It happened again! Another mass killing by a “Radical Muslim Terrorist,” this time in Orlando Florida. It makes you ask the question whether the Muslim religion itself is a violent religion? If you read the Koran, a strong point could be made for it. Of course, Muslim apologists try to do their best to squelch that view. So with that in mind, who do we believe? Further, do they believe in the same God that Christians worship, the One true God?
If we look to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, we find this as it pertains to the Church’s relationship with Muslims: “The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind’s judge on the last day (841).” In as much as Muslims teach that God is the creator, and He is omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent and One, we agree. They believe in the God of Abraham. The belief that God is One is remarkably concise and in total agreement with Christians. What they miss is the revelation God has given us in both the Old and New Testaments.
We as Christians believe in the Holy Trinity, but that doesn’t mean that God is not One. We believe that God is One, but it has been revealed to us that Jesus and the Holy Spirit also make up the One true God. Each of the persons are relationally the same, made of the same substance and not three different beings. But Muslims have a very poor understanding of how God acts in this world and a poor understanding of the nature of God with regards to the economy of salvation. And that leads to all kind of insanity.
Mohammed is a false profit because he claimed things like Jesus wasn’t crucified, Jesus wasn’t God or the Son of God and the list goes on. That might make Mohammed a false profit, but it doesn’t make the God of the Koran a false God. There is only One God of the universe, even though they have a poor understanding of who He is.
On a personal note, I pray that if the Muslim religion is being perverted by these radical elements, that they begin to be overtaken by the peaceful people of the same religion. That they speak out with one unified voice against them. But it saddens me to say that I do not see that happening anytime soon. My prayers go out to the victims and family members in Orlando.
Until next time, God bless.