Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | March 9, 2015

March 9, 2015 “Our Father”

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1st John 3:1) 

Hi Everyone, and Good Monday Morning to you all!

With recent world events, I have become more diligent when it comes to educating myself regarding the tenants of the Islamic faith and the differences with my own Christian upbringing and my adherence to its teachings. While there are certain similarities between these two faiths, their particular understanding of the nature of God and the relationship to God we have as people stand in sharp contrast to one another. Christianity recognizes the great privilege we enjoy as people to become the adopted children of God along with the privilege of calling God “our Father”, as Jesus clearly taught in the Lord’s Prayer. To those of the Islamic faith, such a concept sounds blasphemous at its core. Their holy book, the Qur’an, teaches “It is not befitting (to the majesty of) Allah that He should beget a son. Glory be to Him! He determines a matter. He only says to it, ‘Be’, and it is.”(Sura 19:35)

Whereas Christians believe and celebrate the knowledge that God is our Heavenly Father who loves us so much as to adopt us as his own, the Islamic faith rejects such a concept, believing this to be a diminishing of God’s “otherness”, or holiness.  Rather than just being a mere difference of opinion regarding our relationship with God, this, along with other understandings of God’s nature set these two faiths at odds with one another. At its very core, Christianity’s understanding of the relationship between God and his creation is staggering in its implications. Even the apostles of the first century were completely overwhelmed with utter amazement that the status of such an intimate relationship between God and humanity could exist because of Christ’s atoning work on the cross. Christian author Neil T. Anderson writes,

“The most important belief we possess is a true knowledge of who God is. The second most important belief is who we are as children of God, because we cannot consistently behave in a way that is inconsistent with how we perceive ourselves.”

For the Christian, such knowledge fundamentally transforms our very nature. Understanding that we truly are privileged to bear the title children of God” gives us a new identity…a new name…a new song to sing:

                                     “I sing a new song since Jesus came;Serve a new Master…wear a new name…                                                                  Walk a new road…have a  new goal…feel a new peace down deep in my soul!”

Let’s pray!

Father God; Oh what a privilege it is to address You as our Father! What astounding love you have lavished upon me…what unspeakable joy it is for me to be numbered among the Redeemed. I pray today that many more would be added to the family of faith , discovering Your goodness and mercy for themselves. Glory to You now and always, my Heavenly Father! Amen!

 

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