What We Have in Common

“Surely those who believe and those who are Jews, and Sabians, and Christians, whoever believes in God and the Last Day and does good, they shall have no fear nor shall they grieve.”
(Sura 5:69)

“All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for showing people what is wrong in their lives, for correcting faults, and for teaching how to live right.”
(2 Timothy 3:15-17)

There is a concept in the Koran known as the “People of the Book.”  These are the Muslims, Christians, and Jews who all believe in the same one true God.  These three faiths are suppose to reside in harmony alongside each other. Sadly, today they are all killing one another!  But the fact remains.  Muslims, Jews, and Christians are suppose to be very tolerant and friendly towards one another according to the Holy Koran.  The hallmarks of believers in all three faiths are suppose to be compassion, mercy, modesty, justice, and faith in God.

The People of the Book trace their heritage from the Prophet Abraham and they have many believes and values in common.  Among them are:

—they all believe that God has created the entire universe out of nothing and that He dominates all that exists with His omnipotence.

—they all believe that God has created man and living things ina miraculous way and that man possesses a soul given to him by God.

—that God has sent forth many prophets to humankind throughout history to teach, warn, and inspire the faithful and non-faithful alike.

—they all believe in Resurrection of the soul, Heaven, Hell, and Angels.  And they all believe that God created our lives with a destiny and meaningful purpose.

—True Christians, true Jews, and true Muslims share the common virtues of honor, chastity, humbleness, self sacrifice, honesty, compassion, mercy, and love.

True Muslims believe that Monasteries, Churches, Synagogues, and Mosques should be respected and protected because these are the places where the People of the Book worship the one true God.  We are NOT suppose to be destroying these places of worship because they are dedicated to the SAME God!

Sadly there is much conflict between these three faiths and much hate.  That’s not what God wants and it should not be what the true believer wants either.  Christians, Muslims, and Jews must begin to see what they share in common more than in difference.  They must begin to understand one another and have compassion for one another as Brothers of the Faith.  They must come to know that they are NOT enemies but must be friends!  And we must come to understand that our real enemies are things like materialism, atheism, and such.  When we all realize this then the world will start to become a very different and BETTER place than the HELL it is right now for many!

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