Friday, March 20, 2020
This issue has been mind-boggling to experts for centuries! It seems to me that we cannot consider the subject adequately or answer correctly unless we define:
- who God is,
- what it means to be a Christian or a Muslim, and
- what worship involves.
According to the Bible, God is love. He exists in three Persons, co-equal and co-eternal: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Further, God in his love became man and redeemed us at the cross.
Muslims reject those most basic biblical doctrines which are essential to true Christian faith. They believe that there is one God and that Muhammad is his apostle. They reject the doctrine of the Trinity, as well as Jesus’ death on the cross and his resurrection.
Based on these differences in fundamental beliefs, it is not possible that Muslims and Christians worship the same God.
Yet, the following concepts about God are common to the two groups: He is eternal, he is one, he is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe and he is the Judge of all. However, while there are similarities between the two concepts of God, they are by no means the same. There is a big difference between similarity and sameness.
Jesus Christ, the visible image of the invisible God, we worship you. You existed before anything that was created. You are supreme over all creation (Colossians 1:15).
Thank you for the cross. You died to redeem us and save us from sin. You rose again to raise us up to belong to you and serve you.
I pray for Muslims; may they realize who you are, believe in you and accept you as their Lord and Savior. Open their spiritual eyes to see the importance of what you did for all of us. Help them know that you died for all of us to give us life—rich, satisfying life (John 10:10).
May they come to you in humility, faith and repentance to acknowledge you as Lord over all lords and King over all kings.
All glory and power to you for ever and ever! Amen (1 Peter 4:11).
I shall show myself great and holy and make myself known to many nations. Then they will know that I am the LORD (Ezekiel 38:23, REB).