You are the compassionate, the merciful one…” Following right after “Hear, O Israel, the Lord your God, the Lord is one.”
the One who changed my life, Jeshua, “Isa”, Jesus (in Spanish), Jesus, who taught us to pray,
“The compassionate, the merciful” is, of course, a reference to the invocation at the beginning of every chapter of the Qur’an except one: Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim, “In the name of Allah, the compassionate, the merciful.”
And “Isa” is in reference to the Qur’an which uses the term to describe Islam’s false “jesus” who in Islam is just considered an Islamic Prophet and not the Son of “Allah”
Making sure everyone feels included — terrific. But the prayer indicates yet again that there is little general awareness of the reasons why the term “Judeo-Christian-Islamic values” is a misnomer.
Many have taken issue with me for this post because they believe:
Since Muslims are Monotheistic and Christians are Monotheistic then by the rule of “Occams Razor” “Allah” must be the same as the God of the Bible
They believe that “Allah” is just an Arabic name for God, which it is not. Allah was the name for a pe-Islamic Arab Pagan idol that was worshipped in Mecca and because it was the chief deity of the many idols worshipped around the Kabba it was co-opted by Muhammad to use as the name for the “god” of his new false religion.
Because of their view that “Allah” is just an Arabic name for God, many rationalize then that because God is compassionate and merciful then that is what Rick Warren was talking about.
there are numerous problems with this logic:
The one True God is known by his attributes. The attributes of “Allah” as described in the Qur’an and what he requires of man are diametrically opposed to the Attributes of God described in the Bible and what he requires of man. Hence “Allah” cannot be a synonym for the God of the Bible. See: the Principle of Contradiction.
The meaning of the phrase: “Allah is compassionate and merciful” has a completely different meaning within the context of Islam and the Qur’an than the phrase: “God is compassionate and merciful” would have within the context of Christianity and The Bible.
And likewise “Isa” cannot be a synonym for the True Jesus of Christianity. Because “Isa’s” attributes in the Qur’an are not the same as the attributes of the Jesus of the Bible. In the Qur’an, “Isa” is a prophet and a man. Jesus in the Bible is The Man-God. God incarnate, God come in the Flesh. Second person in the Godhead (Trinity). Jesus has always existed from Eternity past. Isa was according to the Qur’an a mortal man with a finite beginning in time.
Finally with Rick Warren’s history he has made it pretty clear that he considers “Allah” as one and the same as The God of the Bible, and “Isa” one and the same as Jesus of the Bible. Which means he possbily doesnt understand who the One True God is and what his attributes are! And he obviously doesnt understand the “Principle of Contradiction” as it applies to the Qur’an vs The Bible.
Actually he does, he just ignores it as he does not really believe in the concept of Sola Scriptura!
So it begs the question: to which “god” and to which competing and contradictory aspect was Rick Warren applying the phrase: “The compassionate, the merciful” and the term “Isa”?
I would say it is as Rick Warren’s previous history of using words and fudging on their meaning.
He leaves his statements sufficiently vague as to make them acceptable to the most people regardless of their religious background. Muslims can feel warm that he was referring to “Allah” and “Isa” and Christians can feel warm that since he used the name God, and Jesus the phrase applied to the attributes as defined within Christianity!