What are the key differences?
THE GOD IN HEAVEN
(1) One of the greatest differences between what Christian’s know about heaven and the Islamic Paradise, is the God Who will be worshiped. God is radically different for the Christian than He is for the Muslim.
(2) Christians describe our final home as heaven and they find their pleasure in God first (Rev 21:3, 21:4), and not in things. But for the Muslims, Allah is not the focus, but Paradise is, and enjoying every physical pleasure they could imagine.
(3) Muslims expect Jesus to be in Paradise just like Muhammad will be, but they don’t believe Jesus is God, as Christians do.
(4) The Bible teaches that there are Three Persons but one God; for Muslims, there is only one god and they call him Allah. Believers know there are the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and all three are God…but in the Islamic faith, there is but one god, and he is not the god who is always loving, forgiving, and compassionate.
(5) Muslim’s would never refer to Allah as their father. That’s because Muslims don’t believe in a very intimate, personal relationship with Allah as a father and son would have, or that this kind of relationship will be experienced in Paradise. For Christian’s, we’re already in that relationship, and He will be our Father forever, including in heaven. We will all be like one big family of God in heaven and He will be our Eternal Father forever.
HOW DO WE GET TO HEAVEN?
(1) Christians know that we can never be saved by works, but we are actually saved to do good works for God (Eph 2:10), but for the Muslim, there is a lot of work for them to do. They base their salvation upon works, but the question troubles them; “How many works are enough,” and “How will a Muslim ever know for sure if they’ve done enough “good works” to get to heaven?”
(2) Muslims may not be sure as there is no balance (Tarazoo) that is shown to them by God whether their good deeds have crossed their bad deeds, but Christians can know in this life, so they can have peace and even their death can be sweet. Christians also know that we can’t do anything to save ourselves. Our works are nothing more than filthy rags to God (Isaiah 64:6), but the Islamic faith stresses works to get to heaven. That’s a huge difference. One is going to heaven by Jesus’ work at Calvary; which is a perfect One, as Jesus was born without sin and lived and died without sin as a perfect and holy sacrifice to pay the wages of mankind’s sin for every generation.
While Muslims depend on their own good works to go to heaven which also shows that heaven can be purchased. This also means heaven is not free, it’s by their hard work that they have got heaven as wages not as a gift, so each can praise one another in heaven for getting to heaven. Why will they thank God for heaven when it is by their own hard work they have gained heaven.
(3) When one is a sinner, how can a sinner’s work, deed or act be pure, clean and holy. When the tree is bad the fruit is bad. For God to accept a sinner’s deeds the sinner should not be sinner first before God accepts the fruit of his hands. How can the fruit become good when the tree itself is bad. That is why the Bible says, no one can save themselves and so salvation is the work of God. Unless they trust in Christ, they cannot be saved. He is the doorway to heaven because He is the one and only way to be saved (Acts 4:12).
(4) On the other hand, Surah 2:82 says “But those who have faith and work righteousness, they are companions of the Garden: Therein shall they abide (For ever).” Thankfully, Christians do not need to work their way to heaven (Eph 2:8-9). We’d never make it anyway. Muslims believe that only good people will get there…the Bible teaches that none are good (Rom 3:10-11), but a very good God imputes Jesus’ righteousness on our behalf. That’s the only possible way we can make it.
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