Facebook is an interesting thing. You can learn a lot about people’s views and opinions just by reading statuses and random comments. I have a friend who is currently in NYC and he said in his status that his hotel window overlooks the World Trade Center. Someone I don’t know commented after saying, “Now can you imagine a mosque being built there?” The next person, also someone I don’t know, made a long comment and I quote:
“Would you be less opposed if it was called a church? Maybe people should be MORE CONCERNED about the strip clubs and bars near the site. Shouldn’t those buildings be more unwelcomed? It’s a religious temple not a crack house! If anything should be welcomed at ground zero, shouldn’t it be a building used for spiritual healing. Progress people! Not further SEPARATION! I’m sure Jesus would agree.”
I woke up last night in the wee morning hours and this comment was the only thing I could think about. I’m just positive Jesus would NOT agree. Whoever wrote this comment obviously does not understand two things: #1 – the God of the Old Testament and #2: Who the god of Islam is. If he understood these two things, he would not have made this comment.
#1: The God of the Old Testament.
First off, I understand that God deals with people differently during the different dispensations (of course, if you’re not a dispensationalist, you won’t agree with me on that). I also understand that the character of God – Who He is – does not change, no matter the time period (I’m sure we all can agree on that – “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” – Heb. 13:8). The God Who performed the plagues in Egypt and thundered from Mt. Sinai is the same God Who leads and guides us today. We tend to forget that since He doesn’t normally display His awesome power in such obvious ways anymore. But, Hebrews still describes Him as a “consuming fire” and that it is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
The God of the Old Testament was a God Who demanded worship of only Himself. There was no tolerance. God doesn’t have us leading crusades anymore, but He did have His people annihilate other people groups in Israel during OT times. Why would a loving God DO such a thing?? Because He didn’t want His people tainted and ultimately destroyed by other peoples’ false gods. They were not to intermarry with them; they were not to tolerate their gods; they were not even to let them live. God demanded absolute worship of only Himself. The Bible is full of verses where God declares that He is God and there is no other – Isaiah alone records at least 9 separate times where God declares that He is the only God. There is no other.
Even in the New Testament, there are constant reminders that there is only one God. Jesus talks about He and the Father being ONE – there is no other. One God, One mediator, to Him alone be glory and honor, only one God and one Savior… One God. It doesn’t get anymore clear than that.
#2: Understanding of who Allah is.
Point #1 is mute without understanding Point #2, however. If you believe that Allah is the God of the Bible, then you won’t understand the problem with tolerating Islam. Allah, however, is not the God of the Bible. Allah is what the Bible would call a “false god.” How can this be the same God as the God of the Bible?:
- The line of the chosen one came through Ishmael. According to the Bible, the line of the Chosen One came through Isaac.
- The chosen people are the Arabs. According to the Bible, the chosen people are the Israelites.
- Allah is God and Mohammed is his prophet. Jesus was just another prophet. According to the Bible, Yahweh is God and Jesus is His Son.
- Allah demands that the infidels be killed – the main infidels being the people of Israel. According to the Bible, Israel is God’s chosen people. Why would God then have them killed? The other infidels Allah demands to be annihilated are Christians – followers of Jesus Christ. According to the Bible, Jesus Christ is God’s Son. Why would He have those that follow Him be killed?
- Heaven is not just where Allah lives – it’s where thousands of virgins wait for martyrs so they can appease them for all eternity. According to the Bible, we will be in heaven to join God and worship Him for eternity; it has nothing to do with our carnal appeasement.
Would you like me to keep going?
For Allah and Yahweh to be one and the same is just not possible. We do not worship the same God and our God does not tolerate other gods or the worship of other gods. He demands us to do the same.
I understand that America is built on respecting others and tolerance, so my opinion on the building or not building of the mosque really doesn’t matter – it’ll happen or not happen either way. That really wasn’t my point in this blog. My point is this: I serve the only true and living God and He will not tolerate us tolerating other religions who do not worship Him in “spirit and in truth.” My God is a consuming fire and one day, we will need to give account of how we tolerated or did not tolerate those that opposed Him. I’m pretty sure the word “tolerance” is not in His dictionary.
Or am I misinterpreting the verses that say,