Is God and Allah one in the same?
In my ongoing series: Demystifying God, I will answer the question, Is God and Allah one and the same? This series will give a clear picture of who God is from a Christian perspective. In our culture, many speak about God and have assumptions that are generated by social media, family traditions, and radical extremism. It is in vogue to suggest that the God for Christians, Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims is one and the same. However, anyone who does any digging will quickly find out that this claim is ridiculous. Still, we see this presented as accepted fact, and worse, if you don’t agree; then you are some kind of bigot, racial intolerant, and right-wing fundamentalist.
Here are some quick differences;
According to Arab American National Museum website, “Monotheism literally means "the belief in only one God". The central values of family, charity, and respect for others are shared by these three religions. Throughout history, these religions have spread from their birthplace, crossing the boundaries of race and ethnicity, with followers in nearly every country in the world.”
This is the narrative that is being espoused today, One God – similar values, and to believe otherwise is narrow minded and antagonistic. The truth is, there are vast fundamental differences between the Christian God and the Muslim God and their similarities are trifle and insignificant. Yet it seems that the majority of Muslims (excluding the radicals) believe there are no major differences. At the same time, Christians in North America are increasingly coming to accept God and Allah as the same, just with different practices.
I recognize there is an increasing tension between Christians and Muslims. My goal is not to denigrate Muslims. The scripture is clear that we are to love our neighbor, no matter his religion, his sexual orientation, or his moral disposition. However, to love someone doesn’t mean I have to agree with them. This is the core thought of the Gospel, “for God so loved the world that he gave his Son” (John 3:16) God took the initiative and made it possible for humans to be at peace with God. This one point makes Christianity stand out from all others. Every religion, including Muslim, has criteria that needs to be fulfilled in order to appease God, except Christianity. God himself became a man and became our appeasement. My relationship with God is not based on what I do for him, but what He did for me. This one concept alone changes everything. Because of Jesus, I can be a God child, complete with family privileges. (Romans 8:14-17)
This Sunday, I will clearly outline the differences between the God of Christianity and the God of Muslims. What we believe affects our life, our outcomes, and our destinies. We will be respectful and truthful. If you have any questions after the talk, I would be happy to endeavor to answer them. I look forward to seeing you this Sunday.
Monday May 6 to the 11th, Doreen and I along with some of our leadership team from KCF will be attending the Fellowship of Christian Assemblies convention called Focalize in Vancouver. Please pray that each of the 216 leaders coming from across Canada will be blessed, inspired, and energized for the Kingdom of God. Pray also that all the financial needs for the convention will be met, for safety for those traveling, and a real time of connection with each other.
Kelly Eckes will be sharing the Mother’s Day message on May 12th. Please invite your mom, grandmas, sisters, daughters and grand daughters for an awesome time of blessing and rejoicing in Sisterhood. Kelly will be sharing from the Book of Ruth. Every Mother present will be presented with a gift.
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