Religion roundtable: “Is it correct to say that all religions have the same goal?”
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Different deities, similar goals

The short, simple answer to this question is “no.” Frankly, it’s hard (if not impossible) to say what ALL religions believe and practice. Given my experience with other religions, however, I would say that in some ways many religions do in fact share the same goals of worship, service and proclamation (sharing their faith with others).

Of course, the fundamental difference among religions is the divinity they worship, serve and proclaim. As a Christian, I put my faith in the Triune God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), made manifest in the person of Jesus Christ. As a Christian, it is my goal to worship, serve and proclaim God to others through both my words and my actions.

My friends of other faiths share similar goals, though they may put their faith in a different deity or understand God differently than I do. We have similar religious goals, but our source of faith and understanding may be completely different.

Then again, many religions share the same goal of making the world a better place, striving to feed the hungry, care for the sick and poor, and bring about peace in our world. Many religions share the core principle summed up in the “golden rule.”

With that in mind, I think it is important to be true to our respective faiths and seek to serve one another, despite whatever differences there may be.

Chris Thomas, First Baptist Church of Williams

The same ultimate purpose

All human beings have been created by God. He did not leave us on our own, but provided everything to fulfill our needs, physical and spiritual.

Spiritually, we all need inner satisfaction. Physically, we need food, shelter, clothes, etc.

A very delicious food or a luxury home cannot be essentially a source of inner satisfaction if one is spiritually shallow.

God created for us natural resources to fulfill our physical needs. He sent prophets and scriptures for our spiritual needs.

Quran says: Verily! We have sent you (O Muhammad) with the truth, a bearer of glad tidings, and a warner. And there never was a nation but a warner had been sent to them. (35:24)

There has always been a prophet of God in every nation. After a prophet’s teachings got corrupted or messed up, God sent a new prophet with the same message.

Quran explains it further: Verily, We have revealed to you (O Muhammad) as We revealed to Noah and the Prophets after him; We revealed to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob and the twelve sons of Jacob, Jesus, Job, Jonah, Aaron and Solomon, and to David We gave Psalms.

The religion of Islam recognizes that all the religions originally from God have the same ultimate purpose. God’s message and teachings need to stay intact, pure and clean from any human additions or deductions.

Muhammad Haq, Anniston Islamic Center
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