No. Just referring to the name ‘Jesus’ and meaning to refer to the Jesus Christ of ancient history does not make is so. Many are believing in a ‘jesus’ of their own making or someone else’s. This is forbidden by the First Commandment.
Exodus 20:3 “You shall have no other gods before me.
Consider the Following Orthodox Christians believe:
- Jesus is one with the Father.
- Jesus has always existed as God and does not have a wife.
- Lucifer is a fallen angel and is not a brother in any way to Jesus.
- Jesus is a god, one of many, a separate being from the Father.
- Jesus came into being when the Father had relations with his wife.
- Jesus and Lucifer are spirit brothers.
I asked two Mormon missionaries who were visiting with me in my home, based on this comparison, if we were talking about the same Jesus. They admitted the obvious: no. To learn more about the real Jesus, get my Why Jesus study for free in the sidebar.
Well, Jews and Christians worship the same God. The issue is that Jews know less about God than Christians because they have rejected part of God’s revelation of Himself in the New Testament.
Christians and Muslims do not worship the same God. God cannot both be a Trinity(Christian) and not a trinity (Muslim). These concepts are contradictory. Therefore, Christians and Muslims do not worship the same God.
But I was talking with my brother-in-law who made the point that Christians and Muslims are focused on worshiping the same God: the Creator of the Universe. This is correct, which has led me to this distinction:
- Christians and Muslims worship the same type of God (who is One, infinite, spirit, creator of all things, etc.).
- But they do not worship the same distinct God (which is why each group seeks to convert each other).
For example, let’s say you know my family and over hear me describing my wife: 5 foot tall, 200 pounds, and is a fitness expert. You say, “Only the first attribute describes your wife. The last two describe your sister-in-law.”
- The two women are of the same type – both are wives.
- But they are not the same distinct person.
What is the difference between the Christian God, and the gods of the other religions? The main difference is this: The God of Christianity exists. ~ From R. C. Sproul’s book Now That’s A Good Question, Wheaton, IL: Tyndale Publishers, 1996, p14.
Listening to a talk show the other day, a caller made this remark about the above bumper sticker: “I don’t see why some Christians only love Jesus and not the Father and Mother too.”
- Loving Jesus is loving the Father.
John 14:9-11 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father ; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.”
2. Scripture does not speak of “the Mother.” I guess they were speaking of Mary the mother of Jesus. But she is not God, not part of the Trinity, and there is no biblical reason to make Mary into something she is not.