The terror attacks in France, like the Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria, have disgusted us all. Radical Muslims, who believe that Allah is the one true God and that Muhammad is his prophet, have done terrible things in Allah’s name. Masked gunmen methodically killed twelve people, including a newspaper’s editor, as they shouted “Allahu akbar!” Are Muslims correct in their view of Allah that he is the one true God and Mohammed is his supreme Prophet? Or are Christians correct when they assert that the God of the Bible is the one true God and he has revealed himself through Jesus?
A tortoise was making his way across the lawn when all of a sudden he was nastily mugged by a ruthless gang of snails. Later, when the tortoise reported the crime at the police station, the officer asked him if he could describe any of his attackers. The tortoise replied, “Oh officer, it all happened so fast!” You see it all boils down to perspective! And more than anything else we need a right perspective or doctrine of God.
Islam teaches that a Muslim earns Allah’s favour by doing good deeds and keeping the five pillars of Islam – testimony, prayer, alms-giving, fasting, and taking a pilgrimage to Mecca. You do righteousness in order to hopefully be righteous. Is this what Isaiah is teaching?