Which god? God or god?
“Thou shalt have no other god before me.” (Exodus 20:3 KJV)
November 18, 2010
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.
That's from the Apostle Paul's letter to the Romans -
Before getting into the headline here -
Partly because it's something I always find interesting. From Genesis to the New Testament to the present times to Revelation -
At the same time -
And when I take the time -
I realize -
So all of this got me into the mood to go back and pull some verses from the Bible and look at giving God credit.
But then I saw this headline -
and read the story. By the end -
Now you're (hopefully) wondering -
Allow me another little side trip first. Remember in school when we had to do word problems in math classes? They were always so hard and annoying. For instance -
One day in a little town in Idaho, there was a school bus picking up kids to take them to the 5th Street Elementary School. At the 1st stop -
You've probably been counting the kids on the bus -
Some of you may be wondering if maybe there were other kids (maybe the driver's kids?) already on the bus before the first stop -
Not to say it wasn't a trick question though.
If you got 22 -
Unfortunately, that wasn't the correct answer -
It wasn't even how many times did the bus stop.
The real question -
In the U.S. -
But the point here with this little word problem -
That gets my word problem down to having a school bus in the United States. Everything else was extra -
And life is the same way. All sorts of obstacles are thrown in our way. Some of them to cause us to want to give up -
Remove all the extra information and get down to one statement from Al-
"And we say to Obama: We pointed three attacks to your planes within one year, and we will continue, Allah-
What about this question? After removing the rest of the article except the statement that says attacks will continue as long as Allah is willing. What isn't said -
Allah is the same as the God of Christianity? Really?
Are they really one and the same -
Or is there more mis-
Is credit being given where credit is due?
Are those among us who believe they are devout Christians really willing to say that the Christian God is the same as the Allah of Islam -
Is that what we are giving our God credit for?
I'm certainly not. But if we remove all the extra information -
To bring in one more math issue -
Let’s say that A is the Christian God.
Let’s say the B is Allah.
From the Muslim point of view (at least what they tell us) the two are the same (A=B).
Let's further say that C is a belief that everyone should be Muslim -
So for Muslims -
To answer that -
And that's maybe the last of the issues with word problems. It's one that is often debated -
For instance -
The same thing happens with the word problems of life. Maybe it's Islam. Maybe it's science. Maybe it's world history. Maybe it's an election campaign. Could be any subject at all. None of us knows everything. At the same time -
Fortunately, God gave us a mind. He gave us the ability to look at things and try to learn the truth.
For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.
So God has also given us the information -
So let's go back to A=B, B=C, and A=C.
If A is not equal to C -
As far as B=C -
Then A must not be equal to B. Is there anything in the Qu’ ran that would lead us to believe that Allah is not the God of Christians? How about Sura 4:171?
O people of the scripture, do not transgress the limits of your religion, and do not say about GOD except the truth. The Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, was a messenger of GOD, and His word that He had sent to Mary, and a revelation from Him. Therefore, you shall believe in GOD and His messengers. You shall not say, "Trinity." You shall refrain from this for your own good. GOD is only one god. Be He glorified; He is much too glorious to have a son. To Him belongs everything in the heavens and everything on earth. GOD suffices as Lord and Master.
And there goes the part about A=B=C.
If the Christian God is not the same as Allah -
The question isn't whether or not Al-
The question is a two-
First part -
Second part -
We've already answered part 2. He most assuredly is not.
As for part one -
In the mean time give credit to God where it is due.
At the same time -
Like the words from the song Life -
And then you too can look around and give Him credit for all of the wonderful things He has done.