Faith at Altitude

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Is your God my God?

The Rev. Ted Haggard, senior pastor for New Life Church, was on CNN yesterday, talking about Abdul Rahman, the Afghan who got into hot water with the country's Islamic government for converting to Christianity. During the interview, Haggard said something pretty interesting: That Muslims and Christians don't worship the same God.

It was in response to a question from broadcaster Kyra Phillips during a joint on-air interview with Haggard and Yahya Hendi, a Muslim chaplain at Georgetown University:

Phillips: ... "Reverend, we are talking about the same God and the same belief in truth here?"

Haggard: "Well, no. We Christians don't believe that. Most evangelicals, Christians, believe that there is a difference in spiritual entities and people do worship different spiritual entities."

Haggard, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, was asked to clarify his comments later in the interview, when Hendi said that Muslims, like Christians, worship "the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob." Haggard responded by saying "No, I don't agree with that. And I think the personality -- or the evidences of the spiritual entities are showing themselves right now in Arabic countries."

Haggard's not the first to say this sort of thing. Some Christians, particularly conservative Christians, are extremely wary of Islam, and Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham, made headlines a few years ago when he called Islam "a very evil and a very wicked religion." To say Islam and Christianity are faithful variants worshipping the same god makes some Christians very uncomfortable. Haggard didn't call Islam "wicked" or "evil," but he was definitely drawing a firm line between it and Christianity, which is telling in itself.


Blogger my_take said...

Islam started in the arab middle east by Muhammed and the decendants of Ishmael. In Genesis 16:12, it says that 'he will be a wild donkey of a man, his hand will be against everyone, and everyones hand will be against him,' and in Gen 17:20-21, I (God) will make him (Ishmael) a great nation, but my covenant will be with Isaac' (the Jews). Unfortunately for muslims, they are worshipping the god of this world. A god of violence and intolerance of non-believers, who has perverted their minds and blinded them from the truth. Sad to say there are too few that escape from the bonds of this terrible religion. Kudos to Pastor Ted for speaking the truth, but moreso to Mr. Rahman for risking his life to accept Christ.

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