Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Reflections: Ray of Hope?

Is there in this some indication, however slight, that sanity might be breaking out?

Or will I soon be doing WWWtW-Watch #8 on the theme of alleged Muslim treachery and lies?

The Saudi king asserts that Christians, Muslims, and Jews all worship the same God. What is the truth quotient in that assertion?

5 comments:

Anthony said...

Good question. The Moslems feel that way. Some try to argue that the Moslems really worship a lunar god, but they claim to worship to worship the God of Abraham, as do the Jews and Christians.

I believe that part of the reason the Abrahamic religions do not get along very well is perhaps for that reason.

Kyle R. Cupp said...

I'd say anyone of any religion (or none) who is genuinely seeking truth is seeking God, but that doesn't mean that all ideas of God developed on the journey are equal.

I believe God has revealed himself to us, and that faith is a response to that God who reveals. So, yeah, in a sense, I say that Christians, Muslims, and Jews could be worshipping the same God, so long as they are striving to worship God and not simply their ideas of him.

Rodak said...

I believe that part of the reason the Abrahamic religions do not get along very well is perhaps for that reason.

I say that Christians, Muslims, and Jews could be worshipping the same God, so long as they are striving to worship God and not simply their ideas of him.

What can any human being, using only his very limited intellect worship other than his idea of God? I would say that any one of us is incapable of knowing the reality even of himself, never mind knowing God.
Let me ask this: is not the basic Jewish concept of God more similar to the Islamic concept of God than the Christian (Triune) concept is similar to either of them?

(As far as the "moon" god, thing goes, I have heard the Yahweh was originally a "sky, or storm, god" and I have also heard that Yahweh was originally a "volcano god." These are just the libels of atheists and bigots.)

Kyle R. Cupp said...

"Let me ask this: is not the basic Jewish concept of God more similar to the Islamic concept of God than the Christian (Triune) concept is similar to either of them?"

Could be.

"What can any human being, using only his very limited intellect worship other than his idea of God?"

A human can worship more than his idea of God by recognizing that God is more than his idea of him and praying accordingly.

Rodak said...

A human can worship more than his idea of God by recognizing that God is more than his idea of him and praying accordingly.

That sounds right. But, then again, it might be just a little bit like telling oneself not to think of a pink elephant...