From Chronicle Staff Writer Kelly Jasper’s July 16 article “A new place for prayer”: “Muslims fast from sunup to sundown during Ramadan, an exercise that teaches reliance on God and empathy for those who must go without food.”
A most commendable tradition – everyone should embrace fasting more than just during Lent and preceding the Easter resurrection of Christ. It truly teaches complete reliance on God and leads us to a greater appreciation of God’s abundant blessings that He has bestowed upon America.
Subsequently, I read this quote: “The outside of the two-story building is the Islamic statement of faith, which says in Arabic, ‘There is no God but Allah.’”
Exodus 20:3 states: “Thou shall have no other gods before Me.” John 14:6, states: “I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father except through me.” Jesus is very specific. “The way, the truth and the life” is singular, not plural. “The” implies “definite.”
In the article, and in today’s culture, acceptance, tolerance, diversity, alternatives and relativism are demanded. All paths lead to heaven and eternal life. Society rejects any definitive type of belief.
If our Lord had been concerned about being diverse and politically correct, He would have said, “I am a way, a truth and a life,” implying indefinite or numerous ways. Jesus made no such reference. Christ specifically stated eight times, in New Testament scriptural concepts, that you are either with Him or you are against Him – there is no middle ground. Jesus is crystal clear: He is the way, the truth and the life!
In a recent Easter service, our senior pastor reinforced Jesus’ words of John 14:6, reminding us that the tombs of Buddha, leader of Buddhism; Confucius, leader of Confucianism; and Mohammed, leader of Islam; all remain occupied. But the tomb of God’s Son and Christianity’s leader, Jesus Christ is not – for He is the only religious leader who has arisen and is alive today!
Jesus hung on a blood-stained cross to save us. Why can’t we just stand up for Him?
So which is it, God or Allah?
William “Bill” Thweatt
North Augusta, S.C.