The Expository Files

 

 570 A.D.
 

The apostle Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit of God, spoke God’s will for us. He said, “But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should speak to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed.” (Gal. 1:8). Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but by Me.” (John 14:6). These are things that faithful Christians believe and accept because they are the words of the Lord, the Son of God.

In the year 570 A.D. a man entered history and began preaching a gospel contrary to that which had already been delivered to us by Jesus and His apostles. He instituted many religious reforms and correctly taught there was one God. His followers still use the Arabic word that means “one God” today to talk of Him… that word is “Allah.” The name of the religion he founded is “Islam” which means “submission” and refers to submitting to God. The Scriptures they use consists of the sayings of the founder written down by others and gathered together in the Qur’an. The man’s name was “Mohammed.” He is esteemed by Muslims as God’s greatest prophet. His teachings evolved somewhat through his life. His early teachings were much more peaceful and tolerant than his later teachings. Perhaps this is why Muslims have such different views of the things he said.

Mohammed erroneously thought that Christians worshipped three Gods; the Father, the Son and Mary. He believed that Jesus was a great prophet, but not the Son of God. He rejected the foundation of the gospel, the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.

Christians ought to have good will toward Muslims everywhere, and hope and pray that one day they might come to accept the truth about God’s Son Jesus; Savior of the world. It is Jesus who is the way, the truth and the life. There is no other name by which we must be saved, and there is no one who will be rejected by our Lord who comes to Him in humble faith. Jesus Christ died for all, that all might live for Him.
 

By Jon W. Quinn
The Final Page
From Expository Files 20.5; May 2013

 

 

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