“Who do you say I am?”

A jaw-dropping excerpt from the Christmas sermon delivered by the Right Reverend John Bryson Chane, Episcopal Bishop, at the National Cathedral:

[W]hat was God thinking… when the Angel Gabriel was sent by God to reveal the Law to Moses?

And what was God thinking… when the Angel Gabriel was sent by God to reveal the sacred Quran to the prophet Muhammad?

And what was God thinking… when the Angel Gabriel was sent by God to reveal the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God?

Here’s a better question: What was the Right Rev. Chane thinking when he declared that the Quran was divinely inspired?

If Bishop Chane is right, then I’m really confused: How can the Quran, which denies the divinity of Jesus, be inspired by the same God that moved Jesus to say, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me”?

Rod Dreher of National Review says there may be a unique advantage to certain Episcopalian couples in this synthesis of mutually exclusive beliefs:

[A] Michigan lawyer friend suggests that Bp. Chane has opened up a new and exciting area for exploring ecumenism/syncretism. Now, the Episcopalians of Washington can have a gay wedding in the church, and push a wall over on the two grooms at the reception.

Incidentally, when did Gabriel give the Law to Moses? I thought Moses got the Law directly from God.

Gabriel appears in my Bible only four times–twice to Daniel, to explain visions of the end times (Daniel chapters 8 and 9); once to Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist (Luke 1:18); and finally to Mary, the mother of Jesus (Luke 1:26).

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