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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. CosmicC

    In the beginning Man created God;
    and in the image of Man
    created he him.
    – Ian Anderson

    September 18, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
  2. Jason

    To be christian means christ like...I have done some research into all your popular Christianity religions where they themselves worship different gods. Paul referred to satan as the god of this system. Sadly the bible warns about traditions of man, yet that is what a lot of them teach. They twist scriptures and tickle the ears of the people they teach. I looked at Jesus and tried to imagine right now what religion would the most likely be. First he never claimed to be god,he made that clear, there were things his father knew that neither him nor the angels knew. Did Jesus promote governments? No. He said give Caesars things to Caesar and Gods things to God. He even talked about his kingdom putting an end to all kingdoms, so imagine Jesus would not allow voting or promote voting in his services or place of worship. Jesus said love thy enemy and that God is not partial. So it would make sence that he would not promote the military or war. Lastly he knew how important faith was and actions caused by faith. So he would be going out to pubic places and people's homes in encouraging them to read the scriptures, pray more, and show love till his kingdom comes. This is the type of religion I feel that Jesus would be apart of. And it would not be a popular one in this current society we live in.

    September 18, 2013 at 10:02 am |
    • CosmicC

      I certainly agree with your conclusion, but I don't see what your long rant has to do with the article.

      September 18, 2013 at 12:26 pm |
      • Jason

        Simply put if all religions worshipped the same God Jesus did in John 20:17 he talks about "my God". then we wouldn't even have a need for this article. But sorry if came out as a "rant".

        September 18, 2013 at 12:39 pm |
    • Donnamaria

      Brother you wouldn't understand even if you show them the Bible, or give them scriptures to look-up. Satan has them so blinded its really sad, if they really wanted to know the answer they would pray and ask for Gods Holy Spirit and then God would set them free with the truth. I believe you did a good job trying to explain things but Satan will not give them the opportunity to understand

      September 23, 2013 at 6:13 am |
      • truthprevails1

        Ah you poor poor gullible cave dwelling child. This is the 21st century and neither your imaginary friend (aka god) or its imaginary enemy (aka satan) can be shown with any substantiating evidence to exist. The fact is the quickest way to disbelief is to read that book of fables (aka bible). We understand it for what it truly is...a book that condones mass murder; rape; incest; child abuse; oppression of women; oppression of LGBT...your imaginary friend is not anything worthy of respect and it doesn't pertain to those who are capable of thinking for themselves and doing well without it.

        September 23, 2013 at 7:16 am |
    • Will

      Jason, I agree with your assessment of some of the so called Christian religions out there that are not promoting the true gospel of Jesus Christ but I do disagree on one point. Jesus did claim his divinity as God. Although he did not exercise it fully and showed through His submission His obedience to the Father as you see in the scriptures, he claimed oneness with God and even stated "Before Abraham was, I AM" which the Jews considered blasphemy as that is how God stated who he was to Moses. Jesus also claimed that he was the messiah that fulfilled the scriptures in the temple and they were willing to stone him for that. I suggest you study the gospel of John and you will definitely find Jesus' claims of divinity and how the people at that time responded to Him because of it. May God's peace and blessings go with you as you continue to study.

      September 27, 2013 at 8:49 am |
  3. EB

    Short comment - your conclusion was awesome...made me laugh!

    September 17, 2013 at 8:56 pm |
  4. BobE

    Good God (pun intended) all this talk about God or Gods, my God, your God, his God, her God....After awhile it gets pretty silly when you think about it. How about you live your life like your life on this earth depended on it and stop worrying about where the hell (pun intended) you might go after you die.

    September 17, 2013 at 3:11 pm |
  5. joe d

    jews worship the almighty dollar..this is what thieving shylocks do

    September 17, 2013 at 1:45 pm |
  6. Pablo

    No

    September 15, 2013 at 1:57 pm |
    • thom

      Revelations of Jesus11:3
      And I will give Power unto my two witnesses. And 'they' shall prophecy a thousand two hundred and three score days. Clothed in sackcloth.
      Revelations of Jesus11:6
      These have Power to shut Heaven...that it rain not in the days of their prophecy.
      2Peter1:16
      For We have not followed cunningly devised fables when we made known unto you the Power and Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but.. were eyewitnesses of His Majesty.

