The biggest difference between Islam and Christianity
The basic theology of Christianity and Islam differs greatly. For Christianity the belief is that God is holy, just, true and forgiving. To gain acceptance by God sinful man accepts salvation as a free gift from God by accepting Jesus Christ as a perfect sacrifice for the individual’s sins. Those who do so receive forgiveness of sins and eternal life. Christians also believe that it is their obligation to demonstrate their love of God and from God by exhibiting His love to the world. The Bible is the basis for this belief and is the guide to life through Christ. The primary teaching guiding us through life are referred to as the greatest commandments - to love God with all your heart and love others and we are to openly demonstrate this love to all of humanity regardless of creed, color, belief or gender. Many people have chosen this path and as a result the world is much better off. The largest provider of education, help for orphans and widows, feeding the poor, caring for the sick and helping those in distress is the Christian church. To be a part of this kind of religion would be considered to be a wise choice.
Islam on the other hand has five basic tenets - 1) Shahada: “There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is His prophet. 2) Salat: Prayer. Five times a day. 3) Zakat: Giving charity. 4) Sawm: Fasting and 5) Hajj: Pilgrimage to Mecca. It all seems fine at this point and has little influence on the world as stated, however this is not the end of the story. The holy book of Islam is the Koran and it differs from the message of love you find in the Bible significantly. For instance, you will find 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule. Some of the verses are quite graphic, with orders to chop off heads and fingers and kill infidels wherever they may be hiding. Muslims who do not join the fight are “hypocrites” and warned that Allah will send them to Hell if they do not join the slaughter. Also, the verses of violence in the Koran can be interpreted to be for today and not limited to a specific time in history, like Judaism. The words of the Koran in many Muslims’ minds are just as relevant today as they were when they were written. The Hadith is also a holy text and it validates the Koran’s deadly instructions to the believer. To choose such a faith is dangerous for all of mankind and it is not a wise choice in the least.
God is a restorer! He brings death to life! He is not intimidated by the darkness of this world. He is not threatened by the things that have tried to tear us down. Even beyond the day of our feeble mortal life, He promises us through Eternal life through Jesus Christ.
He gives up hope when we have none. He reminds us over and over again that we are not alone. He shows us again and again that the enemy will not win. As we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the highest point of our faith, let this be our prayer:
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. - Psalm 51:12
Let us stand with our heads high and our hearts open as we celebrate our Risen King!
Written by @morganhnichols for #TheDevoCo
I don’t consider myself to be religious. I don’t serve a doctrine or a belief system. In my heart I have a relationship with a Person I can’t see other than through the way He sees me. So I don’t find God through life; I find God through Christ, so it’s His love for me that makes me Christian; not the things I do for God by doctrine. When you walk by the Spirit, you’re no longer here to fulfill your own desire.
Holy Week, Monday: Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
I'm 16 and am interested in a guy and we have talked about it and have decided with our busy lives that we would wait until junior/senior year to date bc we want to grow more with God plus sports and grades. Problem: my parents do not approve bc he is black even though he's adopted to a white family. My parents aren't Christian and they don't really care about what I say about Jesus or the bible. The guy and I are both seeking God in our friendship and his family is also Christian. Thank you!!
Trigger warning: Unpopular opinion
I’m a big fan of honoring and respecting your parents, even if they don’t do things that deserve honor or respect. I think unconditional love needs to be coupled with unconditional respect.
My opinion is that you obey your parents while you’re under their authority, which is usually as long as you’re under their roof and still a youth. Even if what they’re asking you to abstain from is totally fine for you to do under other circumstances.
Will this be hard? Absolutely. Will you be made fun of? Possibly. Could you possibly lose this potential relationship if this guy isn’t on board? Yup.
But what is better testimony to your parents of your changed life through Jesus Christ than you choosing to respect your parents out of your respect for God?
Wouldn’t it be amazing if you humbly said to your parents, “I disagree with your opinion, but because the Word of God says to obey and honor my parents, I’m going to submit to your authority and not date this person right now.”
With no sass. No arrogance. No rebellion.
You know how big a seed that would plant in their hearts? That maybe this Jesus person can change lives?
A respectful and honoring teenager is one of the biggest miracles God does. And when it happens, parents are changed day by day.
