I am convinced that the doctrine of the Holy Trinity is foundational to all Christian truth. This is a rather bold statement. Indeed, it is rather controversial. There are some Christian teachers who would adamantly disagree with this. They may accept the Trinity as a biblical doctrine, but they argue that acceptance of the Trinity is not essential in order to be a Christian. While I honor their privilege to believe as they do, I must differ with this position most stringently.
I have dealt with this issue in an earlier post. You can read for yourself regarding the question of the necessity of belief in the Trinity. Allow me to summarize my argument for you. First of all, we understand that salvation is experienced in a person’s life by that person repenting of sin, accepting Christ, and coming into a personal relationship with the Lord God. Thus, relationship is at the heart of the Christian experience. In this light, it is important to note the words of Christ in John 17:3, where He declares that eternal life consists of knowing the true God and the true Son of God. In other words, without a relationship with the true God, there is no eternal life. And thus, whether or not God is triune in His nature is necessary for salvation. You cannot have a relationship with a false god and have eternal life. If God is a monarchial, monolithic deity—one God, one Person—then to assert that you have a relationship with a triune God is a false premise. You cannot have eternal life if you have a relationship with a deity that doesn’t exist. Continue reading →
In the history of religion Judaism, Christianity and Islam are considered the three Abrahamic faiths. The idea is that there is a continuity between the three different religions that can be traced back to the legacy of Abraham and the early Hebrews. For this reason, so the argument goes, all three religions are basically differing expressions of the same faith. So this means that all three religions actually worship the same God. The Yahweh of the Jews is really the same deity as the God/Jehovah of the Christians, who is in turn no different than the Allah of the Muslims. But is this really true? Continue reading →
(Introductory Note: This Trogo is quite a bit longer than usual. However, the nature of the subject requires a thorough treatment. I hope you will find this piece beneficial.)
Life takes strange twists. It has often been observed that truth is stranger than fiction, and indeed this is so. For instance, this is the case in America’s (and many Christians’) current attitudes about Islam. Allow me to explain.
The natural gut reaction of many people to the events of September 11 and the ensuing terrorism and violence that have followed has been an outcry and outrage against militant Islam. Voices have been raised in anger and fear at the inherent violence of Islam. Many have reacted very strongly. In fact, in the aftermath of the various terrorist attacks on our nation, there have even been some who have taken matters into their own hands and angrily attacked any Muslim or Arab in sight. Of course this latter action is reprehensible and unjustified. Just because a person is Muslim, or from the Middle East, does mean they are vicious, cruel or hateful. Not all Muslims are terrorists. Not all people from the Middle East are even Muslim. We must be fair, balanced and knowledgeable in our actions, words, and emotional response to what has occurred in our nation. Reason, and a reasonable faith, call for this. Continue reading →
Do you ever read anything written by atheists, skeptics and those who actively oppose Christianity? I do. And one of the most common arguments they use against our faith is the existence of evil. They say if God is good and all powerful, why doesn’t He just do away with evil? Why doesn’t He just wipe it off the earth, completely eradicate it? God must not exist, because if He did, then evil would not be allowed to exist. That’s what they say.
So…what about it? What do you think? Should God just sovereignly, completely and immediately rid the world of all evil? BLAM! By divine decree all sin, crime, violence, war, abuse, and wrongdoing are done away with. They’re gone. Continue reading →
Through the years quite a number of people writing about Mormonism have noted similarities between Islam and the LDS Church. As early as 1831 critics of Joseph Smith compared him to Muhammad. Smith himself was known to make the same comparison. In the midst of the so-called “Mormon War” of 1838 Joseph defied his enemies by declaring: “I will be to this generation a second Mohammed, whose motto in treating for peace was ‘the Alcoran [Koran] or the Sword.’ So shall it eventually be with us — ‘Joseph Smith or the Sword!’ ”
In light of this, we have prepared a chart listing some of the similarities between Islam and Mormonism. We hope you will find this interesting and informative. Just click here to view the chart of Similarities Between Islam and LDS.