      "Who'll stop the Rain?" by Creedance Clearwater Revival.(Chronicle)

      "Long as I remember... the rain been coming down.
      Clouds of Mystery pourin'... confusion on the ground.
      Good men through the ages... tryin' to find the son.
      And I wonder... still I wonder...Who'll stop the rain?
      I went down Virginia... seekin' shelter from the storm.
      Caught up in the fable... I watched the tower grow.
      Five year plans, and new deals... wrapped in golden chains.
      And I wonder... still I wonder....Who'll stop the rain?
      Heard the singers playin'... how they cheered for more.
      The crowd had rushed together... tryin' to keep warm.
      Still the rain kept pourin'... falling on my ears.
      And I wonder....still I wonder... Who'll stop the rain.....?"

      September 15, 2013 at 11:48 pm |
      • CosmicC

        I love CCR, but what does this have to do with the article?

        September 18, 2013 at 12:30 pm |
  7. Unireligion

    All that was talked about is the God whom the physical senses are aware of...But in reality it is the devil that created all of the physical beings (consists of matter and energy). All of us were already part of the true "GOD" since the beginning and we comprise the True God and existed as souls (no mass nor energy).

    The Devil ( The Physical Creator) kidnaps all of us (as souls) and encapsulated us with matter and energy to become a creation distinctly opposite from True God's (since the Devil's or Anti-God's original purpose is to defy the True God. The Anti-Gods power came from these kidnapped souls and it can only use the souls' power after these physical beings dies. He also created diversity to ensure chaos among all beings to hasten their destruction and to hasten souls' power collection.

    Fortunately, all souls can still communicate with God that is why we long for God's company. The souls forces the physical body to stop all its actions and commune with True God. That is the reason why physical beings become dormant or fall asleeo. During sleep, everything is ignored and communing with the True God is the only activity the physical body does.

    God's only wish to all kidnapped souls is to be aware of the deeds of the Anti-God and make our physical existence to be peaseful and in harmony to prolong our existence to prevent the Anti-God from collecting our power, thus, to slow the Anti-God's existence to become equal that of God.

    Note: The True God is the total darkness that surrounds all beings (stars, planets, etc). We have to heed God's call so that this Darkness will be taken over by Total Brighttness...

    September 15, 2013 at 2:23 am |
  8. FU9L

    YES 100% THE SAME GOD WHY DO YOU THINK ALL OF THEM WORSHIP JEWS .......
    THE STUPID WOULD SAY OTHERWISE

    September 13, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
    • Candy

      Christians, Jews and Muslims DO NOT Worship the Same God!!

      September 14, 2013 at 9:19 am |
      • Enigma729

        Yes, they DO. We all need to stop the bigotry and hate. God/Allah wants us to all live a peaceful life. Muslim people have been demonized by our government (have you studied anything, or are you just going by what you have heard on the corporate paid for news?), just as we Christians have been demonized by the powers that be in Muslim countries. Allah means One true God...he is our God, the same, the Only one there is. Shame on you for your bigotry and hate.

        September 14, 2013 at 4:59 pm |
        • whostosay

          Allah and Yahweh are definitely NOT the same. One does not call for killing the other as Mohamed does. You are an idiot

          September 16, 2013 at 12:17 pm |
  9. rodger olsen

    The truth is that none of these people care about a God. What they care about is the excuse religion gives them to control other people, assume un-earned power and authority and make money. The Burka is nowhere in the Koran, but Muslims use religion as an excuse to control what people wear, what they say, and what they do. God has nothing to do with it. Power is the high.

    September 12, 2013 at 12:30 am |
    • Enigma729

      SO NOT TRUE! Do you have any Muslim friends? I am a Christian and am AWAKE to the fact that our media is bought and paid for...that TRUE Muslim people do love God/Allah, just as TRUE Christians love God/Allah! A TRUE Christian does not judge. Stop listening to the lies and do your own research. True Muslim promote peace, love, understanding, education. They do not suppress their people. Crooked governments do that...just like ours is doing to us. WAKE UP!

      September 14, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
  10. NateC

    Baha'i = unity of all faiths.

    Same God...stop listening to the media, your neighbors and even the clergy and pick up the books and look for yourself. God wants us all to find our way to him though his messengers. When you are in calculus you don't forget your addition and subtraction, you build onto it...same thing with our faith. God sends messengers to update us on our social and spiritual teachings. THE RELIGIONS AGREE WHEN YOU LOOK AT THEM WITH AN OPEN HEART...They don't agree when you take things out of context and force them not to.

    September 11, 2013 at 5:02 pm |
  11. Thinking things through

    My favorite religious bumper sticker: "God is too big to fit in any one religion"

    If you have to sum it up in one sentence, that one will probably do for me.

    September 11, 2013 at 8:32 am |
  12. Yuck

    Jesus is the light,the truth an the only way to salvation...yes SMILE JESUS LOVES YOU.....

