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Do Christians, Muslims and Jews worship the same God?
September 1st, 2013
03:26 AM ET

Do Christians, Muslims and Jews worship the same God?

Opinion by Jeffrey Weiss, Special to CNN
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(CNN) - Pope Francis surprised Israeli and Palestinian leaders last month when he invited them to a special prayer ceremony at the Vatican this Sunday - not least because religion has often been the source, not the salve, of the region's conflicts.

Still, Pope Francis offered his "home" - the Vatican - as the perfect place to plea for some divine assistance, and Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas dutifully agreed to attend.

"The Pope has placed it in this perspective: Prayer is like a force for peace,” Vatican Secretary of State Archbishop Pietro Parolin told Vatican Radio.

"We hope that there, where human efforts have so far failed, the Lord offers to all the wisdom and fortitude to carry out a real peace plan."

But Sunday's special ceremony at the Vatican raises an interesting question: When Francis, Peres and Abbas bow their heads in prayer, will they be talking to the same God?

After all, Jews, Christians and Muslims all trace their faiths back to a fellow named Abraham, whom they all claim was chosen for special treatment by the Almighty.

Not academic

The “same God” question is one theologians have hammered at for as long as there have been enough religions for the query to make sense.

The question is hardly academic, though. In fact, a number of politicians, religious leaders and scholars have expressed hope in recent years that a convincing answer on the God question might dampen the violence committed in His name.

Yale Divinity School theologian Miroslav Volf recently edited a book titled “Do We Worship the Same God? Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Dialogue.”

In the introduction, Volf explained why the title question matters:

"To ask: ‘Do we have a common God?’ is, among other things, to worry: ‘Can we live together?’ That’s why whether or not a given community worships the same god as does another community has always been a crucial cultural and political question and not just a theological one."

On the other hand, there’s CNN Belief Blog contributor and Boston University religion professor Stephen Prothero.

His book on this subject is titled “God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run The World.”

Prothero writes:

“For more than a generation we have followed scholars and sages down the rabbit hole into a fantasy world where all gods are one … In fact this naive theological groupthink – call it Godthink – has made the world more dangerous by blinding us to the clash of religions that threaten us worldwide.”

In the world of politics, President George W. Bush asserted the unity side of the argument more than once in the years after the 9/11 attacks - often as a way to deflect accusations that America was at war with Islam.

Bush told Al Arabiya television, “I believe there is a universal God. I believe the God that the Muslim prays to is the same God that I pray to. After all, we all came from Abraham. I believe in that universality.”

Pope Francis invites Israeli, Palestinian leaders to Vatican peace talks

Pope John Paul II drew from the same rhetorical well several times.

“We believe in the same God, the one God, the living God, the God who created the world and brings his creatures to their perfection,” he first said in a speech to Muslims in Morocco in 1985.

Looking for a more recent example? Consider the plight of Vatican envoy to Malaysia.

Shortly after he arrived there last year, Archbishop Joseph Marino said that is was fine by him that Christian translations of the Bible into Malay use the word “Allah” for “God.”

“Allah” is, of course, the Arabic word for God and is found in the Quran. The Christian translators explained that since most Malaysians are Muslim, it’s the word they’re most comfortable with and therefore the best choice for the translation.

But many Muslim authorities in Malaysia were furious. They say Christians are slipping in the familiar word as a way to convert Muslims. And conversion of Muslims is all but illegal in Malaysia.

There’s a lawsuit ongoing about the translations. Marino had to apologize for pushing into Malaysian politics.

Points of disagreement

So what do the “Abrahamic” religions disagree about?

Among other things: the purpose of humanity, the relationship of God and humanity, sin, forgiveness, salvation, the afterlife, Jesus, Muhammad, the calendar, and the religious importance of Abraham himself.

Plus the nature of God.

Any summary will leave out enormous nuance. Internal divisions within religions have fueled some of the worst examples of human violence. Consider the long and frequently bloody history of troubles between Catholics and Protestants or the growing death toll of Muslim-on-Muslim attacks.

But there are common elements about God widely accepted in each tradition.

Judaism

Start with Judaism, since it came first and established roots that carried into the other two.

Jewish tradition teaches that there is one and only one God, creator of everything, and He established physical and moral laws. As Judaism’s preeminent prayer says: “The Lord our God, the Lord is one.”

This God walks and talks directly with His creations – for a while.

Eventually, He chooses one particular nomad (Abraham) to father a mighty nation that God sets up as an example to other nations.

This God likes the smell of burning meat and demands other extremely specific physical offerings as evidence of obedience and repentance. And He gives His chosen people a particular set of laws – but doesn’t mind discussion and even argument about those laws.

