Sure, the gold will separate from the dross, but watch your fingers when you pull it out of the sludge …

        • The Evangelical

          The word “religion” is simply used to describe systematic practices and beliefs surrounding the worship of deity or the supernatural. It’s simply a descriptor. Christianity fits neatly in that definition. We engage in worship, ordinances (sacraments), and possess a set of systematic beliefs regarding the Gospel. Every religion has different focuses, but all would meet the this definition.

          Just because the word wasn’t used during Biblical times doesn’t mean it isn’t an accurate description of what we do. The word “Trinity” doesn’t appear in the Bible, and yet it’s a clear dividing line between true Christian religion and heresy.

          The secular usage of the word is adding a negative connotation specifically meant to attack religions with an emphasis on systematic theology. This is due to the secularist’s preferences of mysticism, feelings, and experiences over sacred writings that they may have disagreements with.

          • Howard Rosenbaum

            Language is never static. As cultures progress (or digress) their communication among themselves does so also. While the concept of a thing may remain constant, its application may not always do so. Religion as a concept as you allude is not subject to different interpretations. However, the application of that venerable concept can & does. You know, “one mans trash is another mans treasure ” ….

    • Charles Burge

      I know that people quibble over semantics, but I would argue that Christianity isn’t a religion at all. Religion is mankind’s attempt to either coerce, or win the approval of whatever force(s) he believes controls of the universe. But Christianity isn’t human-initiated. It teaches that God Himself initiated the process of reconciliation and redemption through Jesus’ birth and sacrifice, because mankind isn’t able to get into a right relationship with God through our own efforts. This is unique among all belief systems, and it’s what sets Christianity apart.

      • azsxdcf1

        Thank you, Charles. I was reading down, and down, and trying to formulate words to “set everybody straight” when I read YOUR comments… and thought: ” enough said right here!”

  • Dant e

    The key difference is that God is the author of one, the Way the Truth and the Life, the enemy of all life satan via sinful man is the author of the other, the path to lies, robbery and death.

  • davidrev17

    Great analysis as usual Dr. Brown, in this tragically MISunderstood area.

    However, I just thought I’d mention another KEY (no insurmountable!) difference between the lives of Yeshua/Jesus of Nazareth, and that of Muhammad – not to mention any other member of the species H@#o sapiens that’s ever walked this planet – was/is the historical fact that Jesus’ tomb was EMPTY “…on the third day, according to the Scriptures” (1 Cor. 15:4). Big, big difference!

  • Much of what Michael Brown is saying may be true. Unfortunately it doesn’t point toward constructive ways of addressing the problem.

    I would like to see more attention to what Christians can do to encourage peaceful Muslims to prevent violence originating from the fringes of their community. The strongest defense against violence by members of any group should come from its own members. For example, Christians can and should be most effective at discouraging anti-abortion terrorism by people who have some association with Christianity.

    Similarly Muslims can and should be the most concerned about violence by people who claim a connection to their religion. First, for basic humanitarian reasons as so well expressed in the Quran (5:32), “if anyone killed a person … it would be as if he killed all mankind.” (Yes I am deliberately omitting context in this quote.)

    Second, because the great visibility and incredible savagery of many of the attacks cause people to think such violence is characteristic of most or all Muslims rather than a small minority of fanatics. This year Britain has already suffered three horrific terrorist attacks in just 75 days. That does not encourage tolerance for the Islamic faith.

    But the question remains: How best to encourage Muslims to take effective steps to discourage violence by people identifying with their religion? I suspect articles suggesting that Christianity is better than Islam are not going to help. Here’s a suggested alternative to that kind of self-righteousness.

    As a convert from atheism to Christianity in 1971, I’d like to see my pastor, and ones in other churches, acknowledge that there has been much violence in the history of Christianity—for example anti-abortion murders and bombings in America; Catholic and Protestant terrorism in Ireland; religious wars in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries; murders of Jews and other non-combatants in the Crusades; etc.

    If we first own up to our own history, we could then acknowledge that some Christians might nowadays engage in violence too. And point out that each member of a congregation has a responsibility to try to prevent it. After that, pastors and individual Christians would be in a better position to promote interfaith efforts to encourage Muslims to do the same.

