The letter was in response to an open letter from 138 prominent Islamic leaders entitled “A Common Word between Us and You” which stresses stressing unity of the two religions and God.
Others who have signed the document claim that Christians and Muslims worship the “same” one true God which teaches us to love our neighbors as ourselves. This is not true.
Before Islam, the dominant theology amongst Arabs was paganism. Of the 360 different pagan gods worshipped, one was named Allah, the moon god. The distinction needs to be made; Allah is not a name of God or even another name for God. It is the pagan-originated name of the false god of Islam.
To this day, the symbol of Islam is the crescent moon and a star. Not coincidentally and in point of fact very revealing, Satan is referred to in the Bible as son of the morning star. It makes perfect sense. The moon, Satan’s false god, and the star, Satan himself. This is Islam.
Allah and God the same? Even Muslims don’t believe this! The God of the Bible is a Triune God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). Islam completely rejects the Deity of Jesus Christ.
Dave Hunt pointed out that the word “Allah” is not a generic term for “God” as some would like to suggest. It’s a specific name for the god of Islam (formerly the moon-god of Arab nomads who were polytheistic). Look in any translation of the Quran, in any language, French, Spanish, Italian, etc, and the word for Allah used there is “Allah” (not ‘God’ in their native tongues).
On his radio program, Search the Scriptures, Dave Hunt answers a question from one of his listeners – “Is Allah the Same as Yahweh?”
“Allah” is the name of a definite god. It was the god of the Quraish tribe. The Quraish tribe—that would be Muhammad’s tribe. The Kaaba is that cubicle place of worship in Mecca that still exists today where Muslims go once in their life time to make the hajj (pilgrimage). It had about 300-and-some idols in it. Mecca was where all the caravan trails crossed. They had an idol there for everybody.
This was prior to Muhammad…In fact, his tribe made a lot of money out of this—the fees that they got for the temple and so forth—people were able to worship whatever god they believed in. The chief god, of course, was the god of the Quraish tribe there in Mecca. His name was Allah. He has no son, but he has three daughters. He was the moon god, worshiped with the moon, and that’s why you still see the crescent moon on minarets and on flags of Muslim countries to this day.
The Qur’an, for example, says of Allah, “He is not a father, and he has no son.” Now there is no way that you could possibly equate Allah, this pagan idol, with the God of the Bible who absolutely forbids idolatry. “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me” Exodus 20:2.
You’re not to make an image of the God of the Bible. And that it would be in a pagan temple with other images, with other idols, is just absolutely contrary to the Scripture.
“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness [of any thing] that [is] in heaven above, or that [is] in the earth beneath, or that [is] in the water under the earth: 5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God [am] a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth [generation] of them that hate me; 6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.”
But they say this is their name for God, the Arabic name for God, but wait a minute! That this is not a generic term for God is easily proved. In Spanish, the generic term for God is Dios. Oh, but they insist the Spanish translation must have Allah. In Russian, the generic term for God is bog. But they insist they have Allah, even in a Russian translation. In French it would be Dieu, but they insist, “No, no, it must be Allah even in French, Allah in English.” Well obviously, then, this is not a generic term for God. This is the name of a particular god—the moon god, the god of the Quraish tribe. By the way, they offered human sacrifices to him. Full program: Is Allah the Same as Yahweh?
Christians believe in a Triune God (the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit), while Islam vehemently rejects the deity of Jesus Christ. Instead they worship “Allah” which again was an ancient tribal moon god.
Excerpt taken from, “A Common Word Between Us” –
O People of the Book! Come to common terms as between us and you: That we worship none but Allah; that we associate no partners with him; that we erect not, from among ourselves, Lords and patrons other than Allah. (Quran, Sura 3:64)
Excerpt taken from, “Loving God and Neighbor Together” –
Before we “shake your hand” in responding to your letter, we ask forgiveness of the All-Merciful One.
According to the Quran, Allah is described many ways. Amongst the “99 beautiful names of Allah” are “the best schemer,” “the greatest of all deceivers,” “the destroyer,” “the most proud,” “the bringer of death,” and “the creator of evil.” In the Bible, such titles are descriptions of Satan. Again, Islam reveals itself for what it is. – Patrick Wyett
We applaud that A Common Word Between Us and You stresses so insistently the unique devotion to one God.
What is missing from “A Common Word between Us and You” is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Do they care nothing about these lost souls? Do they understand that making this agreement solidifies faith in a false god, that it deafens ears from hearing the Word of God, and hearts from receiving the truth of Jesus Christ?
We find it equally heartening that the God whom we should love above all things is described as being Love. In the Muslim tradition, God, “the Lord of the worlds,” is “The Infinitely Good and All-Merciful.”
Excerpt from gotquestions.org –
In the Bible, prophets often had both a teaching and revelatory role, declaring God’s truth on contemporary issues while also revealing details about the future. Isaiah’s ministry, for example, touched on both the present and the future. He preached boldly against the corruption of his day (Isaiah 1:4) and delivered grand visions of the future of Israel (Isaiah 25:8).
Prophets had the task of faithfully speaking God’s Word to the people. They were instrumental in guiding the nation of Israel and establishing the church. God’s household is “built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone” (Ephesians 2:20).
A true prophet of God will be committed to speaking God’s truth. He or she will never contradict God’s revealed Word. A true prophet will say, with the prophet Micaiah just before his fateful confrontation with Ahab, “As surely as the Lord lives, I can tell him only what my God says” (2 Chronicles 18:13).
A question for these so-called Christian leaders, how in the world could Muhammed be a Prophet if he constantly denied the divinity of Jesus Christ?
If we fail to make every effort to make peace and come together in harmony you correctly remind us that “our eternal souls” are at stake as well.
Seriously? Shame on them!
The final, eternal destination of all people is based entirely on whether or not they had trusted Jesus Christ alone for salvation (Matthew 25:46; John 3:36). In denying Christ, partaking in idolatry, and believing false prophets, and a false religion will in fact place your eternal soul at great risk of eternal damnation.
We are persuaded that our next step should be for our leaders at every level to meet together and begin the earnest work of determining how God would have us fulfill the requirement that we love God and one another.
Love is an attribute of God. Love is a core aspect of God’s character, His Person. God’s love is in no sense in conflict with His holiness, righteousness, justice, or even His wrath. All of God’s attributes are in perfect harmony. Everything God does is loving, just as everything He does is just and right.
The greatest expression of God’s love is communicated to us in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Romans 5:8 proclaims the same message: “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
One writer stated that this letter represents apostasy of the highest order, I agree! These leaders who would dare to defame and diminish the One true God, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the authority of God’s Word have put their own souls in grave danger, as well as the souls they lead astray. This is another step towards a one world false religious system that will usher in the antichrist in the last days. Every single leader who signed this letter has publicly denied their faith, brought shame to their ministries and congregations.
We can only pray that these leaders repent or resign. Unfortunately there are far too many in their congregations who love the man behind the pulpit more than God. Many will follow them blindly because they refuse God and His word, putting their own ideas above His.
Salvation through Jesus Christ is the only hope for mankind.