A famous rabbinic saying implies that every word in Judaism’s sacred texts can be understood in 70 correct (but related) ways. And human reasoning can even trump divine intention. (No kidding. It’s in the Talmud)

This God judges His people every year. Tradition says he’s willing to accept imperfection, as long as it comes with repentance.

He’s big on obedience, not so much on faith. He’s not nearly as attentive to the behaviors of non-Jews. (There’s a famous Jewish joke with the punch line “Would you mind choosing somebody else once in a while?”)

Tradition holds that there’s a World To Come after death where moral accounts will somehow be settled. But this God is vague on details.

Christianity

The most obvious differences in the Christian God are the traditional teachings about the Trinity and Jesus. God is three separate persons who are also one. How? Christianity says the Trinity is a “mystery” of faith.

According to Christian tradition, God begets a son who is somehow also Him but not Him to atone for Original Sin. He sacrifices that son though a brutal death and thus achieves humanity's salvation.

But the son, who also is God, rises from the dead. And that sacrifice redeems eternally all who accept and believe in it. Faith, not behavior, is the essential measure of salvation.

This God is willing to vastly expand what it means to be among His “chosen people.” He’s also willing to cancel many of the laws that had applied to that chosen group for this expanded membership.

Orthodox Jews say that God prohibits them from eating a cheeseburger; Christians say God has no problem with them wolfing down Big Macs.

Unlike the Jewish God, whose instructions are almost all about this world, the Christian God is focused more on eternal salvation: heaven and hell.

Finally, for this God, much of the Jewish scriptures (which are all God’s word) are actually about foreshadowing Jesus. Including Abraham.

Islam

The Muslim God is a bit more like the Jewish God.

There is no Trinity in Muslim tradition. Jesus was a prophet, but no more divine than other prophets.

God has never has had anything like physical attributes and has no gender. (Some Muslim commentators say that the noun “Allah” is masculine, but only in the way that all nouns in some languages include gender.)

Muslim tradition holds that God wants one thing from humans: Submission. The word “Islam” is defined as “submission to the will of God.”

For Muslims, all true prophets in Jewish and Christian traditions were actually Muslim because they knew to submit correctly to God. Differences between Muslim, Jewish and Christian interpretations of God are due to errors that crept into the other two faiths, Islam teaches.

The Muslim God, like the other two, initially demanded that Abraham sacrifice a son. But the Muslim God wanted Abraham’s son Ishmael, not Isaac, who Jewish tradition holds was offered as a the sacrifice.

The Muslim God also designated, from before the world began, a perfect man to be his final prophet: Muhammad. God’s perfect truths are found only in the Quran and in the sayings of Muhammad, the hadiths.

And the Muslim God, like the Christian God but unlike the Jewish God, will welcome believers to paradise and condemn many non-Muslims - exactly which ones is a matter of much discussion - to eternal torment.

Final answer

So do Christians Muslims, and Jews, really all worship the same God?

In two major volumes on the subject recently published by scholars from various faiths and traditions, including Volf’s, the most inclusive response from these scholars is basically: Yes, and it’s our God.

This is not a new way of answering the question.

In 1076, Pope Gregory VII wrote this to a Muslim leader: “We believe in and confess one God, admittedly, in a different way…”

But like many other religious leaders on all sides of the argument, Gregory insisted that his version of the Almighty is the one whom the others are unknowingly and incompletely worshiping.

A less exclusivist set of religions might shrug off the differences. But all three claim to have the only “True Faith.”

So do all three faiths actually worship the same deity, whether they call him God or Allah or Adonai?

God only knows.

Jeffrey Weiss is an award-winning religion reporter in Dallas.The views expressed in this column belong to Weiss. A version of this story first ran in September 2013. 

CNN's Daniel Burke contributed to this article. 

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • History • Islam • Judaism • Muslim • Religious violence • Torah • Vatican

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  1. Darwin was right

    You might as well ask "How many LEPRACHUANS can dance on a bottle of GUINESS." Like Leprachuans, YAHWEH, GOD, AND ALLAH are all human-created fantasies, so speculating on the details of these fantasies and the qualities of their deities is the biggest waste of human brain-power possible. Why don't these boring theologians do something useful with their lives, like cure cancer?.

    September 1, 2013 at 11:48 am |
    • AthiestForLife

      Here here!

      September 1, 2013 at 11:51 am |
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    September 1, 2013 at 11:48 am |
  3. AthiestForLife

    As soon as people come to grips that there is no god and religion is as sham, we will be much closer to peace and understanding of humans. I can only hope that day comes soon.