    • Charles Burge

      You raise some great points, and I do agree that as the body of Christ, we need to be honest about the past. At the same time, however, I think we need to resist the insistence from liberals that we engage in perpetual self-flagellation.

      • I was not suggesting self-flagellation. But I really do think we should all try to work–in the most effective possible ways–toward solutions to the big problem of religion-associated violence.

        Trying to be more humble has been good for me. Philippians 2:3 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves”

        My earlier version of this was published as a letter to the editor in the Long Beach (Calif.) Press-Telegram. However I suspect it didn’t get much traction. Many fundamentalists, and some evangelicals, are quite opposed in principle to inter-religious efforts. Some might also blow off the concept of Christian-associated violence as irrelevant to their particular flavor of the faith–“We’d never do anything remotely like that. Violence came from other denominations–not us–in the past.”

        On the liberal side of Christianity, there might be a reluctance to acknowledge that Islam-related violence is ever a problem. Or a feeling that it would be impolite (or much worse) to even suggest that Muslims should have any responsibility at all to try to discourage violence by people identifying with their communities.

        Nevertheless I’m going to keep trying to publicize this approach.

        • davidrev17

          “Religion-associated violence” is of the adversary my brother, thus NOT under our control; of whose participants no doubt “come for no other reason than to kill, steal and destroy. (John 10:10) Our battle IS spiritual – and the “battle IS the Lord’s”! (Eph. 6:10-18; 2 Cor. 10:3-5)

          Why not wholeheartedly orient your life’s purpose toward pursuing the “Great Commission” (i.e., Matthew 28:18-20) – like the Lord Yeshua/Jesus “commanded” all His children to do; as opposed to these man-devised, seemingly PC-oriented strategies about which you’re describing??

          Are you seeking a better way, or alternative to Kingdom building, than that which our omniscient God has handed-down to us?? War is very ugly business my brother; and I say this as a Vietnam-era veteran too. There will be NO “peace on earth” – UNTIL the “Prince of Peace” returns here, and IMPOSES such! It’s all prophesied in your Holy Bible.

          * * *

          “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:34-39)

        • The Evangelical

          Even people with good theology and a strong faith are against any kind of interfaith dialogue. You see that with the recent attacks against Dr. White. It’s shameful and embarrassing. If we are to spread the Gospel to all people, then we need to learn about them, their language, and, yes, even their religion. Otherwise we turn into conservative bigots who think all Muslims want is to kill Christians and we don’t even bother reaching out to them.

          As for Christian violence, we did plenty of that in Europe. Even the reformers did terrible things in the name of Christ. When you mix government and religion, things tend to go south. We need to be honest with our history, otherwise we look at Christianity through the lens of US history and think that is all of Christian history.

    • oldagg

      ” anti-abortion terrorism by people who have some association with Christianity.”?/ When’s the last time a Christian threw acid in the face of a abortion provider (NEVER!)? When’s the last time an abortion clinic was bombed (especially when anyone was inside)? How many years has it been since an abortion doctor was killed (and who was it in the Christian community that cheered when that did happen a few times by sick individuals ?)? Anti-abortion “terrorism” is a myth of the left. To get there you have to account peaceful sign carrying and praying outside their doors as “terrorism”.

      • It is undeniably true there has been much more violence associated with issues other than abortion. But here are some statistics from Wikipedia:

        “At least eleven murders occurred in the United States since 1990, as well as 41 bombings and 173 arsons at clinics since 1977. At least one murder occurred in Australia, as well as several attempted murders in Canada.”

        On the other hand, we as Christians should emphasize zero tolerance for violence. And we should be very concerned about preventing things that help the enemies of God to create hostile narratives about us. I think that “peaceful sign carrying and praying outside their doors” is fine. But few would believe that kind of propaganda aimed at us if none of those murders, bombings and arsons had ever happened.

        • Dena

          Are all these acts done by professing Christians or crazy, evil people?

