In ascending order of importance! (winky face!)
A. I’ve made some fun stickers that I’d love to send your way as a thank you for helping Muslim Connect survive and thrive. Muslim Connect is free, but if you’ve found value in it, please consider donating to keep it going. This summer I’m specifically raising funds to launch into video.
B. Last week we briefly looked at the case for seeing God and Allah as the same entity. Nabeel Qureshi makes the case against that assertion.
I deeply appreciate his emphasis on our attitudes as we consider this: “Like all good questions, the answer is more complex than most want, but I am confident of my position: Muslims and Christians do not worship the same God, but given the complexity of the matter we all ought to stop demonizing those who disagree with us.”
Qureshi argues, “For Christians, Jesus is certainly God, and for Muslims Jesus is certainly not God. . . . This fact alone is enough to settle the matter. . .” He sums up, “the Christian God, both in terms of what he is (Triune) and who he is (Father, Son, and Spirit) is not just different from the Muslim God; He is fundamentally incompatible. According to Islam, worshiping the Christian God is not just wrong; it sends you to Hell. They are not the same God.”
Like the master apologist he was, Nabeel sticks the landing! Keeping his starting point in mind, “the answer is more complex than most want,” may the true God give us grace and courage to love both Muslims and each other like Jesus.
C. Finally, I mentioned my Mom’s COVID test last week. Thank you for praying. It came back negative and she is already feeling much better! I am relieved and happy. This fallen world is better with her kicking around in it!
Thank you for reading Muslim Connect. I’m honored that you do. Now go check out those stickers. When you make a gift, I’ll drop some in the mail to you. Thank you to the faithful readers who've already donated!