Jews and Muslims don’t worship the same God as Christians

By Tom Snyder, Ph.D., with Ted BaehrWorship

The Ventura County Star ran a guest editorial Saturday by four Jewish, Christian, Muslim leaders, connected to the Ventura County Interfaith Community, that these three faiths all worship the same God and are working for the same kind of peace.

With all due respect, they are either ignoring the differences or worse.

In the first place, if Jews, Christians and Muslims did worship the same god, they would all be worshipping Jesus Christ as the only visible manifestation (Colossians 1:15-20) of the One True God who created the universe, in Whom we move and have our being (Acts 17). “All things have been created through Jesus and for Jesus” (Colossians 1:16 and John 1:3). In fact, “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:17). Finally, through this Jesus, all things are reconciled to Jesus, the God-Man, both things on earth and things in Heaven, “by making peace [with God] through His blood, shed on the cross” (Colossians 1:20).

Thus, no Jesus, no peace, but we can know Jesus and know real peace.

Or, as Jesus Christ Himself puts it in John 10:9,10, “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it more abundantly.”

It’s clear by these biblical passages, and many other biblical passages and many other writings by reliable Christian theologians, that Christianity teaches a different God than either modern Judaism or Islam (Jews and Muslims also reject the Christian teaching that the Torah and the Jewish prophets predicted the coming of Jesus, including His death, resurrection and vicarious atonement). Christianity also offers a different kind of peace.

In reality, Jews and Muslims also don’t worship Jesus Christ as God and as the Divine Savior who died on the Cross for all of our sins and rose from the dead so that whosoever believes in Him not only will have a more abundant life but also receive the gift of the Holy Spirit and the gift of eternal life (Ephesians 1:13 and John 3:16).

Therefore, let us not fool ourselves into thinking that Jews, Muslims and Christians worship the same God, because they don’t. However, if they did worship Jesus Christ and were filled with His Holy Spirit, they would be at peace with the Creator of Heaven and erth, which is great news, and then they would have life more abundantly. So, we welcome them to believe what they say and worship Jesus Christ.

Note:  For differences between Islam and Christianity specifically, I also suggest people compare the biblical passages above with Suras 2:106, 2:191, 2:225, 3:28, 3:54, 4:89, 8:12, 9:3, 9:5, 9:29, 16:106, 40.28, and 47:3 of the Qur’an. In no way at all do Mohammad and the writers of the New Testament documents preach the same god.


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Dr. Ted Baehr

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Dr. Tom Snyder

.Dr. Tom Snyder is Editor/Vice President at MOVIEGUIDE® (www.movieguide.org) and Editor of The CultureWatch. Dr. Ted Baehr is Founder and Publisher of Movieguide® and Chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission®, as well as a noted critic, educator, lecturer, and media pundit.

 
 
We have already received three responses to the Ventura County Interfaith Community column in last Sunday’s Star, along with several short notes and calls. We published all three. Responses welcome.
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One Response to Jews and Muslims don’t worship the same God as Christians

  1. Daniel January 6, 2016 at 1:39 am

    While I understand and respect what the author here is expressing with regard to the uniquely Christian belief in the divinity of Jesus, nevertheless he is wrong because the god of Christianity is the same god as that of the Jews. While Christians may believe we have a more perfect revelation with regard to the nature and structure of God (e.g. the Holy Trinity), it would be correct to say that God the Father is what we read about when we read the Hebrew scriptures. If this were not the same God, then it sounds like the author must retain some confusing beliefs or understanding of the Old Testament scriptures? In fact, this has to be the same God, otherwise Jesus being the Messiah means very little. Yes, modern Judaism does not recognize Jesus as the Messiah, but that does not somehow change the God we worship. The Judao-Christian God IS God, “I am”, Addonai, etc. For the author to purport this not to be the case shows a lack of understanding in both the histories and theologies of both Judaism and Christianity. Now whether or not this shared God between Jews and Christians is the same as Allah can certainly be argued, but it is reasonable to believe it so as all 3 religions recognize the God of Abraham and Isaac as the one true God. In this aspect, we are all referring to the same deity.

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