Rick Warren

Two very important articles in my humble opinion pointing out Mr. Warren’s “bridge building”. The second one is from lighthouse trails research.

Rick Warren’s Invocation Invokes Judaism, Islam
January 20, 2009 03:40 PM ET | Dan Gilgoff | Permanent Link | Print

By Dan Gilgoff, God & Country

The Rev. Rick Warren’s invocation might have featured the full Lord’s Prayer, the prayer that best cuts across many Christian denominations, but for those listening closely, it also included clear hat-tips to Judaism and Islam. The references came right up top, six lines into Warren’s invocation:

The Scripture tells us, “Hear, O Israel, the Lord is our God. The Lord is One.” And you are the compassionate and merciful one. And you are loving to everyone you have made.

The first half of that paragraph—Hear, O Israel, the Lord is our God. The Lord is One—is the Shema, the most important prayer in Judaism. Many Jews recited it on the way to their deaths during the Holocaust.

The second half of that paragraph—”You are the compassionate and merciful one”—echoes the opening of all but one chapter of the Koran. Those chapters begin Bismillah al-Rahman al-Raheem, which translates into, “In the name of Allah, the most compassionate, the most merciful.”

“After the actual name Allah, Rahman is the one name that’s unique to God,” explains Jonathan Brown, assistant professor of Arabic and Islamic studies at the University of Washington. “It’s this intense compassion and mercy you can’t find in a human being.”

That means Rick Warren’s invocation was more ecumenical than many expected it to be. The interesting thing now will be to watch whether and how Warren’s shout-outs are greeted in the Jewish and Muslim communities. Yet again, Warren is trying to be a bridge builder, even as the media focus on his ability to sow controversy.

Inauguration: Rick Warren Prays in Name of “Isa,” Muslim False “Jesus”

I humbly ask this in the name of the one who changed my life, Yeshua, Isa, Jesus, Jesus (hay-SOOS), who taught us to pray, Our Father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in heaven. –Rick Warren, from inauguration prayer

Commentary by Daniel Cordell
Love for the Truth
Out-of-House Writer

[I]n his Presidential Inauguration prayer, Rick Warren prayed in the name of “Yeshua,” “Isa” and “Jesus.”

It seems, the three names Warren used were to imply the three “Abrahamic Faiths” (as they are so-called), Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

What’s significant is the name “Isa” being prayed by the “evangelical” Warren. Isa is strictly Koranic and used by Arab Muslims. Even Arab Christians don’t refer to Isa, but to Yesua. I’ve lived and studied Arabic in one of the same Muslim countries that Warren has visited, and I think he probably knows that the Arab Christian communities only refer to Jesus as “Yesua” and not “Isa” as the Muslims.

Isa was not Jewish, but Palistinian. Isa did not die on the cross but instead had someone die in his place. Isa is a Muslim prophet. Isa is only found in the Koran. The name Isa doesn’t have any Biblical support or any meaning found in Biblical scholarship. Yet, Rick prayed in the name of Isa.Click here for source and links to Warren’s inauguration transcript.
This article or excerpt was posted on January 21, 2009@ 5:51 pm .

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