Jihad Watch : My article in PJ Media on a much-misunderstood topic:
The Qur’an says that Christians and Muslims worship the same God (29:46), and so does the Catholic Church. The Irish Catholic newspaper recently considered this question and
offered an argument from authority, which is the weakest of all
arguments: Christians and Muslims worship the same God because the
Catholic Church’s Second Vatican Council says so in the documents Lumen Gentium and Nostra Aetate. But a closer examination of the evidence shows this to be false.
Besides the obvious differences regarding the Trinity, the crucifixion, and the divinity of Christ, there are deeper differences that are often overlooked.
- Free will. There are numerous passages of the Qur’an, as well
as indications from Islamic tradition, to the effect that not only can
no one believe in Allah except by his will, so also no one can
disbelieve in him except by his active will. “And to whoever God assigns
no light, no light has he” (24:40).
The issue of free will versus
predestination has, of course, vexed Christians of various sects for
centuries, as different biblical passages are given different weight in
various traditions. Calvinism, of course, in its pure form is notorious
for its doctrine of double predestination, the idea that God has
destined people for hell as well as for salvation. But this position is
largely unique to them in the Christian tradition, which generally holds
that God desires all men and women to be saved, and gives them the
means to attain this salvation.
The idea that God would create men for
hell is in total conflict with the proposition that God “desires all men
to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4),
and that he “takes no pleasure in the death of anyone” (Ezekiel 18:32).
And while Christians hold that
God is unchanging, the Qur’an affirms Allah’s changeability, even in
what he reveals to mankind:
“We do not abrogate a verse or cause it to
be forgotten except that We bring forth better than it or similar to it.
Do you not know that Allah is over all things competent?” (2:106).
three points are hardly ever considered when this question comes up.
Read it all here.............
But they show the affirmation of the Vatican II documents Lumen Gentium and Nostra Aetate to be wholly false.