Wednesday, July 26, 2006

DO MUSLIMS AND CHRISTIANS WORSHIP THE SAME GOD?

Thought provoking article from an Australian perspective:

The Rev Franklin Graham, son of the famous evangelist Billy Graham, is on record saying about Islam ‘I believe it is a very evil and wicked religion’. More extreme still, past president of the Southern Baptist Convention in the US, the Rev Jerry Vines, is on record saying that Muhammad, Islam’s founder, is ‘a demon possessed paedophile.’ Clearly neither believes that Muslims and Christians worship the same God.

In his inaugural sermon as Dean of St Andrew’s Cathedral in Sydney, the Very Rev Phillip Jensen made the logically valid point that, given their competing truth claims, not every religion can be true. Dean Jensen went on to characterise false religions, ie non-Christian religions, as evil and satanic, leading their followers astray from the true God. He didn’t specify Islam but the implication was there.

Atheists say that no religion is true; all are false. Spiritualising relativists – probably Australia’s largest religious group (behind the census fa├žade of nominal membership of Christian churches) – tend to see all mainstream religions as true; each pointing to the same God or to the same transcendent or supernatural realm. But is this so? Read More.

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