Different Gods

President George W. Bush, speaking of Christians, Jews and Muslims, has famously stated on more than one occasion that “we all pray to the same god.” There was disagreement with his statement from many Christians and Jews. I disagree also, but first, let me point out several Scriptures that declare Jesus to be the Son of God:

The Bible records several persons that confessed their belief that Jesus was the Son of God. The demons in Matthew 8:29 “cried out, saying, ‘What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God?’” When Jesus calmed the sea in Matthew 14:33, the Disciples said, “Of a truth thou art the Son of God.” The centurion at the crucifixion of Jesus stated, “Truly this was the Son of God.” (Matthew 27:54) The Apostle John stated, “And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.” (John 1:34) Martha, the sister of Lazarus, said, “Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God. (John 11:27)

Others made this confession upon their conversion. When Phillip explained the Scripture to the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8:37, the eunuch “answered and said, ‘I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.’” Upon his conversion, the Apostle Paul went to the synagogue in Damascus. “And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.” (Acts 9:20)

Of course, the most authoritative statement came from our Heavenly Father. “And lo a voice from Heaven, saying, ‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’” (Matthew 3:17)

I give these Scriptures because of a Muslim principle called “shirk.” This principle states that to say that Jesus is the Son of God is an unforgiveable sin. This principle says that it is polytheism and idolatry.

So, here is the question: If we all pray to the same god, how can that same god be divided against himself? How can that same god state that Jesus is His beloved Son, and yet declare that to say Jesus is His Son is an unforgiveable sin?

Obviously, it does not work. Obviously Christians, who pray to God while believing in His Son, and Jews, who pray to God but do not believe in Jesus, are not praying to the same god as Muslims. Their god is Allah, and Allah says to believe Jesus is the Son of God is an unforgiveable sin. Clearly, this is not the same god. They are different, and we all do not pray to the same god.

I am told that the Holy Spirit is working mightily in the Middle East and many Muslims are believing in Jesus. Pray for the salvation of Muslims and all the lost sheep of this world.

Praise the Lord for His Salvation, Jesus, the Son of God!

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