    September 1, 2013 at 11:47 am |
    • bostontola

      Sham...Shaman, coincidence? I think not.

      September 1, 2013 at 11:52 am |
  4. jake

    What about the Three Little Pigs, those were Gods too and the Wolf was the Devil. In the end, the Pigs defeated the Wolf...such a nice fairy tale too.

    September 1, 2013 at 11:47 am |
  5. blessed

    If we would just STUDY not read but STUDY the Bible by asking for some guidance and knowledge from the Holy Spirit givin to us by God himself, after all God did iinspired it, what better way to find out the truth, instead of someone misinterpretating it to you.

    September 1, 2013 at 11:47 am |
    • snowboarder

      the bible is a collection of myths and fables. studying it is no more useful than studying any other work of fiction.

      September 1, 2013 at 11:48 am |
      • blessed

        If it's FICTION, why is it still being translated in every language in the world, why does it still exist, and why is it still the no.1 seller in the world, just study it like any other fiction book out there and let me know how you like it.

        September 1, 2013 at 12:17 pm |
        • Hobo Banana

          fair enough....why is The Lord of the Rings so popular? Why are The Chronicles of Narnia so popular? Why is Harry Potter so popular? You named one myth, I named three....your point?

          September 1, 2013 at 7:31 pm |
  6. Wendell Humphries

    Why do you list Judaism as a major religion, it's a minor religion, and you skip Hinduism & Buddhism, these two religions are 50 times larger than Judaism.
    1. Christianity – 2.1 billion
    2. Islam – 1.5 billion
    3. Hinduism – 900 million
    4. Buddhism -376 million
    5. Sikhism – 23 million
    6. Juche -19 million
    7. Judaism – 14 million
    8. Bahaism – 7 million
    9. Jainism – 4.2 million
    10. Shintoism – 4 million

    September 1, 2013 at 11:46 am |
    • bostontola

      You have a valid point but numbers aren't everything. There is a theme in this article about Abrahamic religions and the pain they bring. That seems like a valid premise for a commentary.

      September 1, 2013 at 11:49 am |
    • waterman

      "numbers aren't everything" when numbers are not in your favor. Otherwise, numbers are the most important. It seems that what is familiar is major and the unfamiliar is minor.

      September 1, 2013 at 12:14 pm |
      • bostontola

        To small minds.

        September 1, 2013 at 2:44 pm |
  7. Sue

    Seek God and you will find Him.

    September 1, 2013 at 11:46 am |
    • snowboarder

      and he will conform to your idea of him. what a crock.

      September 1, 2013 at 11:47 am |
    • bostontola

      Seek drugs and you will find them, the difference? Drugs are physically there, god is just in your mind.

      September 1, 2013 at 11:50 am |
    • Terry Wisland

      Just out of curiosity, why do people assume God is a man? Does he have the same naughty bits men have? Does he have DNA?

      September 1, 2013 at 1:05 pm |
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    September 1, 2013 at 11:46 am |
  9. norcalfsbo

    Obviously 'god' is an English word, and often a general one. Read the original word for yourself in the ancient Hebrew bible spoken in Israel: Aleph-Lamed-Hey-Aleph (ALHA). It even has a plural form (Alhym) in Genesis 1, for example. Read this word again in the ancient biblical Aramaic language spoken by the messiah Yahshua in Israel: ALHA. In anicent Aramaic the plural is now Alhyn. These words are in the original Jewish and Christian texts, and they literally praise "ALHA".

    I have not read the Koran but my understanding is that Islam came around centuries after Yahshua, and the religion's early advocates used this same word (ALHA), which was still in use throughout the middle east (even beyond in certain measure). Scholars have said using this Hebrew/Aramaic word was the only way the new religion of Islam could gain converts in the Middle East to sustain its wars for profit and land and cultural unity.

    In modern Hebrew the word appears to have morphed into Eloha, and in Islam today they say Allah. And of course in English people just say 'God' because they like the word and they would be embarassed in their modern Christian or Jewish assemblies to openly honor ALHA. This appears to be part of the great saga of our age, a deviation from the Word, a kind of comedic tragedy.

    Often it feels challenging and counterproductive to love others who look different and speak differently than "us", expecially those who are part of some military trying to conquer something we have learned to call "mine". But the commandment remains: love one another, and not just those who love you, but also those who persecute you.

    Likewise, often it feels challenging and foreign to simplify our modern lives and grow toward peaceful naturalism. But it may be the best thing for you, personally. ALHA cares about you.