          • As Christians we are commanded to preach the gospel to all the world. That’s everyone, including people who may be “crazy.” And if mentally unstable people get involved with Christianity, we have an obligation to do what we can to keep them on the right path. We really are supposed to be our brothers’ keepers.

      • Kevin Carr

        Those people have no basis from the Bible for their actions, not Christian. Muslims have the Quran, Hadiths and Suras as the basis for their actions.

    • Dena

      List the Violent acts Christians have done world wide in 2017. List the Violent acts Muslims have done world wide in 2017. You’ll notice how great the list of Violent acts from Muslims world wide.

      When so called Christians commit violent acts in the past they are condemned by the Christian church. I would not even consider them true Christians. Murder is listed as a sin in the Bible.

      • I’m not interested in comparing scorecards to see if we “won or lost” in 2017. I’d like to see all violence associated with any religion to stop. I want to encourage other Christians to do what they can to help with that.

  • The Evangelical

    And yet many “true” Christians slander, and defame great men who dare to put together a conversation between Christians and Muslims. The radical fringes of Christianity do plenty of damage with their tongues rather than the sword to both fellow Christians and unbelievers.

    • C. William Russell

      True but we go back to the source and ignore them if they disagree. And every devout Muslim has the same option. Muslim apostates seem to be the tip of a wedge that can slip in easily but designed to make way for the fundamentalist who will naturally follow and then simply ignore.

  • Chris in NC

    These are some pointed behavioral and character differences between Christianity and Islam.
    I would point out one more that I have mentioned elsewhere.

    A person cannot be born a Christian. To become a Christian is an act of spiritual will. That may seem like a small thing to some but that freedom of choice is a very large thing in the sight of God.

  • Chris Elliott

    IMHO, you have provided a biased perspective here and, noticeably absent, are references to scholarly articles to support your claims. One cannot simply base your conclusions out of a comparison of religions. For example, I see little evidence here of the influence of poverty, development, education status, cultural climate, and the like. Remember, Christianity also had its barbaric eras (Crusades, Spanish conquest of the Americas, witch burning, etc, etc.) Your piece may become more valid if you avoided using merely simplistic arguments. IMHO.

    • davidrev17

      Perhaps you could begin affirming your “PC” presuppositions, by simply pointing we readers to some counterfactual “references to scholarly articles” – of which provide sound refutation to any of Dr. Brown’s factually specific statements contrasting the tenets of both Islam & historical orthodox Christianity??

    • Kevin Carr

      What was the reason for the Crusades? Not all acting during Crusades can claim to be Christian. Islamic barbarity now as some claim is poverty, garbage! Most of the 9/11 hijackers were middle to upper class, Mohammed Atta the 19th hijacker was a doctor. Ayman Zawahiri was a doctor, Bin Laden was a business man worth 250 million dollars and yet the last two were living in a cave. Its not money that motivates them, that comes from a western mindset. Read the texts, the Quran, Hadiths and Suras. Islam describes Muhammad as the perfect Muslim, as such Muslims are to aspire to be like him, they will not denounce his actions because that will get them killed.

  • davidrev17

    Chris:

    Thank you! As a scientist, and when time permits, perhaps you might begin doing your own “historical” research into the history of Islam, and the life of its founder Muhammad? This is precisely the course of action I began pursuing post-911, since I’d really never spent much time delving into its religious teachings – even though I’d committed my life to following the Lord Jesus in Oct. 1996. The shocking “factual” information is readily available, and abundant; though admittedly, the profoundly troubling facts re: the life of Muhammad & Islam, are routinely manipulated (can you say SPIN?) for general consumption by Islamic apologists et al. – i.e., for its “PC effect” upon the masses.

    And such is NOT the case when it comes to the history of Christianity. You’re a smart guy; so I’m quite confident if you really desire to know the “truth” of this matter – you’ll be rewarded by rigorously observing that long-standing, highly effective method of “following the evidence wherever it leads.” Have a blessed & restful weekend my friend!

