I had an atheist tell me that the love of God is exactly like the “incredible love of Allah.” Ah, those atheists, totally ignorant about anything to do with their Creator.
Did you know that in the Bible, the word love is used almost 400 times and about 75% of those times it’s talking about God’s love for us? And did you know that in the Quran, the word love in not used even once, not one single time to describe Allah? God in the Bible is described as a personal, knowable God who is intensely interested in the joy and the well-being of you the individual. The Quran describes Allah as distant and unknowable. The Bible teaches that God loves everyone equally, even enemies and sinners. In fact the whole purpose of Jesus coming to earth was to make peace with his enemies and to invite them to an eternal home in the presence of God’s Love. The Quran teaches that Allah loves only faithful Muslims. The Quran teaches that Allah hates sinners and infidels. In fact the Quran teaches that Allah hates them so much that faithful Muslims are encouraged to kill infidels “where ever they may be found.” The Bible teaches that through Jesus and because of His love we can have assurance of salvation. The Quran teaches that while only Muslims will have salvation, no individual Muslim can know if s/he will be saved. The faithful Muslim can only hope that Allah will find h/her worthy of paradise. In fact the only way for a Muslim to be guaranteed paradise is to die while killing non Muslims. Unlike Christianity, there is no Saviour in Islam and no promise of salvation. Unlike Christianity, Islam has no means of or basis for forgiveness. Perhaps most relevant to our time is the difference between Islam and Christianity regarding the term martyr. In Christianity a martyr is someone who is killed by others for what s/he believes. In Islam a martyr is someone who dies while killing others because of what s/he, the Muslim, believes.
Christianity and Islam, Creator God and Allah are not anything alike.