Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Not in my name, folks

As a Christian, I absolutely dissociate myself from the spineless apology by so-called Christians to Muslims in Oxford.

Dr Taj Hargey sounds like a complete balloon, complaining about 'self-appointed' Christians praying for Muslims. They are not self-appointed: praying for one's enemies and witnessing to the Gospel are duties imposed on every Christian by Christ himself.

Hargey whinges about Christians daring to issue a 'call to prayer'; about calling Islam an 'ideology' and about witnessing to the work of God in bringing people to faith in Jesus. According to John 14:6, Jesus made clear that salvation is available only through him. Witnessing to this truth is what Christians do.

As I posted in December last year, there is no middle way between Christian and Muslim belief. As I wrote then, The Muslim belief in the divine revelation to Muhammad, like the Christian belief in Jesus as the son of God, leaves no middle way. It is either true or it isn't. Either the man in question was whom he claimed to be, or not. If he was not, then he was a fraud and you are logically obliged to recognise this.

It is often stated that Jesus is a Muslim prophet. In my humble opinion, this is not true. The story of the Muslim prophet Isa shares certain similarities with that of Jesus, but differs in the most crucial aspects: Muslims deny the crucifixion, resurrection and divinity of Christ. Their Isa is a fictitious false prophet, and not the Jesus of the Gospels.

Individuals should love and not hate or fear each other, of course. But there can be no reconciliation of the theology. You can deny Jesus, or Muhammad, or both. To regard each of them as equally valid is to fail to understand either.

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