  • Doug Michalak

    Dr. Brown, I love your heart for the LORD—your message of your ministry is spot on. This article is what everyone needs to hear. The only thing I would say differently is this: where you say, “Acts of violence carried out to advance the Christian faith are the extreme exception to the rule. Acts of violence carried out to advance the Islamic faith are all too common.”, I would say, “When Christians have been violent, it is in opposition to the faith they profess; when Muslims are violent, it is in concert with the teachings of Islam.” Unfortunately, beginning with Constantine—from the 300’s A.D. to the founding of America, ‘Christian’ persons and nations were OFTEN violent—this was not an “extreme exception to the rule.” But as you wonderfully and concisely illustrated in this article, this is not consistent with Biblical faith—it was the result of a hijacking that occurred by a political warlord, which changed the culture of Christianity for 1500 years. This is why many secularists have a hard time believing the message of the Gospel, and we must own up to it before we can point out the very obvious differences between Judeo-Christianity and the rest of the world.

  • Craig Roberts

    Christianity isn’t as violent as Islam? Hmmm…let’s look at the God of Christianity and see what he has to say:
    “You must completely destroy the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites, just as the LORD your God has commanded you.” Deuteronomy 20:17

    Wow. That’s a lot of ‘ites. Not fair? Instead of commands to violence let’s look at the acts of violence committed by the God of Christianity himself. Well first you got the flood, then Sodom and Gomorrah, the Egyptians didn’t fair too well (not just their army, but every firstborn child), etc. I could go on and on with examples but I think you get the point. Nobody, and I mean NOBODY, can top God when it comes to violence. I don’t want to poop on anyone’s parade but we Christians often suffer from a monumental lack of self-awareness when it comes to our own religion.

    • Craig Roberts

      And lest anyone think that God reserves his violent wrath for the poor gentiles and the ‘ites whose names don’t start with Israel, there are just as many examples of Him killing the crap out of the Israelites to make His point. Sorry if I don’t sound sufficiently reverent but I’m talking to you, human, not God right now.

      • Kevin Carr

        Were these without provocation? Did you cite the Ninevites that were spared because he told Jonah to go and tell them to repent? Or the people of Noah’s time, that had 120 years warning. The people groups you cited were rebellious and not going to change, as Creator God he can do that. He does not act that way now but still warns us of the results of disobedience. The god of Islam is purely satanic and promotes violence, and tells them if they don’t believe as you do kill them, if they apostacize kill them. Is there any comparable issues in Christianity? No lack of awareness of what God did and guess what is coming, are you going to call him a big meany?

        • Craig Roberts

          No. Mercy, forbearance and even extreme patience are also illustrated again and again, but the bottom line is that when it comes to violence, only the Lord can dish it out like He does. The assumption everybody makes is that violence is evil and clearly the Bible illustrates that God has no problem with the most extreme violence imaginable. Let’s not kid ourselves. I can’t judge God and I wasn’t intending to. I was simply reminding everybody that there is no shortage of violence in the Bible, much of it perpetrated by God himself.

          That’s what makes such a stark contrast between, say King David, and Jesus Christ. Jesus flips the script on everybody and preaches non-violence, forgiveness, and to “pray for your enemies.” It makes him stand out like a beacon of light on an ocean of blood. Ultimately, he allows the violence to overtake him so that he can show us by his resurrection who he really is and what kind of authority he has been granted by God. I think you would concur that it’s freaky astonishing.

          I don’t know what the roots of Islam are or why God allows it to flourish. I can see that it’s driving a lot of people stark raving mad in the name of Allah. Maybe God is using Islam to test us? I don’t know. But as much as I’d like to just nuke them and get it over with something makes me think that God has a better plan. Thanks for the response.

          • Kevin Carr

            Apologies if I read you wrong, good points.

    • davidrev17

      Hmmm…are you somehow “omnisciently” accusing the perfectly good & righteous Creator God of this universe, of being guilty of IMMORALITY, in YOUR “fallen” mortal eye’s??? Plus, how nice of you to do the typical hermeneutical “hatchet-job” on the Holy Scriptures, by lifting Deut. 20:17 right-off-the-page (in mid-sentence at that), thus totally out of its context, of which begins in v. 10.

