April 3rd, 2009 10:33 EST
Are God and Allah the Same?
By LTC Carolyn Abell, U. S. Army, Retired
Some of my readers tactfully suggested to me that they thought my commentary on my trip to Israel was a bit biased in favor of Christianity/Judaism and against Islam. Comments made indicated that a number of people believe that all three religions, being monotheistic, believe in the same God. Nothing could be further from the truth, and I will illustrate this with factual evidence.
First, let me clarify that Jews and Christians do believe in the same God-the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The Jews did not accept Jesus as the Messiah, but they are still God`s people with whom He holds a covenant that cannot be broken.
I first became acquainted with the Muslim religion several years ago when I lived in Germany. An English friend who lived nearby explained to me that her home was a shelter for Muslims who convert to Christianity. If they aren`t murdered outright by families, they are forced to leave home. Through her, I met Faezeh, a beautiful Iranian woman who showed me a scar in her right eyebrow. When she became a Christian, her husband attacked her with a knife, narrowly missing putting her eye out. Another woman sheltered by Megan was permanently crippled from repeated beatings she had endured from her husband. Megan went to great lengths to keep her address a secret, to the extent of having a post office box in a different town so she could better protect her location and those whom she offered shelter.
When the World Trade Center towers were destroyed on September 11, 2001, I realized I still knew very little about the Islamic religion. Wondering what on earth would drive human beings commit such an atrocity in the name of Allah, I started reading and studying the Qur`an and the writings of people who had lived under that belief. It brought me to a much greater understanding of the evil nature and spirit of complete intolerance that governs their actions and life goals.
Let me clarify that I do not believe all Muslims are intolerant and have evil intentions. There are many right here in our country that just want to live peaceably with everyone. However, it is becoming more and more apparent that the zealots who have read the Qur`an and believe Mohammed meant what he said when he told them to kill all "nonbelievers" are gaining momentum with their bloodthirsty, jihadist intent to militantly wipe out Christians and Jews. There are Muslim schools right here in our country that teach children that the men who hijacked those airplanes on 9/11 were heroes.
Did you hear a single Muslim cleric express any sympathy for victims who were killed on 9/11? I didn`t. Nor did I hear any condemning the public beheadings of Americans and other innocent people that took place when we invaded Iraq. They were either in consonance with those actions, or they were paralyzed by the fear that they might be the next one whose head rolled on Al Jazeera prime time, for daring to speak out.
The notion that Allah is simply another name for the same God is totally false. In fact, the Qur`an considers Christians to be blasphemers. In Surah 5:72,73 it states "They do blaspheme who say `God is Christ the son of Mary.` They do blaspheme who say: `God is one of three in a trinity;` for there is no God except one God Allah." Likewise, in our Bible, 1 John 2:22 states, "And who is the great liar? The one who says that Jesus is not the Christ. Such people are antichrists, for they have denied the Father and the Son."
These two religions have clearly stated that they have no common ground.
Other passages in the Qur`an are even more emphatic in their treatment of Christians. Surah 4:89 states that "They long that ye should disbelieve even as they disbelieve, that ye may be upon a level with them. So choose not friends from them till they forsake their homes in the way of Allah. If they turn back to enmity, then take them and kill them wherever you find them, and choose no friend nor helper from among them." Mohammed here makes it very clear that Muslims are not even allowed to be friends with non-Muslims. Their stated goal is to kill all "unbelievers."
Indeed, the Qur`an is rampant with passages that refer to Christians and Jews as the enemy, minions of Satan, infidels, and polytheists (Christians who believe in the Trinity). In fact, Surah 3:151 urges Islamic followers to "Cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve "" To suppose that Allah, who tells Muslims to kill their enemy, is the same God Who tells Christians to "Love your enemies; pray for those who persecute you "" (Matt. 5:44) is ludicrous. It defies every principle of logic and reason to presume that God would give such conflicting commands to different people.
The idea that Muslim zealots can be negotiated with or appeased in any way is absurdly naÃ¯ve. Three years ago, when Hamas took over the Palestinian parliament, one of the newly elected members was a woman named Mariam Farahat. Serving as an icon of jihad, Ms. Farahat garnered admiration and respect among her people because she sent three of her six children to serve as suicide bombers against Israeli citizens. Any rational person knows that this is not someone with the ability to think and act with normal reason.
I mentioned in my last column that the Muslims guarding the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem do not allow Christians and Jews to pray on the Temple Mount. This would seem to indicate conclusively that they do not believe in the same God. If that isn`t evidence enough, there are two inscriptions on copper plates on the dome which leave no doubt with their messages: "The Unity of God and the Prophecy of Mohammad are true," states one inscription. The other says, "The Sonship of Jesus and the Trinity are false."
The same God? No way!
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