Progressive Christians to Pray with Muslims on Inauguration Day

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We haven't heard, as of yet...

...from our right-wing Brothers and Sisters, who denigrate Islam and insist that Muslims "do not worship the same god..." as Christians. Of course, the poor guys huff and puff if asked, "Well, you believe there's only one God, so how could it not be the same God, if there's only one?" They have no answer for this.
Sure, Muslims don't believe in The Trinity and consider Christians Pagans because we do. Never mind how there's nothing about the Trinity in the Bible and it was invented by the Roman Emperor Constantine's minions who created a new state religion and needed something to replace the old Zeus-Hercules-Apollo dynamic to get the masses to go along with it. But that's just window dressing.

We tend to eschew creeds these days in the UMC, but even the ones still around, The Apostles' Creed and The Nicene Creed, contain three paragraphs about each persona in The Trinity but the one about Christ is easily three times as long as the ones about The Father and The Holy Spirit. That's because of what Christ means to us, and what little is said about the other two is at best perfunctory. A "hebbin" where Muslims are per se excluded would not be worth going to anyway.

George Nixon Shuler more than 3 years ago

GOD

There is a difference between God Jehovah , and god allah, check the scriptures. Jehovah is a God of love.

Joe Farr more than 3 years ago

Editor's Note

According to Wikipedia, "Jehovah (/dʒᵻˈhoʊvə/ jə-hoh-və) is a Latinization of the Hebrew יְהֹוָה‎, one vocalization of the Tetragrammaton יהוה‎ (YHWH), the proper name of the God of Israel in the Hebrew Bible."

The exact definition of the Hebrew word for God, "Jehovah," is disputed in Christian scholarship, since it didn't come into common usage until around 1520. "Jehovah" is used in several configurations such as "Jehovah Jireh," meaning "God provides," and "Jehovah Nissi," meaning alternatively "the LORD is my refuge" or "The LORD is my banner," as commentator Matthew Henry puts it.

However, we were unable to locate an authoritative source for use of "Jehovah" that translates as "God is love." We'd be happy for better biblical scholars than we to provide such a reference.

Meanwhile, scholars report that the other common Hebrew name for God, "El" or "Elohim," is linguistically related to the common Islamic name for God, "Allah." Wikipedia reports that both Muslims and Arab Christians use "Allah" to mean "the God," as in "the one true God above and beyond any other gods."

cynthiaadmin (United Methodist Insight) more than 3 years ago

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