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Hip and Thigh: Smiting Theological Philistines with a Great Slaughter. Judges 15:8

Monday, June 05, 2006

Worldviews in Collision

Rambo, Muslim apologist and NT textual critic tyro, has a blog.

From the looks of things, it seems as though Rambo's blog is exclusively devoted to the dissection of just one Christian/Muslim debate which happened between James White and Shabir Ally. That causes me to ponder: If the sole purpose of a person's blog is to explain what Shabir Ally really said, or meant to say, or should have said, and why James White is wrong, what exactly does that tell you about Shabir's arguments? Why weren't they compelling the first time around? Moving along...

Rambo is also given to nipping at the ankles of all the Christians who happen to know a thing or two about textual issues and who point out his errors. With this track record so far, and with diminishing subject matter, it means Rambo's apologetic efforts are going to whither quickly.

He has also learned to insert photos.

My recent interactions with a self-taught, amateur NT textual critic and Bart Ehrman sycophant, has caused me to reflect upon the vast, irreconcilable differences between biblical Christianity and Islam. The differences go way beyond the embarrassing ignorance of Muslim apologists desperate to revise the NT to fit the false teaching of the false prophet Mohammed by dishonestly handling liberal scholarship. As much as our polytheistic, postmodern society would have us believe Christianity and Islam basically worship the same God in different ways, they most certainly do not.

What we have here are two entirely different worldviews in collision. They are in essence two entirely different religions; two entirely different ways of salvation; two entirely different ways to view the world and humanity, and both religions cannot be true at the same time. Nor can one be partially true and the other partially true. One is true and the other false. There are no other ways of looking at the chasm between these two belief systems.

Let us consider a couple of ways as to how exactly these two systems are different:

The True and Living God as opposed to the false, non-existent god, Allah.

The true God who has revealed Himself in the pages of the Holy Bible is not the same god Mohammed followed. The LORD God who has revealed Himself in the pages of the Bible is a covenant making God. He displays His divine grace by carrying out the redemption of His chosen people. He alone sets the terms for their redemption, He alone meets the terms for their salvation, and He alone secures their redemption. Furthermore, the LORD God is intimately involved with the lives of His redeemed people. That means He is a personal God who desires fellowship with men.

The god Allah of Islam is in no way similar. He is not involved with any specific covenant with any specifically chosen people. Though Allah is said to be merciful, his mercy is conditioned upon the obedience of subjects correctly performing the things Allah has commanded. Hence, favor with Allah is conditioned upon the good works of the people, those in submission to him.

Moreover, Allah is not a personal god. He is understood to be so transcendent and far above humanity that no man, regardless of how holy an individual he or she may be, can have any fellowship with him. In a manner of speaking, the Islamic vision of their god is Gnostic, meaning that Allah's spiritual "divinity" is unable to mix in any fashion with physical humanity. This is the reason the Qur'an is believed to have fallen out of heaven perfect and intact, or why it cannot be handled by non-Muslim hands or unwashed hands. The spiritual cannot be defiled by the physical.

This Allah bears no resemblance at all with the true God revealed in scripture. Though God is holy and transcendent, He is also made a away for Himself to fellowship with physical men and He condescends to men so as to know them intimately.

Two entirely different ways to salvation

If there are two entirely different objects of worship between Christianity and Islam, the True and Living God as revealed in the Bible and the false god, Allah, then there will be two entirely different ways to salvation.

Salvation as it is revealed in the Bible is monergistic, meaning that the LORD God is both the initiator and securer of man's salvation. The Bible reveals there is nothing that men can do to earn favor with God or attempt to earn their salvation.

It is also imperative that we define what is meant by the word salvation. Salvation as revealed in the Bible is God saving men from His just wrath that all men equally deserve. In other words, all men are sinners deserving of God's eternal wrath being poured out upon them, i.e., hell. God is holy and just, so in order to sustain His holiness and uphold the integrity of His divine law which all men have broken due to their identification with Adam, God accomplished redemption by taking upon Himself human flesh in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus maintained the integrity of the law and then offered Himself up as the substitute for those whom God chose to grant salvation.

Thus, by this means, God sustained His holiness while upholding the law. That is what a Christian means when he says that salvation cannot be earned or worked for. There is no humanly possible way for a sinner to meet the requirements demanding for salvation, and because of that, it is also the reason why Jesus had to be God in the flesh and not just a good prophet. Only God can pay the penalty of sinners under the wrath of God.

Moreover, those who are redeemed and have Christ's redemptive work applied to their lives are granted eternal life. There is an absolute certainty that what Christ did to secure the salvation of His people will accomplish the task of bringing the redeemed into the eternal fellowship with the Father. A person cannot loose his salvation any more than he could have earned it on his own. The only one who can break the work of salvation is God Himself, but He swears that He can never do this because His holy character will not allow Him to do so.

Islam, on the other hand, is not based upon any work of redemption by Allah. The Muslims are required to keep a variety of work oriented regulations that earn favor that is hoped will please Allah. Moreover, Allah is capricious in that he could take away a person's salvation if he happens to fall out of Allah's good mercies. There is no security of salvation in Islam. It is all based upon the consistent good works of the Muslim and if he messes up, he could be cast away from Allah.

Additionally, Islam denies the imputed sin of Adam. Thus, men are not born into sin as the Bible declares. Sin is viewed more as outward conduct, rather than a condition of the heart. The Bible tells us the reason men sin is because it is in their heart to sin. The only solution to this problem is a radical heart change, what salvation in Christ demands and provides. Islam does not provide this heart change because it fundamentally denies the reality of man's sinful condition.

Furthermore, eternal life in Islam is, to be blunt, being rewarded with an eternal stay at a glorified brothel; sort of a giant Playboy mansion in the sky. There is no fellowship with and worship of Allah, but the partaking of opulent foods, drinking with abandon, and a sexual free for all. Oddly, those things forbidden by Allah for Muslims to partake in while on earth are those things the Muslim is reward with when coming into their Islamic paradise.

These are two fundamentally different views of salvation. Both cannot be right.

Here are two clear examples distinguishing Christianity and Islam. Try as they might, Muslim apologists like Rambo cannot explain away those differences by simplistic appeals to textual corruption. It cannot be denied there are two entirely different worldviews in conflict here.

Yet let us remember what the Bible says about those worldviews which collide with the true way:

In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever. Daniel 2:44

Related:

An Open Letter to Adam Gadahn

Refuting Secular Myths about Islam

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