Saturday, May 17, 2008

The Cold, Distant Father

I was invited to a local Muslim open house today. It's the first time I've gotten to proclaim the Gospel in question form (during the Q&A):

"What is sin?" (breaking God's law)

"Is God just? That is, does God demand payment for sin?"

"What can we give God?" (how can we make the payment)

"Have you heard, that Jesus Christ died to pay the price for our sins?"

Any time the Gospel is proclaimed, that is a good day. I also gained an interesting insight into Muslim theology:

"Does the Koran say 'God is love'?" No, but we love each other in the way God would desire, and in that -- and our good deeds -- hope to win his approval.

And there it is.

Allah, the cold and distant father. Who shows no love. And the hard working, unloved children -- desperately laboring to win his approval, some sign of love.

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