By David L. Rosenthal
Chrislam is a term derived from the combining of the word Christianity with the word Islam. Chrislam is a movement that endeavors to unify the followers of Christianity with the followers of Islam, under the banner of Chrislam, a relatively new movement that means to break down the barriers between the two religions, uniting their followers in a new movement of peaceful coexistence.
Isn’t this a grand and wonderful concept, eliminating the enmity that has for centuries existed between the two, which has provoked numerous wars and continual, mutual abusiveness that has resulted in millions of murders? And after all, since Islam is a religion of peace, shouldn’t the nearly 2 billion Christians of the world be willing and eager to unify their own religion of peace with that of Muslims? What better way to establish world peace than to establish a lasting bond of peace between the two groups, whose adherents comprise practically half the population of the world?
Unfortunately, the questions posed in the previous paragraph themselves result from great misconceptions with respect to God’s truth and will, the nature of Christianity, the nature of Islam, and the unbridgeable divide that exists between the two.
Chrislam seems to have arisen in Nigeria during the 1980s. According to the Wikipedia article on Chrislam:
“There are two different religious movements of Chrislam in
Nigeria. One religious movement is called Ifeoluwa and was founded by a man named Tela Tella in the 1980s. Tela Tella claims that an angel of God came to him and told him that he gave him the mission and the name Ifeoluwa: The Will of God Mission.”
According to the same article, Chrislam considers both the Bible and the Koran to be holy texts, both of which are used in Chrislam, which recognizes Moses, Jesus, and Mohammad as holy prophets to be revered. Tela Tella claims to believe in both the Koran and the Bible, but that both are incomplete. During religious services, Christian and Islamic hymns are sung “to praise God and attract his presence.” Followers of Chrislam celebrate Christmas, Easter, Ramadan, and other holidays with equal enthusiasm. Members regularly engage in proselytizing to attract new members.
In another movement within Chrislam known as Oke-Tude organization, three religious services are held each Sunday, one Islamic, one Christian, and a joint session in which the similarities of the two ideologies are stressed.
On the homepage of www.chrislam.org, Malcom X is quoted as follows:
“We are brothers. We are a family of God. Not one of us is better than the other in His eyes. He loves us both. The future can only be won against the “Evil one” by all of us standing strong together.”
That statement must have been made either in ignorance of the teachings of Islam or otherwise in an attempt to deceive the reader with regard to the teachings of Islam. In fact, the Koran teaches that non-Muslims are all inferior to Muslims, should be subjugated by Muslims through violent action, forced to pay a tax and to submit to Islamic rule, and can be taken as slaves to Muslim masters through armed jihad.
Chrislam has spread from its origin in Nigeria and has reached the shores of the United States, where it has found its way in among some mainstream Christian movements. Our Christian brothers in the United States do not want to be left behind in the effort to make peace, or to be seen as intolerant of their Muslim brothers.
All of the foregoing on its face appears to comprise a remarkable effort to advance the cause of peace and harmony among peoples of the world. It is compelling and, when engaged in with sincere intent to promote peace, presents a reality that must be treated respectfully, for the sake of the genuine peacemaker whose heart is in the right place.
However, despite the best intentions of any who participate in the movement, the fact remains that there is nothing compatible between Christianity and Islam, or between the Bible and the Koran, or between Jesus Christ and Mohammad. Or even, as we shall consider, between God and Allah. Neither can peace be achieved by combining the two disparate ideologies under one banner that attempts to bring their adherents together in worship of God, nor can anything good be achieved, either for the world, or for the follower of Islam, or for the follower of Christ.
Muslims believe that they are worshipping God. They also say that they love and respect Jesus Christ, who they say is not God‘s son but a prophet. But what does the true Son of God say to them? Jesus Christ said, “If you love me, obey my commandments.” (Some versions render that, “If you love me, you will obey my commandments.”) Do they really love Jesus Christ, then, who follow Mohammad instead? Is it even remotely possible to both follow Mohammad’s teaching and to love Jesus Christ?
