Many Christians are confused whether Allah of the Koran, who is spoken of as God and the Almighty, is the same Person as the God of the Bible. As Muslims go to great lengths to prove that the Bible is a corrupted version of the Scriptures and the Koran the true one, it is necessary to address the issue. The first thing to remember is that the Bible and the Koran are about as far removed from each other as the East is from the West. They are two totally different books.
- They were written and compiled in very different ways. The Bible was inspired by the Holy Spirit: 'Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit' (2 Peter 1:20-21). Over a period of 1500 years the Holy Spirit influenced about 40 people to write down what God intended them to write. Just as only a man's spirit in him knows what is in a man, so only the Holy Spirit knows what God thinks (1 Corinthians 2:11-13). Contrary to that Mohammed claimed that the angel Gabriel appeared to him and over a period of 23 years revealed Allah's will to him. That angel Gabriel cannot be the same angel as the Gabriel we meet in the Bible who appeared to Daniel (Daniel 8:16; 9:21-22), Zechariah (Luke 1:19) and Mary to announce the birth of Jesus (Luke 1:26-33). In each case he brought a specific message from God, but he was never involved in revealing God's thoughts so that they can be written down.
- The two books talk about two different deities. Allah is not the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who is a Trinity: God the Father, God the son and God the Holy Spirit. The Koran denies that Jesus is the Son of God who came to save the world, because Allah does not have a son. So it is obvious that it was not the same Gabriel who gave two conflicting messages, one to Mary and another to Mohammed.
- The two books differ in how their respective deities are revealed. In the Bible we read, 'This is what the Lord says, Israel's King and Redeemer, the Lord Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God' (Isaiah 44:6). Muslims declare, 'There is no god but Allah, and Muhammed is his messenger.' How can we know which one is the true Almighty God? The easiest way to discern it is to look at which of the two books is a historical revelation. Only a true God can reveal himself in history: with his omnipotence he should be able to control history. The Bible is a historical revelation talking about Israel, real people like Abraham, David, Saul and Silas, cities like Samaria and Nazareth, countries like Assyria and Babylonia, nations like the Egyptians and the Romans. All these can be verified by archaeology, history and many museums have recollections of monuments and documents. To properly understand the Bible it should be read with an atlas. On the other hand, the Koran has very little history in it. The cities of Mecca and Medina are mentioned, but all the other historical references are from the Bible and a few of them are incorrect (see further articles).
What is one to make of all this? The two books differ radically: the God of the Bible revealed Himself over 1500 years of history to 40 different writers, while Allah revealed himself only to Mohammed over 23 years, with no accompanying historical revelations. That makes 40 versus 1 writers, 1500 versus 23 years, history versus ideas. We are justified in agreeing with the God of the Bible when He claims to be the only true God.