Yale scholar, author, and recent guest speaker at Oklahoma Christian University Miroslav Volf asks his audiences and readers to consider the question, Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God? His answer: “I have come to the conclusion, after studying Christian theological sources, studying also the great thinkers of the Christian faith, the object that which we worship is the same, but that we understand that object in significantly different ways” (The Oklahoman-NewsOK.com, April 16, 2016).
Frankly, this professor may be from Yale, but he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. He is the product of liberal theology that seeks tolerance, not exclusivity, to the point that he will totally bend the truth to argue his preposterous point.
Now the God of the Bible and the god of the Koran are the same in one way. They are seen as ultimate and sovereign beings. But other than that, I have absolutely no question that they are not the same being. Consider these ways they are different in nature, morality, and action:
● The God of the Bible is the sovereign and eternal Trinity—the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—fully united in every way, coexistent, and coeternal. The Muslim god is not.
● The God of the Bible came to earth as the perfect being—fully God and fully man. His incarnation (Luke 1:30–35) was purposeful in that He came to live a sinless life, suffer for the sins of many, and die on the cross as a substitutionary sacrificial atonement for our sins. On the third day, He rose from the dead and ascended into heaven, where he is seated at the right hand of God the Father and from where He will come to judge the living and the dead. The Muslim god did none of these things.
● The God of the Bible does all the work of our salvation. When we repent of our sins and put our faith in Jesus Christ to save us, we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone (Eph. 2:8–9). The Muslim god must be satisfied by the efforts of man and even by martyrdom.
● The God of the Bible beckons us to come to Him in faith. The Muslim god will murder the infidels who refuse to repent.
How in the world can a Yale professor—and founding director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture—think that the Christian God and Allah are the same? Because the god of this world has blinded his eyes to the truth. Sadly, this man’s mistaken belief was planted at a young age by a man he trusted. The dedication of his new book says, “To my father, a Pentecostal minister who admired Muslims and taught me as a boy that they worship the same God we do.”
Don’t be deceived and swayed by liberal, cultural ideas. Be willing to boldly share Christ—the Truth—with those who have not yet believed in the only begotten Son of God.
DENNIS NEWKIRK | LEAD PASTOR | HENDERSON HILLS BAPTIST CHURCH