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Submitted by DMD (United States), Jun 28, 2005 at 08:12

This whole approach is misguided in that it essentially treats God as the equivalent of His name, not as a personal Being. The fact is that the identity of God as set forth in these three religions is substantively different and, therefore, cannot be the same God. While there are greater similarities between Jews and Christians because they share a common portion of the Bible, Jesus Himself was very clear that rejecting Him was the same as rejecting God (cf. John 5:23, 37-38). In fact, it is safe to say that not all "Christians" really worship the true and living God anymore--theological liberalism has infected large numbers of "Christian" groups so that their understanding of God is something completely different that the biblical revelation of Him. And, technically, groups like the Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons claim to worship God, but have been historically considered cults by Christians. Do they all use the label God? Yes. Are they all referring to the God of the Bible? No. The key here is not the label; it is the content. The three groups do not worship the same God and no amount of effort trying to show that the words mean the same thing will change that.

Please give my concerns some thought. Thanks.
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