    September 1, 2013 at 11:46 am |
    • Harry Cline

      Sort of reminds me of the Hawaiian word Aloha. But seriously for all we know a God could even be called 3rd rock from the sun. Although the word God does have a nice ring to it.

      September 1, 2013 at 11:52 am |
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    September 1, 2013 at 11:45 am |
  11. marriedminister

    Jews and Christian have the same God, whereas catholics (sun-god) and muslims (moon -god) do not worship the same God as we do, the God of Abraham, some have man made idols, others astral just as the greeks, romans, egyptians babylonians, hindus, and mother nature believers

    September 1, 2013 at 11:45 am |
    • bostontola

      I'm glad to see a qualified judge has arrived to set us all straight. Bow before him.

      September 1, 2013 at 11:46 am |
    • snowboarder

      christianity is a derivative of catholicism. how can they be worshiping a different god?

      September 1, 2013 at 11:51 am |
    • 4juices

      Personally, I believe this is a question that only God can answer.

      September 1, 2013 at 11:52 am |
      • snowboarder

        unfortunately all gods seem to be incommunicado.

        September 1, 2013 at 11:59 am |
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    September 1, 2013 at 11:43 am |
  13. Roscoe Chait

    Yes, they do worship the same God. And She really appreciates it.

    September 1, 2013 at 11:43 am |
    • darnat3

      Ir is all just so stupid since there is no god in the first place! IT is ALL imaginary nonsense! These mental midgets are running around killing in the name of an imaginary gog. WOW!!

      September 1, 2013 at 11:48 am |
  14. jeff

    Jesus , said. I am the way, the truth and the light and no one come to the father except by him ! Choose this day whom you shall serve?

    September 1, 2013 at 11:43 am |
    • Maybe I. Know

      & u heard him say this? I have heard drunks in Times Sq say that too.

      September 1, 2013 at 11:52 am |
    • snowboarder

      not any ancient carpenter philosopher, that is for certain.

      September 1, 2013 at 11:52 am |
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    September 1, 2013 at 11:42 am |
  16. Just Saying

    Words to remember or not. No one disclaims that Jesus existed, No one! That said if you believe good for you if you don't good for you too. My question is as always been asked and never answered with conviction. What if you are wrong?

    September 1, 2013 at 11:41 am |
    • snowboarder

      @saying, ironically, we can not force ourselves to believe, especially a premise as absurd as the abrahamic religions.

      September 1, 2013 at 11:46 am |
      • Just Saying

        Hey a taker! No one if forcing you to believe can you answer the question?

        September 1, 2013 at 11:47 am |
        • snowboarder

          @saying, if we are wrong it is clearly because the offending deity was inadequate. if the christian god exists, it is clearly imperfect as a creator and certainly unworthy of worship.

          September 1, 2013 at 12:01 pm |
        • Just Saying

          @snowboarder, you are not answering the question I'll phrase it so you understand; you don't believe in God what if you are wrong?

          September 1, 2013 at 12:04 pm |
        • snowboarder

          @saying, the question is essentially meaningless. one can not force themselves to believe.

          September 1, 2013 at 12:07 pm |
        • Just Saying

          @snowboard.... LOL you sir are an odd duck. It should be fairly easy to say "if I am wrong I'll still stand by my beliefs no matter what the outcome"... but you can't why is that? A little fear back there in your mind... Hummmm science hasn't proven what happens after death have they, that's ok we understand your lack of commitment that's what belief is.....

          September 1, 2013 at 12:14 pm |
        • snowboarder

          @saying, I have no belief. it is impossible to consider the consequences for something for which I am unable to believe. do you ever consider the consequences of a god for which you do not believe?

          September 1, 2013 at 12:16 pm |
        • Just Saying

          @ sboard; that's like saying you believe murder is ok and you wouldn't think about the consequences if you get caught...Admit it you're a little scared of being wrong it ok because that means you're human. Do you remember this "I think therefor I am" think are there more dimensions than we know why does this world have to be the limitation, because science has discovered others? Gee we haven't discovered what's in the ocean or farther out in space than we can see why do we pretend to know what "Life" is then?

          September 1, 2013 at 12:26 pm |
        • snowboarder

          @saying, yours is a false analogy. murder is a crime and we all know the legal consequences.

          a more apt analogy would be if you ask me if I have ever considered what I would do if I were instantaneously teleported to one of the moons of Jupiter, which of course I have not because I have no belief that it would ever happen.

