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Godly confusion

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Submitted by Doug Dahl (United States), Jun 29, 2005 at 14:02

Mr. Pipes,

There is one glaring problem with your analysis in concluding that Jews, Christians, and Muslims all worship the same God: The God of Christianity is essentially and indivisibly trinitarian. To deny the essential oneness of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is to reject the essence of the Christian God. Jews, Christians, and Muslims all recognize this fact. That's why both Jews and Muslims consider Christians idolators.

Muslims say that Christ was a mere man, a minor prophet, who distorted God's revelation. Christians declare that Christ is God in human flesh. Muslims deny the very possibility of that condition. Neither can declare they are worshipping the same God as the other without seriously compromising basic tenets of their faith.

What we really have is three different ideas of deity which each share some common attributes with the other two. However, each of the three are quite different in essence from the other two. That is particularly true of the Christian God vs. either the Muslim or Jewish God.
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