      (BTW: I’ll provide some context by posting Deut. 20:18…the one you conveniently ignored, while “crafting” YOUR own unbiblical opinion!)

      “…that they may not teach you to do according to all their abominable practices that they have done for their gods, and so you sin against the Lord your God.”

      And just in case you’ve also erroneously assumed that all the “enemies of Israel” in-and-around the “promised land” were ALL local “choir boys” – particularly those very large and utterly evil descendants of the Nephilim, or (Rephaim = Hebrew) east of the Jordan River, in the biblical “Transjordan” region; PLUS all those “ites” west of the Jordan mentioned in Deut. 20:17 (see also Deut 7:1-5) – I encourage you, for the sake of context alone, to read all of Deuteronomy chapter’s 2 & 3 very carefully (Deut. 1:26-28 also); all of Numbers 13; at least the first 12-chapter’s of the Book of Joshua, for Yahweh’s “why’s” undergirding Israel’s conquest of the promised land; and finally – Genesis 6:1-4 – for the very historical analogy precisely correlative with Yahweh’s inscrutable “reasons” (millennia-later), for having His people Israel eradicate every conceivable “genetic” descendant of these wicked Nephilim!

      Additionally, I’d spend as much study time as possible, watching as many YouTube teaching sessions by Hebrew/Semitic scholar, Dr. Michael Heiser, for some tremendous eye-opening historical truth’s in this particular area; of which the Church collectively has tragically ignored, or “SPUN” for far-too-long now.

      (As an aside, you might want to start with the very recent 54-plus min. YouTube interview Dr. Brown himself had on his radio program, “In the Line of Fire,” with Dr. Heiser, entitled “The Book of Enoch, and the Forgotten Mission of Jesus,” whereby they discuss Dr. Heiser’s new book I cite just below?)

      Dr. Heiser’s brand new scholarly contribution on this subject, his book “Reversing Hermon: Enoch, the Watchers & the Forgotten Mission of Jesus Christ,” should also enlighten you considerably; that is, if you actually happen to be a genuine heart-following “disciple”of the Lord Jesus, Israel’s Messiah – and not simply an “intellectual convert” of the Judeo-Christian God??

      And I emphasize this in closing, because I honestly can’t imagine a “true-follower” of the Creator God of the Holy Scriptures – i.e., the Lord Yeshua haMashiach of Nazareth – speaking and writing so irresponsibly (not to mention recklessly) as you’ve clearly done above,
      and just below; while tragically exemplifying one who has so little grasp, or understanding of the biblical subject matter upon which you’re so flippantly pontificating! (2 Corinthians 13:5-6)

      Please don’t forget: since Jesus taught that “out of the abundance of one’s heart, one’s mouth speaks,” I have NO other way of assessing your “message,” other than by what you’re speaking/writing here on this post.

      • Craig Roberts

        Thank you for your deep and thoughtful response. You obviously know the Bible well. I’ll have to check out the videos and book before I can comment on your post. They sound very interesting.

        Sorry if I offended your sensibilities. My only intent was to point out that many people either don’t know the Bible or are so prejudice in their reading of the Bible that they are oblivious to the plain content.

        As I explained to Kevin Carr in the comment below, all the violence in the OT serves as a stark contrast so that we can identify who is the true Son of Man. Instead of shedding blood (like King David) he sheds his own blood for us.

        • davidrev17

          Thank you, and God bless you! I understand completely. And please forgive my knee-jerk reaction to some of your statements, because I seem to be wearying (at times) of what I perceive to be these incessant attacks upon the “character” of God; usually taking place by the secular atheistic types, of whom actually know diddly about the Word of God. I seem to be losing patience with many in this area, so you have my sincere apology for unloading all of which I did, in trying to support the biblical ” worldview.” Thanks again!

          • Craig Roberts

            It can be really frustrating at times. People that don’t know what they’re talking about casting judgment, and people that should know better denying the obvious. I have to admit that I was being deliberately provocative. But that was only to jolt some complacent Christians into taking the Word of God seriously and not glossing over the difficulties to make it more palatable.

            Keep up the good fight! You can tell if somebody really loves God, His Word, and his Son if they are willing to study, spread, and defend the Gospel the way you are doing. God bless and thank you for the video and reading material.

