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Running head: ISLAM WORLDVIEW 1 What is the Worldview of Islam? Andrea Bryer Liberty University
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ISLAM 2 What is the Worldview of Islam? Introduction Just scratching the surface of a Christian and Islamic worldview, one could easily believe that these two faiths worship and follow the same God. Both are monotheistic, each believe in the flood of Noah, and Abraham is the father of all the nations. By digging a little deeper, it is obvious that Christians and Muslims have differences worldviews. Although the questions about origin, identity, purpose, morality and destiny have similarities in these two worldviews, there are critical differences that show Jehovah and Allah are not the same God. Questions of the Worldview Origin-Where Did We Come From? Christianity and Islam share a similar belief in Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve were made sinless and placed in a garden. There they were tempted by Satan to eat the forbidden fruit bringing about the wrath of God and removal from the garden (Morris, 1992). Creation as told in the Bible describes in great detail how God created the Earth and everything in it. The Qur’an does not. The verses detailing creation are spread throughout the Qur’an making it difficult to piece together the story (Catchpool, 2012). One of the biggest differences about creation between Christianity and Islam has to do with sin. Morris (2012) said that when Adam and Eve rebelled against God, sin entered the world. This caused eternal separation from God and gave man an inherited sin nature. Muslims do not believe that sin entered the world through the fall. Instead of an inherited sin nature, people just choose to sin (Morris, 1992). Identity-What It Means To Be Human Both Christians and Muslims believe that God created Adam and breathed life into him (Genesis 2:7, Qur’an 15:29). As for what it means to be human this where Christians and Muslims part ways. In the biblical worldview, we were created in God’s image (Gen 1:27) so that
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ISLAM 3 we would have a connection with God. Green (2015) says we were created to reveal his glory and character, but sin prevents us from maintaining the connection. That is why Jesus came to Earth as a man, so he could relate and understand everything we as humans experience (Green, 2015). Our identity as Christians lies with Jesus Christ. We are told in Ephesians 5:1 to be
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