“Are the God of Christianity and Allah of the Quran the same, just different names? Why is there so much insistence that we must choose one or the other?”
Perhaps one of the best ways to determine whether God and Allah are indeed the same is to look at what each says about various topics in the books that have been written in their names, the Bible and the Quran.
Christians believe Jesus is the Son of God. Along with the Holy Spirit, He is co-equal and eternally existing with God the Father. Because of God’s grace and mercy extended to fallen, sinful humanity, Jesus came to earth to be the perfect sacrifice that would allow humanity to be redeemed from sin. Faith in Christ allows Christians to experience eternal life.
For Muslims, Jesus was no more than a great prophet. He is looked upon favorably, but not believed to be God, God’s son or eternally existing. Muslims believed Allah raised Jesus to heaven, but don’t believe
I remember the day I felt heaven kiss earth.
I stood next to my youngest daughter, desperately praying for faith to believe what I could not see. I stood welcoming person after person offering condolences, sharing tears as each passed by her tiny casket. My body stood, but my mind? It swirled with questions and uncertainties, attempting to grasp the wisp of reality that eluded me.
How was I going to survive her death?
Was she really gone or was she somewhere else?
Was heaven for real?
Stories played like movies through my mind after my sweet girl died. Stories I studied in Scripture. Stories I had read to her. Like flipping through a Rolodex, I longed to find that ONE—THE story that would satisfy my longing for truth. (more…)
I have a confession: Sometimes I use words without knowing what they mean. This habit began in the first grade with the “Pledge of Allegiance.” I said “republic, liberty, and justice,” but I really did not know what they meant. Even when I memorized the definition, I didn’t fully grasp all the power of the words until adulthood.
If I do not know a word now, I just use the context to make a guess and keep on reading. I gave up trying to keep up with teen slang about a decade ago. The reason I bring this up is that when I talk with or about Christians lately, we have to define terms. Words that I have used for almost 50 years seem to have a different meaning. (more…)
Noah: Living in Fact and Truth
By ALisa Casas
Being human can be hard. Imagine what it must be like to be a hero. Or, as the Bible puts it, to be “men of renown “(Genesis 6:4b). Noah was one such man; he was a hero of his day. When he was born, his family had great expectations for his future. They named him Noah and said, “He will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the Lord has cursed” (Genesis 5:28b). Noah was destined to accomplish great feats.
Prior to his 600th birthday, very little is recorded about the Noah’s day to day life.
We assume he had some skill as a carpenter and builder. After all, God commissioned him to build one of the most unequaled architectural wonders of the world. We all know that Noah built the Ark, the animals boarded, and Noah and his family then spent the better part of half a year afloat. But, have you ever considered what was going on inside his mind? It was a battle of (more…)