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Summary: Looks at some facts and background of Islam and compares it to Biblical Christianity

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Islam vs. Biblical Christianity

What’s the difference?

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Good morning, I am glad that you are here this morning.

We are at the front end of a series called Faithology that is helping us

to compare other religions to Biblical Christianity and

to help us know the truth of what we believe and

to better be able to communicate with people of different faiths

understanding a bit of what they believe.

Last week on Easter, as we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ, we looked at the essential beliefs of Biblical Christianity. If you happened to miss that message, the audio is up on our website.

But to recap, we saw that Biblical Christianity teaches that

Jesus is God in the Flesh

Jesus Died for your sins

Jesus Resurrected from the Dead

Jesus is the Only Way to Heaven

Salvation is a Free Gift Received by Believing in Jesus

It is my prayer that each person here know the truth of Christianity and will receive Christ as your Savior by believing in Who He is and what He did and confessing that to the Lord.

Transition

As we seek to grow in our faith, I think it is important that we have some understanding of other religions so that we can be assured of why we believe what we do and be able to help others come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ.

So, this morning, as we begin looking at other faiths and how they compare to Biblical Christianity, we are going to take a look at Islam.

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Now I believe there are a lot of us who don’t know much about many other religions and specifically don’t know much about Islam other than some of the things we see on TV such as the head scarves and face covering of the women as well as appears as hatred toward the west and Israel.

The world is changing and America is changing and I think as men and women of God, we need to have an understanding of our times and the world we live in if we are going to be wise and know how to best live in this world.

When David was battling against Saul, he had all kinds of men coming to him and volunteering to help him as the Lord led them.

Some of them were men from the tribe of Issachar and it says that these were men “who understood the times and knew what Israel should do.” (1 Chronicles 12:32)

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We need to be people who understand the times we live in and know how we can respond

to these times and

to the people who live in these times

to the glory of God.

Now if we are going to understand some of these other religions, it is important that we understand some facts and some history about them.

Facts about Islam

So we are going to take a look at some facts about Islam

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Islam began in 622 AD.

Islam is the second largest religion after those who call themselves Christians

There are over 1.5 billion people in the world who call themselves Muslim compared to 2.1 billion people who call themselves Christian (including 1 billion Catholics)

That is 22% of the world’s population vs. 31% for those calling themselves Christian

It is the fastest growing of the major religions of the world growing at 2.9% vs. 2.3% for Christianity.


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