82: Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?
Over the centuries religious skeptics and critics have claimed that all religions are just different perspectives of the same God. Others have claimed that the world’s three major monotheistic religions (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam) all worship the same God. Is this true?
In this episode, Kenny addresses the questions: “Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?” The answer is a resounding “No!”
Kenny gives a timeline of Old Testament history, highlighting the two lineages after Abraham: the line of Isaac (the Jewish people) and the line of Ishmael (the Arab people). Many centuries after Ishmael, in 610 A.D., Muhammad began a new religion, claiming to have received revelations from the God of Abraham, and claiming that Jews and Christians had corrupted the true religion of the one true God. Muhammad became a crusader, and for several centuries Islam was the fastest growing religion in the world.
However, it is important to note that Muhammad’s new religion was not a “purified” form of the ancient religion of Abraham, but rather nothing more than a repackaging of the polytheistic pagan religion that was popular throughout the Arab world in the 6th and 7th centuries.