In fact, it is impossible to both follow the teaching of Mohammad and to obey the commandments Jesus Christ. They are mutually exclusive. The doctrine of Jesus Christ is diametrically opposed to the teachings of Mohammad that are found in the Koran and the Hadith. No one is capable of both obeying Jesus Christ and also obeying Mohammad.
Let’s consider a few specific examples that illustrate some of the ways in which the doctrine of Jesus Christ and the teachings of Mohammad are mutually exclusive or clearly contradictory.
Jesus Christ taught his followers that in order to be forgiven their sins, they must forgive those who sin against them. He also taught that they should love their enemies, pray for those who persecute them, and do good to all people. (You can find these teaching in chapters 5 through 7 of the gospel according to Matthew.) Islamic theology, on the other hand, takes a widely divergent view on treatment of enemies.
Whereas Jesus Christ’s doctrine teaches us to love our enemies, Islamic teaching calls for Muslims to treat their enemies with the utmost persecution. For example, the text of Koran 5:33 calls for enemies of Islam to be crucified, a hideous torture that brings death only after hours (sometimes day) of intense suffering and pain. In February of 2013, a young Muslim man living in New Jersey decapitated the heads of two Christians and cut off their hands, which he buried in separate graves. This behavior is also specifically authorized by Koran 5:33.
And while the doctrine of Jesus Christ calls for us never to return evil for evil, but to pray for our enemies and to do good to all people, Islamic theology calls for Muslims to fight against unbelievers from among “the people of the book” (that is, Jews and Christians) until they are under subjection by Muslims. This is mentioned in the text of Koran 9:29.
It is possible to point out numerous other koranic verses that call for enmity between Muslims and non-Muslims, such as Koran 5:51, which warns Muslims never to take a friend from among Jews or Christians. There are many verses from the Koran and the Hadith, which are compiled sayings of Mohammad, that cast Jews and Christian in a negative light and encourage enmity between Muslims and Jews or Christians. Some examples that you could refer to are found in the text of Koran 5:64, Koran 5:13, Koran 4:160, Koran 3:110, and Koran 2:88.
Some verses call for cursing of Jews or Christians, and some for enmity with them. Koran 9:30 is translated in various translations either to call for Jews and Christians to be cursed or destroyed. In the case of Christians, calling for their cursing or destruction is based on their saying that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, which is what Jesus taught about himself. Since Jesus taught that he is the Son of God, then Koran 9:30 must be understood to be calling for a curse or destruction upon Jesus himself. Muslims deny this, of course, but the Koran does not deny it.
Pakistan is one of the Muslim-majority nations which has and enforces anti-blasphemy laws against Christians. It is blasphemy, under the laws of Pakistan, to say, for example, that Jesus Christ rose from the dead, which is a crime that is punishable by death. Pakistanis are so attached to this law that some Pakistani legislators and officials have become the target of the ire of Pakistani Muslims who have opposed repealing the anti-blasphemy laws, some of who have paid with their lives for suggesting that the laws be repealed. In March of 2013, the news media reported that a mob of hundreds of Pakistani Muslims burned and ransacked the homes of Christians, simply because a Muslim man falsely reported that a Christian man had blasphemed, which police reported to have been a false claim.
Perhaps the picture is now becoming sharper with regard to the dichotomy between following Mohammad’s teaching or obeying Jesus Christ’s commands. But in case it is not yet clear, there is additional data to consider.
Jesus Christ taught that the two greatest commandments are to love God above all and to love one’s neighbor as oneself. This is the basis of his teachings, in fact. The teachings of Mohammad, his compiled sayings, and the historical obedience to these of the Muslim people reveal an emphatic disregard for this most basic of Christ‘s teachings.
Muslim clerics have for many years liked to refer to Jews as the descendants of apes and pigs, which is apparently based on some Hadith entries. It also complements the koranic passages that call for enmity with Jews. Egyptian president Morsi has also referred to Israelis as the descendants of apes and pigs. This reflects quite a different regard for them than that which is seen in the writing of the apostle Paul, who in chapter 11 of his letter to the Romans claims that Israel is still an integral and permanent part of the people of God. (Although some people prefer to allege that Paul’s teaching contradicted the teaching of Jesus Christ, the apostle Peter, in the third chapter of his second letter, completely supports the teaching of Paul.)
