Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?

My daughter is writing a persuasive essay on “Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?”. I wonder what do you think?

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5 thoughts on “Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?

  1. It is possible. Not because of the Islam faith, but despite it. The CCC, I believe paragraph 980, says yes…but it’s important to read that in the context of all of Lumen Gentium (which is where the text is taken from). This is a fantastic debate with John Spencer and Peter Kreeft. It’s long, but well worth the sit down time (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMtqCapeVRA).

    1. We talked about it in our high school Bible class and our group was split almost evenly. Since then I have compiled a list of helpful debates and reads (Kreeft vs. Spencer is on their list) and I will see how many of them will change their opinion and why. 🙂

  2. Ultimately yes, although the Muslim understanding of God is imperfect (lacking the revelation of the Trinity) and their worship is also imperfect (without the Mass, participating in Christ’s worship of the Father in the Spirit). Yet the Church teaches that “they adore the one God, living and subsisting in Himself; merciful and all- powerful, the Creator of heaven and earth” – Nostra Aetate, 3, so that’s what I go with. It reminds me of a similar question… do philosophers and Christians worship the same God? There is only one God, so to say we worship different “Gods” is either to take relativism to its religious extreme or hold polytheism (and I don’t think people really do polytheism much anymore, thank God). Of course, it also comes down to individual acts and how the term “worship” is understood: on the one hand whenever anyone follows the truth and responds to goodness, they are honoring God, but it can be the case also that someone in the name of religion does something that is not pleasing to God, such as performing acts of violence. Jesus said that this would happen: “the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering worship to God” (Jn 16:2). In such cases where violence or any other evil is perpetrated in the name of God, this is not worship of God at all (whether it is perpetrated by a Muslim or a Christian), let alone worship of “the same God.” So such acts, I assume, can’t be taken into consideration, though the issue is complicated whenever a religion incorrectly proposes as a matter of belief that an immoral act is praiseworthy before God. In the final analysis, baptized Christians are privileged with a unique relationship with God as Father, through grace, which surpasses anything possible outside of the Church. Yet real knowledge of God is possible through reason and makes its appearance as traces of truth in other religions. It’s like knowing a co-worker by his photograph, or knowing the same person as a family member… it’s the same person, just vastly different degrees and types of knowledge. Christians are blessed to have family knowledge of God revealed by Jesus Christ, God Incarnate. These are some of my thoughts on the issue. And I’m finished preaching. 🙂 Peace!

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