Do Christians and Jews Worship the Same God?

Earlier today on Twitter Mike Aubrey offered a friendly pushback to my post about Christians and Muslims worshipping the same God. I’ve just learned that a gentleman named Gavin on a blog called Otagosh has offered the same pushback. Basically, they’ve both responded that if Christians and Muslims don’t worship the same God then neither do Christians and Jews.

My response is to ask, which Jews? I have zero qualms about saying that Jews who have rejected Jesus as Messiah and deny the Trinity don’t worship the same God as Christians. But not all Jews fall into this group. Christianity was originally a Jewish movement. It’s founder is a Jew. It’s earliest adherents were Jews. It’s Scriptures were written by Jews.

But the early Jews who accepted Jesus as Messiah and wrote about the unique relationship shared between Father, Son, and Spirit were opposed by other Jews. An anti-Jesus Jewish movement grew in the same soil as this pro-Jesus Jewish movement. Both movements grew alongside one another and one became Christianity while the other retained the moniker of Judaism.

My point is, there are Messianic Jews, Jews for Jesus, Jewish Christians, and a host of other Jews who do indeed worship the same God that the Gentiles who have been grafted into Israel’s covenant worship. The Church is the “one new man” composed of Jew and Gentile alike, united in its worship of the one true God. But then there are plenty of Jews who don’t worship this God and we shouldn’t be afraid to say so.

On the flip side, I’m not familiar with any Muslims for Jesus or Muslim Christians. A denial of basic Christian tenets is foundational to their belief and worship of Allah. Their Scriptures say quite plainly that they don’t worship the Son or even believe him to be Son. Ours says that a denial of Jesus as Son is a denial of his Father as well, hence, I stand by my original answer to the question and add a qualified answer when switching the terms.


4 thoughts on “Do Christians and Jews Worship the Same God?

  1. I’d say biblically I agree that billions of professing Christians do not worship the same God as the Jews… but not on the same footing. This isn’t to start a huge trinitarian debate, but to foundationally uphold that the Jews of Jesus’ day were worshiping the right God, the Father alone.

    Jesus affirms it clearly in the Sh’ma in Mark 12:29-32 speaking with another Jew.
    “Hear O Israel, YHWH our God, YHWH is one” – Jesus.
    The phrase “God of Israel” only refers to the Father in every context.

    Jesus affirms it very clearly in John 4 with the samaritan woman.

    John 4:21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

    It seems unequivocally clear there that the Jews in contrast to the Gentiles do have the right God, and that God is the Father. Jesus does not separate the Jews into categories of wrong/right “God” there at all based on their belief in him as Messiah. The problem is, obviously those who reject the Messiah are rejecting God(the Father)–that was one of Jesus’ main points all through the gospel of John.

  2. Hello,

    Anyone who denies the Lord Jesus is God does not worship the same God as Christians.

    1. Ceslas Spicq: “Let every tongue proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord,” that is, God. Such is the object of faith profession and worship: “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved.” Henceforth, Christians are “those who call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,” that is, who worship his divine majesty and implore his sovereign protection (Theological Lexicon of the New Testament, Lord, 2:350).
    2. Kenneth R. Wuest: Thus, to confess Jesus as Lord includes a heart belief in His deity, incarnation, vicarious atonement and bodily resurrection. Robertson says, No Jew would do this who had not really trusted Christ, for Κυριος — Kurios in the lxx is used of God. No Gentile would do it who had not ceased worshipping the emperor as Κυριος — Kurios The word Κυριος — Kurios was and is the touchstone of faith. (Word Studies from the Greek New Testament 1:178, Romans 10:9)
    3. Steven Tsoukalas: It is theologically fallacious to believe that those who reject the biblical Christ and call God by some other designation are worshipping the God of the Bible, the true and living God. God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Thus any person’s definition of God that excludes the Son (and the Spirit) as God in the biblical sense results in that person’s denial of the true and living God (Knowing Christ in the Challenge of Heresy, Introduction xxiii, footnote #29).

  3. Geoff: I appreciate your appreciation.

    Sean: We certainly agree on there being a difference between a Unitarian and Trinitarian God. We also agree that the Father is God. I obviously don’t believe that the Father is God to the exclusion of the Son and Holy Spirit, but that’s a discussion for another day.

    Marc: Agreed.

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