1/11/12

'Chrislam' Makes No Sense

Leaders in Christianity and Islam have met together for months to try to create a new religion ~ an ecumenical merger of two opposing creeds. They call it "Chrislam."

A Christian Coalition's newsletter reported that 130 Christian leaders in 22 states have already joined the "Chrislam" bandwagon. Christians and Muslims worship the same God, they say, and both religions are essentially the same: peaceful and monotheistic with similar values.

This is a lie from the pit. Like oil and water, the two religions can never mix, and here's why:

They are different concerning their view of God.
Christians believe in one God who exists in three distinct persons (the Trinity): God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)
Muslims believe in one God, also (named Allah in Arabic), but do not believe in the trinity. They believe in the absolute unity of God (Qur'an 112:1).

They have different holy books of authority.
Christians believe in the Bible, which God gave to man. Bible writers were inspired by God in their writings... it is the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16). The Bible was given to reveal man and show the way man could be redeemed, by believing in the work of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, on their behalf (Ephesians 1:7)
The Muslim Qur'an (or Koran), meaning "recitation," was revealed to the prophet Mohammed over a period of about 20 years... the final revelation of Allah. It is a book of guidance for this life.

They differ in their understanding of the identity, mission, and death of Jesus Christ.
Christian theology teaches that Jesus is the second person of the Trinity, born to the Virgin Mary, but of the Holy Spirit. "...true God from true God" (Nicene Creed). He claimed to be God (John 10:30;14:9-10); He is God in the flesh (John 1:1-3, 14), the final revelation of God to man (Hebrews 1:1-3). He came to reconcile man to God through His death, a sacrifice for the sins of the world (Colossians 1:14-17). He was crucified and buried, but He rose again and ascended to heaven (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).
Islam teaches that Jesus was a prophet sent by Allah and born of the Virgin Mary, but not divine (Qur'an 5:17). Jesus' mission was to proclaim the Injil (gospel) which was corrupted over time by human additions and alterations. He was not crucified, but Allah raised him to heaven (Quran 4:157-158).

They differ in their understanding of the Holy Spirit.

In Christianity, He is the third person of the Trinity (He is Deity.)
In Islam, he is identical to the angel Gabriel, who appeared to Mohammed, giving him the Qur'an's text.

They differ in their understanding of sin and salvation.

The Christian Bible teaches that we inherit our sinful nature through Adam, but that Jesus atoned for our sins through his death on the cross (Romans 5:12-17). We are save by grace through faith in Jesus (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Muslims do not believe in original sin, nor vicarious atonement. All humans are born sinless, and human weakness leads to sin. Adam and Eve repented and their sin did not pass to others. Salvation is achieved through good works. Personal righteousness must outweigh personal sin (Qur'an 23:101-103)

They are different in how they approach "unbelievers."
For example, in spite of aberrations in history like The Crusades, Christians are taught hold firmly to sound doctrine, but also to love their neighbors and seek peace, with the hope that the world will see the love of Christ through them. Non-believers are not to be forced into becoming believers, but rather prayed for and shown a godly example.
Muslims, however, are taught to make infidels (non-Muslims) submit to Allah and the Qur'an at the risk of death. Jihad, or holy war, is encouraged against unbelievers as a means of bringing them into submission. By definition, Christians and Jews are "infidels."

There are many other differences in understanding of hell, various rituals, and basic philosophy or worldview.

So ... how, exactly, can we justify a unified religion like "Chrislam"? What must be left behind or compromised by Christians in order for this new religion to work? It is beyond me how Christians can choose to tolerate such faulty thinking.

For more information about "Chrislam," see: "What is Chrislam?" "The Rise of Chrislam?" and "Chrislam and the Gospel of Islam."

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