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Acts 17:16-18Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him when he saw that the city was given over to idols. Therefore he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and with the Gentile worshipers, and in the marketplace daily with those who happened to be there. Then certain Epicurean and Stoic philosophers encountered him. And some said, "What does this babbler want to say?" Others said, "He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign gods," because he preached to them Jesus and the resurrection.
The Religion of ChristVSThe Religion of Islam
What is Islam?Islams Symbol: The Crescent MoonDepicts The Moon In A State Of Increase - representing the growth of Islamic faith from small to great.The Symbol Is Rooted In Paganism sign of fertility, growth, prosperity and the magical means of attaining such.
What is Islam?Became a Social, Political System
Was Spread By Force of Arms
Eventually Formed into Ottoman Empire
Composed of Shiites and Sunnites
Worlds Fastest Growing Religion
Composes 1/5th of Worlds Population
Number of U.S. Muslims to DoubleUSA Today, January 2011The current U.S. Muslim population is 2.6 million (1% of nation) but by 2030 the U.S. Muslim population is projected to be 6.2 million (almost 2% of nation).
Currently, 64.5% of U.S. Muslims were born abroad, but by 2030 only 55% of U.S. Muslims will come from abroad.
Currently, 1 out of 6 people on earth are Muslim, but by 2030, 1 out of 4 on earth will be Muslim.
Number of U.S. Muslims to DoubleUSA Today, January 2011The Pew Research Center said that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the United States, as well as the world.
Higher Birth Rates
The Five Pillars of IslamThe shahada (profession of faith) is the sincere recitation of the twofold creed: 'There is no god but God' and 'Mohammed is the Messenger of God'.
The salat (formal prayer) must be performed at five points in the day while facing towards the holy city of Mecca.
The Five Pillars of IslamAlms-giving through the payment of zakat ('purification') is the duty of sharing one's wealth out of gratitude for God's favor, according to the uses laid down in the Koran.
There is a duty to fast (saum) during the month of Ramadan.
The Hajj or pilgrimage to Mecca is to be performed if at all possible at least once during one's lifetime.
The Prophet MuhammadUbul Kassim (A.D. 570-632) born in Arabia. He claimed visions of an angel (Gabriel) as the basis of his new name Muhammad (highly praised), and as the medium of new revelations given to him orally.His sayings were collected after his death and written as the Quran or Koran (reading).Muhammad called his new religion Islam (to submit i.e., to the will of Allah) & followers Muslim (one who submits).
MECCA: Birthplace of Muhammad
MEDINAMuhammads City & Base of Operations against non-Muslims from 622-632 AD. 2nd Holiest City in Islam. Muhammads tomb is in the Mosque of the Prophet. Medina, in western Saudi Arabia, is a sacred city that only Muslims are permitted to enter. The Prophet Muhammad took refuge in Medina after fleeing Mecca in 622 AD, and the city's numerous mosques remain a destination for large numbers of Muslims on their annual pilgrimage. The income derived from visiting pilgrims forms the basis of Medina's economy.
Dome of the Rock in the City of Jerusalem A Masterpiece of Muslim Architecture Began to be built in 685 A.D. & finished in 691 A.D.The building encloses a huge rock located at its center, from which, according to tradition, the Prophet Mohammad ascended to heaven at the end of his Night Journey.
The Religion of ChristVSThe Religion of Muhammad
Religion of Christ versus Religion of Muhammad Founded by ChristMatt. 16:18Acts 2 (33 A.D.)
Only FoundationI Cor. 3:11
No other NameActs 4:12Founded by Muhammad
Born in Mecca in West Central Arabia in A.D. 570, 5 centuries after all truth had been revealed (2 Peter 1:3).
Religion of Christ versus Religion of MuhammadFounded by One whose birth was foretold in the OT
Founded by one whose birth was NOT foretold in the OT or NT.
SURAH 7:157 (Quran)Refers to: an unlettered prophet mentioned inthe Law & the Gospel.
Muslims claim that John 14:16, And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper refers to their prophet Muhammad.
Refers to the Holy Spirit (cf. vs. 17, 26)
Religion of Christ versus Religion of MuhammadFollows the NT, of which Jesus is the Mediator.Hebrews 9:15-17
NT = Last MessageHebrews 1:1-2Hebrews 2:1-4Jude 3Follows the Quran, concerning which they mistakenly say Allah is the Author.
the book composed of sacred writings accepted by Muslims as revelations made to Muhammad by Allah through the angel Gabriel (Webster).
Religion of Christ versus Religion of MuhammadRespects Jesus Christ as the Messiah of Old Testament Prophecy
Psalm 2:2; 132:17
John 1:41; 4:25-26
Acts 2:29-32, 36Denies that Jesus is the Messiah of Old Testament prophecy.
Claim four prophets: Adam, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad, with the last the greatest.
IslamVersus the BibleQuran contradicts itself in regard to its teaching on the creation of man.
Surah 96:1 from clots of bloodSurah 6:2 from claySurah 25:54 from water
The Bible, on the other hand, is quite consistent on the creation of man.Genesis 1:26; 2:7; 3:19; Acts 17:25-26
IslamVersus the BibleIslam Recognizes Medina, Mecca, and the Kaaba Stone as Spiritually Significant PLACES
Jesus, in the NT, Recognized NO PARTICULAR PLACE as being Spiritually Special (20) Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem." (21) Jesus declared, Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem (John 4:20-21). NIV
IslamVersus the BibleQuran contradicts the Bible account of Jesus birth (Luke 2:4-7). Concerning Mary at childbirth, we read
And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a palm tree; She cried (in her anguish): Ah! Would that I had died before thee! Would that I had been a thing forgotten and out of sight! (Surah 19:23).
IslamVersus the BibleThough Muslims pay respect to Jesus as a prophet, Surah 19:29 plainly denies that Jesus was begotten of God (John 1:14, 18).
Also, Surah 4:157 denies that Jesus Christ was crucified, a position which denies the primary reason for Christ coming to earth!
Matt. 20:28; John 12:27
CONCLUSIONMuslims believe in heaven and hell, but they do not understand or believe that the ONLY way to heaven is through the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.John 14:6