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Will the Real God Please Stand Up? (4 of 4)
2 Corinthians 13:14
1. I have been to Israel on many occasions and without question, one of the most impressive architectural sites is what is known as the Dome of the Rock. It is the masterpiece of Islamic architecture. It was erected in 691 AD to enshrine the rock where traditionally it has been held that Abraham sacrificed Isaac. To this day it is probably the most distinctive and beautiful monument in all of Jerusalem. If you look carefully, you'll notice the geometry of a dome supported by an octagon shaped building. It is meant to symbolize the transition from earth to heaven, but the building also is an Islamic symbol stating that Islam is the supreme and only true religion and worships the only true god. Enshrined in one of the Koranic inscriptions which decorate this building are these words.
People of the Book do not transgress the bounds of your religion. Speak nothing but the truth about Allah The Messiah. Jesus, the son of Mary was no more than Allah's apostle and His Word which he conveyed to Mary: a spirit from him. So believe in Allah and his apostles and do not say: "Three." Forbear and it shall be better for you. Allah is but one god. Allah forbid that he should have a son! ( Koran 4:171)
That inscription is a direct attack and a dogmatic denial of one of the most important doctrines taught in all of the Bible -- the doctrine of the Trinity. If you were to ask God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit the question: "Will the real God please stand up?" All three would have to stand in order to tell the truth. Now as a foundation for this message, let me share three truths about God. All of which are necessary to know God, none of which can be denied if you are to have a relationship with God.
A. There is one God -- eternal and indivisible
B. This one God is three persons -- each distinct from the other.
C. Each person is ful ...
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