This is a response of sorts to a post Dave recently posted about respecting other religions.
Although there is some common ground between us, there is a big problem with any sort of reconciliation between Christianity and Islam. That problem is that even though we (depending on if you agree with this or not) both worship the God of Abraham, the Muslims differ greatly in their teachings on Jesus. Yes, we both believe that He existed and was a great teacher. The Muslims believe however, that he was merely a prophet. An important prophet but just a prophet nonetheless.
They deny his divinity. However, this is not a big problem because there are a lot of groups of people claiming to be Christian that don't believe Jesus was God.
However, they also do not believe that Jesus really died or that he really rose from the grave. This presents the big problem because to call yourself a Christian, these two ideas are absolutely essential.
So Muslims obviously are not Christians. But does that mean they have no hope for salvation? Personally, I don't know for a fact. I'm not God. Determining who is saved and who isn't is not my job.
However, Jesus Himself did say "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father but by me." This leads me to believe that a person must believe in and follow Christ in order to be saved.
Call me arrogant. Call me intolerant. Call me whatever you want to call me. But this is what I believe.
To be perfectly honest, I have to think that if all religions led to salvation, there would be little point for a person to follow a particular religion in the first place.
If you don't have the faith that your religion is the "right one" what would be the point in following it?
Going back to respect though. I certainly do respect other religions. I don't agree with them though.
I can respect a person religion by, for example, not out right telling the person they are going to hell (that is not my style) and by talking to them in a respectful (or in my case usually an inquisitive) manner and by rationally discussing our differences. This does not mean, however, that I have to agree with their beliefs.
Honestly, if I thought their belief system was any more or even just as true as mine, I probably would not be following mine in the first place.
So I have to agree with the idea that a person can respect a person's religion but not believe it to be true. And I don't necessarily think it would be arrogant of a person to preach at a person from another belief system. Especially in the case of Christianity, that is one of the things we are called to do. To preach the Gospel. Although I myself am not much of a preacher, I just try to live my life the way Christ would want me to and hope that nonbelievers might see that and look into why I live that way. However, if by preaching you mean standing in front of a crowd of Muslims telling them all they are going to hell for being Muslim, yeah I could call that a bit arrogant and (in my opinion) not the right way to go about doing things, especially in a Muslim community.
There is some common ground among us. And that you can agree with. But there are many things that we do not agree on. But we can still respect each other.