    September 10, 2013 at 8:33 pm |
    • FU9L

      LOL HE WAS A DEVOUT JEW UNTIL DEATH

      September 13, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
  13. Rodrian Roadeye

    God has NO religion. God is Love, and he who abides in love, abides in God, and God in Him. PERIOD!

    September 10, 2013 at 7:18 pm |
  14. Zamire J. Wilson

    They may say that Christians & Jews & Musilums serve the God but that is far from the truth. If you examine each peice closly you'll see they have thier similarities (in the people they recognise) but they are different. All you got to do is research them yourself, also Christianity in it's purest form is not religion, it is truth because all you have to do is study the Holy scriptures and apply them to your life & human history & you'll see this is the real deal & not some book written y a bunch of random guys whio wanted to tell a good story.
    Here is an example involving our time in 2nd Timothy 3:1-8 (I recommend getting a King James Bible because a lot of these 'newer' versions don't tell the full story)
    1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
    2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
    3 without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
    4 traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
    5 having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
    6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
    7 ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
    8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, (This refers to Exodus 7:11) so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.
    9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.
    The Destruction of the Temple and Signs before the End
    Mk. 13.1-23 • Lk. 21.5-24
    1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to show him the buildings of the temple.

    2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

    3 ¶ And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

    4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

    5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

    6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

    7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

    8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

    9 ¶ Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. Mt. 10.22

    10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

    11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

    12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

    13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. Mt. 10.22

    14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

    15 ¶ When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, Dan. 9.27 ; 11.31 ; 12.11 stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand,)

    16 then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains:

    17 let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:

    18 neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. Lk. 17.31

    19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!

    20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:

    21 for then shall be great tribulation, Dan. 12.1 • Rev. 7.14 such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

    22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.

    23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.

    24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

    25 Behold, I have told you before.

    26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.

    27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Lk. 17.23, 24

    28 For wheresoever the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered together. Lk. 17.37

    The Coming of the Son of Man
    Mk. 13.24-31 • Lk. 21.25-33
    29 ¶ Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, Is. 13.10 • Ezek. 32.7 • Joel 2.31 • Rev. 6.12, 13 and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
    30 and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven Dan. 7.13 • Rev. 1.7 with power and great glory.

    31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

    32 ¶ Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:

    33 so likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.

    34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

    35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

    No Man Knoweth the Day and Hour
    Mk. 13.32-37 • Lk. 17.26-36 • 1.34-36
    36 ¶ But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

    37 But as the days of Noah were, Gen. 6.5-8 so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

    38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark,

    39 and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; Gen. 7.6-24 so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

    40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

    41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

    42 Watch therefore; for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

    43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.

    44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Lk. 12.39, 40

    Also read the book “Can America Survive” By John Hagee or check out http://www.chick.com for articles & comics on Christianity & lots of other things, they have helped me strengthen my faith in God & I hope they help you too.
    “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32 God Bless You
    Scripture acquired from
    http://www.bartleby.com/108/55/3.html

    September 10, 2013 at 5:11 pm |
    • KLARGAR

      Yeah you go read some John Hagge an Imbecile if there ever was on, take you perfect religion and put it where the sun don't shine

      September 13, 2013 at 4:40 pm |
  15. Steve Finnell

    CHRIST ALONE

    Jesus Christ is the only way to gain salvation, the only way to heaven, the only way to the Father. Do all Christians believe that? All who claim to be Christians do not believe that.

    A 2007 Pew research forum on Religion found that 57% of the evangelical Christians, who were polled, believed that many religions can lead to eternal life.

    Those who claim the Bible as God's word do not always use it as their guide for what they believe.

    CHRIST ALONE ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE

    Acts 4:10-12 let it be know to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead–by this name this man stands here before you in good health. 11 He is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders, but which became the chief corner stone. 12 And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved."

    If 57% of all so-called evangelical Christians believe that there are many ways to heaven, it is not difficult to understand why so many of them reject the words of Jesus when He said "He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved..(Mark 16:16). If you do not believe Jesus is the only way to heaven, then, it makes it very easy to deny that water baptism is essential for salvation.

    Did you ever notice how, well know, so-called Christian preachers will not say that Jesus is the only way to heaven? Billy Graham and Joel Osteen come to mind. They also claim water baptism is not essential for salvation. Is there a connection?

    YOU EITHER BELIEVE AND PREACH THE TRUTH OR YOU DO NOT. A PARTIAL GOSPEL CANNOT SAVE ANYONE.

