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How the Prophet Jesus (Isa) differentiates Yahweh and Allah by Pastor Rudolph Boshoff

The person of Jesus Christ has a very central role in both Christianity and in Islam. Houlden (2005:404) writes that in Islam Jesus is a servant (‘abd) of God, a prophet (nabi), a sign (aya), an example (mathal), a witness (shahid), and a mercy (rahma) to all humanity. Jesus is eminent (wajih) and even brought near to God (min al-muqarrabin) and seen as one of the upright (min al-salihin) and he is blessed (Mubarak). The [...]

By |2020-03-13T17:19:20+02:00Jul 11th, 2019|Allah, Christology, Islam|0 Comments

The Mind and Spirit of the Book of Allah by John Gilchrist.

1. ALLAH – THE CENTRAL THEME OF THE QUR'AN THE FOCAL POINT: "THERE IS NO GOD BUT ALLAH" If it were to be asked what convicted Muhammad more than anything else that he was called to be the last of God's prophets it could be said that his initial visions on Mount Hira were sufficient to persuade him that everything that "came" to him thereafter, whether by exoteric experience or inner inspiration, had a supernatural [...]

By |2020-03-14T09:03:08+02:00Mar 30th, 2018|Allah, Quran|0 Comments

The Deity of Christ as primer to understand the difference between Yahweh and Allah by Pastor Rudolph Boshoff

The central question of this thesis was provoked by Miroslav Volf’s (2011) book “Allah: A Christian response”. Volf confirms that it is possible for Christians and Muslims to worship the same God and even though there are central denials and differences, we should rather focus on what we have in common (2011:11). The problem is not just Volf’s conclusion but his means how he gets to it. Volf (2011:104-105) contends that the ultimate standard for [...]

By |2020-03-14T10:25:40+02:00Jan 20th, 2018|Allah, Christology, Islam|0 Comments

The Love of God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit by John Gilchrist.

The First and Great Commandment: How does a Christian ever communicate the Trinity to Muslims? If you use an illustration to explain it, you may be sorely disappointed. One of the favourite representations of the Trinity is water which, though one in substance, can be threefold in its form – steam, water or ice depending on its temperature. If you use this symbolic image for the Trinity, a wise Muslim will retort: "So, when God [...]

By |2020-03-14T10:29:25+02:00Dec 26th, 2017|Allah, Trinity|0 Comments

Gilchrist wager: Three essential issues between Christians and Muslims by Pastor Rudolph Boshoff.

Earlier this month I had the opportunity again to visit with Uncle John Gilchrist and his lovely wife Aunty Rosemary. He told me about the re-release of a booklet he wrote years back for Muslim evangelism. The Booklet, ‘Our approach to Muslims’ entails various topics, and speaks solely about the Christian treatment of Muslims. The following quote is given in the booklet and I call it the Gilchrist wager. He writes:   “The issue between [...]

By |2020-03-14T10:31:45+02:00Dec 8th, 2017|Allah, Islam|0 Comments

Islamic Theology and the difficulty of its presuppositions by Pastor Rudolph Boshoff.

In this short article, I just want to reflect on the logical conclusions of Islamic Theology as the Quran and its sources endeavour to explain the central character of Allah in the central held beliefs that constitutes the faith of the Ummah (Arabic: أمة‎‎). (1) The Ethical Character of God. It is interesting to note that the Judeo/Christian God of the Bible, Jehovah, leads us to conclude that He is essentially moral and supremely holy [...]

By |2020-04-09T16:25:02+02:00Sep 23rd, 2017|Allah, Islam, Monotheism, Unitarianism|0 Comments

Ode to the unknown God: Reflection on the Allah of Islam by Pastor Rudolph Boshoff.

It was Theologian A.W. Tozer, in his book "The Knowledge of the Holy" that stated “What comes to into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. The history of mankind will probably show that no people has ever risen above its religion, a man’s spiritual history will positively demonstrate that no religion has ever been greater than its idea of God. Worship is pure or base as the [...]

By |2020-03-16T09:42:42+02:00Jul 23rd, 2016|Allah, God, Trinity, Unitarianism|4 Comments

The Love of God in the Qur’an and the Bible by John Gilchrist

The Love of God in the Qur'an and the Bible "You shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God, by walking in his ways and by fearing him". Deuteronomy 8:6 Moses spoke these words to the Children of Israel shortly before he died. No one need marvel at them for our Creator naturally has the right to demand that his creatures obey his laws and commandments. It is our bounden duty to keep God's [...]

By |2020-03-16T14:22:37+02:00Jun 3rd, 2016|Allah, God|0 Comments

Our approach to Islam: Charity or Militancy? by John Gilchrist.

OUR APPROACH TO ISLAM: THE CHRISTIAN ALTERNATIVE: TOLERANCE AND RESPECT. "And I will show you a still more excellent way ... Love is patient and kind".1 Corinthians 13.1,4  The Jihad option was perhaps the Church's first real response to Islam. After the initial expansion of Islam during the first hundred and fifty years after Muhammad's death, when Muslim armies marched across North Africa and into Spain, conquering most of the Middle East and parts of [...]

By |2020-03-21T11:22:18+02:00Feb 1st, 2016|Allah, Islam, Yahweh|5 Comments

An evaluation of the Absolute Unity of Allah in Islamic Monotheism by Pastor Rudolph Boshoff

Missionary Samuel M. Zwemer asks a very central question when he wrote: “What is the result of our investigation of the Moslem idea of God; is the statement of the Koran true, "Your God and our God is the same " There be any doubt that Mohammed's conception of God is inadequate, incomplete, barren and grievously distorted. It is vastly inferior to the Christian idea of the Godhead and also inferior to the Old Testament [...]

By |2020-03-16T23:12:05+02:00Jul 24th, 2014|Allah, Monotheism|0 Comments