If we take the three main theistic religions – Islam, Judaism and Christianity – one of which is believed broadly by almost half of the world’s population – we find they have several striking similarities.
All share belief in an all knowing, all powerful creator God who made the universe.
All share belief in a judgement and an afterlife
– in angels and devils
– in scriptures and prophets
– in a similar ethical code
All share belief that God has intelligibly revealed his will in the course of history and strikingly all began in Middle East and trace themselves back to a common ancestor Abraham who once lived in what is now Southern Iraq.
The similarities are astounding – but there are profound differences too – and the most striking difference between them is in their beliefs about one person Jesus Christ.
The traditional Jewish view is that Jesus was a sorcerer and a false prophet who led people astray and died on a Roman cross.
Muslims see him as a prophet of God who spoke God’s word who didn’t die but was taken up to heaven by God whilst still alive.