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Keywords: Islam Christianity Muslims Christians Proper Reationship Between Christians And Muslims Koran Qur'an Bible Do Not Exceed The Limits Live Peacefully With All People
The fundamental conflict is that the Qur'an says Allah (God) did not father any children in any way, and that no one is like Him; but the Bible says that Jesus is God's Son and that anyone who believes in Jesus will have eternal life. Islam accepts Jesus, but only as one of the many prophets who came before Mohammed, not as the only-begotten Son of God.
[112.1] Say: He, Allah, is One. [112.2] Allah is He on Whom all depend. [112.3] He begets not, nor is He begotten. [112.4] And none is like Him. Qur'an 112:1-4 (Shakir Translation) For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. Bible: John 3:16 (Revised Standard Version)The Qur'an and Bible I am using here are the ones available online from the University Of Michigan by following THIS LINK. The Revised Standard translation of the Bible (RSV) and the M. H. Shakir translation of the Qur'an are both widely available and widely accepted. If you want to consult other translations, you can easily do so by searching for "Bible online" and "Qur'an online" at Google.com.
To a Muslim, it is blasphemy to say that Jesus is the Son of God. To a Christian, it is blasphemy to say that Jesus is not the Son of God. This is the fundamental conflict between Islam and Christianity, and it cannot be papered over with smiles and pleasant words.
Nevertheless, it is quite possible for both religions to live side-by-side in peaceful co-existence. In fact, the Qur'an specifically instructs Muslims to accept and tolerate Christians, and the Bible instructs Christians to live at peace with all people, as we will show below.
If possible, so far as it depends upon you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God; for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord." Bible: Romans 12:18-19 (Revised Standard Version)
[2.62] Surely those who believe, and those who are Jews, and the Christians, and the Sabians, whoever believes in Allah and the Last day and does good, they shall have their reward from their Lord, and there is no fear for them, nor shall they grieve. [2.256] There is no compulsion in religion; truly the right way has become clearly distinct from error; therefore, whoever disbelieves in the Shaitan and believes in Allah he indeed has laid hold on the firmest handle, which shall not break off, and Allah is Hearing, Knowing. Qur'an 2.62 and 2.256 (Shakir Translation)
[2.190] And fight in the way of Allah with those who fight with you, and do not exceed the limits, surely Allah does not love those who exceed the limits. [18.74] So they went on until, when they met a boy, he slew him. (Musa) said: Have you slain an innocent person otherwise than for manslaughter? Certainly you have done an evil thing. Qur'an 2.190, 18.74 (Shakir Translation) Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood; their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity, desolation and destruction are in their highways Bible: Isaiah 59:7 (Revised Standard Version)Blessings to you and to all who read these words.
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