Muslims and Christians: On Worshipping the Same God

Suppose there is a God who a long, long time ago spoke to Abraham, promising to bless the world through his descendants. Suppose his descendants told their friends who told their friends who told their friends about Abraham’s encounter with God, with some of those friends identifying as Jews, some as Christians, and some as Muslims. Their descriptions agree in many respects, even important ones — they all believe, for example, that God is one, merciful, just and Creator. Their descriptions of God also differ in some respects. Christians, for example, think that God was incarnate in Jesus while Muslims and Jews reject the Trinity. And they, Muslims-Christians-Jews, even call God different names — among them, Yahweh, the Father and Allah.

Franklin Graham and Christian Bigotry

165,533 people liked, 57,084 shared and 19,016 commented on Franklin Graham’s shameful and bigoted July 17 Facebook post:

Four innocent Marines (United States Marine Corps) killed and three others wounded in ‪#‎Chattanooga‬ yesterday including a policeman and another Marine—all by a radical Muslim whose family was allowed to immigrate to this country from Kuwait. We are under attack by Muslims at home and abroad. We should stop all immigration of Muslims to the U.S. until this threat with Islam has been settled. Every Muslim that comes into this country has the potential to be radicalized—and they do their killing to honor their religion and Muhammad. During World War 2, we didn’t allow Japanese to immigrate to America, nor did we allow Germans. Why are we allowing Muslims now? Do you agree? Let your Congressman know that we’ve got to put a stop to this and close the flood gates. Pray for the men and women who serve this nation in uniform, that God would protect them.

God’s Purveyors of Hate

Just prior to the Oklahoma City tornado disaster, NBA player Jason Collins came out of the closet. You know where this is going.

Fred Phelps Jr., the son of the Westboro Baptist Church’s pastor, blamed the tornado’s death and destruction on Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant who expressed his support for Collins.

Fred Phelps, Jr. @WBCFredJr
OK Thunder’s Durant flips God by praising fag Collins. God smashes OK. You do the math. #GodH8sFags #FagsDoomNations #FearGod #GodH8sU
10:47 PM – 20 May 2013

Evidently one tweet was not enough to make his hate-filled point. So, two minutes later, Phelps chimed in again: