Todd is correct that the purpose of life has to do with God’s attributes. I use this idea to counter the objection that eternal punishment is unjust. The greatest commandment is the purpose of life: to love God (Matthew 22:37) Those who love God go to be with Him in heaven (John 14:23). In addition, since the penalty for sin has been paid by Jesus (1 Peter 2:24), they are not punished themselves (Romans 8:1). Those who don’t love God must be separated to a place reserved for people who don’t love Him (Revelation 20:15). In addition, since they did not receive a pardon for their sins, they themselves must pay the penalty (2 Peter 2:4).
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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.