        • Jim Walker

          All the killings in OT are directed by God Himself but all the killings in Quran are directed by Muhammad, Big difference.

          • Craig Roberts

            Good point. But the question of “who’s more violent” still remains.

          • Jim Walker

            Who’s more violent? Well the radicals are still killing till today and won’t stop till Jesus comes.
            God is fair, he also destroys hundreds of thousands of Jews who disobey Him as in Israel”ites”.

          • Craig Roberts

            You obviously know your Bible.

          • Ronky

            No that’s not the difference. Mahomedans believe that the entire Koran is the literal and definitive words literally spoken by God Himself to Mahomet. The difference is as others said, the killings God orders in the Old Testament given for a particular time thoudsands of years ago and were punishments for shocking offences which continued through generations despite repeated warnings, and as a lesson to keep ourselves pure from sin, to kill it. (This is not a modern re-interpretation, e.g. St Irenaeus said it in Adversus Heareses in the second century.)

  • Tony Inokon

    I am surprise you scholars have not seen the prophesy of Islam in the bible…..do guys think that a religion as big as Islam won’t have a mention in the bible… open your eyes people, Jesus saw it before it came to existence…..remember the parable of the wheat ad tares.. let’s break it down… the good man planted wheat and. Slept and the enemy came at night and saw tares……the wheat is the church, the good man Yeshua notice sleeping and. Night signify the dark when the truth was very low on earth rememer 30% and notice when Islam was birthed….the beginng of the dark age….notice they claim we have one father Abraham but Yeshua said let them be…..the difference is we the church will bring forth fruits and the tares never and like Sarah who said to her husband Abraham caste away this woman and her child….the Church also will say so when that time comes.

    • Ryan

      Islam isn’t mentioned in scripture but in Ezekiel 38 the nations occupied by Islam and an ally, Russia, are mentioned in an attempt to destroy Israel. In Chapter 39, those peoples of Islamic nations give praise and worship to the God of Israel after the millions of invaders into Israel are reduced to 1/6th of their number. Those who survive the battle return to their homes and report what happened and people turn from Islam to the God of Israel in worship.
      Perhaps you might want to get a head start and begin worshipping the God of Israel today.

    • Kevin Carr

      Tony I have seen what may be reference to Islam in the Bible, Wild Shoebat and Joel Richardson have cited passages that should give us pause. I also believe it is Islam that is the false opposite of Christianity.

  • Jim Walker

    I can’t understand why Muslims focus so much on Muhammad in the Quran than their Allah.

  • Kevin Carr

    Allah has no relationship with them, Muhammad is described as the perfect man, so they do as Muhammad did and will not denounce him.

  • Ronky

    “Muhammad was a spiritual leader, who became a political leader, then a violent military leader.”

    Actually all serious historians of the matter thunk that the real order was the reverse of that (apart from those who think Mahomet never existed at all.) Mahomet started out as a petty bandit, then became a warlord, then through alliances with defeated tribes became a political leader, then at least TWO HUNDRED years later, in an attempt to justify their previous violent invasions and conquests,his followers wrote the Koran and other islamic holy books that claimed it all started when God dictated messages to him which became the Koran.

  • Just about

    I think there can be better attempt to meet out to one fourth of world population. Islamic divine message is clear : No One Should be Forced to Believe in Islam:

    “There is no compulsion where the religion is concerned.” (Holy Quran: 2/ 256)

    “God does not forbid you from being good to those who have not fought you in the religion or driven you from your homes, or from being just towards them. God loves those who are just.” (Sura 60: 8)

    “We have appointed a law and a practice for every one of you. Had God willed, He would have made you a single community, but He wanted to test you regarding what has come to you. So compete with each other in doing good. Every one of you will return to God and He will inform you regarding the things about which you differed.” (Sura 5:48)

    The values of the Qur’an hold a Muslim responsible for treating all people, whether Muslim or non-Muslim, kindly and justly, protecting the needy and the innocent and “preventing the dissemination of mischief”. Mischief comprises all forms of anarchy and terror that remove security, comfort and peace.

    “God does not love corruption”. (Sura 2:205)

    • Ryan

      Why don’t you preach co-existence and equality of homosexuality and transgenderism to Muslims? You should do so from the rooftop of a high building or near a crane when you do so. I’m sure you will be treated with respect and will be the guest of honor .
      You may have missed your calling if you haven’t preached your message to them.
      You really should take your message to ISIS, maybe you can bring peace when no one else has been able to do so.
      They do have a high regard for human rights, you know?

  • Jesus accomplished His mission by dying on the cross.

    You say that that was his mission. Read the Old Testament, and you find a search for a different Messiah, one who would kick some butt–you know, like Mohammed.

  • bbb

    Another big difference between Islam and Christianity is that Islam is a theocracy. Christianity is a religion.
    A theocracy is a government wrapped In religion. It regulates people’s dress, activities, enforces a caste system, uses fear to dominate their own believers and others, subjugates women treating them as chattel and enforces sharia law that practices barbaric traditions.
    Christianity and Judaism value freedoms for those who worship the one true God. It is not a cult but gives people freedom to worship in a variety of ways, freedom to dress as necessary, freedom to pursue careers that are not regulated by a caste system, freedom to respect and cherish women, freedom to believe in a Civilized culture that shuns any traditions that remove personhood from women, allows for sexual surgeries on young girls, and prescribes beating one’s wife.
    ‘Just about’ who merrily quotes what might be considered nice stuff from the Quran is well aware that text not only allows but encourages Islamics to lie to the infidel.
    Any excerpts from religious texts must be considered suspect considering even the Devil can quote Bible scripture.

    • Just about

      The Bible with the passages such as the conquest of the territory of Canaan by the Israelites, or the war against the Amalekites prompted by the prophet Samuel, presented simply as models for personal actions, such history has continued to crusades, inquisition etc and fostered a foundation of the same murderous fanaticism in the Judeochristian path. Let us understand each other and coexist.

      • opinionated1945

        Can one ever coexist with evil?
        Before you react, please try to understand that I am not suggesting that all Muslims are evil any more than all Christians, or Jews are good. However, the understanding and coexistence you espouse must begin with crystal clarity during dialogues over differences. In Islam, the Koran’s concept of ‘taqiyya’ stands in direct opposition to effecting this.
        I believe you are drawing false moral equivalences, by insinuating that:
        1. Conquests described in the Hebrew Scriptures represent models for personal actions in general, and thus
        2. The original Crusades were other than a response to Muslim aggression in the Holy Land,
        3. The various Inquisitions were driven my murderous fanaticism, rather than due process under the law.
        If this is the result of ignorance of history that is one thing. If this is a deliberate misrepresentation of it, that is another.

        • Just about

          “Can one ever coexist with evil? ”

          Who Defines Evil? Surely you don’t have divine authority, if you do — Wonder of wonders!. What looks to be the epitome of evil in one person’s eyes is, to another, a logical thing to do, possibly even a good thing. The merciful God defines what is evil and what is right. Breaking the command of God is evil.
          Islam calls for full submission to the command of God. Let us leave it to God to judge us on that day of assortment- a terrible day to come. For now, respect and co-exist.

          • opinionated1945

            Thank you for your reply.
            “The merciful God defines what is evil and what is right. Breaking the command of God is evil.”
            We can agree on this.
            The only people I cannot respect nor coexist with are those who would murder in the name of God.

          • Just about

            Just a question, why do countries and nation have armies?

          • opinionated1945

            Why do YOU think they have armies?

    • Phoenix

      Have you heard of Catholicism? And it wasn’t theocracy right? or Islam is the root of all evil?

  • Just about

    There are many ways to promote intolerant attitudes that can lead to violence. This article contradicts its own message by undermining other religious belief. It is quite possible that religious intolerance goes hand-in-hand with an inability to laugh at oneself.

