About Jesus Steve Sweetman
Hosea 6:11 says,
"Ephraim (northern kingdom of
When this alliance
should have turned to their God in repentance, but she didn't.
Instead, she sought help from
In Romans 15:4, Paul
tells Christians that we should learn from such events, but we haven't.
of old, in the name of peace, prosperity, and security, we're allying
ourselves with Islam, a long time opponent of the Christian gospel.
It's called Chrislam. In
the words of God Himself, this is "senseless", and those
forming this alliance are "easily deceived".
One aspect of this
alliance is seen in "Muslim friendly Bibles". Since
the Koran teaches "Allah has no sons", in some of these
Bibles, all references to God being Jesus' Father, and Jesus being His
Father's Son, are removed. I
realize translating the Bible from old Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, is no
easy task. It's a science.
Translators have their own philosophical and technical
methodologies, but this is simply "senseless".
Jesus told His disciples
in Matthew 28:19 to go into all nations, "baptizing them in the
name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit". (NIV)
Some of these Islamicized Bibles say, "… cleanse them by
water in the name of Allah, his Messiah, and the Holy Spirit".
Note the word
"Son" in the NIV. It's
translated from the Greek word "huios", meaning, "child
or heir". A male child,
who Jesus was, would rightly be a son.
"Huios" is better translated as "Son", not
"messiah", and especially not "Allah's messiah".
Also, "Father" is translated from the Greek word "pater"
that basically means "father", not Allah, and not even God. Besides
this, Allah is not portrayed as a father in the Koran, so why should
"pater" be translated as "Allah"?
Note the word
"cleanse" replaces the word "baptize".
I "might reluctantly" ignore that, but I can't ignore
that "Allah" replaces "Father", and "His
(Allah's) messiah", replaces "Son".
The Wycliffe Bible Translators defend such translations when they
say that "in the Arabic language,
“Allah” is the primary term used for “God.” The use of the term
“Allah” should be considered the same as translating the Hebrew,
Greek, or Aramaic terms for God into English". (quoted from their
web site) http://www.wycliffe.org/SonofGod/QA.aspx
I understand Wycliffe's
reasoning, but it's faulty. Allah
is associated with all things Islam, so when one
reads Allah in this Islamicized Bible, he thinks of Islam, not
Christianity. Allah is known
to be the god of Mohammad and Islam, whom the Bible says is no god.
The God of the Bible is known to be the Father of the Lord Jesus
Christ, which the Koran says can't be God because "Allah has no
sons". Therefore, Allah
of the Koran and God of the Bible aren't one in the same.
Logic thus dictates that you cannot substitute God with Allah
when they're not the same god. Substituting
Allah for God is no different than Israel
substituting Baal for Yahweh. It's
When you replace the
Father of the Lord Jesus Christ with Allah, you create a different god
than what the Bible portrays. A
different god leads to a different Jesus.
A different Jesus leads to a different gospel, and those who
promote a different gospel can expect "eternal
condemnation". (Galatians 1:8)
The myth that Allah and
the God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ are one in the same is being
propagated on all fronts these days, including these Islamicized Bibles.
I believe God views this as "senseless".
I've mentioned one reason
for this delusional trend before. Little
by little, Christians are removing the Lord Jesus Christ from their
vocabulary. We speak more
about God than we do about Jesus. This
isn't a trivial matter. I've
done surveys. You try. Listen
to some preachers, either in a meeting, on TV, on the radio, or on the
internet. Don't worry about
the content of the message. Simply
count how many times they say God and how many times they say Jesus.
Inevitably, God wins by a long shot. If
Jesus is removed from our vocabulary, somewhere down the line, He will
be removed from our theology and from our lives.
I think that's happening now.
All that is left is an all-purpose, unisex, generic god.
One god fits all. Allah
of the Koran and God of the Bible are one in the same.
This makes the Christian message
meaningless. We thus
join the ranks of the secular world in believing in a god of our own
Everyone must know that
Christians serve God, who is the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ.
If we leave Jesus out of the conversation, people will assume
we're talking about their generic God because that's all they know these
days. The Lord Jesus Christ
distinguishes us from everyone else.
Leaving Him out of the equation, or exchanging Him for someone
else, proves that we have become "senseless and easily