Someone said, "Jesus loves everyone and so there are no lost people." Another person said, "I work with members of [name of religion] and they are among some of the nicest people that I know. How dare you say they are in darkness?" What do we do with such statements?
For the last six or seven years, I have had the challenging situation of dealing with/living with/dialoguing with a special interest group in the global Church. Here are my ten observations.
On November 13, ISIS released a statement, celebrating their "holy war" or jihad against France who they call a "Crusader nation." In a very ironic fashion, the statement is a back-handed challenge to the Church as well.
Operation Reveille, a ministry of Act Beyond that helps Military Christians understand the character, knowledge, and behavior of Jesus Christ in cross-cultural contexts, features 6 posts on the "Social Implications of Different Christian and Muslim Beliefs." The helpful summary chart is found here.
Is it theologically careless to use the term "Muslim brothers and sisters"? If so, is there a better term that we can apply?
It is a popular tendency to airbrush the life of Muhammad. Yet history shows that due to the example and teaching of Muhammad many children were killed in jihads, many more were made father and motherless, and even more were enslaved.
William Kilpatrick, a Roman Catholic professor and author, states that Catholics could learn more about Islam from the Egyptian president al-Sisi, than from a crowd of Bishops pontificating about their positive views on this religion.
The perennial lure of idolatry--not just measured by some kind of human-fabricated actual statue made of solid materials of wood, or stone, or kryptonite,--is that they are creations of the human imagination.
Let us examine Accad's attempt towards a "balanced approach" and look at what he calls his SEKAP scheme. We will look at the strengths and weaknesses of his overall approach as well as his overall recommendations.
Muslims were unashamed of telling the Christians exactly what Islam wants and what it thinks every human needs but were doing it in language that sounded Christian at first glance.
Rev. Mark Durie posted an explanation on Feb 21/2015 of the ISIS video that accompanied the slaughter of their Coptic victims.
I watched a video in which the speaker affirmed that 'Isa of Islam, as the Muslim "Jesus" is called, is somehow the same as Jesus in the Bible. A closer look will reveal that this Muslim "Jesus" is what the Apostle Paul would say, is "another Jesus".
As we encounter Muslim believers it would be wise to understand the Islamic doctrine of al-walāʾ wa-l-barāʾ. We briefly examine four scenarios in how this doctrine works out in real life. Challenges to Muslims and Christians are detailed as well.
If someone is licensed and ordained an interfaith minister, whose ecclesiastical authority would they be responsible to?