    • opinionated1945

      “It is quite possible that religious intolerance goes hand-in-hand with an inability to laugh at oneself.”
      How true.
      For example:
      Muslim Jihadist massacre after Muhammad cartoon in Charlie Hebdo magazine,
      Muslim Jihadist attempted massacre on “Draw Muhammad” cartoon context in Garland Texas.
      and of course Shari’a blasphemy laws…

      • Just about

        No where is the freedom to disrespect, deface and degrade a culture considered acceptable though. Passing off insults as a joke can aggravate existing tensions. Let us respect each other and coexist.

        • opinionated1945

          “Passing off insults as a joke can aggravate existing tensions.”
          All people of goodwill can agree with this statement.
          The only people I cannot respect and coexist with are those who wish to murder me the name of their God.

          • Just about

            But you may (coexist and respect) a country which may kill others in the name their nation.

    • sc_cannon

      You are arguing from moral ignorance, to paraphrase you, nobody can make any comparison of religions because there might be some sort of conflict, you cut off all reasoning and nothing can asserted or deleted.

  • Vincent J.

    The Spirit who inspired the bible tells us that Jesus is the Son of God. The spirit which inspired the koran tells us that God cannot have a son (or daughter). The bible tells us that Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead. The koran denies this. The bible tells us that God’s name is Yahweh, or “I am.” The koran tells us that God’s name is “allah.” Seems to me that the God of the bible is not the same spirit as the god of the koran. In my humble opinion, these are the significant differences between Christianity and islam.

    • sc_cannon

      I agree the religions are incompatible for the reasons you mentioned except about the name of God being different. That is just a linguistic difference but I wish the world could come together and have a consensus for a Name meaning all powerful creator.

      • Vincent J.

        The all-powerful creator said that His name is “I Am.” There’s a difference between a name and a title. For example, “president” is a title, and “Trump” and “Obama” are names. God (title) has a name, and that name is “I Am,” which in the Hebrew is “Yahweh.”

  • Just about

    Allah is simply the Arabic word for God. The word Allah was
    not introduced by the blessed Prophet Muhammad, it was and is used by Arabic speaking Christians, Jews as
    well as by Muslims. Allah is not the Muslim God, but is the same God worshipped
    by Christians and Jews. Allah is the God of all human beings, Muslims and
    non-Muslims.

    • sc_cannon

      I am wondering why doesn’t everybody settle on one word for the concept of a an all powerful creator, I advocate getting rid of this confusion factor because as it is different names for God/Allah implies different beliefs to some people.

  • sc_cannon

    I see dualities in everything. I agree that the main difference between Christianity and Mohammedism is the difference between the men, but it is not clear cut what that difference is, In Matthew 10 Jesus supposedly said that he was not here to bring peace but to bring a sword that would tear families apart, but then in Matthew 11 he supposedly talks about how gentle and humble he is and how light his yoke is. There can be all sorts of theories and justifications to unite these scriptures but I think people just have to use their innate ability to determine right from wrong and accept Matthew 11 as being true and Matthew 10 as in error.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Paganisms are all too similar in mentality. The Muslims are making news this century by not being subdued by the West yet. Religions and ideologies including the Western humanism kill and destroy when followed accurately. Judeo-Christian teaching alone rescues life and brings justice by being followed accurately. It’s Judeo-Christian value vs. everything else on Planet Earth. Pre-christian condition is illiteracy and barbarism. Post-christian condition is homosexual depravity and transgender mental illness. Christianity alone is the truth, light, fairness, and safety to all. Gospel of John, chapters 8-10.

  • Abdul Rahman

    You literally mentioned less than half of quote from quran when you said (as in “Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them”), where the full one is here

    190. And fight in the cause of God those who fight you, but do not commit aggression; God does not love the aggressors.
    191. And kill them wherever you overtake them, and expel them from where they had expelled you. Oppression is more serious than murder. But do not fight them at the Sacred Mosque, unless they fight you there. If they fight you, then kill them. Such is the retribution of the disbelievers.

    This section was talking about the people who kicked out Muslims from Mecca for simply being Muslim, and kept attacking Muslims. You could clearly tell fighting them is only allowed in self defense. And that Muslims can’t attack unless they get attacked. But some how you only mention the part where it stating that “kill them where you find them” . Shameful.

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