Islam and the Moon God
There is a common and false teaching concerning Islam that has been circulated through the Christian church. Some Christians are teaching that the word “Allah” is actually the name of a moon god.
The name “Allah” is the Arabic word for God. Christians in Arabic speaking countries refer to god as Allah, and the term was in use long before Islam’s insurgence into history.
The moon god was one of over three hundred gods that Muhammad’s people worshipped. He managed to deliver them from polytheism and returned them to the belief in one God, the God of Abraham.
In the Koran, Muhammad declares that the goal of Islam is to obtain the faith of Abraham “follow the faith of Abraham, the upright one, and he was not of the polytheists” – 16.123. Christians also worship the God of Abraham, although Christians and Muslims have vastly different versions of Him that need to be reconciled. This reconciliation can begin when Christians and Muslims recognize this common bond and are willing to search the Scriptures for the truth.
Jesus told the religious leaders of His day, who also believed that their father was Abraham, that Abraham could not be their father, because they were planning to kill Him and Abraham did no murder (John 8:44). This is important for Muslims to understand that if they are striving to have the faith of Abraham, and fulfill the goal of Islam, that they must also follow Abraham’s example in order to be a true Muslim and do no murder.
Muhammad said to his people, that if they did not understand something in the Koran, to find someone with knowledge of the previous Scriptures. Muhammad is referring to the Torah, which he called the “Book of Allah.” He therefore acknowledges the validity of those Scriptures, their value and the importance of studying them in order to understand the Koran.
The Torah, (the first five books of Moses) and the writings of the prophets, particularly Isaiah, define the coming and purpose of the Messiah Jesus.
While Muslims regard Jesus as the Messiah, their definition of the purpose of the Messiah as the redeemer of mankind, has been diverted from the previous Scriptures, the Torah and the writings of the prophets.
To have the faith of Abraham, is to have a relationship with God that produces a life of righteousness, that is not law based, but faith/relationship based. The fruit of that relationship is a holy life. The purpose of the Messiah is to give us that relationship. Through faith in His death and resurrection, the believer’s sins are removed and he is thus able to receive the Holy Spirit enabling God through His Holy Spirit to work in a believer’s life to change them into the image of Jesus, who did no sin. The Holy Spirit enables a true believer and disciple of the Messiah Jesus, to live a holy life pleasing to God.
Many Muslims do not believe that Jesus died on the cross and indeed, a spirit of God, as Muhammad called Jesus, (Ruh Allah, Spirit of God), cannot die. This is true. While Jesus’ body was sacrificed fulfilling the prophecies in the previous Scriptures, particularly Isaiah 53, His soul is eternal and cannot die. The apostle Peter tells us that after Jesus was crucified, He went to Paradise (1 Peter 3:18, 19) and gave the Gospel to those who were there, including Abraham (Luke 16:22-31) enabling their souls to ascend into the Presence of God.
We know from the Scriptures that Jesus returned to His body and was resurrected from the dead fulfilling the prophet David’s prophecy that God would not allow His Holy One to see the corruption of the grave (Psalm 16:10).
There are Muslims who believe that Jesus did die on the cross and they also acknowledge that His soul did not die and that is the correct interpretation.
The moon god has been abandoned by Muhammad’s people, and as they search for the truth in those previous Scriptures to find the pure faith of Abraham, may they also see the plan and pattern in those Scriptures that will lead them to eternal life in the Messiah Jesus.
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