In other words, WHICH God?
Let's consider three major religions, in alphabetical order:
When Christians call upon their God, are they worshiping Allah? When Moslems pray to Allah, are they honoring the G-d of the Jews? Is the G-d of the Jews the same deity confessed by Christians and Moslems?
One way we see the diversity of these major religions is by what they believe about
Christians believe that Jesus is the living Son of God, not merely the last prophet but also much more than a prophet -- the only Messiah (Savior) for all peoples.
Moslems deny Jesus' Divine Sonship. Although they believe that Jesus was a prophet, they claim that Muhammed is the last and greatest prophet.
Jews are still waiting for Messiah. They do not believe in Jesus as the Savior and unique Son of God in the way that Christians claim, nor recognize Muhammed as a prophet.
The differences are radical enough to make us realize that when a faithful Christian, a faithful Moslem, and a faithful Jew say…
…all three are not invoking the same god!
Perhaps you are not a Christian, a Moslem, or a Jew. Is your god different from all three of the gods of these three major religions? Do you worship according to your own concept of the Divine, and in your own way? Is one person or group right, and the others wrong? Do we all have some, but not all of the truth? Does it matter?
Some resolve all this by believing that one god is really behind all religions -- that Christians, Moslems, Jews, and others are just using different names for that god.
If not, we direct your attention to the words of Jesus of Nazareth, a man acknowledged in some way by Moslems, Jews, and others who are not Christians.
"…this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent."
"I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."
"I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst."
"…the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."
The greatest work done by the Light of the World, the Bread of Life, this Wonderful One named Jesus was His giving His life.
He gave His life as a substitute. He suffered death in order to pay the penalty due to His people for their sins (crimes) against the one true God.
He really died, but came back to life because death could not hold Him, once He had successfully paid that penalty. Now He lives to give forgiveness of sin and eternal salvation to all who will call upon Him!
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
God offers salvation to whoever longs for it!
And the Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.
The "bride" in the above passage from the Bible is the
The Church is not a building, but is all the people of every color, from all nations and languages, and from all ages who have come to know this great Savior, Jesus the Lord.
A member of one of the congregations of Christ…one small, local expression of that global, timeless people of God…probably gave you this pamphlet. We hope you will seek out that congregation or one like it, to further discuss these matters of eternal significance.
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