This is Just Not True

Friends,

The President has said this before, but that doesn’t make it any better now.

Well, first of all, I believe in an Almighty God, and I believe that all the world, whether they be Muslim, Christian, or any other religion, prays to the same God. That’s what I believe. I believe that Islam is a great religion that preaches peace. And I believe people who murder the innocent to achieve political objectives aren’t religious people, whether they be a Christian who does that – we had a person blow up our – blow up a federal building in Oklahoma City who professed to be a Christian, but that’s not a Christian act to kill innocent people.”

I have to say that I am very disappointed that the President said this. I am a big fan of George Bush. I support him personally and politically. But this is just bad theology. No Muslim would concede this. No Orthodox Jew would agree to this. And no conservative, Biblical, Evangelical Christian can agree to this. It may be politically expedient. He may well believe it. But it is in no way an accurate reflection of Biblical Theology.

Also,

We are having an Iftaar dinner tonight – I say, ‘we’ – it’s my wife and I,” Bush told Nakouzi. “This is the seventh one in the seven years I’ve been the president. It gives me a chance to say ‘Ramadan Mubarak.’ The reason I do this is I want people to understand about my country. In other words, I hope this message gets out of America. I want people to understand that one of the great freedoms in America is the right for people to worship any way they see fit. If you’re a Muslim, an agnostic, a Christian, a Jew, a Hindu, you’re equally American.

“And the value – the most valuable thing I think about America is that – particularly if you’re a religious person – you can be free to worship, and it’s your choice to make. It’s not the state’s choice, and you shouldn’t be intimidated after you’ve made your choice. And that’s a right that I jealously guard.”

This after it was reported yesterday that Muslims in Nigeria killed 10 Christians and burned down several church buildings. I’m sorry Mr. President, but we do not worship the same God–not under any circumstance.

jerry

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  1. americana83

    I know Bush is a smart man, but I can’t imagine the mental gymnastics he’d have to go through to try and get Jehovah to equal Allah. I would have to add that propagandizing Muslims may well pay lip-service to that sentiment.

    Further, his celebration of that dinner begs the question, why would a Christian want the chance to say “Ramadan Mubarak” in celebration of a holy month that is usually accompanied with much shedding of Christian blood.

    I supported Bush for 2 elections, and stood by him on many (though not all) issues. I have never been more disappointed in him than this year. He’s really losing it.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

    http://americana83.wordpress.com/2007/10/08/allah-jehovah/

  2. hotconflict

    I have to disagree with you. I am a Muslim Imam and the theology is correct.

    http://www.hotconflict.com/blog/2007/10/allah-the-god-o.html

    There seems to be a lot of debate here in the United States. Many people are trying to suggest that the God Allah of the Muslims is not the same God of the other monotheistic religions. This is a very serious misunderstanding of Islam and I am surprised it is so common in this society. The very essence of the message of Islam is that there is no other God than Allah. The God of Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and Mohammad.

  3. Conflict,

    I appreciate that you have stopped by and offered your point of view. But according to The Scriptures, the Christian Scriptures, only those who acknowledge Jesus as the Son of God, the Word of God made flesh, Very God of Very God, acknowledge the One God you speak of. The God of Jesus Christ is not the God of Mohammad or the God of Islam. While I respect your decision to disagree, I respectfully reject your idea. It is politically expedient to say such things, but that does not make it true.

    The very essence of the message of Islam you speak of is better rendered such: There is not God but Allah and Mohammad is his prophet. Let’s not leave out that crucial apodosis. You are right: It is a very serious misunderstanding. Jesus said: “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life and no one comes to the Father but by me.” My friend, it cannot be both. The misunderstanding people have is that there is more than one path of salvation. It is only through the blood of the Crucified and Resurrected Lord Jesus that we have life. He has all authority. “There is One Body and one Spirit–just as you were called to one hope when you were called–one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians 4)

    I must confess that while I expect some well meaning Christians to make such errors, I’m very surprised that a Muslim Iman would. I hope all is well with you and your work.

    sincerely,
    jerry

    PS–The same can be said of the Jewish faith too. I can easily refer you to the book of Romans in the New Testament to clear this false teach up as well.

  4. Conflict,

    Perhaps, since you are convinced we worship the same God, you could explain this:

    http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=58076

    Thanks again,
    jerry

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