Insight To His Sight: Recognizing God’s Purpose For You
Chapter: Awareness of Syncretism Pages (169-172…)
There is an ever developing idea known as Chrislam in which many misguided Christians have been led astray into believing they can somehow combine the two religions (Christianity and Islam) and still hold strong to the Christian faith. This is a total distortion of the truth.
Some Christians believe that they can blend their faith with that of Islam, and it will still remain intact, effective, and biblical. Increasingly, Christians are going down this path. When we consider Christian churches sharing their premises with Muslims, we must be aware of their intentions based upon their belief system.
Many people seem to think that a church and mosque can coexist on the same premises, and that Christianity and Islam can coexist as a faith system. But inevitably, all that happens is in this case is that the Christian faith gets watered down while Islam continues to thrive.
Understanding that Christianity teaches to be neighborly and develop relationships, with even those who may not share your same beliefs, is important. But by no means does God tell us to be blind to the agenda that is taking place behind the curtain. The Bible teaches us about discernment through the Holy Spirit, and that by seeking to know Him on a personal level, He guides us in every step along our walk in life.
Let’s just step outside of the box and think about it for a minute. If Christians needed a place to worship in say, Saudi Arabia, would the local Muslim mosque be happy to open its doors to them? Of course not. Christians must either submit to Allah or renounce their false beliefs or live as dhimmis there. What it all comes down to is the sole purpose of the Muslim religion being in control. It is always one-way traffic in any Muslim-Christian interfaith venture. They gain while Christians lose.
What if churches just opened their doors to allow cults free reign in their sanctuaries as they denounce the very core teachings of Christian faith? If building bridges is the aim, then why not just go ahead and allow atheists to conduct their meetings or secular humanist or any other group for that matter? There is a limit to what the Bible teaches us about being friendly. It also tells us to be aware of people’s motives and underlying agendas.
The prominent element in Islamic daily prayers is the recitation of Al-Fatihah (the Opening), the first chapter of the Koran. Often described as a blessing, Al-Fatihah is a request for guidance in the straight path of Allah’s blessed ones, not the path of those against whom You are wrathful, nor of those who are astray.
Who are the ones said to be under Allah’s wrath or to have gone astray from his straight path? Muhammad himself gave the answer, “Those who have earned the anger are the Jews, and those who are led astray are the Christians.”
“Al-Fatihah is as central to Islamic devotion as the Lord’s prayer is to Christians. It is recited at least 17 times a day as part of daily Muslim prayers. Yet according to Muhammad himself, this prayer, which is on the lips of every pious Muslim day and night, castigates Christians as misguided and Jews as objects of Allah’s wrath.”
Muslims look to Jesus as a prophet, and they regard it as blasphemous to view him as God’s son and the saviour of the world. When we look at the similarities, Isa of the Koran and Jesus of the Gospels the distortion is evident. The Koran calls Jesus al-Masih—the Messiah—and both figures were said to have been born of a virgin to have performed miracles of healing and to have raised the dead. Yet here, the similarities end. aIsa of the Koran was not crucified nd did not die but was raised up by Allah (Sura 4:157–158).
It is in Muhammad’s vision of the end of times that the role of the Muslim Jesus comes into sharp focus. Muhammad taught that when Isa returns, he “will fight for the cause of Islam. He will break the cross, kill pigs, and abolish the poll tax. Allah will destroy all religions except Islam”
Sunan Abu Dawud, 27:4310
So what does this mean? The cross is a symbol of Christianity. Breaking the cross means abolishing Christianity. According to Islamic law, the poll tax or jizya, buys protection of the lives and property of Christians (and Jews). Abolishing this tax will mean that jihad will be restarted against Christians, and no more protection shall be afforded to those who do not submit to Islam.
Bringing a false religion like Islam into the Christian churches is really the beginning of the end of those Christian houses of worship. Sure, Christians can invite a Muslim or any other non-Christian into a Christian service to point them to Jesus the saviour and to expose them to the truth claims of the Bible gospels.
Effectively signing your own death warrant by foolishly seeking some sort of theological equivalence here is not the way to go. We help no one with that approach. It is a lose-lose situation. It goes to simply undermine the Christian faith and does an injustice to our Muslim neighbor who desperately needs to be set free from the bondage of Islam and released into the freedom of the gospel of Christ.