Christians, Muslims and Jews Share Many Common Truths
CINCINNATI—Throughout history, much has been written about what divides Muslims,
Jews and Christians. Territorial wars have been fought and blood shed because
of these divisions. But in this time of international hostility and misunderstanding,
one writer focuses on the commonalities that bind these three monotheistic faiths
These parallels are featured in the April issue of St. Anthony Messenger
in the article “Truths Jews, Christians and Muslims Hold in Common.” Here, Msgr.
Joseph M. Champlin examines 10 mutual characteristics that link these faiths
together. After March 26, the article will also be posted at: AmericanCatholic.org.
Although there are some very significant differences in the way Jews, Muslims
and Christians worship, similarities abound. The first obvious resemblance that
Jews, Christians and Muslims share is a unifying belief in one true God and
creator of the world. “Christian, Jewish and Muslim believers should be very
comfortable together discussing and worshipping the one God they hold in common,”
Another similarity between the three faiths is a respect and veneration for
holy places, although tension surrounding these very places has dominated its
landscape over time. Muslims revere Jerusalem as the place where the Prophet
Mohammed ascended into heaven. The Dome of the Rock, the earliest Islamic monument,
is also significant to Jews because it is the site where Abraham tried to sacrifice
his son, Isaac. Over the years, millions of Christians come to the Holy Land
to visit locations where Jesus spent much of his life.
Other commonalities among the three faiths that Champlin examines include the
importance of prayer, weekly worship, fasting and almsgiving. All three religions
have Abraham as their father in faith. For Christians and Muslims, Jesus and
Mary are important figures. Muslims do not consider Jesus divine but respect
him as a prophet.
Champlin believes that these common threads should be used to
bridge the gaps and to promote respect among the religions. “If
we know and understand each other better, then it should be easier
for us to love one another more. Religion, instead of being a
source of division, could become a basis for unity.”
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