The Koran is reported to be the writing of Muhammad, the founding prophet of Islam. The followers of Islam are called Muslims. Muhammad lived in Arabia in 570-663 A.D. Arabia had been surrounded by Christian countries and civilizations for 600 years, and there were at the time of Muhammad Christian Arabs.
The Koran seems to address itself to Christians. Muhammad claims that he received a revelation from the angel Gabriel. This revelation became the basis for the teaching of the Koran. This teaching comes, he claims, from Allah the one true God.
According to the traditions of Islam, Jesus is one of up to 124,000 prophets sent by God to various cultures at various times. Abraham, Moses and Muhammad are considered prophets. Parts of the Bible are accepted by Muslims, although they believe that Jews and Christians have corrupted the Scriptures to the point that they cannot be trusted.
Islam teaches that Jesus was born of a virgin, but not the Son of God. He was sinless, but not divine, not God Himself. Jesus will return in the future to live and die again. Islam rejects the idea of an atoning sacrifice for sin. The Koran refers to Jesus as the spirit of God. Muslim scholars see the angel Gabriel as the Holy spirit.
Muslims teach that there will be a final day of reckoning. There will be an eternal paradise for those who believe in Islam. Eternal hell is reserved for infidels, those who reject Islam.
Muslims go to mosque for prayers, sermons and counsel. They will use every means available to advance their cause including terrorism. The five pillars of Islam are:
1) Confess that Allah is the one true God and that Muhammad is his prophet. (The Bible identifies God the Father as the creator, identifying him as Elohim, the strong Creator (Genesis One); Yawhee, the self-revealing one; and Adonai the master and over 80 names and titles found in the Scriptures. The Bible also tells us that Jesus is God (John One). No where in the Bible is the name Allah given. Muhammad is never mentioned in the Scriptures.
2) Pray five times a day facing Mecca. (The Bible is silent with regard to the position required for prayer. Mecca has absolutely no Biblical significance.)
3) Give Alms (The Scriptures encourage acts of benevolence)
4) Fast during the month of Ramadon. (The Scriptures are silent with regard to regulated times of fasting and prayer. Ramadon is never mentioned in the Bible)
5) Make a pilgrimage to Mecca once in a lifetime. (Again, the Scriptures are silent with regard to pilgrimages, Mecca is not mentioned in the Scriptures)
The following Scriptures apply:
Galatians 1:6-9 (NASB)
6 I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel;
7 which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.
8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!
9 As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!
Jude 3 (NASB)
3 Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints.
1 Peter 3:18 (NASB)
18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;
2 Peter 1:2-4 (NASB)
2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord;
3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.
4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust…"
1 God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways,
2 in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.
1 For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it.
2 For if the word spoken through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience received a just penalty,
3 how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard,
4 God also testifying with them, both by signs and wonders and
by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will."
1 Timothy 4:1-2(NASB)
1 But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons,
2 by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron,
2 Timothy 4:1-4(NASB)
1 I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom:
2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,
4 and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths."
25 "These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you.
26 "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.