Life doesn’t come from having a spouse or a significant other. God doesn’t establish His love in your life by blessing you with a good or perfect spouse, if that happens, you might compare and still feel like you’re not enough. Life only comes through Jesus Christ. When you’re free from you, you’re empowered to love like God.
Remember the reason for Easter! It’s not about hunting for eggs or about cute little bunnies, but about one man who died, defeated death, and rose again to one day come back and bring those who believe home. Salvation is a choice. Jesus died and rose again to be that bridge that gets you home. All you have to do is make that choice to cross it.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
People who ask the question ‘Why would God love someone like me’ base their value on the life they know. God bases your value on what He created you to be. God knows your destiny. He knows your potential. He knows what you look like when He’s in you and you’re surrendered—He thinks it’s worth paying for.
He didn’t pay a price for you because you’re a sinner. He paid a price to get it off of you ‘cause you’re not created for it. He became a lie on the cross; He became sin; that’s not who He is; He was made to be sin so you could stand right in the sight of God.
God didn’t curse His Son on the cross, He made His Son to be sin, and He cursed what was killing us. He cursed sin in the flesh and sin shall have no dominion over us, for the law of the Spirit of life through Christ Jesus has made us free from the law of sin and death.
So the blood of Jesus was shed to bring mercy and forgiveness toward the act of sin committed. But the body of Jesus beaten brutally, to pay the price to remove the penalty in our flesh of those sins. That’s why we eat the flesh and drink the blood of King Jesus and receive life.
V. Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia.
R. For He whom you did merit to bear, alleluia.
V. Has risen, as he said, alleluia.
R. Pray for us to God, alleluia.
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
R. For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.
Let us pray. O God, who gave joy to the world through the resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, grant we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
Recited in place of the Angelus Easter Sunday through Pentecost.
Most girls who aren’t Christian are chill towards me. I’m not being condemning, but I find that it’s usually girls who say they are Christian and aren’t really close to Jesus that express their need for attention or affection from the opposite sex over the internet the most and it’s not okay, because if you’re not finding what you feel you need here, you’re just going to look for it somewhere else and make God the reason as to why you’re not where you should be because of who is or isn’t in your life or what they are or aren’t doing when Christ is in you and He’s as close as the mention of His name and He’s Lord. You’re not looking for a way out from life through the internet when Christ gave Himself to get back inside of you so you can live through Him.
Sin is not imputed where there is no law. So a person can’t feel guilty if they don’t have any standards, and yet death still rules people. Because sin leads to death. But the death that Christ died, He died to sin once and for all, and the life that He lives, He lives to God. So the life we live in Christ we no longer live under law or human standards of right and wrong but we’re under grace. Although grace isn’t contrary to righteousness, but is the establishment of the righteousness of God in the heart with its outward reflection upon the life through faith in Christ—knowing that Christ fulfilled the law and never sinned. So those who receive the gift of righteousness and the abundance of grace through the One, Jesus Christ, will reign in this life through faith… will never die. They’ll be made perfect in love, which is the goal of the commandment.
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
—2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NKJV)
God is renewing you day by day. Everyday is an opportunity to trust Him more and more.
1. Let those nights where you’re just too tired to think become moments where you praise Him for providing you with eternal life through Christ.
2. Let those days where you just aren’t feeling like you’re going anywhere become a time where you stop for a moment to read and remind yourself of beautiful truth.
3. Let those moments where you are frustrated with the roommate or the person you’re dating become moments where you stop fretting and turn to the Word of God instead.
4. Let those times you start worrying about the future become opportunities to thank the Lord for even providing you WITH a future.
5. Let those insecurities you have when it comes to your job or your education be completely overshadowed by the strength you find in Jesus.
As a follower of Christ, you WILL be faced with difficult things. One woman may deal with difficulty when it comes to her finances and the other may struggle when it comes to her family. You might be the kind of woman who is totally confident in yourself, but you struggle with pride, or maybe, you’re the exact opposite. Wherever you fall on the spectrum, Christ is at the center–strengthening you and providing for you every step. Don’t let where you are right now or what you’re dealing with today cause you to forget about the eternal glory that has already been promised to you in Christ Jesus!
2 Corinthians 4:7-18
Write down this verse and put it somewhere where you’ll see it throughout the week.