“…I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the father except through me…” John 14:6
In today’s society there are many misconceptions about God. One of these misconceptions is the idea that we all worship the same God.
Recently, I had discussions with several individuals about God. They all expressed the idea that we are all worshiping the same God, some of us call him Jesus while others call him Allah and so on. In the western civilization more and more people have bought into this idea, that we are all worshiping the same God but we just call him by different names.
Where did this idea come from? And is it true?
You may be surprised to know that the word God has no meaning. It simply means a deity or a divine being. Ancient Greeks and Romans considered an immortal being a “god”. When we consider the idea of God, we need to ask ourselves, are all deities the same?
The obvious answer in no, so where do we get the idea that we are all worshiping the same God?
In the early 20th century some liberal theologians got together and asked the question, what is the essence of all religions? What is the common core of all religions? They came up with a concept that is commonly called “the mountain top theology”. In this concept God is on the top of the mountain and we are all taking different paths to him.
Is this true?
I have come to the conclusion, that religions are different at their core and similar in non-essentials. Take the example of Buddhism, in Buddhism one of the foundational doctrines is the belief in reincarnation. In Hebrews 9:27 we are told that we die once and after that the judgment. In Christianity we become right with God on the basis of what Christ has done for us on the cross. This is completely rejected by Islam.
The idea of mountain top is simply not accurate.
What about the idea, that we are all worshiping the same God but, we just call him by different name?
In Deuteronomy 12:30 we read “take care…that you do not inquire about their gods,_ saying, how did these nations serve their gods? That I may do the same”
If all roads lead to the same God, wouldn’t it make sense for the Israelites to inquire about the way these other nations worshiped God? After all, it’s the same God.
In Deuteronomy 7:4 after the Lord gave them warnings about not making any covenant with the people that lived in land of Canaan, he goes on to say
Verse .4 “for they would turn away your sons from following me, to serve other gods. Not the same God but other gods. In the New Testament Apostle Paul goes on to say in 1Corinthians 10:20 “no, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God”. Behind pagan worship is the reality of Satan, and we should have nothing to do with it.
In conclusion, we must not allow the culture to shape our understanding of God, only the Scripture.
To God alone be the glory for ever and ever Amen.