    YOU ARE INVITED TO FOLLOW MY CHRISTIAN BLOG. Google search>>> steve finnell a christian view

    September 10, 2013 at 2:34 pm |
    • Latter-Day Haint

      Bullcrap.

      September 10, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
    • Atheist, me?

      Steve
      explain the Parable of the Good Samaritan to a 12 yo. Learn it like you were going to teach a professor. You will learn that the Bible is not a collection of memory verses but the story of eternal life. I love you as myself!

      September 10, 2013 at 3:22 pm |
    • On the 12th day

      And here I thought the only one that could give you true salvation was Santa Claus

      September 10, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
    • cmandtl

      I would like to praise you in your faith but I would also have to disagree with you on your literal interpretations of the Bible. It is a very elementary view of Christianity that starts with the phrase "because the bible says" Remember, there was no Bible when Christianity started in the time of Jesus – I have no doubt in God's love for me and I know if I died today I would be in heaven with him even though I have not been Baptized. I am not saying I am not going to ever be, but right now God wants me to trust in him and follow the path he has set before me.

      The "because the Bible says so" approach may be a major cause of why we as Christians can't even seem to agree within our own religion. Seems to be the same with the Muslim believers whom seem to take on the "Because the Koran says"

      Just some thoughts

      September 13, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
      • Kamran

        Hi, i am a practicing muslim having grown up in the US (35 yrs). I just wanted to clarify in your post that we never do anything just b/c "the koran says so". There is always a valid reason behind our actions. Unfortunately, with the koran always being taken out of context, the reasons and meanings are ignored by individuals whom are intent on ridicule.

        September 15, 2013 at 10:02 am |
      • whostosay

        No Bible at the start of Christianity? Then what is the "Old Testament?"
        WOW – posting things with no knowledge – simply amazing!

        September 16, 2013 at 12:25 pm |
        • Erica

          Technically they are right. There was no 'bible' when Christianity first started out, because the Torah is not the Bible. It is the collection of the Five books of Moses.

          The "Bible" is a set of books agreed upon by the Catholic Church as the doctrine that they would teach, and all Christianity is born of the Nicene Council. Again I am unsurprised by the ignorance of most Christians as to the origins of their own bloody faith.

          September 17, 2013 at 8:47 pm |
  16. Atheist Bob

    There is NO god , never has been, never will be – it's a creation of the weak-willed morons and perpetuated by even more weak-willed morons

    September 10, 2013 at 11:38 am |
    • Atheist, me?

      Bob
      If you want to understand something you respect it! If not then relax and don't betray your ignorance!

      September 10, 2013 at 3:25 pm |
    • On the 12th day

      Bob, there are a lot of unexplained things that happen in this world. You may not believe in God, but perhaps you have a better explanation?

      September 10, 2013 at 3:32 pm |
      • jens gessner

        Do you always have to have an explanation? I think the process itself of learning, of trying to figure out the things we can not yet explain is far better than being content with presumptuous answers ("I can't explain it, therefore god must have done it"). The easy answer has frequently steered us wrong in the past. – And now religious folk are stuck between a rock and a hard place: Either concede that you have been wrong all along (God did not do it), or insist on your flawed version of the truth, even in the face of compelling evidence to the contrary.

        September 11, 2013 at 5:28 pm |
      • CosmicC

        Just because you don't know of or understand the explanation does not mean one does not exist.

        September 18, 2013 at 12:36 pm |
  17. khan

    The three religions are very similar, and the division exists because of jews lust for power and supremacy. They couldn't handle the fact that subsequent prophets after Moses were sent elsewhere, Jesus came to a different set of people, and then so does Mohammad was sent to a different nation. Quran says, O'Mohammad, they (jews scholars) recognizes you better than their own sons, they know your book and teachings like back of their hand's palm.

    September 10, 2013 at 10:56 am |
    • CosmicC

      Here's a perfect example of why all religion is bad (I won't go into the actual belief in god). A completely biased, uninformed statement is made in such a way that it will incite orthodox on all sides to violence against the others.

      September 18, 2013 at 12:23 pm |
  18. derek

    this is not true. Christianity's Christ is not in either other religions mainly because the jews only accept the first five books of the bible. Muslims serve another god. he the moon god one of an original 364. they had a god for everyday of the year until Muhammad picked Allah. Christianity is not only about faith theres much more obedience involved.

    September 10, 2013 at 10:29 am |
    • Atheist, me?

      Derek

      Learn more about Islam and Judaism.
      You will find out they believe almost all you do! They also have spiritual people who love their neighbor as themselves. I love them as myself just as I love you as myself. That is the mind of Christ!

      September 10, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
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