The Tri-Faith Initiative to draw people of the Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) together according to their supposed common beliefs is in full swing but what does that mean?
First of all let’s talk about what the Tri-Faith Initiative is.
From the TriFaith.org FAQ “We started with three faith groups which share a belief in monotheism and believe in the same God. While our traditions have many names for God and use several languages for our sacred texts, we share a belief in the one God — the God of Abraham.”
That statement alone carries some flaws. Allah, the god of Islam is not the God of Christians or Jews and does not even have a name. Allah is not a name, it’s the generic Arabic term for “god” or “the god.” Search the Qu’ran and you will not find a name for Allah because he doesn’t have a name. As for monotheism being the measure of believing in God, the Bible has this to say “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” James 2:19
The God of the Bible has a name, many names.
Interfaith dialogue, talking with people of other religions about religion is fine, nothing wrong with that right? However, if you listen closely to what is being said by the leaders of the Tri-Faith Initiative there are some things that are disturbing… if you believe the Bible.
Can two walk together, except they be agreed? – Amos 3:3
The theme for Interfaith and the Tri-Faith Initiative is commonality. “I think it’s a journey for all of us, not just Muslim, to get to know each other, to get to discover common threads, common traditions and what unite us.” Speaker for the American Institute of Islamic Studies and Culture.
Jesus refused to mingle even Judaism with Christianity and so did his disciples, has that dawned on any of these leaders? He absolutely refused. To be hospitable is one thing, to be a good neighbor is one thing but to share religious views etc.? Nope. Sorry, he wouldn’t dare go there and neither did his disciples.
Jesus saith unto him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6
Followers of Mohammed (Muslims) explicitly deny that claim. They deny Jesus’ deity, they deny that Jesus is God’s only begotten Son because the Qur’an does. According to Islam the Qur’an is God’s final revelation to mankind, not the Bible. But the Qur’an has nothing in common with the Bible except some similar terminology which was obviously taken from the Bible.
Muslims are forbidden by the Qur’an to take Jews or Christians or even non-Muslims as friends! They are allowed to fake friendship for the benefit of Islam though. Don’t take my word for it read the Qur’an. Sura 3:28 “Let not the believers (Muslims) Take for friends or helpers Unbelievers (Jews, Christians or anybody else) rather than believers: if any do that, in nothing will there be help from Allah: except by way of precaution, that ye may Guard yourselves from them…” This last part means that the Muslim is allowed to feign friendship if it is of benefit. Renowned Islamic scholar Ibn Kathir states that “believers are allowed to show friendship outwardly, but never inwardly.”
Watch the Tri-Faith Initiative conference video below and tell me what you think? You think this helps fulfill the Great Commission? Do you think a mosque, temple and church on the same lot with interfaith principles and a no proselytizing rule is going a step in the right direction?
Tri-Faith Initiative Media Conference, 12-13-11
And Jesus said unto them, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15.