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Posted on Wed, Aug 08, 2007 14:10

"I did not switch anything," explains Caner with emotion. "I got saved. I'm born again. It wasn't like I went from worshiping God with one name to the same God with another name. I went from a false idol to a true, living, sovereign God, the sovereign King of the universe." Caner explains that in the American culture, there is a deep desire to find a common ground among religious faiths -- what he refers to as the "Oprahization" of our culture. "We all want to have one big Oprah group hug." But there is a wide chasm between the God of Islam and the God of the Bible, Caner explains. One is cold and impersonal with no desire for intimacy with man, while the other is defined by His active desire for intimacy with people. Caner notes that there are 99 names given for Allah in the Koran, many of which describe him as beneficent and merciful. But there is not one name for Allah that reflects a desire for intimacy. By contrast, "When I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior, I was astonished to find that we have a God who not only calls us to pray, but one who hears us when we pray," says Caner. "It was an astonishing thing for me to realize that I am the temple of the Holy Spirit, that I am indwelled by God."


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