Would you elaborate on that very first point?
Q4. Would you elaborate on that very first point?
Yes, I would say about the first point, his attributes. In the Quran there are 99 names for god. When you read the whole Quran, from Alfatiha, the first surah, till surah number 114, the last surah of the Quran, you will not find the word 'father' or 'love' attributed to God. God is no father in Islam. God is no love in Islam. And when we come to these two distinctive names of God in Christianity, of course, when the disciples came to Jesus and they told Him, "Teach us to pray?" What did He say? "When you pray you say, 'Our father who are in heaven..." But in Islam god, Allah, is no father. Why did Islam deny the fatherhood of God? Because if Islam would confess the fatherhood of God, it demands that they will confess that eternal sonship of Jesus Christ, because there is no eternal fatherhood without eternal sonship. This is why, when you read the Quran, God is no father. If he is a father, and this is one of his attributes, he must have a son. And of course, He is a father for eternity, then the son should be eternal also, or else there will not be any eternal fatherhood. That is one thing that we have to consider in the attributes of God, the difference in the attributes of God between Islam and Christianity.
The second name of the second attribute, God is love. Our love, when we confess it, we would come to the plan of salvation, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believeth in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life." When we confess that God is love, we must come to the plan of redemption, because there is no other way for God to demonstrate His love but through the sacrifice of His only begotten Son. So there is a big difference between Allah of the Islam, who is no father, and no love, and God of the Christianity, who is the Father, and who is love. There is a difference in the attributes of God. And of course, if I will continue, I would say that Allah of the Islam commanded in the Quran that people will be killed in his name. And the Jihad, which we hear about it is based, totally and completely on verses from the Quran.
In the Bible, God never asked anybody do go and fight for him, to force people to believe in Him. And I repeat, God never asked anyone to go and fight for Him, to force people to believe in Him. Believing is a choice, and we cannot believe against out will. So many attributes are different between Allah in Islam, and God of the Christianity.
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