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A Common Word Between Us And You

 

On October, 13, 2007, 138 Muslim clerics and intellectuals wrote an open letter entitled, "A Common Word Between Us And You".  Their intent was to begin the process of uniting Islam with Christianity.  You can read the letter at  http://www.acommonword.com/downloads/CW-Booklet-Final-v6_8-1-09.pdf   and

http://acommonword.com/index.php?lang=en&page=option1

 

In response, on October, 13, 2009, Yale University School of Theology published a letter that has now been signed by more than 600 Christian leaders world-wide, which to my surprise, includes an unbelievable number of  Evangelicals.  Read the letter and see who supports it with their signature at,  http://www.yale.edu/faith/acw/acw.htm     

 

The preamble of Yale's response to "A Common Word Between Us and You" welcomes the opportunity to find "common ground" with Islam.  I guess the signatories  haven't read the books of Amos or Hosea lately.  It also asks the "All-Merciful One" to forgive Christians for the injustices done to Muslims.  To the uneducated Christian that sounds good, but it's not.  The term "All-Merciful One" is a specific reference to Allah as seen in the Koran.  It's not in reference to the God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ.  The thought that an Evangelical Christian would ask Allah to forgive him is sickening.   

 

The section entitled "Religious Peace World Peace" states "without peace and justice between these two religious communities, there can be no meaningful peace in the world the future of the world depends on peace between Muslims and Christians".  Have these Evangelical signatories rejected the idea that only Jesus will bring world peace at His return?

  

The section entitled "Common Ground" says that the "love of God and love of neighbour" are the  "fundamentals of faith" for both religions.  How can this be true when the Koran promotes violence against one's neighbour?  Let's not confuse the "love of God" with the "love of Allah".     

 

The section entitled "The Love Of God"  opens by saying, "we applaud that "A Common Word Between Us And You" stresses so insistently the unique devotion to one God, indeed the love of God, as the primary duty of every believer..."  Note the words "devotion to one God" and the word "believer".  It suggests Muslims and Christians are devoted brothers to the same god.   

 

The section entitled "Love Your Neighbour" states that one who loves God should love his neighbour.  It quotes Mohammad to say that "none of you has faith until you love for your neighbour what you love for yourself".  Did Mohammad practice what he preached when he and his army massacred countless numbers of his neighbours?   

 

When this section quotes Jesus saying "love your enemies", it misrepresents His words.  Jesus did love His enemies.  He proved that by His sacrificial death, not by any attempt to unite Himself with His enemies, as this letter suggests we do.  He made no such attempt.   

 

This section also quotes Jesus asking God to forgive those who killed Him. (Luke 23:34)  Jesus did make this request, but few were forgiven because few repented of their sin to follow Him.  Tradition says that Mohammad made a similar request of Allah when he was stoned in Ta'if.  How could he have asked Allah to forgive those who were stoning him when given the chance, he would have stoned them?  

 

The section entitled "The Task Before Us" says, "let . the dual common ground of love God and love neighbour be the basis of all future interfaith dialogue we need to move beyond a polite ecumenical dialogue and work diligently together to reshape the relations between our communities.  If we fail to make every effort to make peace our eternal souls are at stake".  The destiny of our souls lies in Jesus, not in a union with Islam.  The intent of the letter is clear.  Dialogue isn't enough.  A merger is the ultimate goal.     

 

The letter closes by saying that the next step is for leaders at all levels, and from both religions, to "begin the earnest work of determining how God would have us fulfill the requirements that we love God and love one another".  If nothing has disturbed you so far, this should.  So-called Christians, including Evangelicals,  agree with Muslims that they should unite in prayer to God, or should I say "to god", to find direction concerning their merger.  How can an Evangelical Christian sign such a document?  It makes the term "Evangelical" meaningless.    

 

How can two diametrically opposed religions unite?  Of course, to the uneducated, Islam and Christianity aren't diametrically opposed because they both believe in God, meaning the same god.  That's not so.  Christians serve the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Muslims serve a god named Allah, who the Bible considers no god.  Let it be clearly understood, the God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ shares the stage with no one.  He is one, and He is the only one.    

 

What disturbs me most isn't the letter itself.  I expect such things in today's world.  What upsets me are the so-called Evangelical Christians who support the message of this letter with their signature.  Read the names and ministries for yourself.  If this isn't turning into the "one world religion" seen in Revelation, and the great falling away seen in 2 Thessalonians 2:3, I don't know what is.  It's been called Chrislam.  Don't be deceived by it.  Be educated in Biblical truth.

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