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Adonay and gods of religion: not the same

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Submitted by jennifer solis (United States), Oct 8, 2007 at 19:18

When I read the comment by President Bush, "I believe that all the world, whether they be Muslim, Christian, or any other religion, prays to the same God.", I felt like a bucket of ice-water had been dumped over my head. Sure, I've heard the President say, "Freedom is the Alimighty's gift to every person.", and although it irks me (man is created with volition, it is not a gift), nothing has hit me like seeing the above comment from our President in print.

While I know our President is not exactly a theologian, such a blanket statement still, initially, overwhelmed me. But while there is feeling in thought, there is no thought in feeling. After calming down, looking at the subject with objectivity, is Allah God?

In Daniel Pipes' article, "Is Allah God?", June 28, 2005, Dr. Pipes after introducing the subject writes a paragraph prefaced by the word "Scriptural" and goes on to site examples of the Koran. Under "Historical", Dr. Pipes writes (the Koran) introduced mistakes Moses and Jesus made in the 'Word of God'.

"Furthermore," Dr. Pipes writes,"most Jew and Christians who speak Arabic routinely use the word Allah to refer to God". Of course. They are speaking Arabic. Americans and other English speaking peoples use the word "God" because they are speaking English. People who speak Hebrew use the word "Elohim" because they are speaking....Hebrew.

It's the definition, what the name represents scripturally, and the belief system designated by the 'god' in question included therein, that separates the God of Christianity from the god of Islam. And from all other "religion", as a matter of fact.

Websters Dictionary defines "religion"- 1.belief in and worship of God or gods 2.a specific system of belief, worship,etc., often involving a code of ethics

Websters Dictionary defines "heaven"- 1.the visible sky; firmament 2.Theological, a. a state or place of complete happiness, etc. attained by the good after death; b.the abode of God and his angels

attained by the good after death - Islam teaches that it's ultimately the will of Allah with regards to whether or not a Muslim will reach 'paradise' (heaven), but being a "good" Muslim increases his chances - the Pillars of Islam: pilgrimage to Mecca, giving to the poor, killing the kaffir in times of Jihad, etc.

Religion, ALL religion can be defined as man by man's efforts to gain the approbation of God.

Christianity stands out as the ONLY belief in the history of humankind that is entirely based on the merit of God, not the merit of man.

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23)

Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved (Acts 16:31)

I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me (John 14:6)

For by grace are you saved, through faith, and that salvation is not of yourselves, it is a gift of God, and not of works, lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9)

He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him (John 3:36)

Once a person believes in Christ, he never looses his salvation. And I give eternal life to them, and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand (John 10:28; Romans 8:38-39). We are forever members of God's family. For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus (Galations 3:26).

All of this is possible, once again, through who and what God is; He sent His Son to die on the Cross, to pay our 'ransom', to pay the price for our sins (John 3:16). When we believe that, we express faith. Faith is non-meritorious. It requires no "works" on our part ( Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23). Christians receive eternal life because of who and what God is, not who and what we are (John 5:24; John 11:25; John 14:6; Romans 8:12; John 3:16-18; Acts 16:31; 2 Corinthians 5:21). Again, all religion is based on works. Christianity is based on the Cross.

Islam's 'god' is the god of a religion based on works (The Pillars of Islam; Mecca pilgrimage, Jihad, etc.) to please Allah; maybe you'll get to paradise.

Christianity's God requires non-meritorious faith in his Son. Once having expressed this non-meritorous faith, you receive eternal life. Ironclad.

I'm disappointed that President Bush said what he said. But the Bible is so clear; the original languages is the key. I've been privileged by God's grace in that I've studied the Bible in the original Greek and Hebrew under a pastor teacher for over thirty years. Martin Luther (1483-1546), a German Reformation leader also concurred faith alone in Christ alone as the way of salvation, not to mention many scholars of the original languages (Greek and Hebrew of the Bible) since then.

Never does the Bible contradict itself. Man has done a fantastical job of screwing up scripture. But like the verse says, "seek and ye shall find". The Truth of The Mind of Christ, the Bible, is "sharper than any sword". Anyone who desires the Truth of the Word will receive it.

Allah, the god of Islam, and Adonay, the God of Christianity, are not the same. -JS

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the biginning and the end. -Revelation 22:13.

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