Tashlan, or Chrislam?

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Feb 15, 2011 10 Comments ›› John Eidsmoe

Tashlan, or Chrislam?

Many of us have read C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia (http://books NULL.google NULL.com/books?id=Y537FWN-BogC), ostensibly to our children but secretly enjoying them ourselves. The Kingdom of Narnia, whose people and talking animals worshiped the Christ-figure Aslan, were a type of Christian Europe, while to the south of Narnia the Calormene Empire, whose people served the cruel god Tash, were a type of Islam.

The final book of the series, The Last Battle (http://books NULL.google NULL.com/books?id=tDsn6TwOMMMC), is my personal favorite. All worlds must come to an end, and Narnia is no exception. But in Narnia, as in Christendom, the last days are a time of apostasy. A glib-talking ape, secretly in league with the Calormenes, persuades many of the Narnians that Aslan and Tash are really just two names for the same god, and sets up a new religion worshiping “Tashlan.” In the end, of course, this is exposed as merely a front for the worship of Tash. In the final battle the Calormene warriors beat the drums and chant “Tash! Tash!,” and Lewis says parenthetically, “There was no nonsense about ‘Tashlan’ now.”

It’s happening for real, here and now. For years some have been saying that the God of the Bible and the Allah of the Qu’ran are one and the same. And make way for the new religion: Chrislam (http://www NULL.onenewsnow NULL.com/Church/Default NULL.aspx?id=1286950).


Apparently originating in Nigeria (http://www NULL.csmonitor NULL.com/2006/0126/p01s04- woaf NULL.html) in the 1980s, Chrislam is gaining adherents in the United States. As Nigerian Chrislam (http://www NULL.pbs NULL.org/wnet/religionandethics/episodes/february-13-2009/chrislam/2236/) is described, it combines the best of both religions (http://www NULL.egodiuchendu NULL.com/index NULL.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=65:chrislam-forging-ties-in-a-multi-religious-society&catid=5:papers&Itemid=11). Chrislam teaches that Mohammed, Moses, and Jesus were all great prophets, and that the Bible and the Qu’ran are both holy books. Ramadan and Christmas are both celebrated, and Chrislamic services involve readings from both books (http://allafrica NULL.com/stories/201002150109 NULL.html), hymns from both traditions, and sermons stressing the points Christianity and Islam have in common. I have no idea how widespread Chrislam is at this point, but please note that internet reports of two American evangelical leaders who have allegedly embraced Chrislam appear to be unfounded.

Let us not be deceived! There are similarites – Islam and Christianity are both monotheistic religions that worship one all-powerful Supreme Being, but the differences are far greater. The God of the Bible is triune, one in essence but three in personality; Muslims consider it blasphemy to suggest that Allah could be triune (Qu’ran 4:171: “So believe in God and His Messengers, and say not, ‘Three’.”; cf 5:73). Christianity teaches that Jesus is more than a prophet; He is the only-begotten Son of God; Islam denies this (“They do blaspheme who say: Allah is Christ the son of Mary” (Sura 5:72; cf 19:35; 5:116; 4). Christianity teaches that we are saved by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ Who died for our sins; Islam teaches that Jesus never died (4:157) and that we find favor in Paradise by following the Five Pillars as taught by the Prophet Mohammed.

Allah is not the God of the Bible, the Koran and the Bible are utterly different books, and Islam and Christianity are polar opposites that cannot be reconciled.

Chrislam is as phony as “Tashlan.”  Let us never compromise the truths of Scripture and the Christian faith!

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ Name.
On Christ the Solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

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  1. James E. Reeves says:

    Well written and conclusive !!!

  2. Tashlan, or Chrislam? « 5 Pt. Salt (http://5ptsalt NULL.com/2011/02/19/tashlan-or-chrislam/) says:

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  3. James E. Reeves says:

    Just look at the fair market areas in the world today that are generally stable. Now look at the areas that are unstable. Can you see a constant theme of ideology that drives the fluctuation ? Islam is one way and peace is not, has not, and will never be invited into the hearts and minds of a people who worship a prophet that took a 9 year old girl for a bride and killed those who disagreed with his prophesies.
    We should not be funding those nations that are so unstable because they will eventually destroy themselves from factions within their own borders.

  4. James E. Reeves says:

    The following is a comment to the ERLC (Ethics Religious Liberty Commission)

    Doug, where did the erlc line up on the forced arbitration issue that has wiped out the 7th amendment to the constitution. And no one sees the ethical condemnation of a people who break vows and creeds, while soldiers are dying on the battle field to PRESERVE that basic RIGHT.
    No lobbyist has been elected by the people to speak at the peoples house.

  5. James E. Reeves says:

    Fox News report on this radio personality and Islamic pressure on free speech is interesting.
    This is my comment:
    I have researched ARAMCO for years because of their agenda to educate by proposing Islamic principles to our children through text books. I pray for “Gopher” Fred Grandy to continue his career as this might be a stepping stone for him. Islam’s leader took a 9 year old girl to marry but our Christian leader forgave sinners like mohammed but declared go and sin no more. Which one seems righteous to you?

    James Reeves

  6. James E. Reeves says:

    ames Reeves
    If Muslims move the markets with terror Christians can move the market with peaceful restraint. Jesus rules so get to doing the right thing, after all it only cost about $10 to produce a barrel of oil.

  7. James E. Reeves says:

    With Muslims control of oil through terror should Christian ethics make any effort to control oil through conscience restraint of it’s membership to not travel. Seems a response is in order. A soft answer turns away wrath and with Baptist listening for leadership Dr. Land can make a plea for seniors to cut back on unnecessary travel to conserve gas. The announcement will lower gas prices.
    If not the strain on families will increase the danger of divorce and poverty thus dismantling the “defense of marriage act.”

  8. Randall says:

    Watch this: The Islamic Connection

    http://amazingdiscoveries.tv/media/129/216-med-the-islamic-connection/ (http://amazingdiscoveries NULL.tv/media/129/216-med-the-islamic-connection/)

  9. ecks why says:

    informed rational freedom loving people have all the reasons in the world to fear islam…

    the twin fogs of political correctness & ignorance must be dispersed before western society better understands this menace. even a brief review of islamic theology & history quickly exposes the deadly roots of this evil ideology.

    Mohamhead was a 7th century murdering warlord who rose to power on a river of blood surrounded by thugs and gangsters using intimidation, violence, deception and trickery to expand their criminal empire while mercilessly suppressing and killing their opponents and enriching themselves on stolen booty.

    The evil koran is a collection of sayings and speeches by this diabolical madman claiming divine guidance from some mythical sky-god which has inspired generations of crazed fanatics to abhorrent behavior resulting in historys worst ever crimes against humanity starting 1400 years ago and still continuing even today.

    Islam is just another fascist totalitarian ideology used by power hungry fanatics on yet another quest for worldwide domination and includes all the usual human rights abuses & suppression of freedoms.

    and a snappy graphics version, great for emailing…

    http://img256.imageshack.us/img256/1479/dangermoko.jpg (http://img256 NULL.imageshack NULL.us/img256/1479/dangermoko NULL.jpg)

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