          September 1, 2013 at 12:30 pm |
        • Just Saying

          @sboard; LOL this is way to easy.. Murder is a crime, where? The world just witnessed a gas attack on innocent people and has blatantly admitted no crime has been committed. My analogy is valid your conviction is delusional and I'm 100% certain before your last breath is drawn you'll have a change of heart.. good day to you.:)

          September 1, 2013 at 12:36 pm |
        • snowboarder

          @saying, your conviction is baseless and unfounded and I see you turn tail and run because your game has backfired on you.

          September 1, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
        • Just Saying

          @sboard; I haven't turned tail or ran away. I am tired of speaking with an individual that can not articulate his own beliefs or defend the challenges posed. When you can intelligently and logically respond to the question "what if you're wrong" I'll consider further replies think about it.

          September 1, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
    • Seyedibar

      There is zero evidence that Jesus ever existed, and he certainly would have had to existed before the time frame in which the NT places him.

      September 1, 2013 at 11:48 am |
      • Just Saying

        Your sir are uneducated and or blind/deaf. Google should be your best friend.

        September 1, 2013 at 11:49 am |
    • Damocles

      With conviction: if I am a basically good person and try to do the best I can and learn from my mistakes, then there should be no deity that finds fault with that. When I die, if I meet something that proves that it really did make everything, well then I would love to sit down and chat with that thing. A thing that requires slavish devotion to it is not worth my time and energy.

      September 1, 2013 at 11:54 am |
      • Just Saying

        Slavish devotion; where did you ever hear that? Live a life of good, do no harm to anyone... slavish come on now stop with the delusions trying to sensationalize your words..

        September 1, 2013 at 12:08 pm |
        • Damocles

          Blind obedience. Better?

          September 1, 2013 at 12:17 pm |
        • Just Saying

          Blind obedience, wrong again "Open your Eyes" see beyond what is in sight of them .

          September 1, 2013 at 12:39 pm |
        • Damocles

          Ok, let me prod you back on track here. I answered the question. Now what?

          September 1, 2013 at 12:42 pm |
      • Just Saying

        @Damocles, no you haven't answered the question, truth is you never heard the saying.. That is the correct answer.

        September 1, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
        • Damocles

          I answered the 'what if' question. Your problem is that you are envisioning a wrathful thing that is going to punish those that don't agree with.... you... since no one that has died has come forth with any info on who/what/when/why or how people are rewarded/punished in some after-life. Now, if you come up with some right solid evidence about what 'really' happens when you die, then I'll take a gander at it, but know that I'm still not going to be compelled through bribery or threats to worship anything.

          September 1, 2013 at 1:03 pm |
      • Just Saying

        Sorry got caught up in your other comment. I agree if you indeed live a good life and God does exist you should have nothing to fear. My only negative comment would be the use of the word "thing" it cheapens your arguments by casting you as vengeful towards others with differing opinions. I always place people at the high end of respect it is totally up to them to remain there or fall... nice talking.

        September 1, 2013 at 1:10 pm |
    • Hobo Banana

      Wrong. It's called "Pascal's Wager", and has been debunked logically many times. Your errant axiom is that your god-idea is the only real god-idea. As soon as you understand (note that I didn't say 'accept', although that would be useful) that to other faith communities, *your* god-idea is false, you'll understand that Pascal's Wager can't work...because there are too many deities to believe in, and many are contradictory. It's IMPOSSIBLE to correctly answer Pascal's Wager once the realization that there are many faiths, all with the same lack of proof, exist.

      September 1, 2013 at 7:28 pm |
  17. Bob

    This is funny, in a pathetic sort of way. All those wars and all that hatred for nothing. Of course, the gist of the article needs to be modified to say "the same non-existent god".

    September 1, 2013 at 11:40 am |
    • bostontola

      Same non-existent god, vs. different non-existent god, and then they kill over it. That is fn nuts.

      September 1, 2013 at 11:42 am |
  18. Paul S

    The concept of monotheism was developed as a power grab. Convince everyone that there is just one all powerful god and you can consolidate power. So do the major monotheistic religions worship the same god? Yes, the god is the god of power through manipulation of the masses.

    September 1, 2013 at 11:40 am |
    • the blood

      Ah yes. The "manipulation of the masses". That old bugaboo. Zzzzzzzzz.....

      September 1, 2013 at 11:41 am |
  19. the blood

    If there is only one God, and each religion claims to represent him then why is there so much theological difference between them? Jesus said "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER BUT THROUGH ME." There is only one God, and His Son, His perfect Revelation, is Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

    September 1, 2013 at 11:40 am |
    • John

      By His word would null and void the other two since they choose and refuse to believe the prophesies that had been fore told and have come to past. Last commandment Jesus give was love try neighbor as thy self .

      September 1, 2013 at 11:56 am |
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    September 1, 2013 at 11:38 am |
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