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Between Allah & Jesus: Part 2a

In the latest post from Peter Kreefts book, “Between Allah And Jesus,” the question of Muslims and Christians having a common source came up.  I asked Aziz Poonwalla for his take on this and also what it means for a Muslim to call a Christian an “Associator?”

See Aziz’s responses here.
In return Aziz asks me, why Christians so recalcitrant to admit that we have the same source?  Why do we find it so hard to admit the obvious, “Same God–different theology?”
I think that the answer is two fold:  Ignorance and Fear.
Ignorance:  In my experience, the average Christian doesn’t know the common origins of our two faiths.  That is, we haven’t even thought about Isaac & Ishmael and the obvious implications.
Fear:  As Christians we are convinced that while there are many ways to Jesus there is only one way to God.  And to not see Jesus as the way makes a difference for time and eternity.  It should be easy for us to admit “same God–different theology,” but I think that we are afraid that if we admit (give ground) then we are compromising our fundamentals.
I don’t think that these reasons are valid but, nonetheless, I do think they represent reality.
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posted June 15, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Thought provoking. I’ll have to chew on that one for a little while.
Makes me think of the common stories (or “memories”) shared by vastly different cultures–how often someone from an isolated tribal culture will have a Garden of Paradice story and a Tower to the Heavens story similar to the ones I’m familiar with. (Because inspite of our vast cultural differences, we have similar roots…or perhaps God has revealed something of Himself that is common to us both…)
Also makes me think of the importance of teaching good, rich theology in churches. Taking intelligent, challenging theology classes was one tool that God used to help begin to “unstick” the tangles in my mind and open me up to more freely recieve His grace in my life.

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posted June 23, 2010 at 1:32 am

Theology should be determined by what God says about himself. Either the God of the koran, and the God of the bible or not the same, or God is schizophrinic. These two books present very different views of God. The fact that they are both presented from a related group of people is irrelevant. You can have two sibllings in the same household that have very different views of not only God, but many other things in life.

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posted August 21, 2010 at 9:57 am

The Holy Bible is the inspired, infallible written word of God. When the Holy Ghost moved upon men to write the books of the Bible, this was God’s way of speaking to us. We are blessed to have the bible. It is God’s love letter to us as humans. He loves everyone of us for He has created us all. He has created us to love and worship Him. We need to take the bible for what it is-the TRUTH. Read it and imagine God talking to you. Ask Him to open your mind and heart to His TRUTH. When we do this, we know that Jesus is the answer to humanity-he is the way, the truth, and the life. He is the ONLY way to God. Without him, we can never see God. We are not righteous in ourselves-we are all sinners-God sent Jesus to die in our place so that we could be with Him in heaven. He loves us this much. All we need to do is believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Accept him and believe and invite him into your heart>>>

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