Well, this is interesting:
In separating Jews and Christians, God was not separating enemies but partners with significant theological differences, the rabbis wrote. “Both Jews and Christians have a common covenantal mission to perfect the world under the sovereignty of the Almighty, so that all humanity will call on His name and abominations will be removed from the earth.”
A week later, the Vatican honored the Nostra Aetete anniversary by releasing its own statement, this time saying that Catholics should not evangelize Jews—at least in an organized way.
The authority of the preacher doesn’t come from his office (pastor, minister, or whatever) or his powerful personality. It is entirely a delegated authority. When he says what Scripture says, he speaks with authority; when he does not, he has no authority. A friend once said to me that when his pastor preached, he would have his Bible open and ask, “Where did he get that from?” It’s a good question. If I can see he got it from the passage, I should bow and repent and believe; if not, I shouldn’t.
If Christ is the “image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15), if God has “in these days spoken to us by His Son” (Hebrews 1:12) and if “no one who denies the Son has the father,” then faithful Christians can’t conflate the Muslim conception of the divine with the Triune God of the Bible. Faithful Muslims not only reject the idea of the Trinity and the divinity of Christ, they are abhorred by it. To conflate the two religions is disrespectful to both Islam and to Christianity, says Thabiti Anyabwile, a former Muslim and author of The Gospel for Muslims. So while Islam and Christianity share some mutual characteristics, such as monotheism, at the most basic level, it is incorrect to say we “worship the same God.” As Trevin Wax says, “God is not God apart from Jesus.”
This is interesting.
This is a good discussion on the SBC This Week podcast to listen in on, regardless of denominational affiliation.
Well, its that time of year. Christmas is almost a week away and we are already seeing various media channels releasing stories, articles, and documentaries on Jesus. And when the dust settles, they all make the same point: the real Jesus is a lot different than you think.… This Christmas it is happening again with an article by Valerie Tarico, “Here are Five Reasons to Suspect Jesus Never Existed.” But she takes things even further than most other Christmas articles on Jesus. Rather than suggesting Jesus is different than we think, she is arguing that Jesus never existed at all.