In case anyone is confused into holding the conception that such Islamic teachings are ignored by modern Muslims, who have adopted a more peaceful and tolerant attitude toward others, please consider the following examples of modern Islamic attitudes.
In the fifth chapter of the gospel of Matthew, Jesus Christ stated that the peacemakers are blessed and will be called children of God. On the other hand, in the Hamas Charter, we have an outstanding example of modern Islamic attitudes respecting Jews. Article 7 states that they look forward to killing Jews, for which they credit Mohammad directly. And in Article 13 they state unequivocally that they have no interest in peace, and that negotiations are a waste of time.
Hamas legislator and imam, Sheik Yunus al-Astal, said that “suffering by fire is the Jews’ destiny in this world and the next”. He concluded “Therefore we are sure that the Holocaust is still to come upon the Jews”.
While some say that attitudes expressed by such terrorists as Hamas are extreme and atypical, it is a fact that they are widespread and shared by Muslims throughout the Middle East. The following information illustrates the point:
If you do an internet search of “Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Sheikh Hopes Muslims Will Finish Hitler’s Destruction”, you will be able to watch a video of an Egyptian sheikh expressing his attitude toward Jews. The Muslim sheikh says that he looks forward to the day when Muslims will finish the job of exterminating Jews that Hitler started, and that he wishes to go to Israel and shoot Jews himself.
Iraqi Ayatollah Ahmad Al-Baghdadi talks about the annihilation of America, Muslim conquest of the world, and declares his support of nuclear weapons in the hands of Muslim and Arab countries, as well as using children as soldiers. You can also view a video of him on YouTube.
In 2008, former Jordanian government minister Sheik Ali Al-Faqir vowed to Conquer Spain, Rome, and the world, and declared: America and the EU will soon come to an end. He said, “We must declare that Palestine, from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea, is an Islamic land, and that Spain – Andalusia – is also the land of Islam. Islamic lands that were occupied by the enemies will once again become Islamic. Furthermore, we will reach beyond these countries, which are lost at one point. We proclaim that we will conquer Rome, like Constantinople was conquered once, and as it will be conquered again.” Also adding, “We will rule the world, as has been said by the Prophet Muhammad.”
Anwar al-Awlaki, Yemeni cleric and Al Qaeda member whose sermons advocate jihad, or holy war, against the United States, in November 2010: “Don’t consult with anybody in killing the Americans,” he said. “Fighting the devil doesn’t require consultation or prayers seeking divine guidance. They are the party of the devils,” he added. It is “either us or them.”
So as you can clearly see from these examples, many prominent Muslims across Islamia share a common attitude regarding non-Muslims, which diverges significantly from the teachings and attitude of Jesus Christ.
In the fifth chapter of the gospel of Matthew, from verses 21 through 27, Jesus Christ taught that those who do not do according to his words would meet with utter disaster, and would not enter God’s kingdom. Iranian Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini once eloquently expressed this view in opposition to that of Jesus Christ:
“Those who know nothing about Islam pretend that Islam counsels against war. Those people are witless. Islam says: ‘Kill all the unbelievers just as they would kill you all!’ Does this mean that Muslims should sit back until they are devoured by the infidel? Islam says: ‘Kill them, put them to the sword and scatter them.’ Islam says: ‘Whatever good there is exists thanks to the sword.’ The sword is the key to Paradise, which can be opened only for the Holy Warriors! Does all this mean that Islam is a religion that prevents men from waging war? I spit upon those foolish souls who make such a claim.”
Although Jesus taught that his followers must love their neighbors as themselves, in 1967, the World Islamic Congress expressed this attitude with regard to their Jewish neighbors:
“Jews of Arab Countries: the Congress is convinced that Jews living in Arab countries do not appreciate the kindness and protection that Muslims have granted them over the centuries. The Congress proclaims that the Jews who live in the Arab states and who have contact with Zionist circles or the state of Israel do not deserve the protection and kindness that Islam grants to non-Muslim citizens living freely in Islamic countries. Islamic governments must treat them as enemy combatants. In the same way, Islamic peoples must individually and collectively boycott them and treat them as mortal enemies.”
And according to Muslim journalist Khaled Abu Toameh, Muslims are committing genocide of their Christian neighbors throughout the Middle East. You can read his article online, as well as other articles that reveal the reality of the killing off of Christians across Islamia.
Mosab Yousef, son of Hamas founder Sheikh Hassan Yousef, has warned the Jews that they will never be able to make peace with Muslims, who he says are motivated by Islamic theology to kill Jews in emulation of Mohammad. (Mosab has himself converted to Christianity.)
Again it bears mentioning that, although many are under the impression that only Islamic terrorists and extremists share such aggressive attitudes toward non-Muslims, these attitudes are actually typical of mainstream Muslims.
Kasim Hafeez, a British-born Muslim of Pakistani origin, reveals that he grew up in a typically traditional Muslim home in which children are indoctrinated from birth to hate Jews. His father was an admirer of Adolf Hitler, who taught him to believe what Hafeez later discovered to be lies. Hafeez is now pleased to consider himself a Zionist.
In “Evolution of a Muslim Mind”, ex-Muslim Dr. Omar Zia says the following about average Muslim attitudes:
“I was in the same conundrum, but once I left Islam, I was astonished at the change. The proverbial heart became tender. It began to accept that all humans are equal and deserve equal treatment. That secret glee, which I had felt when people were jumping down to save their lives from the World Trade Centre towers on September 11 (2001), turned into a source of deep shame and pain. It dawned on me that Ghaznawi and Bin Qasim, who are glorified in our text books, were nothing but robbing, murdering slave-makers. I began to consider India, from where my family had migrated in 1947, with pride; I acknowledging that I have more in common with them than with the fascist, uncultured Muslim Arabs. It became clear that the Hamas and Hezbollah charters were dangerous fascistic aims of annihilating the Jews and destruction of Israel.”
And in “Does Islam Breed Violence?”, ex-Muslim Amil Imani writes, “Here is the truth, as bitter as it may be. Islam is the culprit. Islam is anything but a religion of peace. Violence is at the very core of Islam. Violence is institutionalized in the Muslim’s holy book, the Quran, in many suras.” You can learn a great deal from his extensive, detailed commentaries on the nature of Islam at his website, www.amilimani.com.
In addition to the above, it should be mentioned that while Muslims claim to love and respect Jesus Christ, in practice they ignore, disobey, and or contradict his teachings. They persecute his followers. They burn Christian churches. They kill Christians, imprison them, subjugate them, and curse them. And they say that what Christ taught is false and blasphemous.
Islamia is currently in flames. Muslims massacre more people every year than all of the people ever killed by Israel since it was established in 1948. Islamic doctrine promotes mass murder, slavery, pedophilia, female genital mutilation, race hatred, violent subjugation, and other sociopath actions. Islam is essentially evil. But Muslims can be saved. According to Al Jazeera News, more than six million Muslims convert to Christianity each year, abandoning the hateful teachings of Mohammad to embrace the doctrine of love of Jesus Christ.
God’s word tells us what the fruits of the Spirit of God are, as well as what the works of the flesh are, in Galatians 5:
“19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”
In order to walk in the Spirit, it is absolutely necessary to reject the teachings of Islam that promote the works of the flesh.
So what is your opinion of Chrislam, now that you have reviewed the facts on the doctrines and practices of Islam? Do Christians have any reason to unite with Muslims in worship of the true God?
This is what the Bible says about that in 1 Corinthians 10:
“20 Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons. 22 Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?
