What’s Your Perspective ?
A Surveyor’s Perspective:
Islamic vs. Christian Perspectives
A person’s perspective will greatly
influence how he assimilates the information he receives.
For example, when a surveyor explores a new territory he
strives to find the best point of view to draw his map.
Different hill tops offer different perspectives. So, he
strives to climb the highest hilltop to gain the best
possible vantage point to show how all the hills, rivers and
valleys fit together to draw the best possible map.
A person’s religious perspective is
interdependent on how he perceives who God is. Different
mountain tops will present different views of God. What
one perceives as the single greatest attribute of God will
influence how he understands the things of God and his own
relationship with God. These different vantage points, or
different mountain tops if you will, could be one of
the following; God’s Authority, God’s Majesty, the Fear of
God, that God is a Jealous God, or that God is a God of
For example, Islam seems to emphasize
God’s Authority. Islam itself means "submission" while
"Muslim" means one who has submitted" to the will of Allah.
Consider what Jesus Christ has revealed
1 John 4:7-18
“Beloved, let us love one
another; for love is of God, and he who loves is born of
God and knows God. He who does not love does not know
God; for God is love. ...
In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved
us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins.
“By this we know that we abide
in him and he in us, because he has given us of his own
Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father
has sent his Son as the Savior of the world. ... God is
love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God
abides in him. ... There is no fear in love, but
perfect love casts out fear.” RSV
It has been said that if you were
presented two different views of God the one that is more
loving is closer to who God is. For example,
might be said to be a quality that God has, whereas Love is
who God is.*
So, I would like to suggest that the
highest mountain or the best vantage point to understand God
is that He is a God of Love and that God is a Family. God
is the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
It is inadequate to substitute Creator,
Redeemer, and Sanctifier for Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
because that would be substituting what He does for who He
is. For example, if a child’s mother works as a bank teller
it would seem quite odd for the child to ask, “When is the
bank teller coming home?” A “bank teller” is what she does,
a “Mommy” is who she is.
God’s family is not an imitation of our
family, but rather our families here on earth are an
imitation of God’s true family in heaven. He is Father and
Son. And their love for each other is so great that they
produce a third person, the Holy Spirit. Accepting how
Jesus revealed God as a Family and focusing on the Love of
God enables our hearts to climb higher and higher so that we
might better understand God and receive who He is more
fully. Love opens our heart to understanding the great
mysteries of God.
In conclusion, focusing on God as a Family and as a
God of Love is then the highest mountain from which to view
and understand the things of God.
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