There are Gods many and Lords many.
Do not get them mixed up.
For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)
6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.
1 Corinthians 8
A number of years ago, names lost to my aging memory, I was contacted by a ministry in Canada They were very troubled by my claim that Allah and the Biblical God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob were not the same. The man calling said that they were producing “Muslim” New Testaments and in order to not offend them, it was essential that they replace all references to God with the name of Allah, the Islamic name of God. They also felt that they needed to change all references to Jesus with the Muslim name, 'Isa. My first thought was that if they were going to preach the real gospel to them, they would have to be offended.
After a lengthy back and forth dialogue where I showed them the absolute error of their changes, they agreed that their publishing such a book would water down the true gospel to the effect of negating their witness of the true nature of the trinity; God, His son Jesus and the function and person of the Holy Spirit.
In the years that have followed, numerous ministries have tried to sanitize the gospel to the extent that it is not offensive to Muslims, but their approach has been to play on what appears to be common threads between the two religions.
I am not talking about giving alms to the poor and such things. I am talking about playing name games with the nature and person of the triune God of the Bible. To do such, in my opinion is blasphemy.
Recently, the subject of rewriting scripture to suit Islamic sensitivities came up again and I did a little web searching. One blog was clear about it. The NTEB group reported:
A controversy is brewing over three reputable Christian organizations, which are based in North America, whose efforts have ousted the words “Father” and “Son” from new Bibles. Wycliffe Bible Translators, Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) and Frontiers are under fire for “producing Bibles that remove “Father,” “Son” and “Son of God” because these terms are offensive to Muslims.” January 28, 2012
In most of the cases that I have looked into, the Christian who makes the attempt usually is doing it from the outside, in. That is to say, they take the gospel and redefine the key elements of the Christian faith and sanitize them enough that they pass first inspection by the Muslim who has a totally different understanding and clearly opposing definitions of these compromised words. What the Christian has failed to do is to not come from the outside, in but to approach this from the inside, out. In simpler words, that Christina is trying to present Christian theology in Islamic terms.
The problem with that is the words have entirely different meanings to the Muslim and you are talking about apples while holding out an orange.
You need to come to the Christian theology from the Islamic point of view and by mixing up the words and their double meanings, you just bring confusion to the table.
You first have to understand that the Islamic understanding of Allah rarely coincides with the Christian understanding of God, the Father.
When you describe the first attributes of the Biblical God to a Muslim, even using their supposed name of God, you get a stare down and total confusion.
When you tell a Muslim that Allah gave his only begotten son, Isa, to die on the cross for that Muslim’s sins, you have stated something that is an impossibility for the Islamic Allah to ever have done.
If you tell the Muslim that Isa was crucified, dead and buried and then rose from the dead on the third day and ascended to sit at the right hand of Allah, you have lost him. Be lucky that you are not stoned or beheaded for blasphemy. If you are in a Muslim county count it to the good if all you get is 100 lashings and a prison sentence.
The entire issue revolves around the actual theology of Islam and that of orthodox Christianity. Obviously, both stem from the old testament people and their relationship with God..
First it is necessary that we look at when the division of the two people groups took place.
God clearly said that while he would make a great nation of Ishmael, and he would be blessed, he stated that His covenant, however, was with and through Isaac. God had also foretold of the combative, wild nature of Ismael and his generations. He said that he would be a wild man and that he and his generations would be at war against every man or nation.
This is probably the most direct description of the Islamic people who worship and adore the prophet Mohammed, an exact replica of Ishmael, the illegitimate child of Abraham and Hagar.
Gen 16:11 And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Behold, thou art with child and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the Lord hath heard thy affliction.
12 And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.
19 And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.
Gen 17: 20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.
21 But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.
So, before we even get into the two theologies, we already see that each group had its separate relationship with God and that God’s covenant was with Isaac and his generations, not with Ishmael.
The God of the Bible exists outside creation and the the Muslim Allah is a stone, a small to medium , crescent meteor rock. Hence the depiction of the crescent moon on most if not all Muslim nations' flags and the literature of the Muslim faith. It represents the Moon Deity.
A meteorite is a piece of iron, stone, or stony-iron composite that has fallen to Earth from outer space. Most meteorites originated within the Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter, and were once part of a planet or large asteroid. A few meteorites come from the Moon and Mars, and a few others may possibly be fragments of comets.
This Allah god does not represent the God who created the moon and all the heavens nor does it represent the God who gave his only begotten son...for our sins and through him gave us the gift of eternal life.
Allah is a god who requires that man give their sons to him in martyrdom.. a total reverse of Who God is and what He asks of us.
The Jewish people are beloved of the God of the Bible, in spite of their many sins. The Jewish people and their Christian offspring are cursed of Allah and their holy book, the Koran calls for their deaths and even the youngest of the Muslim world are taught to hate and despise Jews and Christians.
Leaving dozens of other scriptures aside, the Biblical God tells us to love our enemies., a doctrine that is unheard of in Islam. In Islam they are to convert by their word or kill by the sword.
Islam says it is a good thing to kill a daughter, an killing of honor, should that daughter dishonor the Muslim father by doing any one of a hundred things offensive to Allah. In Christianity, our God teaches the principle of forgiveness. A process rarely if a ever seen in Islamic dogma.
In Christianity, heaven is a wonderful place, to be in the presence of Christ.. In Islam one gets to that heaven by a lifetime of works, especially in terrorist deaths where the Muslim is able to kill innocent Jews with a bomb strapped to the waist. In fact, that martyr gets a eternal supply of virgins to satisfy his every need.
To the Christian, Jesus is God come in the flesh, He is the Aplha and the Omega, He is the way the Truth and the life and no man comes to the Father except though him..
In Islam, Isa’ was not the son of God, not born of a virgin, not hung on cross, not raised from the dead, is not our advocate with the Father, not the way to salvation. He is a prophet who pointed to the last and true prophet, Mohammed. He may return, but only as a witness of Mohammed.
Different god, different gospel, different Jesus, totally different world view. There is one God above all gods and idols and the God of the Bible is above and beyond this false moon deity god and to use our God’s name as synonymous with Allah is pure blasphemy.
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