Different Books, Common Word

January 02, 2010

The EthicsDaily.com documentary "Different Books, Common Word: Baptists and Muslims" begins airing tomorrow on ABC stations. You can watch the trailer and other clips from the film here. To check local listings, visit the list of airdates here. The Tennessean has a good review of the film here and The Daily Oklahoman has a piece on it here.

5 comments

  1. I wonder why the folks who made this movie decided to call it "Different Books"? In reality they should have said "Different Gods" for that is what Muslims and Baptists worship. Baptists should worship Jesus Christ who established Himself as the only true God, while Muslims worship a false god who is not YHWH.

    Thus, this is more than a difference of books, it is a difference of eternal proportion. If you believe the truth of what Jesus Christ claimed, then you cannot simply say that the difference between us is one of sacred text. That is not only misleading, it is unloving toward Muslims who will certainly spend eternity apart from the One True God. Wouldn't you agree?

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  2. Jesus certainly did not "establish himself" as God. God is. Without establishment.

    That statement from D.R. bleeds down through the rest of his/her comments to reveal a very childlike understanding of Christianity and absolutely no understanding of other faiths.

    'Different Books, Common Word' discusses this very condition. We Baptists, by and large, are so wrapped up in a blind misunderstanding of our own scriptures, yet we are insistent with our boast that we are the only 'right' group, the only people upon whom God issues favor.

    We are the very ones for whom this web blog is smartly designed with its challenge, For God's Sake, Shut Up!

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  3. magon6:35 AM

    Compare and contrast Cobras and Coral snakes: "Different snakes, common death"

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  4. Mind Walker,

    Thank you for your complement. You said that I childlike understanding of Christianity. Isn't this exactly what Christ called His disciples to in Mark 10.

    There in vv.14-15, He says, "Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it."

    Part of receiving the Kingdom of God is receiving the one who pronounced it. Without doing so, we cannot enter into eternal rest with our Heavenly Father. It is the responsibility of all Christians, not just Baptists to proclaim Jesus Christ and Him crucified. To believe we are simply religious people with "different books" and yet the same path is to reject the very Jesus that saves.

    I pray Mind Walker that you, yourself, would not be blind to the Scriptures and see that Christ is the way, truth, and life, and that no one comes to the Father except through Him and that there is NO name under heaven by which men can be saved - neither Mohammed, nor Buddha, nor anyone else.

    Only those who bow their knee to Christ are favored by God. He alone is worthy of our worship and in Him alone is salvation. You might believe me to be wrong, but I preach what the apostles died to proclaim, what the Early Church Fathers taught, what the martyrs bled for, and what we have had passed down to us.

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  5. Thanks for the comments!

    Nothing written here negates the meaning of the documentary title. The two groups do use different books. The title builds on the document "A common word among us" that was written by Muslim scholars to Christians. Several response documents were written back, including one by the Baptist World Alliance. The word "books" is thus a play on "word" that is drawn from that document.

    I would also say that we are supposed to have a childlike faith but not a childlike understanding of Christianity. The latter was criticized in Hebrews 5-6. However, I do hope that all people will come to know Jesus as Lord and Savior.

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