While I love my Muslim friends and co-workers and seek to serve them in any way possible, and I applaud the leaders of the Muslim mosque in Bloomington for opening their doors, the sign at their entrance, as noted in the Pantagraph, stating “One God, One Message, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Mohammad,” is a misnomer. It goes against the primary tenant of Christianity.
Theologian Scott McKnight said it best: "We can agree to some degree at a generic level, but we don’t worship God in the generic. We worship either the God of Abraham and Moses, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, or the God of Mohammed. The God in each of the faiths is understood differently enough to conclude that saying we worship the “same” God muddies the water. There is only one God and he has taken on human form in one person, Jesus Christ. The one God has revealed himself most completely in Jesus Christ, who was crucified and raised, so that cruciformity is central to who God is. The one God is revealed in three persons, father, son and spirit. The fact that Islam does not embrace any of these, is good reason to say, they are not the same God.”
I never condemn my friends for their beliefs. My choice is to serve them so one day they can see God through me as the example. The idea their God is the same as mine is contrary to the basic tenets of Christianity.
Peter D. Visel