UK – Steve Chalke, pastor and founder of the Oasis charity, amazed the British community, when he announced publicly what many Christian leaders try to cover up..
ISLAM IS CLOSER TO CHRIST - THAN "CHRISTIANITY" TODAY
Chalke, a Christian pastor has confirmed that Islamic teachings are closer to the Christ than many churches in the west, following a comparative study into both faiths.
“I know some emphases in Islamic teaching come closer to the teaching of Christ and the Bible than some teaching in Western churches”, he continued “Ultimately the full interpretation of who Allah/God is can be seen through Jesus,” he added, confirming that both faiths worship the same God or Allah.
“Islam and Christianity (today) are two very different faiths and there are huge differences between the two.”
Chalke comments followed the release of his new book, Radical, in which he explained how he had come to the conclusion “Muslims and Christians worship the same God”.
He explained how Christians interpret god in different ways which vary greatly.
“As individuals we all worship different shades of the same God,” he said.
“There are Christians who worship a - militant, violent God"
"There are Christians who worship a God who - doesn’t want women in leadership"
"There are Christians who worship a God who - says if you are gay you will burn in hell"
"There are Christians who worship a God who - does not believe in global warming"
“I don’t separate from them even though they have a very different take on God’s character from me,” he added.
He cited the theologian Miroslav Volf, who took a similar line in his book Allah: A Christian Response.
VERY ATTRACTIVE BELIEFS
Describing Islamic beliefs as “very attractive”, Chalke insisted there was significant common ground that must be explored.
“If we say Islam is an evil religion and they worship a different God and Christianity is the only way to heaven then we are heading for World War Three,” he said.
He added that “tabloid” representations of Islam were permeating the Church.
“If we went into a pub tonight and asked people what Christians believe they would say six-day creationists, anti-gay, anti-abortion, boring, if you die before you’re baptised you will go to hell. The tabloid media have led people to misunderstand Christianity and pastors now have to spend half their time de-mythologising Christianity,” he said.
MEDIA SELLS LIES ABOUT MUSLIMS
“What we don’t realise is the media are selling us the same lie about Muslims,” he said.
He added: “The problem is we don’t know any Muslims. Everyone is scared of Muslims except the one who sits next to them at work”.
Muslims believe in Jesus as one of the great Prophets of God and he is the son of Mary but not the Son of God.
JESUS IN ISLAM
In the Qur’an, Jesus is called “Isa”, peace be upon him. He is also known as Al-Maseeh (the Christ) and Ibn Maryam (Son of Mary, peace be upon them both).
As for his crucifixion, Muslims believe that Jesus, peace be upon him, was not crucified but was lifted up to heaven.
RETURN OF JESUS IN LAST DAYS
Muslims believe that Jesus, peace be upon him, will return back to earth just prior to the End Times and will restore the peace, justice and order on earth. Jesus, peace be upon him will also combat and destory the Anti-Christ (Al-Masih Al-Dajjal) and Allah will use Jesus, peace be upon him, to bring victory for truth and righteousness for the true believers.
The true followers of Jesus, peace be upon him, will prevail over those who deny him, misrepresent him and reject him...