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Late night theological question

If a Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Jew and Seikh  all  sat down in a room and prayed for peace – would they all be praying to the same God?

We asked this in our discussion group tonight -Im interested in the answer

June 22, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

11 Comments »

  1. Yes

    Comment by Wingy | June 23, 2009 | Reply

  2. The answer is definitely yes – they all believe in one supreme being.

    Comment by Pam Dodman | June 23, 2009 | Reply

  3. Thanks for your comments thus far…. anyone else got a view?

    Comment by paxtonvic | June 23, 2009 | Reply

  4. The God worshiped in Christianity (and I assume in Judaism) is an Omnipotent and Omniscient presence, so if by this, there can be only One, then it would be reasonable to assume that the One is the GOD of ALL; isn’t it?
    And therefore because there’s only One how could there be a different presence for believers tuned to a different Channel other than say BBC1?
    It would be interesting to find out whether people who pray to a “christian” God thinks that the being they praise or pettition is the VERY SAME EXACT being praised and petitioned by Muslim, Budhist, Jew, Seikh, Hindu or any of the great World religions.
    Even better, whether they thing their God is the same God as the God in Roman Catholocism, Methodism, Jehovaism or Latter Day Saints ????????
    What an absolutely fascinating subject Paxtonvic, its obvious that your passengers are in the jetstream whist most of us can’t get off the runway.

    Comment by Wingy | June 23, 2009 | Reply

  5. Thanks very much for your thoughtful comments, Wingy – much appreciated.
    This question matters a lot to me – and I think is an important one to chew over in relation to the uniqueness of Christ… do we have the monopoly on salvation and God’s grace? Im glad our discussion group has started tackling this subject – its a brave thing to do and I’ll try and include some reflections on paxtonvic as we go along…

    Comment by paxtonvic | June 23, 2009 | Reply

  6. “Wingy” makes a very good point about God’s omniscience – and as He says ‘There is no other God but me’ then there can only be One. Which leaves us with the alternatives – if everyone is not praying to the same God then all but one faith would not be praying to a God at all….

    Comment by Helen Young | June 23, 2009 | Reply

    • Wow, this is mind twistingly complicated – if there is only ONE GOD – right – then surely He/She will be aware of the prayer of all people and surely cant discriminate as to which prayers he/she listens to?
      Be still and know that I am God says the psalmist – quite right too! Maybe our theological gymnastics get us all into confusing waters!

      Comment by paxtonvic | June 23, 2009 | Reply

  7. Oooh, difficult to get my head around two negatives in one sentence….”if everyone is not praying to the same God then all but one faith would not be praying to a God at all” can you develop this theory Helen, cos I can’t get my head around it?
    Salvation and Grace. I can’t imagine “we” christianity have the monopoly on God’s grace, that would be like God suffering from nepatism.
    But salvation…. tricky.
    Jesus came to offer salvation not just to Judaism who rejected it and him, but as we can see in ‘Acts’, during the formation of the pre-natal Christian community, to the Gentiles (us) as well.
    At least I think he did.
    I’m not aware of another world reigion that offers eternal life by means of salvation other than Christianity, so maybe it does have the monopoly on salvation?

    Comment by Wingy | June 23, 2009 | Reply

  8. Wingy – thanks- need to sleep on that…

    Comment by paxtonvic | June 23, 2009 | Reply

  9. Sorry didn’t make myself too clear before! I thought if God is omniscient, and also says there is no other God, that must be true – therefore if several people are praying to God, they must be praying to the same one. If only one is praying to the ‘real’ God, the others can’t be praying to another God so must be praying to no God at all – like the OT idol worshippers Isaiah (I think) said were praying to something made by human hand which could not help them – in fact could not DO anything. Personally I think Christians, Jews, Muslims etc are praying to the same one, and if we have different ideas about him it’s just because he’s too big for any one of us to percieve all at once – like the blind men touching different parts of an elephant – one said it was like a wall (its side), one that it was a thin rope (tail), one a tree trunk (leg)….

    Still thinking about the point about grace and salvation and the questions asked at the study group – what do ‘being saved’ and ‘finding God’ actually mean?!

    Comment by Helen Young | June 24, 2009 | Reply

  10. It appears to me that the stumbling block in this conversation (for me)is the word ‘real’ (real God)
    God is real to everyone.
    No one has the really real God.
    He just is.
    As such, we all have the really real God.
    For me God is a state of mind ratter than a persona.

    Comment by Wingy | June 25, 2009 | Reply


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