Cardinal Burke: Christians and Muslims do not worship same God

Christians and Muslims do not worship the same God as the Islamic god is a governor and the laws of the two faiths are also different, according to Cardinal Raymond Burke.

In a teleconference held at the end of August, the American cardinal addressed some of the most critical religious issues at present. When asked about Islam, he drew a line between the Islamic teaching and the Christian faith and stressed that the two religions do not worship the same God, the National Catholic Register relays.

Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke leads a Holy Mass in the chapel of the Vatican Governorate to mark the opening of the Judicial Year of the Tribunal of Vatican City at the Vatican, January 11, 2014. | Reuters/Stefano Rellandini

Cardinal Burke explained that the Christian faith involves metaphysics because the God that Christians worship is the creator of reason and the source of revelation. Through revelation, God gives His followers the teachings that they should obey.

In Islam, on the other hand, their god is a governor. Since their faith is built on Sharia law which comes from Allah, the latter is meant to dominate each of his followers. He emphasized that this law is not founded on love. Cardinal Burke admitted that he has been accused of taking extreme views on Islam, but said what he is saying about the Muslim faith is based on his studies on the religion.

"And it's not a law that's founded on love. To say that we all believe in love is simply not correct," said Cardinal Burke. "And while our experience may be with individual Muslims may be one of people who are gentle and kind and so forth, we have to understand that in the end what they believe most deeply, that to which they ascribe in their hearts, demands that they govern the world."

Christian faith, on the other hand, does not teach its followers to govern the world. Instead, it teaches people to inspire the world's leaders so that they will be able to rule justly over the citizens.

In an article posted on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's website in 2013, Albert Mohler addressed the same question on Christianity and Islam. He said Christians speak of God as their Father in heaven, while Muslims do not speak of Allah in the same way. The God that Christians worship has a far more personal relationship with His followers.

In addition, Mohler explained that Muslims say Allah has no son. The Bible clearly teaches that Jesus Christ is God's son, and this single teaching brings Christianity in a collision with Islam. Therefore, Christians and Muslims definitely do not worship the same God.

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