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Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God?
by Andy Bannister, Director and Lead Apologist for RZIM-Canada

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Love

One last thing. I’ve spoken several times about the love of God. I meet so many people, both Christians and Muslims — and those of other faiths — who tell me they believe that God is a God of love. Perhaps you’re a Muslim or a member of another faith community, and you believe that. But I want you to think about something for a moment. What is the greatest possible form of love that can be expressed? Interestingly, Jesus provides the answer to that question when He said, “Greater love has no one than this that he lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).

And we all know this to be true, don’t we? If a truck is roaring down the street and my three-year-old daughter is playing out there, oblivious to the danger she is in, and I run from the house, push her to safety, but am struck and killed in the process, what would you infer from this? How deeply I loved my child that I was willing to give my life that she might live.

And this raises a fascinating observation. If God is a God of love, then, of course, God is the greatest being; that’s what it means to be God. And that means that if God demonstrates love, it must be the greatest, the highest conceivable form of love. And if the highest form of love is to lay down one’s life, do you see why the life of Jesus and who He is becomes so crucial?

You see, if Jesus is who He claimed to be, God come in the flesh, God stepping into space and time, getting His feet dirty with the dust of the world and His hands bloody with the nails of the world, then what we see in Jesus’ willingness to go to the cross — to deal with our brokenness and our mess and our hang-ups — is the greatest possible act of love by the greatest possible being, who loved us so much, even while we were His enemies, that He was willing to give His life for us.

The God of the Bible loves us. Tremendously so. He knows what you are really like. There is nothing you can hide from Him. But in spite of that, despite knowing exactly what you are like, God came into the world and offers to make us one with Him, pay for what we have done wrong, and grant us forgiveness as a gift. A very costly gift. A price was paid, but we didn’t pay it. We didn’t earn it – the greatest possible act of love by the greatest being, to demonstrate the greatest gift of all, forgiveness and mercy, but not at the expense of justice.

In the Bible, in Romans 5:8, we read: “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

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