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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Quiet Time: Blasphemy


The scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, "Who is this man who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?" - Luke 5:21

In light of recent events, I’ve been trying to understand the Muslim belief system. From what I’ve studied thus far, it seems a bit like the works based faith of the religious leaders who accused Jesus of blasphemy back in His day (Luke 5:21)

According to one Christian theologian, blasphemy is showing contempt or a lack of reverence for God or something sacred. A violation of the third commandment, it was punishable by death (Lev. 24:15-16).

I suppose this is one reason Islamic adherents are killing those who don’t believe what Muhammad said the angel Gabriel told him back in the 6th century.

People tell me that Muslims and Christians worship the same God. I don’t see how this could be true.

A Christ follower believes that Jesus is indeed, the Son of God and “In Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form” (Colossians 2:9).

Furthermore, we sometimes pray to Him just like Stephen did (Acts 7:59) call on His name for salvation as every believer does (Acts 2:21) and worship Jesus just as early disciples did; and, as all believers will do in heaven according to (Matthew 14:33 & 28:17, Luke 24:52, John 20:28; Revelation 5:11-14).

It seems to me that there is no way to reconcile a Christ follower to the disciple of Muhammad since Christians worship and live for Christ by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit for the glory of God the Father (2 Corinthians 5:15) and, that, according to the Quran, is blasphemy.

I do see one HUMONGOUS difference: salvation is a GIFT (Acts 11:17-18).

No man can be forced to freely believe, love and worship Christ as his Savior and Lord.

For further study:
 Jesus in Islam
Understanding and Answering Islam

Here's a site with a few podcast that may be helpful:
Islam a Conversaion

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