Jehovah & Allah
1 John 2: 18-19
18 ¶ Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.
Preached at FBC Toulon, IL on October 21, 2001 by Albert Harmon; see it at toulonbaptist.com
In the Koran reference is often made to Allah, the Arabic name for God. Allah is referred to as the one who saved Noah by commanding him to build an ark. He was the one who spoke to Moses. In the Koran, Allah was the one who called Abraham. In the Koran, Jesus is the servant, the apostle of Allah.
Now some people who have read these passages have come to the conclusion that Allah of the Koran is the same as Jehovah of the Bible. But there is more than a name involved here. There are characteristics, attributes of both that must be comprehended.
Now they do share many similar descriptions. Both are described as the creator of everything. Both are described as being all powerful and knowing all. Both are said to be angry with the wicked and those who oppose truth and the people of God. Both are described as kind, merciful and forgiving to those who repent.
But there are some other areas that need examination.
- Allah is but once said to be holy in all the Koran.
- Holiness is the primary characteristic of Jehovah
- In the Koran it often describes Allah as loving his people.
- But never does it say that Allah is love.
- To the Muslim, the love of Allah is seen in that:
- he forgives sins;
- he gives families and provisions;
- he shows mercy;
- he gave the Qur'an.
- But Jehovah is love and loves deeply and demonstrates His love.
- But John says:
- 1 John 4:8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
- 1 John 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
- John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
- John 16:27 "for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God.
- Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
- John 15:13 "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends.
- Most Muslims believe that the Bible is not trustworthy, that it has been corrupted, that the Injeel (gospel) of Jesus has been lost, an the Qur'an restores the truth to mankind that has been lost. That is another subject to be debated. This is an important issue to tackle, and there is a great deal of evidence to contradict the Muslim's claim, but not for this paper.
- In John 15:13 Jesus said, "Greater love has no man than this, that he lay his life down for his friend." I have the Nestle Aland Greek New Testament with the textual apparatus included. It is a very easy thing to go to John 15:13 and look at the textual evidence to see if there are any manuscripts at all that have any variation on that verse. There are none. In other words, there is not a single manuscript of the more than 25,000 manuscripts of the NT that have any derivation on that verse. Every single one of them says the same thing. I will, therefore, conclude that it is an authentic and reliable saying of Jesus. Jesus, then, has told us what the greatest act of love is?
- Again, Jesus said, "Greater love has no man than this, that he lay his life down for his friend." According to Jesus, the greatest act of love is to sacrifice one's life for another. This means that giving one's life for another is a greater act of love than providing food for him, giving him a family, being nice to him, or honest, or helpful, or whatever. Self-sacrifice, to the point of death, is the very greatest act of love according to Jesus.
- 1 John 4:7 ¶ Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. 13 By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.
- Next month the Muslims will celebrate their most holy month.
- They will fast everyday from sunrise till sundown.
- But not to get to know God better.
- Not to have communion with God but out of obedience.
- Jesus taught us to pray Our Father.
- That is the type of God we have.
- A loving father who loves us and already has given His greatest gift to us the life and blood of His only begotten Son.
Do you know Him today. Have you experienced the love of Jehovah.
Who has performed the greatest act of love?
Yahweh or Allah
This message was preached at FBC Toulon, by Albert Harmon. See it at http://toulonbaptist.com