PODCAST: Do Christians and Muslims Worship the same God?

12717708_10153917560542442_4842924479126306164_nWe have been engaging in a very important conversation here at the Catch. It’s a conversation that is drawing together east and west — millennial and boomer — in some very exciting ways. It is a conversation that I believe holds a kernel of prophetic proportions to come.

It all started with the firing of a tenured professor at my alma mater, Wheaton College, for a Facebook post in which she stated that Muslims and Christians worship the same God. That prompted me to write a Catch on the subject titled “Do Christians and Muslims Worship the same God?“ 

On Tuesday night we followed that up with a BlogTalkRadio panel discussion by the same title with Tim Gilman, a frequent visitor to Palestine and very familiar with Muslim/Christian relations, Wayne Bridegroom, pastor of a multi-cultural ministry in Modesto, California, and two students from Wheaton College who know, love and respect Dr. Larycia Hawkins, the professor who lost her job: Maryam Bighash and Andrew Shadid.

The resulting conversation will define the issues, unpack the question and its ramifications and point to potential healing. One listener stated, “The young people articulated their thoughts well and made me pause and think and pray about some of my pre-conceived notions.” A statement like that tells us we are doing our job.

Don’t miss this very important conversation.

To Listen to Our Discussion

And don’t miss next week when we will have Dr. Safi Kaskas, a passionate Muslim follower of Jesus, and Dr. David Hungerford, a passionate Christian follower of Jesus, who have just completed a five-year project translating the Qur’an into contemporary English complete with over 3,000 cross-references to the Bible.

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8 Responses to PODCAST: Do Christians and Muslims Worship the same God?

  1. David Brown says:

    I think it’s helpful to point out that Wheaton College didn’t fire the professor at the center of this storm. The provost of the school dropped his recommendation for termination, apologized to Dr. Hawkins for how he handled things, and they ‘mutually agreed to part ways.’ Some may see this as splitting hairs, but I was impressed with how Wheaton moved through the process. A good read is found here: http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2016/february/wheaton-college-larycia-hawkins-same-god-reinstatedochawk.html

    • jwfisch says:

      I know about this back and forth, but the end result is the same. She lost her job. The trust had been broken. I’m guessing she didn’t take her job back because she did not want to have to be in a place where her every move would be scrutinized.

  2. The bottom line is Jesus. Jesus said he was the way, the truth, the life and no one comes to the Father but through Him (John 14:6). Islam rejects the biblical Jesus and rejects Him as God or even as our sole mediator before a holy God (1 Timothy 2:3-6). Because of this, Muslims do not worship God in spirit or truth (John 4:23-24). Muslims reject Jesus (Matthew 10:32-33). Whoever does not have the Son does not have life (1 John 5:12).

    • jwfisch says:

      We are saying that it is possible to find Jesus as a Muslim and come to the realization that He is God. And instead of bashing Muslims for being wrong, let’s find common ground and lead them to the Jesus of the Bible, whom they have already met in the Qur’an.

      • I have no problems with this so long as we see Muslims as lost sinners in need of our Savior (Ephesians 2:1-3; Titus 3:3). Apart from Christ, we are enemies of God (Romans 5:10) and under His just wrath (John 3:36). Sinners need to hear the law that convicts them in their sins (Romans 3:19-20; 7:7; 1 Timothy 1:8-11). This is true of all sinners including religious sinners. I fear some believe falsely that religious people are saved when in fact salvation comes only by hearing the gospel and believing the truth (Romans 10:1-17).

  3. Sherrie says:

    Where is Palestine? You mean Israel, right? Hard to pay attention to an article referring to the Christian God — The God of Israel (He named Himself that – and we were grafted into them – not they into us) – when you cannot even recognize that Israel is a nation or read a map. Further, the god of Islam does not express the same character as the Christian God and denies that Jesus is Son of God which is the absolute foundation of the Bible. Printed on the outside of the mosque in Israel on the temple mount, it says that ‘there is one one god and he has no son ‘. Jesus Himself said in the Bible (if you still believe it) that Jesus is the ONLY way to the Father. He died and rose again. It also says that that salvation is of the Jews – which means the Messiah Jesus had to come through the Jewish people. Please, let’s not deny the truths in the Christian BIBLE. Besides, there are thousands of Muslims who are coming to faith in Jesus and they without hesitation recognize that the God of the Bible is the true god and the one they have been serving is not. There is also, at the same time, thousands who not only come to a knowledge of Jesus, break with Islam and get baptized (along with their whole family in many cases), but they read the BIBLE cover to cover and become lovers of Israel and lovers of the Jewish people ending years of animosity and strife. Now THAT is the power of God, the cross, reconciliation and resurrection. All things that are not part of the character of the god that the muslims worship.

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