"Surely, Christians and Muslims pray to the same God," we are told often.
Representing a god he named "Allah" — using "allah," the Arabic common noun for "god" — Muhammad taught that the Word did not become flesh, Jesus is not the incarnate Son of God, Jesus did not die on the cross (because such a good man could not die so horribly), Jesus did not die for our sins, Jesus did not rise again from the dead, Jesus is not the Lord, and there is no radical forgiveness in Jesus' name or in anyone else's name. Muhammad's Allah contradicts every key element of the Gospel.
It is not only that Muhammad did not agree with the Gospel, he specifically contradicted every key element of the Gospel. Additional points of contrast between Biblical teaching and Islam could easily be found, too. more >>
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders affirmed that faith is a guiding principle in his life, and despite not belonging to a particular religious group, he said that he would not be running for president without "very strong" religious and spiritual feelings.
"You know, everybody practices religion in a different way," Sanders said at a New Hampshire town hall meeting on Wednesday, as reported by Jewish Telegraphic Agency. "To me, I would not be here tonight, I would not be running for president of the United States if I did not have very strong religious and spiritual feelings."
He said that faith is a guiding principle in his life, and added: "My spirituality is that we are all in this together and that when children go hungry, when veterans sleep out on the street, it impacts me." more >>
"The Late Show" host Stephen Colbert praised Pastor Joel Osteen as a "Texan Pope Francis" for his message of inclusion during a recent appearance, though Osteen said he has no desire to become a denomination or have people follow him.
"I like your open message, it is very accepting, non-denominational, you seem like a Texan Pope Francis," Colbert, a Roman Catholic, told Osteen, who is the pastor of Lakewood Church, one of the largest megachurches in America.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said that throughout the difficulties she has faced in her life, it is the parable of the prodigal son as found in the Bible that became her "lifeline."
Clinton made the comment on Wednesday during an appearance with fellow Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders in Derry, New Hampshire, with less than a week before the next primary.
The former secretary of State, who also ran for the Democratic nomination in 2008 but lost out to President Barack Obama, was asked by a rabbi at the Derry event about how she dealt with difficulties in her life. more >>
A group of 20 political scientists who graduated from Wheaton College are encouraging their alma mater to reinstate tenured political professor Dr. Larycia Hawkins, who was suspended and could soon be fired for asserting that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.
As Hawkins prepares for her Feb. 11 termination hearing before the evangelical institution's Faculty Personnel Committee, a number of prominent voices within the Wheaton community have called on the college's administration to drop its termination effort.
While Wheaton maintains that Hawkins appears to be in violation of the school's statement of faith, 20 Wheaton grads who are now political science professors at various higher education institutions sent a letter on Wednesday to Wheaton President Philip Ryken and the college's board of trustees citing concerns that the school has violated Hawkins' rights to due process by placing her on administrative leave. more >>
A Texas megachurch that recently voted to leave Presbyterian Church (USA) over theological differences agreed to pay its former regional body approximately $1.5 million to maintain control of its church property.
First Presbyterian Church of San Antonio announced Sunday that it reached a settlement with Mission Presbytery over retaining ownership of its name and property.
"Under the terms of the settlement, FPC will provide $1,525,000 to the denomination. Mission Presbytery will contribute $125,000 of this amount to the John Knox Ranch Summer Camp," read the announcement. more >>