A Reverend Ann Holmes Redding of Seattle says:
“I am both Muslim and Christian, just like I’m both an American of African descent and a woman. I’m 100 percent both.”
For the life of us, we can’t figure how this supposed woman of faith can believe this. We certainly cannot believe how she is allowed to teach the New Testament as a visiting assistant professor at Seattle University this fall.
Redding doesn’t feel she has to resolve all the contradictions. People within one religion can’t even agree on all the details, she said. “So why would I spend time to try to reconcile all of Christian belief with all of Islam?
“At the most basic level, I understand the two religions to be compatible. That’s all I need.”
“At the most basic level” is Jesus Christ. Who that man is defines each religion. To Christians, Jesus Christ is God incarnate. He is God in the flesh, who walked amongst us. To Muslims, Christ is not God, but a really good prophet, but not as good of a prophet as Mohammad.
In fact, Christ’s teaching of:
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6, NIV
is disputed by those within the Muslim faith. Not only it is disputed, it is blasphemy within Islam to teach Christ is the only path to heaven.
“Who Christ is” is not some minor detail such as being pre-trib, post-trib, or mid-trib. In fact, what most Christian denominations disagree about has nothing to do with the basic tenant of the faith.
[Redding] does believe that Jesus died on the cross and was resurrected, and acknowledges those beliefs conflict with the teachings of the Quran. “That’s something I’ll find a challenge the rest of my life,” she said.
The two views cannot be reconciled and to dismiss the lack of reconciliation is intellectually, morally, and ethically wrong.
But Redding has been embraced by leaders at the Al-Islam Center of Seattle, the Muslim group she prays with.
“Islam doesn’t say if you’re a Christian, you’re not a Muslim,” said programming director Ayesha Anderson. “Islam doesn’t lay it out like that.”
If that is the case, then how does Anderson explain the following?:
Pakistan: Christian women live in fear of rape and forced conversion to Islam – Monday, September 19, 2011
Somalia’s Starving Christians Struggle After Beheading – Sunday, September 18, 2011
Christian Pakistanis refuse to convert to Islam, are beaten, hospitalized – Friday September 2, 2011
Afghan convert to Christianity attacked at Norway asylum reception center – Monday August 29, 2011
Gallows await pastor; prayer requested – September 20, 2011
(This does lead to the interesting question of, “if converting to or practicing Christianity is against the tenants of Islam, does Redding have to kill herself?)
The sad thing is that Redding has found at least one person with the Episcopalian faith that supports her:
Redding’s bishop, the Rt. Rev. Vincent Warner, says he accepts Redding as an Episcopal priest and a Muslim, and that he finds the interfaith possibilities exciting.
Let us translate that for you: Warner believes that someone lying is an exciting possibility. (Can’t you just feel the warmth?)
Or, stated more eloquently,
For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 2 Timothy 4:3 NIV
Another point of view of Redding’s alleged “kumbaya” insight is spewed forth by Ihsan Bagby.
Ihsan Bagby, associate professor of Islamic studies at the University of Kentucky, agrees with Webb, and adds that Islam tends to be a little more flexible.
Uh huh. Sure:
Take a look at a list of Islamic terrorist attacks as an illustration of the “flexibility” of Islam.
Doug Thorpe, who served on St. Mark’s faith-formation committee with Redding, said he’s trying to understand all the dimensions of her faith choices. But he saw how it deepened her spirituality. And it spurred him to read the Quran and think more deeply about his own faith.
He believes Redding is being called. She is, “by her very presence, a bridge person,” Thorpe said. “And we desperately need those bridge persons.”
Christians – true Christians – have a name for this kind of a “bridge person.” We call them “sheep in wolves clothing.”
Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. – Matthew 7:15 NIV
To be honest, while we find Redding’s stance to be many things (none of which are good) ultimately it is her life and decision. We can only present the truth and pray for her and those who support her dishonesty to come to the light.
Clearly, she believes that all paths lead to God. And to paraphrase Paster Stan Linder, “all roads do lead to God. It is how He sees you when you stand in front of him that matters.”
A tip of the hat to Pastor Rick of Calvary Chapel, Lima Peru for the link to the original article.