Do We All Worship The Same God?

by Bill Rudge

We hear repeatedly through the press, media, and from political and religious leaders that we all serve the same God, but just call Him by different names. It seems all religions are using the word "God" in reference to a generic, ecumenical deity. However, the definitions of "God" are often diametrically opposed and impossible to resolve as the same Being. The different religions' truth claims are not complementary but contradictory. Therefore, one may conclude that either they are all wrong or only one is right.

The "God" of the Bible, "Yahweh," claims to be the creator of heaven and earth and the only God. The evidence is overwhelming to substantiate His claims in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and the claims of Yeshua (Jesus) being the promised Messiah according to the New Testament. Jesus did not say, "I have come to share some spiritual light with you." He said, "I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness..." (John 8:12). Jesus did not tell us just to be sincere in our beliefs. He said, "...unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins" (John 8:24). Jesus did not merely promise us that through Him we would overcome death. He proved it by rising bodily from the grave.

Jesus did not say, "Please allow Me to show you one of many ways to God." He said, "No one comes to the Father but through Me" (John 14:6). Jesus asserted that He alone is the controller of man's destiny—the One on Whom our future of heaven or hell depends. If His claims are false, so are His promises of eternal life. But if they are true, then where we will spend eternity depends on whether we accept or reject Him. 1 John 5:11, 12 states—

And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.

When Jesus hung on the cross, He said, "It is finished!" God's plan of salvation was fulfilled as 2 Corinthians 5:19 points out, "...God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself...." Scripture reveals the finality and uniqueness of Christ's sacrificial death. 1 Peter 3:18 says, "For Christ also died for sins once for all...."

We have no need for any new age messiah, avatar, or further incarnations of the Christ spirit. Scripture emphatically reveals that salvation is in Christ alone (John 3:18; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; 1 Timothy 2:5).