Are followers of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam praying to the same God?
According to their scriptures, they are supposed to be praying to the same God but how is it that their teachings are so disparate?
Each of these belief systems will assure you that there is but one god. In contradiction to this assertion each belief defines this god, per their respective religious dogmas, differently and to attain the favor of such a defined deity only that definition is acceptable. All others are doomed to damnation. All that is is defined by the mind of Man.
As far as I know, all three are branched from the same origins. Many of the religious leaders are aware of this and acknowledge that they are worshiping the same god. So, I find it odd when a Christian suggests that Muslim's worship a different god. The only reason for this, that I can think of, is that the core religion that they all sprang from was designed to be all-or-nothing. In other words; you're either with us or you're against us. It's a sort of survival of the fittest for religion and it's why this tree of belief has persisted for so long. The byproduct seems to be that, as they branched apart, they started distrusting each other. From a historical/mythological perspective, it's fascinating. But from a real world perspective, the hate and violence generated between these siblings is startling and tragic.
"According to their scriptures?"
I don't know what "scriptures" you are reading, but the Bible never endorses prayer to anyone other than the Lord, Jehovah.
If there is one God, then all who believe in that one God would be praying to him. It doesn't matter what you name that God.
So you know, the word Jehovah was a mistake. A misunderstanding. Funny, since you think everyone has to use a bogus word.
The name Jehovah is a mistransliteration of YHVH, but there is only one true God and he has a name anyone or anything else is just an idol.
Yep, the same god. The tenets of each of the religions are different because of the interpretations that mankind puts on the teachings - me, me, my way is the truth - nonsense.
Thank you, everyone, for taking your time to response to this question. I have written a hub, based on the same title, which was approved for publication a moment ago, and will be glad to receive your further opinions.
I look upon religion as one's particular desktop icon that is used to connect to God. Just as different users use different icons to connect to the same program on the computer, we put different colors and styles on our religion but in the end our prayers connect to the same place. I don't think that God cares to much about window dressing, I think he cares about a person's sincerity and the way a person interacts with his fellow humans. I am looking forward to reading your hub.
Mel Carriere, the hub was published 2 days ago under the same name as this question. I totally agree with you that religion is merely a vehicle towards spirituality/God. It doesn't matter what car you drive, as long as you reach your destination.
Who we worship is extremely important. We can't just worship anything and think it's OK. How can we possibly even come close to knowing God if we think it's OK to worship a God by any name.
They all trace themselves back to the God who promised to make a great nation from the descendants of Abraham. They disagree, however, on what this God has been up to for the past several thousand years. For instance, Jewish people have no single belief about who Jesus might have been, and they don't see him as important anyway. Christians believed that he was God in human form, a man/God who came to earth to die for humankind's sins. Muslims see Jesus as one in a long-line of prophets that culminated with the revelation to Muhammad.
It should not be surprising that religions traced back to the same common roots could be so different. Just within Christianity, there are countless denominations and sects, often disagreeing about issues that outsiders might view as miniscule. So unitl a clearly divine Golden tablet from the sky comes down to tell us who is right, we humans will continue to disagree about the answers to the big theological questions.
No they are not the same. Christians pray to Jesus and see him as God. We Jewish people do not pray to Jesus nor see him as God.
The Jews pray to Yah aka YHVH
There is only one true God and there are idols
anyone besides God is an idol
The great deception is not realizes an idol is just that
Even in a big family of many brothers and sisters, each will have a different view and understanding of his/her father and mother. They will have different opinions. Their personal experiences with them; their level of education, will lead them to form somewhat different views on them.
These three religions in particular all come from the same forefather of faith; Abraham. But the founder and earliest members of each of these religions had different historical experiences.
One could call Christianity a reform of Judaism. In one of the Gospels Jesus compares his teachings to that of Moses. Jesus did not rejected Moses as wrong; he simply said that the standard of the love God has for us is much greater than the one Moses was able to understand, thus to follow Jesus one must learn a higher standard: one must never become angry with anyone and always have love and forgiveness in one's heart towards everyone.
The religion of Islam is in partly I believe a response to the failure of Christianity after Jesus to live up to his teachings. Thus Mohammed regarded Jesus as a great prophet but did not think he was the Son of God.
However if one takes the time to examine many of the teachings of these religions one can find more common elements than differences. I know of a book that compares not just these three religions but most if not all the religions of the world in terms of a list of topics and demonstrates that they say similar things though with different words, stories, parables, metaphors, etc. Of course, definite differences exist in terms of theology, and specific views of salvation, the purpose and goal of history, the nature of human beings, but the moral principles are generally the same.
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