Bush: All religions pray to ‘same God’

Why did the president feel compelled to make that statement? The question, posed by an Arab television interviewer, didn’t require this answer:

I believe in an Almighty God, and I believe that all the world, whether they be Muslim, Christian, or any other religion, prays to the same God. That’s what I believe.

It’s easy to brush off his response as an attempt to smooth relations with Islamic allies. But it’s either a deliberate falsehood or it reveals a serious gap in his understanding of basic Christian doctrine.

Disregarding the evidence for the claim that Jesus is God (which I find compelling and I hope you do, too), that’s a silly thing to say. Either Jesus is God or He is not. Either Allah is God or he is not. Either Yahweh is God or he is not. Believing that we all pray to the same God requires that Jesus or Allah or Yahweh be God for some and not God for others.

While some Eastern religions are quite happy to hold mutually contradictory beliefs as equally true, it’s a logical impossibility. When you cross the street, it’s either you or the bus — not both.

Similarly, you can’t pretend that people praying to deities with mutually exclusive characteristics (for example, Jesus, Son of the Father, and Allah, who has no son) are the same.

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