of the Christian religion started in the first century when the
Lord Jesus Christ established His Church in Jerusalem. From this
Church established by Christ, Christianity has proliferated all
over the world to more than 1,000 by the year 1900, and to more
than 30,000 by the year 2000. In the 2001 Edition of the World
Christian Encyclopedia it listed 33,830 Christian denominations.
- Many people
welcome this development because they believe that the more
religions there are, the more people become closer to God,
because they think that all religions are the same.
- A few view it
the negative way, the more religions there are, the greater
the confusion faced by man. And since there is only one
true religion, the more religions there are, the farther man
becomes from the true God.
Many people do not
realize that a great majority of these new churches or religions
compared to the original church (founded by Christ) have
differing and/or conflicting doctrines and beliefs but all claim
to use the Holy Bible as the basis of their faith.
in Abrahamic religions
Do all monotheistic religions believe and
worship the same God?
Lesson-2A.3 we've studied the
following: Monotheism is a belief in the existence of
a single god. Monotheism is usually contrasted with
polytheism, which is the belief in many gods, and atheism,
which is the absence of any belief in gods. The concept of
"monotheism" tends to be dominated by the concept of God in
the Abrahamic religions, such as Judaism, Christianity and
Islam, Judaism and Islam have traditionally attempted to
interpret scripture as exclusively monotheistic. whilst
Christianity adopts a more complex form of monotheism, as a
result of considering the Holy Spirit to be God, and
attributing divinity to Jesus.
- Judaism is based
on a strict monotheism. This doctrine expresses the
belief in one indivisible
- Islam asserts
the existence of a single and absolute truth that
transcends the world; a unique and indivisible being who
is independent of the creation.
believe in one god. Ostensibly monotheistic religions
like Christianity may still include concepts of a
plurality of the divine, for example the Trinity, in
which God is one being in three personal dimensions.
to theological differences in Judaism, Islam and
Christianity, the object of their worship are entirely
different. Thus, in reality the God that is worshiped by the
Jews, the Muslims and the Christians are possibly
Do adherents of Judaism, Islam and Christianity all believe
and worship the same God? Some say
that they are while others say that they are not - and there
are good arguments on both sides.
If the Judaism, Christianity and Islam,
the three major monotheistic religions, may not be worshiping
the same God, because of theological differences, does it also
mean that not all Christians believe in the same God because of
This would seem to be the logical conclusion of the above
argument, and it is strange enough that we should pause and have
more time to think about it, for knowing and worshiping the true
God is the basis of salvation and eternal life. (Lesson-1F.4)
Do all Christian religions believe and worship the same God?
From the previous
Lesson-2A.4, Monotheism in Christianity
basically refer to three contrasting theologies, all
professing belief in One God (monotheism), but have
different conception of God.
adheres to strict monotheism and that is the belief in
the single personality of God.
the belief that God is an absolutely single being; and
yet there is a "twoness" in God.
the belief that "the one God exists in three Persons
and one substance, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit."
Although, many professing Christians would like to believe
that their religions believe and worship the same God. But,
on a practical and theological level they simply cannot -
there's just no choice in the matter. They may all want to
believe in the One God (monotheism), but the content of
their beliefs varies wildly—they have different conception
of God. Thus, in reality, Christian religions do not believe
and worship the same God.
practical point of view, try asking professing Christians
"how they perceive God?". Many would give you practical
answer that are vastly different.
absolutely One or a Trinity?
Considering the various factors studied
in the foregoing lessons, The basic question about God in
Christianity boils down to the following. Is God absolutely
One or a Trinity?
In the Websters online
dictionary, these are written:
Muslims, and a small percentage of Christians are
unitarian monotheists. The vast majority of
Christians have been and still are Trinitarian
monotheists hold that there is only one "person" (so to
speak), or one basic substance, in God. Some consider
Trinitarianism to be a form of polytheism. In contrast,
Trinitarian monotheists believe in one god that exists
as three distinct persons who share the same
substance/essence; this belief is called the Trinity:
compare with the Hindu Trimurti.
(as of August 13, 2009)
God as Unity or Trinity
- Jews and
Muslims, and a small percentage of Christians are
Unitarian monotheist. They believe that there is only
one "person", or one substance in God. Some of them
consider Trinitrianism to be a form of polytheism.
- The vast
majority of Christians are Trinitarian monotheist. They
believe in one god that exist as three distinct persons
who share the same substance/essence. this belief is
called the Trinity.
learned that monotheism―belief in one God, in the the Abrahamic
religions, Judaism, Islam and Christianity, does not necessarily
mean belief in the same God. This is also true in Christianity
who all profess to be monotheists but they do not also
necessarily believe in the same God because the vast majority of
Christians are Trinitarian monotheist, but a small percentage of
Christians are Unitarian monotheist. Let
us therefore concentrate our search for the true God by knowing
the biblical answer to this basic question, "Is God absolutely
One or a Trinity"? This question will be answered in the
NOTE: The use of
the terms, Trinitarian, Binitarian, or Unitarian
website are not intended to refer to any religious
organization but only to denote numerical orientation in the
number of persons in one God in order to simplify the way of presenting the
different concept of God in Christianity.