When Christians Have More in Common with Muslims than with Other “Christians”


As I am writing a paper entitled, “Evangelism within an Islamic Context,” I came across this interesting quote from Norman Geisler: 

There is indeed much common ground in communicating with Muslims. Among the more important doctrines are the following: (1) The believe in one God; (2) the creation of heaven and earth; (3) the sinfulness of mankind; (4) the need for forgiveness; (5) belief in moral absolutes; (6) acknowledgement of revelation from God in the Law (Taurat), Psalms (Zabur), and Gospels (Injil); (7) the belief in prophets of God (including Adam, Noah, Abraham, and Jesus); (8) the virgin birth of Christ; (9) the sinlessness of Christ; (10) that Christ was called the ‘Messiah’; (11) his bodily ascension into heaven; and (12) his second coming. In the light of this, it is ironic that evangelicals have far more in common with orthodox Muslims than we do with liberal Christians. 

See Norman Geisler, “Jesus and Muhammed in the Qur’an: A Comparison and Contrast” Southern Baptist Theological Journal 8 (2004), 55.

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  1. #1 by Ben W on April 7, 2009 - 2:23 pm

    Haha, this is crazy to think about! Doctrinally I have more in common with my Muslim taxicab driver on a given day than I do with McClaren or Pagitt. Wow.

  2. #2 by clearly on April 7, 2009 - 3:30 pm

    So true bro…rumor has it you’re going to Sudan?

  3. #3 by Rob on June 18, 2009 - 12:24 pm

    Definitely something to think about. I was just reading in Genesis about Ishmael and Hagar, and God’s blessing on them, and I really have to wonder what God’s purpose will continue to be with those Islamic.

  4. #4 by clearly on June 18, 2009 - 3:08 pm

    Rob, I think we can be sure that many more will be converted and included in the kingdom and that when “every tribe, every nation, etc.” are singing worthy is the Lamb, we will look around and see many, many who turned from Allah to trust the living and true God.

  5. #5 by Paul on August 27, 2010 - 7:44 pm

    I really do not think this premise is possible. If it were true, there must be a major problem with either “you” or the “other” Christians. One or both parties is not living a committed, consistent, scriptural, Christian life.

    “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty,” 2 Corinthians 6:14.

  6. #6 by clearly on August 28, 2010 - 12:47 pm

    Hello Paul,

    You wrote, “I really do not think this premise is possible. If it were true, there must be a major problem with either “you” or the “other” Christians. One or both parties is not living a committed, consistent, scriptural, Christian life.”

    That’s the point. There is a major problem with liberal “Christians” who deny these key doctrines that even Muslims actually sort of affirm…

  7. #7 by Paul on August 30, 2010 - 7:10 pm

    Muslims deny the deity of Christ, that He is the special Son of God, that He died in the flesh for our sins. They vaunt Muhammad above Christ as a greater prophet and his revelation above both the Old and New Testaments. These are fundamental tenets of Christianity which can in no way be resolved with Islam.

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