In a previous blog, part one of the same title here, I began a discussion of comparative religion. Is the God of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism the same? This is part two of that discussion. It is devoted to the simple-reasoning aspect of the topic. This is not to say that simple reasoning will be void in the other posts on the subject, but this particular one is devoted strictly to that narrow focus. The razor of logic states something like ‘If the simplest solution also addresses all of the problem thoroughly, it is the best solution.’ So, that’s why I start with simple reason before other argumentation.
First, there is the matter of possibilities. The advantage of thinking this question through is that one has to consider the options; one of these religions has the one true God, or none of them do, or they all MUST be referring to the same God. I am not coming to the last two conclusions but merely stating these are the only options. Whatever you as the reader conclude about the one true God after reading this discussion, it must be that none of these religions reflect the same Deity.
As it stands though, the Jew says he has the only true God. The Muslim says he has the only true God. And, the Christian says he has the only true God. Furthermore, each of them hold that the others are not worshipping the true God (or not worshipping Him truly). So, here we have a test of sameness and simple reason. Is it reasonable to think that several hundred million people have just been confused all these hundreds and thousands of years? Have they all just been too dense to see that since Abraham is in each of their story lines, then they’re really talking about the same Deity?
Or, are differences apparent to those on the inside of the groups but not apparent to an outsider who is desirous of some semblance of unity? If there are distinguishable differences in these religions’ worship methods and life practices, and if their histories of orign are distinguishable (though similar), then is it reasonable to so lightly say that these all worship the same God? I think not.
But what do these Deities say for themselves in the respective holy books? Or, how do the holy books describe the respective God? Maybe a difference in character description or worship prescription will shed light on a difference in identity. That will be the focus of the next post.