“And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.” 1 Corinthians 15:14. Based on this piece of scripture, religions that propose an alternative reality to this verse above can’t be comparable with Christianity and it is okay to say this.
Sure, the belief in one God, having a leading prophet, a holy book, and believing in one’s scripture are similarities between Islam or Judaism to Christianity, along with wanting to live in peace and so on; however, the nature of God between and among these religions are at war with one another.
Qur’an Q4:157 states, “Haleem—[Jews] said, ‘We have killed the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, the Messenger of God.’ (They did not kill him, nor did they crucify him, though it was made to appear like that to them; those that disagreed about him are full of doubt, with no knowledge to follow, only supposition: they certainly did not kill him.)
To Jews, Jesus wasn’t the Jesus we know in Christianity and in some sects of Judaism, Jesus is seen as a blasphemer against the Lord. To Muslims, Jesus was a prophet but not the son of God. To Jews, Jesus isn’t a figure worth mentioning to them. Clearly, there are fundamental differences between and among these religions, despite the fact that many argue otherwise.
Somebody is wrong! Let’s see how some Jews define Jesus in Israel… Clearly not how many of us see Jesus. Don’t you think? The Babylonian Talmud even states that Jesus was the son of Pandora not the son of God. How can Judaism be even compared to Christianity?
In Islam, Mohammed is seen as the last prophet, Christ wasn’t crucified, and is certainly not God. In Sura 9:30, it is written, “The Jews call ‘Uzair a son of God, and the Christians call Christ the son of God. That is but a saying from their mouth; (in this) they but imitate what the unbelievers of old used to say. God’s curse be on them…”
Question, does the God of Christianity call Christians to curse others? Christians aren’t called to curse anyone. We are to love even our enemies. As stated in Matthew 5:44, “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”
That is a major incompatibility! Which is in direct opposition to Christianity. This is why trying to argue that the “three Abraham of religions” have major similarities in doctrine is a false belief. Check this clip out and see for yourself.
I believe by faith that Christianity is right. Others may think otherwise and that’s their choice. what we can’t say is that these religions are almost the same for being Abrahamic religions. To my assessment of verses in the Hebrew Bible, Qu’ran and the Christian Bible, they are fundamentally different from one another.
Pretension won’t do us any good but to create more misunderstandings . Respectful conversations about the differences between these religions done in a reasonable way is the best way to address these differences.
My advice? When in doubt, choose Christianity! But I’m suspect. 🙂