To embrace the doctrine of Islam is to deny the doctrine of Jesus Christ. Aside from calling for the cursing of those who say that Jesus is the Son of God (or calling for their destruction), the Koran denies that God’s plan for the salvation of mankind was fulfilled by Jesus. The Koran says this about that in Koran 4:157-159:
“And their saying: Surely we have killed the Messiah, Isa son of Marium, the apostle of Allah; and they did not kill him nor did they crucify him, but it appeared to them so (like Isa) and most surely those who differ therein are only in a doubt about it; they have no knowledge respecting it, but only follow a conjecture, and they killed him not for sure.
Nay! Allah took him up to Himself; and Allah is Mighty, Wise.
And there is not one of the followers of the Book but most certainly believes in this before his death, and on the day of resurrection he (Isa) shall be a witness against them.”
So here you can see that Islam directly contradicts the most vital element of the doctrine of Christ, essentially calling Jesus Christ a liar and a deceiver for having claimed to have died on the cross. Islam has corrupted the message of Jesus Christ, replacing it with a doctrine that denies the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ, about which the apostle Paul says the following, in Galatians 1:
“6 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.”
One might ask how it could have come to pass that the two faiths who claim to worship the same God could embrace such disparate doctrines. But the question itself would be based on misconceptions concerning the identities of the deities the two faiths worship who are not the same God at all.
How could one make such a statement? Don’t Muslims say that Allah is God? Doesn’t Allah mean God, after all? Muslims often do say that they worship the same God as do Jews and Christians, but in fact they do not. And as far as the meaning of the name Allah, it does not mean God.
The Lahore Ahmadiyyah Movement for the Propagation of Islam, on its webpage located at http://www.muslim.org/islam/allah.htm, says this about the name Allah:
“Contrary to popular belief, the word Allah is NOT a contraction of al-ilah (al meaning ‘the’, and ilah meaning ‘god’). Had it been so, then the expression ya Allah (‘O Allah!’) would have been ungrammatical, because according to the Arabic language when you address someone by the vocative form ya followed by a title, the al (‘the’) must be dropped from the title. For example, you cannot say ya ar-rabb but must say ya rabb (for ‘O Lord’). So if the word Allah was al-ilah (‘the God’), we would not be able to say: ya Allah, which we do.
Lane’s Arabic-English Lexicon (which is based on classical Arabic dictionaries), says under the word Allah, while citing many linguistical authorities:
“Allah … is a proper name applied to the Being Who exists necessarily, by Himself, comprising all the attributes of perfection, a proper name denoting the true god … the al being inseparable from it, not derived…”
Allah is thus a proper name, not derived from anything, and the Al is inseparable from it. The word al-ilah (the god) is a different word.”
So as you can see, Islamic authorities do not claim that Allah means God, but only that it is God’s name, while in Arabic the word for God is ilah.
In addition, Jesus Christ has taught that God is his Father, while Islam teaches that Allah has no sons. You can read this in such koranic verses as Koran 18:4,5 which states:
“And warn those who say: Allah has taken a son. They have no knowledge of it, nor had their fathers; a grievous word it is that comes out of their mouths; they speak nothing but a lie.”
Koran 6:101 also says this about Allah having no son:
“Wonderful Originator of the heavens and the earth! How could He have a son when He has no consort, and He (Himself) created everything, and He is the Knower of all things.”
Here is one more of the several statements that appear in the Koran which confirm that Allah has no son, from Koran 9:30:
“And the Jews say: Uzair is the son of Allah; and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; how they are turned away!”
Allah has no son. Therefore, Jesus Christ is clearly not the son of Allah. Jesus Christ is, however, the Son of God (prophesied in Psalm 2) who will rule the nations.
Since the Father of Jesus Christ is God, while Allah has no son, it is clear that Allah is not God. Muslims and Christians clearly do not worship the same deity.
Adherents to Chrislam may have the best intentions, wishing to bring people of diverse backgrounds together in peaceful coexistence. But they are serving the agenda of Satan, whether they know it or not, and need to abandon the doctrines of Islam to follow Jesus Christ instead. Only through Jesus Christ will the world know peace, when he returns to establish God’s kingdom on Earth.