Names are the only thing in life that is really yours. It probably irritates you when someone gets your name wrong.
The other day I was calling around getting quotes on t-shirt printing and one of the folks I was talking to said, “your name is Ben?” (I don’t know where Ben came from but…) I said, “Lee.” She said, “ok Benlee, here is what we can do…”
Now, I didn’t bother correcting her as her quote wasn’t that good and I probably would never talk to her again anyway.
Well, she called me back later that day. My phone rang and I said, “hello?” She said, “may I speak to Benlee?” It took me about three seconds to remember who the poor girl was and then I said, “this is he.”
Most of the time though, we will correct someone who says our name wrong.
Allah is NOT Jehovah. There. Let’s jump right in. ‘God’ is His title. There are other references to the effect of ‘He shall be called’ this or that…but His NAME is Jehovah, NOT Allah.
That men may know that thou, whose name alone is Jehovah, art the most high over all the earth.
It’s kinda like introducing someone to my pastor and saying, “this is Ralph, the pastor of Grace Fellowship Church.” Robert might say, “my name is Robert.” And I say, “yeah, but I call you Ralph.”
I say ‘kinda like’ because Robert is just a man. I have a great deal of respect for my pastor but, we are talking about GOD here folks. To say, “Allah, Jehovah, whatever…same difference” is a complete affront to God Almighty.
To have an attitude of indifference in regards to any aspect of God is completely unacceptable anyway but, to say that everyone’s ‘version’ of God is really all the same guy is very dangerous territory.
The natures of Allah and Jehovah, according to the scripture of their respective religions, are very different.
In Islam, to my understanding, one must follow the tenants, or pillars, of the faith then MAYBE Allah will let you join him in paradise.
According to the Gospel, Jehovah is not willing that ANYONE should perish (Matthew 18:14 written in red.) Jehovah draws a line in the sand, it is not a ‘if, then maybe’ kinda thing.
So, saying that these two are the same person doesn’t logically add up. Like I said, they appear to have vastly different natures. To even try to compare them isn’t even apples and oranges. To do that, they would both have to, at least, be fruit…
Both faiths believe that there is only one God. But, with the two different descriptions of God, one or the other has to be wrong about theirs being the real one.
And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name Jehovah was I not known to them.
This was spoken to Moses. Both faiths hold Moses in high esteem. Moses wrote this down. So, why does Islam not call God Jehovah? Either Moses was a prophet of God or he wasn’t. If Moses is ranked right below Muhammad as a prophet according to Islam, why change what he recorded?
It doesn’t fit their narrative is why. Just like not completely deleting Jesus from the faith. They leave Jesus in their faith because, to get rid of Him entirely would have turned too many people off when you try to convert them to this new religion. They had to leave him in for credibility (kinda shows the power that the name itself holds.)
But this contradicts their own beliefs. They compromised. How can they consider Jesus to be a prophet (which is all they claim that He is) when He claimed to be God incarnate which is heresy/blasphemy? They try to minimize Jesus’ name as much as possible, yet retain it as a selling point. Compromise.
Jehovah does not compromise. God’s Word does not contradict itself. He nor His Word need selling points. Testimony doesn’t have to be changed with Jehovah. It is a cut and dried issue.
In Islam, you keep the pillars and hope that when you bear witness for yourself, it is good enough.
In Christ, we know that our witness will convict us. It is a given…a constant. Our story doesn’t have to be changed to work because it will never work. It’s a moot point.
Christ steps into the court before the Judge (Jehovah) and says, “yes Father, Lee is guilty as sin and needs to be convicted and punished.”
I am soooo grateful for the ‘but I’ that Christ will follow the previous statement with. He will say, “BUT I…the Son of the Most High God…will take Lee’s place and sentencing will be directed on Me.”
Now, that verbal interchange won’t actually take place because He took care of that on the cross. When God the Father looks at me…standing before the Great White Throne…He won’t see me. He will see the shed blood of Christ. Christ, standing beside me will say, “this one is mine.”
The nature of the One True God has to be either the one described in Islam or the one described in the Gospel. It can’t be both ways. You can’t have fruit from an orange tree tasting like an apple.
Which one is right? Well, you have to decide that for yourself. You might say it depends on which book you believe. In actuality though, it is between you and whichever one is in fact the One True God.
Y’all stay safe and keep a round in the chamber…