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Royston BS: Theology question (302* d) RE: BS: Theology question 21 Mar 10


Stringsinger: "Kendall, in order to deal with this issue the "god" in question has to be described hopefully in detail. As I see it, all the religions describe their god a little differently. Obviously the Jewish god is different from the Islamic god and even in Islam, their notions of what a god is conflicts with one another. This is true with the Protestant and Catholic gods as well. Many have different ideas about what constitutes a "supreme being". Just capitalizing these words shed no light on any description.

I think I know what you mean. But the Abrahamic faiths have no dispute over who/what God is. All adherents are at one on this.

The dispute, if there is one, is over prophets. All three faiths are agreed - more or less - on the prophets and/or messengers up until Jesus (Isa, to Muslims) and Mohammed.

Judaism recognises neither of the last two prophets.

Christians don't recognise Mohammad.

Muslims recognise Jesus as "Rasulallah" (messenger of God) as they recognise Mohammad as "Rasuallah".

To Muslims, Jesus was born of immaculate conception, fortified with holy spirit to perform signs and miracles but was not killed on the cross; rather he was lifted up alive into heaven and will return at the end of days to fight the devil and lead the faithful into heaven.

To cut a long story really very short, Muslims believe that Mohammad was sent as the last messenger and prophet to correct misunderstandings of the Gospel of Jesus; the most important tenet of that belief being that people do not need the agency or intercession of any prophet or messenger or church, to reach God. The Trinity is a problem for Muslims who adhere to the "oneness" of God.

So, if there is any dispute, it is not about "who or what" God is; rather it is about what God would like the faithful to do in honouring and worshipping.

Most people of faith would regard that as a fairly minor quibble, particularly as all are told most sternly not to judge the other and not to presume to know God's will and judgement.

So most people of faith go about their worship in humility and hope. And if they really "get it" (the faith connection), they probably feel grateful that they found their way to some sort of understanding and that others found their own way to the same place.

Or they consider that God, in infinite wisdom, provided as many routes to the same destination as we all needed.


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