Dr. Peter JonestruthXchange
We live in a period of theological confusion that the book, Allah: A Christian Response by Miroslav Volf, does little to alleviate. Formerly a professor at Fuller Seminary, and currently Professor of Theology at Yale, Volf asks: â€œCan it be said of Muslims and Christiansâ€¦that they too worship the same God?â€ He answers, â€œYes, it canâ€ (11), and it must!
This thesis has major problems in three areas: theology, missiology and eschatology.
Volf admits that the God of Christianity and the God of Islam are not â€œcompletely identicalâ€ (91). To me, the differences are overwhelming. In 2007, in A Common Word, 138 Muslim leaders affirmed that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. However, they were careful to quote Muhammadâ€™s words: â€œthere is no god but Godâ€¦He hath no associate,â€ thereby eliminating the Trinitarian foundation of the Christian Gospel.
Any religion without the Trinity makes God a lonely singularity and becomes a form of impersonal Deism. The Hadith-e-Qudsi, which Muslims regard as the word of God, tries to relieve this problem. Allah says: â€œI was a hidden treasure, being unknown. Then I desired to be known. So I created creatures and made Myself known to them; and by Me they knew Me.â€Here God admits that to be personal or to have a personal relationship, he needs creatures.
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