Do I need to be an expert in Islam to talk about my faith?
We both believe in God. What's the difference?
Why is it so hard for a Muslim to consider leaving Islam?
How can I learn more?
No, but a little bit of knowledge will go a long way to understanding your Muslim friend. Muslims are taught that the Bible is not trustworthy, that the Trinity is nonsensical and Jesus is not God, and other arguments against Christian beliefs. Spend a little bit of time learning how to answer these core questions Muslims have about Christian beliefs.
Check out the Learning More section for some resources.
“Like all good questions, the answer is more complex than most want, but I am confident of my position: Muslims and Christians do not worship the same God, but given the complexity of the matter we all ought to stop demonizing those who disagree with us.” – Nabeel Quershi.
Although the two religions share some terminology and even some theology (monotheism, for instance), Islam is fundamentally different from Christianity. Islam is a works-oriented religion, while Christian faith is based on salvation by grace through faith as a result of the shed blood of Christ.
In Islam, if God wants to forgive sin, He simply says, “It is forgiven.” Christianity recognizes the necessity of the shedding of blood for the forgiveness of sin (Hebrews 9:22).
“The factors that hold a Muslim to his religion are usually only about 10 percent theological and 90 percent cultural. Muslims have to fit into a larger group of people in order to feel secure and “belong.” This could be an extended family, a network of friends, etc. In this “community” (the Muslim term for this is, “umma”) there is tremendous security and safety. If they ever lose their job, no problem! Their “community” will help them out until a new job is found.
When Muslims are confronted with the claims of Christ, they may know it to be truth, but they are more worried about leaving their “community” than they are about not having the truth. Muslims need to first find a “community” of Christians that they can belong to before they will leave their “community” of Muslims. And in most Muslim areas, there are no acceptable Christian “communities,” which makes it very difficult for Muslims to follow Christ.” -- christiananswers.net