Do Moslems, Christians, and others worship the same God?
American Christian leaders either hedged or else expressed mild dismay recently when President George W. Bush, visiting England, told reporters at a televised news conference that Moslems and Christians worship the same God.
"I believe we worship the same God," the London-Telegraph newspaper, (Nov. 24, 2003) quoted Bush as saying.
|President Bush paid homage to Allah in a visit to the
Moslem temple in Washington, D.C. last year at the feast of Eid
al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Moslem holy month, Ramadan.
Christian leaders back home in the U.S.A., supportive of President Bush because of his pro-Zionist Israel policy, were reluctant to criticize his remarks. Richard Land, president and CEO of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, the Southern Baptist Convention's agency for "applied Christianity" (social and moral concerns), said that Bush "is simply mistaken."
Meanwhile, Reverend Ted Haggard, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, suggested that the God of Islam and the God of Christianity "seem to be different personalities."
"Seem to be different personalities?" Sounds like the Reverend Haggard is trying to dodge the issue, doesn't it?
Gary Bauer, president of the American Values Coalition, said it might have been better if President Bush himself had just dodged the question. "He's not a theologian," said Bauer. "He would be well advised to punt that kind of question."
Well, excuse me, Mr. Bauer, but does a man have to be a theologian to be able to discern between the Lord God and a clear counterfeit of the devil?
I wonder, have any of these cowardly men heard about "earnestly contending for the faith" (Jude, vs 1)? Have they not ever considered the blunt words of the prophet Elijah who declared, "If the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him" (I Kings 18:21)? Are they so jaded and apathetic they do not recall the very first of God's Ten Commandments, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me?"
Imagine! President Bush, an avowed Christian believer, proclaims to all the world via the press that Islam's bloodthirsty false god, Allah, is the same God that Christians worship. And these supposed Christian leaders tap dance around the issue.
In fact, Islam and Christianity do not worship the same God. Not by a long shot. Moslems fiercely deny the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Moslem holy book, The Koran, says, "Allah had no son," whereas the Holy Bible testifies, "He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life" (I John 5:12).
Why should we not take the Moslem at his word? He's right; Allah had no Son. Why? Because Allah is not the true God. Now, that is the plain truth, and no man who belongs to Christ would ever deny it. So where does that leave George W. Bush and these three evangelical compromisers?