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"DO CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS WORSHIP THE SAME GOD?" - And 5 Reasons Why

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"DO CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS WORSHIP THE SAME GOD?" - And 5 Reasons Why

When I hear Christians rail about the differences between "Allah" and "Yahweh," I have to wonder: When did this become the kind of question you can answer with two columns of verses chosen from different books? And when did it stop being the kind of question that can only be answered in the deepest recesses of a human heart? 

The real thing to realize here is that making Jesus exclusive in the way a lot of us do does not make him greater. It makes him smaller. A tiny God for a privileged few... Essentially, if you ignore the inclusiveness Jesus models - beyond any religious or non-religious affiliation - how can you be honoring him? You are "holding the line" in a battle you were never asked to wage. You are fighting over national borders while claiming to serve the King of the Universe. And when people trumpet John 14:6 to say "no one comes to the Father except through the Son," they are missing a crucial detail... It's Jesus' call. Which means... It's. Not. Yours.

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The Fires of Babylon...

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The Fires of Babylon...

Do we not see the danger of promoting the same God as Babylon under a different name? Do we not see that Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego are not just standing up to the Babylonian version of that God, but to that notion of God in general?

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"LOVE THE SINNER; HATE THE SIN." - Part I

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"LOVE THE SINNER; HATE THE SIN." - Part I

If we allow hate to sit alongside love, thinking we can perfectly compartmentalize the two, we will inevitably find that it does not work. Hate trumps love, because love will not share its bed and sell out. Love will not be bullied or compromised or mistaken. Love will not be treated as secondary to its exact opposite. And we should not be surprised at how easy it is for us to relinquish the place of love in our hearts when we’re so hung up on keeping room for hate in there.

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