As you have read in the previous post, Pastor Mitch and I have been discussing Christianity. I am hoping that he’ll take a few minutes of his time to read some of the posts that related to Christianity – I thought you’d find this interesting Pastor Mitch. There are five pillars of Islam and sometimes outsiders view the prayer as strange or have questions about the pillars, they are: belief in One God, Prayer, Charity, Pilgrimage, and Fasting. Because Charity and Fasting are well known in the Christian community and in the Bible, I will not talk about them here. So, let us look at prayer, pilgrimage, and belief in one God briefly from a Biblical point of view
• "And he (Jesus) went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed..." (Matt 26:39).
• "And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship..." (Joshua 5:14)
• "And they (Moses and Aaron) fell upon their faces..." (Num 20:6)
• "And Abraham fell on his face..." (Genesis 17:3)
• "...when Soloman had made an end of praying all his prayer and supplication unto the Lord, he arose from before the altar of the Lord, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread up to Heaven" (1 Kings 8:54)
• Ezekiel (Ezekiel 40: 1-2) Annual pilgrimage to city south of Israel; described as a square house (42: 15-20); a Holy place (41:4); pilgrims coming in white garments (44:17).
• Psalm (84:3-6) “Blessed are those whose strength is in You, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with blessings”
Sidenote: The Qur’an also refers to pilgrimage to Becca, as it is the ancient name of Mecca. This is well known in Muslim and non-Muslim historical records.
Belief in One God (Tawheed)
• "Did not one God create us?" (Malachi 2:10)
• "since there is only one God" (Romans 3:30)
• "The Mighty One, God, the LORD!" (Joshua 22:22)
• "You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder" (James 2:19),
• "You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve" (Matthew 4:10)
• “Hear O’ Israel, The Lord our God is One Lord” (Deuteronomy 6:41)
• “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20: 3)
• “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just because I seek not my own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me” (John 5:30)
• “And behold, one came and said unto him, ‘Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?’ And he said unto him, ‘Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments” (Matthew 19: 16-17)
Sidenote: Pastor Mitch mentioned on his page that the Qur’an does not fit with the messages of the previous Prophets because the Qur’an does not teach about the Trinitarian message. Let it be known that the word Trinity and Trinitarian do not exist anywhere in the Bible. No Prophet used the word Trinity.