Are adherents of all world religions actually
worshipping the same God?
of all, not all world religions acknowledge a “Supreme Being” and some
misconstrue Ultimate Reality to be an impersonal force, which does not
interact with worshippers, instead of a personal Creator who does.
Concerning those who believe in a personal Creator, the answer to the
posed question would have to be, “Maybe at times, but not often and not
really.” Admittedly, that sounds vague, but let me explain. All
non-Christians who venerate the “Creator,” all who express adoration
toward the “Maker of all things” may, at times, in a very
general sense, be attempting to worship the one and only God of heaven.
The American Indian who praises the Great Spirit, the Hindu who
acknowledges Brahman, the Muslim who worships Allah, the Sikh who
sings songs of devotion to Akal Purakh (Timeless Being) and the
Zoroastrian who honors Ahura Mazda (the Wise Lord) are all generating
devotion toward the One they consider to be the Supreme Power of the
universe. They may even “generically” cry out, “O God, help me!” or “O
God I adore you,” inclining their hearts toward the Almighty
without using a wrongly applied name. However, in cases like
this, in their minds, they are probably still associating their
prayerful cry with erroneous interpretations of God's character and/or
name. This in itself would block them from a real connection with the
true and living God.
It is very important to note that all of these supposed 'Supreme Beings' are not literally and specifically
the same God, since the personality, attributes and names of each “God”
are quite different than the others. However, in a very broad
sense, when men cry out to the
Creator, their “gaze” may be in the same general direction. Christians
are worshipping God with understanding; others are worshipping without
understanding, but in many cases, all are worshipping. I believe that
even when a person is ignorant of the true nature of Ultimate Reality,
genuine love toward God does not go unnoticed in heaven.
essentially important difference is this: even though the devotees and
believers of these various religions are all generating worship toward God, except for the Christian believer, they cannot be in actual communion with
God. In Acts 10, we find Cornelius, a centurion, who worshipped God in
sincerity, but he was unaware of how to be in true communion with
God—so God sent an angel to him instructing him to call for Peter.
apostle came and preached, and the Holy Spirit fell from heaven on
those who gathered. God did not affirm that Cornelius' previous
approach was sufficient, but because he had true love for God, the Lord
revealed to him the correct means of salvation.
In a similar
way, I was a sincere lover of God before I knew him and experienced
union with him. I was a “worshipper” of God long before I became a
“true worshipper.” Jesus explained this mystery to a Samaritan woman
many years ago in words that are still profound. He bluntly pointed
out, “You worship what you do not know,” but then he added:
hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the
Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship
Him.” (John 4:22–23)
Worshipping in spirit—In
this era, to be a true worshipper of God, a person must first have a
regenerated spirit. The biblical view is that man is a triune being:
body, soul and spirit. (See 1 Thessalonians 5:23.)
The body and soul are the primary functioning parts in ordinary human
beings who have not been 'saved.' Human beings are “dead in trespasses
and sins”—rendering the spirit nearly non-functional. (Ephesians 2:1) (See “Christianity” under The Origin and Nature of Man.)
human spirit is 'saved' or regenerated only through the experience of
being washed in the blood of Jesus and born again. Only after
this 'rebirth' of the inner man can a worshipper truly contact the true
and living God, for only then does the Spirit of God dwell within. The
Holy Spirit that flows into born-again believers, then flows out of
them, back to the Father, in the form of worship. Devotees of other
religions may be very religious, saintly, loving, humble and even
powerful in supernatural ways, but this necessary facet of true
salvation is still missing.
Worshipping in truth—There
are five aspects to fulfilling this requirement. Worshipping God “in
truth” involves worshipping the Most High: (1) In sincerity; (2) In
honesty; (3) With correct methods; (4) By embracing the true revelation
of his name and nature; (5) By walking in the truth of the Bible and
applying the truth to our day-to-day lives.
As a yoga teacher
I passed on the first two points, but missed the last three. I was
sincere. I was honest with God. But I used non-Biblical methods in
trying to reach God. I loved God intensely. But I never experienced
true communion with the Father—until I approached him using those
methods endorsed in the Bible and until I came to him with the true
revelation of his name and nature. When I fulfilled these requirements,
I was granted access into his presence. It is not enough to be
“worshippers”; we must be “true worshippers”—if we are to know the true God and enjoy a true relationship with him.