"Yet worshipers at 'The True Message of God Mission' say it's entirely natural for Christianity and Islam to cexist, even overlap. They begin their worship by praying at the Jesus alcove and then 'running their deliverance' - sprinting laps around the mosque's mosaic-tiled courtyard, praying to the one God for forgiveness and help. They say it's akin to Israelites circling the walls of Jericho - and Muslims swirling around the Ka'ba shrine in Mecca. . ."
"'You in the West are satisfied with one hour of church on Sunday,' says Mr. Balogun. But for people in Africa, who he says need so many solutions, 'This is about a practical way of life,' about a willingness to combine Christianity or Islam with their own traditions to 'see if they can make something new' - something that will help. . ."
"The broader context here is Africa's dramatic shift in recent decades to Christianity and Islam. During the 20th century, fully 40 percent of Africa's population moved from traditional religions to 'different shades of Christianity,' says Philip Jenkins, a history and religion professor at the University of Pennsylvania. It is, he adds, 'the largest religious change that has ever occurred in history.' There are debates about whether Christianity or Islam is spreading faster in Africa, but clearly they're both on the rise - and sometimes are the source of tension.
"In Nigeria's religious city of Jos (short for 'Jesus Our Savior') the government says 50,000 people died between 1999 and 2004 in sectarian clashes. Until a peace deal last year, Sudan's northern Muslims and southern Christians were at war for two decades.
"Clearly, the religious revolution is still shaking out. 'People are converting rapidly, but they don't necessarily have instruction' in the details of their faiths, says Boston University's Professor Robert. Nor have they had 'time for their belief system to solidify.' It is, she says, 'still shifting.' She argues that eventually the faithful will choose one religion or another, and the hybrids will fade away."
These people actually think that they are all worshipping the same God, but they don't even have and have never had proper instruction about their respective religions, Christianity or Islam. Yeah, it's great that these religious groups are finally able to get along without warring and feuding, losing countless thousands of lives, but how long can that really last?This may seem great on the outside, but let's take a look at the inside: Members of two different religious groups who worship two different dieties and subscribe to two different religious texts, and who differ on whether Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the saviour of all humanity, are saying that there aren't enough differences to keep them apart, and that there, in fact, are enough similarities that they can be complementary to each other. Does this make sense?
24"No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money."
Now, I know that although that verse refers to money, but can't it also not apply to the serving of two gods?
The author of the article is already predicting that eventually, the faithful to each respective religion are going to separate out again, and when they do, it's going to be at least as bad as was before the two religions "merged."
Obviously, if you do much study into the religion of Islam, you will see that the faithful are commanded to war against all those who do not accept Islam. They are to either force people to submission or kill them, hence the word "jihad" or "holy war." If you want more information, go to this site. Although it may scare you, it gives a lot of detail about what their religion teaches all those who follow it faithfully.
My family has known very well for about 10 years a family who subscribes to Islam, but I doubt very highly that this mosque in town teaches the "true faith" of Islam. Because of the kind of friendship that my family has with the Muslim family we know, and from what I have learned about Islam, I know that this family is very liberal, and I believe their mosque is, too. For some reason, they are encouraged to have Christian friends, and treat them with kindness, love and respect. But this is very rare and a diversion from what their religion is supposed to teach.
Even the "liberal" Muslims could not worship with Christians, though. I know this because of my family's interactions with them. They were somewhat uncomfortable at our church when they were there for mine and my husband's wedding 3 1/2 years ago, but they were happy to be there for us. But, see, these are the exceptions, and I'm sure those who fully subscribe to the "true" religion of Islam would find these liberals just as much an abomination as they do Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists . . . you get the idea.
What do you think? Do you agree that Christians and Muslims do not worship the same God? If you do, do you then also agree that because of this, the two religions can never truly merge? How do you explain the merging of these two faiths, and where do you see "Chrislam" going, if it survives at all?