Dr. Paul Vitz, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at New York University, author of “Faith of the Fatherless” on Issues Etc..
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.
Exodus 20:3What 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.
Whether it be ethics or the Gospel, quoting Bible verses is rarely enough. Would you be persuaded on matters of ethics or salvation by a Muslim or Hindu quoting references from their holy books?
Yes, the Word of God never returns completely void but may return almost void at times if Christians do not explain the reason and purpose of what the Bible states.
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