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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. Exit 36-B

    There will certainly be no awards coming to Mr. Weiss for this article. It reminds me of Jeff Goldblum's line in The Big Chill about writing for People magazine. The difference is that it appears Mr. Weiss wrote this article in the time it took to use the bathroom. The good news is that he cannot even be accused of setting up straw men because there was not even that low bar level of development.

    September 1, 2013 at 11:59 am |
  2. NO Fing way

    ALLAH IS NOT GAWD.

    September 1, 2013 at 11:58 am |
  3. Robyn

    Not only do they all worship the same God,
    But they all worship the same Profit.

    CHA-CHING ! ! !

    September 1, 2013 at 11:58 am |
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    September 1, 2013 at 11:58 am |
  5. Mike

    Thank God I'm Atheist.

    September 1, 2013 at 11:58 am |
  6. Honestly though...

    Hey guys,

    I'm only 17 and I realize how idiotic religion is. It makes me sad how little people actually think for themselves. People were force fed religion from a very young age, whether it was to go to a Mosque, Temple or Church, everyone was forced to sit and listen to someone talk about something no one understands until you began to believe it because of how much it was repeated. If you speak lies long enough, you lose where the truth began. Nothing really made sense but a few things were slightly believable, and the things that were way off base they told you that you just had to have faith. Just blindly follow what I'm saying or you will be looked down upon by all members of this religion. Say what you want, I'm too young, I don't know what I'm talking about, I'm not smart, but I'd like to let you know none of that is true. I am probably more learned than most of you. I also have the ability to step back and look at the world with an unbiased eye. I was born in America to two parents who followed Hinduism but because we moved here, my parents taught me their religion but it didn't really stick with me. I have more of a critical eye than most people.
    Where is your God, or all of your Gods now? Where have they been? Isn't it weird how when religion was being written all of these Godly appearances had been made but we've had a stand still of about 2000 years? Where'd God go? Do you want to know what religion was for? It was a refuge for the weak and scared. Something to believe in while times were difficult because it's easier to get through something when you have hope. Religion was designed to give people hope in a dark time. Why do kids make up imaginary friends? So that there is someone to help them through there tough time. So that's what these great writers of religion did too. They made someone up to get people through hard times.
    It was also created to explain the things we didn't know or understand. Nuclear Fusion and Fission occurs constantly in our sun, why didn't religion explain that? Because they didn't know about that to make up a story. If there really was a God, why didn't he let us know about a mold that kills bacteria? He created it didn't he? Sickness was considered a punishment from God, not what it actually is. Want to know why sickness was thought to be an act from god? Because no one understood what it was.
    So i guess what I'm really trying to say, go ahead and believe in your Imaginary Friend. Stay stuck in the mindset of those that lived 2000 years ago. Go ahead and consider science an evil, because the moment you accept bacteria, viruses, medicine, and how sickness actually works, you disprove God, or at least an aspect of God. Honestly though...

    September 1, 2013 at 11:57 am |
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    September 1, 2013 at 11:57 am |
  8. MagicPanties

    Do comic book characters use the same toothpaste?

    That may actually be more relevant.

    September 1, 2013 at 11:55 am |
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    September 1, 2013 at 11:55 am |
  10. Ann

    I do believe it has been stated: Religion makes God's word of no effect.

    September 1, 2013 at 11:54 am |
    • snowboarder

      which god's words?

      September 1, 2013 at 11:55 am |
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    September 1, 2013 at 11:53 am |
  12. Griff

    All religions are man made. As humans evolve, they will understand, like when we finally got that the world was not flat or the center of the universe.

    September 1, 2013 at 11:53 am |
    • bostontola

      Yup.

      September 1, 2013 at 11:56 am |
    • Just Saying

      I guess we are smart enough to disprove of God now, right. Then were is the scientific evidence that does it? Maybe science should first try to prove he exists and see what happens. All we have proved is that the earth and everything is old and started with a big bang....that magically started by itself, now that sounds like religion to me do you believe in this?

      September 1, 2013 at 12:00 pm |
      • bostontola

        Reading comprehension is not your strong suit? Religion is man made, nothing was said about god.

        September 1, 2013 at 12:02 pm |
      • tallulah13

        So what you are "Just Saying" is that your personal ignorance is all the proof you need to believe in a god. Wow. That makes you just like every other human who invented a god to explain that which he or she didn't understand.

        September 1, 2013 at 12:14 pm |
  13. FreeThinker

    It's all ridiculous...

    September 1, 2013 at 11:53 am |
  14. BRB

    What a total crock of religious nonsense. We live on the west coast and everyone here believes in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and Donald Trump. I love reading these nonsense religious faith wackos defend their particular brand of godness. Get a life because once you die the party is over – except of course the muslims with their 72 virgins. BTW – I am starting a new church, so any monitary donations are cheerfully accepted – PO Box 777.

    September 1, 2013 at 11:53 am |
    • jake

      72 virgins, did they just negotiate a new contract with God because last time I looked they only got 40. Wow, talk about inflation. Where can I get 72 virgins? I'm reasonable, they don't have to virgins either.

      September 1, 2013 at 12:04 pm |
  15. Over-engineered over-thought

    If there is one thing that religious leaders everywhere have in common it is the ability to create divisions. They have taken a very simple concept-God's love- and perverted it into a means of control and manipulation. Here's a thought-we don't need religious 'leaders.' All of the text is out there, you have a brain in your head and a heart in your chest. If you are puzzled by anything, there are diatribes on both sides of any issue to dig into. Learn, then work on strengthening your very personal and private spiritual relationship with your creator. Disregard scriptures if you choose and still work on your spiritual nature. My thought is-don't turn from God, turn from the hypocritical priest. Beware any that claim to be the authority on the true nature of God or the universe. 'nuff said

    September 1, 2013 at 11:52 am |
    • Harry Cline

      Well said.

      September 1, 2013 at 11:58 am |
  16. liyas

    It is same god, but people are too stupid, so never see it. These stupid people get done their personal needs covering the religion. But it is the same god.

    September 1, 2013 at 11:51 am |
  17. Maybe I. Know

    When u meet the universal force let me know. til then religions are banks. Kenneth Copeland. Billy Graham. Bankers. That's all they are.

    September 1, 2013 at 11:50 am |
    • bostontola

      Banks are regulated, you keep the principle and interest. These religions are confidence games, plain and simple.

      September 1, 2013 at 11:54 am |
  18. conky rue

    If you refuse to call me by my rightful name and disrespect me at every turn then you will not be invited as my guest and will never be my friend. No, not every religion worships the same god.

    September 1, 2013 at 11:50 am |
    • Cpt. Obvious

      Then again, a friend who is invisible and undetectable by any measurement whatsoever is entirely irrelevant.

      September 1, 2013 at 11:53 am |
    • snowboarder

      not every religion worships any god at all.

      September 1, 2013 at 11:55 am |
  19. jake

    If I opened up a store and sold something you could not see, you could not touch, you could not smell, you could not hear, would you buy it? If you did, it's called religion. I got a whole warehouse full, first come, first served. Buy in bulk for a better price.

    September 1, 2013 at 11:49 am |
  20. Miller Lite

    Saw a comedian once who likened Shiites and Sunnis killing each other to people fighting over Miller Lite: "Tastes Great!" rat-a-tat-tat! "Less Filling!" tat-tat-tat-tat!

    Sadly very close to truth.

    September 1, 2013 at 11:49 am |
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