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Discussion in 'Controversial Christian Theology' started by mathinspiration, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. mathinspiration

    mathinspiration Member

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    Does it only work when Christians talk or with other religions? Is possible to have common ground with other faiths or only with other Christians?
     
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  2. Apostoliclife

    Apostoliclife New Member

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    Absolutely it works with other religions. Judaism is the next closest to Christianity as it is out of Judaism that Christianity grew. John Paul II was a major proponent of interfaith dialogue during his life. In addition to reaching out to many protestant and Orthodox Churches, he embraced common ground with Muslims and Jews.

    All three of these major religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), have common roots and a common god although he has different names. I am personally much impressed by muslims who pray six times a day and wish for Christians too to do as the Bible says and pray seven times a day.
     
  3. SkyWriting

    SkyWriting The Librarian Supporter

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    If you keep in mind there is only one God, then you should be able to interact with other religions as smoothly as Jesus did. Which was for the most part, quite well.
     
  4. Tolworth John

    Tolworth John Well-Known Member

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    Certainly Christians can work with other faith groups where there is a common goal and certainly we can be challenged by the zeal of people from other faith groups.

    But common ground. Christianity teaches that Jesus is the Only way to God. Which means all other faiths that do not recognise this are in error.
     
  5. Basil the Great

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    Judaism, Islam and Christianity all worship the God of Abraham, so one would hope that common ground can be found. The problem is that Islam and Christianity both teach exclusivity in regards to salvation. However, Judaism does not, It teaches that those who abide by the Noahide laws, regardless of one's faith, will have a place in Heaven.
     
  6. David Kent

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    What do Muslims pray for, and who do they pray to?
     
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    Ron Gurley What U See is What U Get!

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    dreadnought Lip service isn't really service. Supporter

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    I just replied to a post similar to this post. I, for one, think it would be good to have dialogue with all religions, at least those who believe in a loving God. Keep in mind that there those who would like to see all Christians dead.
     
  9. JIMINZ

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    Do you really believe the god the Muslims pray to 7 times a day is the same God you pray to?

    Was Muhammad a Prophet of the God you believe in as a Christian?

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    Do you pray 7 times a day, owing to the fact your so impressed with them?

    If not, why not?
     
  10. JIMINZ

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    What other Religions did Jesus interact with, He told His Disciples to not go into the cities of the Gentiles, only the cities of the Jews.

    Jesus said of Himself He was not sent but to the Lost Sheep of the house of Israel.
     
  11. JIMINZ

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    Islam does not worship the God of Abraham, neither do they acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah, the Only Begotten Son of God.
     
  12. JIMINZ

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    They pray to Allah, the false god of Muhammad the false prophet.
     
  13. JIMINZ

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    How about before we attempt to get Jews, Christians, and Muslims, together, we get Christians together first.

    What do you think would be the reaction this coming Sunday if, a contingent of 25 Pentecostals showed up at a Southern Baptist Church?

    Or 25 Catholics at a Pentecostal Church?

    If there is ever any National Disaster, everyone from every Denomination shows up and works together, but the minute it is under control, they all retreat back to their own set boundaries.

    Why would you suppose that is?
     
  14. amariselle

    amariselle Jesus Never Fails

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    What do you mean by "common ground"?
     
  15. amariselle

    amariselle Jesus Never Fails

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    Muslims do not worship the God of Abraham. The God of Abraham (the true God), as Scripture says, gave His only begotten Son for our salvation. Jesus is the Son of God. (And God Himself)

    Allah has no son.

    Yet you say that Allah and the God of Abraham are the same?
     
  16. amariselle

    amariselle Jesus Never Fails

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    Allah (god of the Muslims) has no son.

    So, if the true God, as revealed in Scripture, has a Son (His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ) and Allah has no son, is it true that Muslims worship the same God, but just by another name?
     
  17. Apostoliclife

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    Neither does the God of the Jews, Yahweh, have an son in the Old Testament. We definitely give different attributes to God, the most notable of which is his triune nature. Christians believe in the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Jews don't believe in a triune God. Both Christians and Jews believe in one God. The Christians just believe that the one God is triune.

    If you want to use God's son as a reason to say that Muslims don't worship the same God, they you also need to say that Jews don't worship the same God as the Christians. If you say this, then you have to deny that the Old Testament speaks about the one, true God.
     
  18. Apostoliclife

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    I don't want to say that they worship God rightly. To say that we have common ground is not to say that Muhammad was a true prophet of God. I pray seven times a day insofar as I try to speak with God as I go about my daily life. There is however an ancient Christian tradition of praying seven times a day that has been upheld by priest and religious in the Catholic, Anglican, and Orthodox traditions. If you go to a vibrant Benedictine Abbey, you will find them singing the psalms seven times a day. This is a beautiful ideal prayer that is not attainable for us living in the world, however, that does not mean we can ignore the value in it.

    PS I was wrong. Muslims pray 5 times a day.
     
  19. Apostoliclife

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    I don't know how they pray. To ask what they pray for limits pray to simple prays of petition. Prayer is primarily adoration of God.

    They pray to Allah. Allah is just the Arabic word for God. I believe Spanish speakers praying to Dios still pray to God. They pray to the one almighty God. There is only one almighty God. Did he reveal himself to Muhammad? Probably not. Do we worship the same monotheistic almighty God of Abraham? Yes
     
  20. amariselle

    amariselle Jesus Never Fails

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    Scripture is absolutely clear that Jesus is God and that He is eternal.

    We give different attributes to God? Actually, it is Scripture that reveals to us God's "Triune nature." We most certainly should not personally give attributes to God, we must hold to His divinely inspired word. It is very important that we do not go against what God has revealed to us in the Bible about Himself.

    The Jews do indeed acknowledge the true God, but in rejecting Jesus Christ, Who is God, they have rejected God.

    As for Islam, Allah has no son, and Jesus is just a prophet, perhaps a wise teacher, but certainly not the Saviour and not God.

    So, people need to be careful in claiming that Muslims worship the same God as Christians.

    False.

    The Jews have rejected God, because they have rejected His Son, Jesus Christ, Who is Himself God. (And is in fact foretold all through the OT Scriptures)

    The Muslims say Allah has no son and reduce Jesus to simply a prophet at best.

    Faith in Jesus Christ our Saviour, God incarnate, Who came in flesh (the Word became flesh and dwelt among us) to give us, who believe, eternal life, is precisely what makes a Christian a Christian and separates Christianity from all other faiths or religions.

    Jesus is the only Way, Truth and Life. The majority of Jews and the Muslims reject Jesus Christ as Saviour and as God. We should be careful we don't make the claim that they are correct in any way in doing so by suggesting that we all worship the same God. (And that perhaps we can therefore put aside all differences and just come together in some kind of unity). Bottom line, those who reject Jesus Christ, reject God.

    The point is, the difference between Christianity and Judaism and Islam is Jesus Christ and Who He is. That's pretty important, don't you think?
     
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