Most Christians where I live don’t know very much about Islam. In fact, they are often surprised when they learn how many things we agree upon.
Here are things both Muslims and Christians agree about, concerning God:
God created the world, and the entire universe.
God is merciful and forgives those who come to Him in repentance.
God revealed Himself to Abraham, the Patriarchs, Moses, David, the Prophets and Jesus.
God wants widows and orphans and the poor looked after.
God is all-powerful, holy, and good.
God is our Maker, and deserves our complete fidelity, love, awe and obedience.
God does not love aggressive violence.
God wants humans to exhibit integrity, truthfulness, a just society, and mercy.
God will hold humans accountable for how they have lived.
Here are things both Muslims and Christians agree about, concerning Jesus:
Jesus was sent from God.
Jesus performed miracles, and was sinless.
Jesus was miraculously born of the Virgin Mary.
Jesus was “sign for all nations.”
Jesus is the Messiah, the Word of God, the Truth of God, the Spirit from God.
Jesus was taken to heaven and is alive now.
Jesus is returning to judge and rule the world as its king, doing away with all evil.
I think the agreements within these two lists provide a strong foundation for Christians and Muslims to be friends and dialogue partners. There have been many close friendships between Muslims and Christians down through the centuries, including in Muhammad’s generation.
Jesus once said: “Blessed be the peacemakers”