In this video clip Rev. Georges Houssney and young believer Elias discuss the differences between Islam and Christianity. Both were raised among Muslims in the Middle East and know the differences between Islam and Christianity from both study and experience. Although a the differences between Islam an Christianity are many, and a full discussion is beyond the scope of this video, Georges Houssney and Elias present to us the most significant ones from their perspective:
- How we get to heaven. Islam, like every religion except Christianity, offers its followers a system of works. By works and religious practices (deen), Muslims hope to gain Allah’s approval and increase their chance of being accepted into paradise.
- Rules vs. Relationship. Islam offers a system of rules. Christianity offers a personal relationship with God as our Father and Savior. We are to walk in fellowship with Jesus and do the things that he did. (I John 1:7 & 2:6)
- External vs. Internal. Islam strives to improve a person, and society, through external indicators: rules and appearances. Christianity is about internal attitude and heart change.
- Works vs. Grace. In Christianity God saves us by his grace, not by our works, so our salvation is based on God’s power, not ours! Christians are called upon to do good works, but these works are a result of our thankfulness for salvation, not to earn it. (Galatians 5:13,14)
- Salvation is a free Gift. In Jesus sacrificial death, God paid the price for our sins. All we have to do is humble ourselves to receive it. If we confess our sins, God forgives them (I John 1:9).
Houssney tells us to read the Bible to learn more about God.