What would you say to someone who was adamant that Allah was the only true God? Narrow is the gate

An atheist friend challenged me with this question: “What would you say to someone who was adamant that Allah was the one and only god?” (His small “g”). As far as I  am aware, my friend knows very little about Islam. Here was my answer, which did not try and prove why Allah (described in the Qu’ran, I assume) was, at best, an inadequate portrayal of God, but focused on why only the Bible provides the correct revelation of God.

Every Christian, when asked, is admonished to give an answer to those who ask for the hope that is within him: “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15).

In Matthew 7:13-14 Jesus says, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” “I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but by me.” (John 14:6). “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.” (John. 5:24).

The Apostle John writes: “We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:3). John had seen the crucified Christ, but a thing most wonderful, also the risen Christ.

Why is it very possible you will reject the Jesus of the Bible? In Matthew 7:13-14 we read of Jesus saying, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.

Roman 3 says “11 there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God (of the Bible) 12 All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, Not even one; 13 Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit. The poison of vipers is on their lips. 14  Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.

Unless Jesus has mercy on you and grants you repentance and faith in him, and by so doing bring you back from the spiritual death you deserve, you will remain in your sins. “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day” (John 6:44). The consequence of your rejection: “He who believes on Him is not condemned, but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the Light, because their deeds were evil.” (John 3:18-19).” “… in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God and who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, ….” (2Th 1:8-9).

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9 thoughts on “What would you say to someone who was adamant that Allah was the only true God? Narrow is the gate

  1. Interesting question. What do we tell muslims?
    Maybe we should compare Mohammed to Jesus?
    Which of them was good, holy, loving and fair?

    Allah have no son. But the God from the Old Testament surely have a Son:

    Who has gone up to heaven and come down?
    Whose hands have gathered up the wind?
    Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak?
    Who has established all the ends of the earth?
    What is his name, and what is the name of his Son?
    Surely you know! (Proverbs 30,4)

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    From your jewish point of view.
    Have a nice day, brother in Christ.

  2. No one wants or can believe unless (as I wrote above):
    “Jesus has mercy on you and grants you repentance and faith in him, and by so doing bring you back from the spiritual death you deserve, you will remain in your sins. “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day” (John 6:44).”

    Do you agree?

      • You seem to mean that a sinner has to be first (logically) born again – by the grace of the Spirit, and then believe.

        In other words, regeneration comes – logically – before faith, both of which are gifts of God.

        Is the above what you mean by what you said?

    • He replied:

      Although they are powerful words and quotes from the bible, for someone like myself who is new to all of this and hence not a devout christian, how do I distinguish between what the bible says to be true and what the quran or any other religious scripture says? I do not know the quran, but I’m certain that there are similar passages that promise everlasting life if you believe and serve whilst also promising a terrible torturous death if you do not.

      There is no point quoting scripture because if I asked the opposing question to someone of another religion, they would simply quote passages from their scripture leaving me in the same position not knowing who to believe.

      Isn’t it foolish to believe something just because someone else told you? What if I were raised in a Jewish or Muslim family and never exposed to Christianity?

      There are too many questions and not enough answers.

      I replied:

      With regard to religion, there are three basic issues:

      1. Does truth exist.
      2. The nature of man.
      3. Does God exist? If yes, what is God’s nature?

      With regard to 2., what do you believe about the goodness/evil of human nature?

  3. Ezekiel 18:20
    The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father,
    neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be
    upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him
    .
    Ezekiel 18:21
    But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my
    statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die
    .
    Clearly the soul that sins shall die. Clearly, no one shall bear the iniquity (sins) of others. So Jesus
    cannot bear the sins of others either. If one is righteous then it shall be upon him, and if one commits a
    sin then it shall be upon him, and not on Jesus. Finally, the way to repentance and forgiveness is by
    turning from all sins, doing what is right, and keeping the commandments

    The verse in I John 5:1 says,
    “…Jesus is the Christ is born of God….”
    This indicates that Jesus was
    born of God, but was Jesus the only born son of God? Let us look at what the Bible says God talking to Moses
    :
    Exodus 4:22
    And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son, even my
    firstborn
    :
    Exodus 4:23
    And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if thou refuse to let
    him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn
    .
    Also, God talking about David
    :
    Psalms 89:27
    Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth
    .
    In both Exodus 4:22-23 and Psalms 89:27 Israel and David, respectively, were regarded as the first
    born sons of God. This means that Jesus was not the only born son of God. This means that the word
    “born” does not mean conception. It’s just a form of expression God used to show the closeness of
    people to Him
    .
    Finally, there were many other people mentioned in the bible as sons of God, and one of them was
    Solomon
    :
    I Chronicles 22:9
    Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give
    him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace
    and quietness unto Israel in his days
    .
    I Chronicles 22:10
    He shall build an house for my name; and he shall be my son, and I will be his
    father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel for ever
    .
    Also, remember that some of these verses are taken from the Old Testament, and that this book was
    originally written in Hebrew. Had the word born or son meant born or son in a literal sense then the
    Jews would have been ahead of everyone else in claiming their literal sonship to God, or in claiming
    the literal sonship of Solomon to God. The Jews know their language, and they know what son
    means. They know that the word “son” should not be taken literally
    .

    • The Old and the New Testament are clear that God regards Israel (in the OT) and followers of Christ (NT) as sons. Not, of course,in the genetic sense. Modern pious Jews, however, never refer to God as “Father.”

      And Muslims? Achmat Deedat says Allah has got “sons [not in the genetic sense, of course] by the tons.” Doesn’t the Quran say that Allah cannot have a son of any kind. In Islam, Allah should never, and never is, referred to as “Father.” So Deedat’s outburst is an Islamic heresy.

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