Previously, the Isa and Islam staff published an article titled “Eight Reasons Why Christian Worship is Flawed According to Islam.” Readers wrote to us with more “defects”. Let’s discuss these three flaws in Christian worship services.
1. Worshipping on Sundays, not the Sabbath
It’s Jewish tradition to worship Allah on the Sabbath. Allah says to keep the Sabbath holy but doesn’t command people to worship Him on a specific day.
Why do Christians worship on Sundays? Because Isa Al-Masih rose from the dead on Sunday. It’s a remembrance that Isa, the Messiah, is the Savior and now is in heaven.
2. Not having a Qibla
Both Islam and Christianity believe that Isa [Jesus] is in heaven now. It’s written in the Quran that, “. . . Allah said, ‘O Jesus, indeed I will take you and raise you to Myself . . .’” (Qs 3:55).
Christians don’t have a Qibla because Isa conquered death and rose to heaven. Muslims pray towards Mecca because they believe the Quran instructs them to do so. Praying in a certain direction doesn’t guarantee our prayers will be answered. It’s about to whom we pray.
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3. Not following the teaching of Isa Al-Masih
Muslims claim that Christians don’t follow Isa Al-Masih’s teachings. Isa wants believers to worship Allah with their sincere hearts, not just follow traditions. Isa Al-Masih commands believers to worship Allah through the Lord’s Prayer, singing and communion.
- The Lord’s Prayer – Isa told His followers to pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Gospels, Matthew 6:10-13).
- Singing – Isa sang hymns with his disciples before His crucifixion (Gospels, Matthew 26:30). The Prophet David worshiped Allah by writing hymns in the Holy Book of Psalms. Therefore, Christians worship through songs.
- Communion – Isa gave his disciples bread and grape juice the night before his crucifixion. Communion is for Isa’s followers to remember Isa’s sacrifice, which forgives their sins and allows them to go to heaven.
While Muslims see these things as flaws in Christian worship services, the truth is Christians are simply worshipping Allah according to the Taurat, Zabur, and Injil. The purpose of their worship is to glorify Allah and to thank their Savior, Isa Al-Masih, for saving them from the eternal punishment of hell.
SOME QUESTIONS FOR THE COMMENT SECTION BELOW
We encourage our readers to comment on the article above. Comments that don’t directly relate to the topic will be removed. Please start a dialogue with us by focusing on one of the following questions:
- Why is worshipping Allah with a sincere heart more important than worshipping on a specific day?
- What’s the purpose of the Qibla? Can the Qibla guarantee your prayers will be answered?
- Why do believers remember Isa’s sacrifice on the cross through communion?
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