I have always despised the factions of Christianity not understanding why little things like full immersion baptism can split churches apart. Why do we have to create a different house of worship for a conviction issue? But what if we take it a step further? What about the other Abrahamic faiths? We can all agree that we worship the same God. What if the choice of the Messiah or most important prophet is a conviction issue to God? Carl Ernst in Rethinking Muhammad pointed out that Judaism, Islam and Christianity have become idols. Could that be true? Are we focusing on the religion more than on the God?
How can we all claim the same God and each say the other is damned to hell? Would the traditions that we, in our separate communities, have practiced really keep us from that Paradise even if we are all faithful to the true God? If yes, then are we saying that ritual and worship is more important than faithful devotion to the true God?
The more people in different faiths I get to know, the harder it is to think that their faith will amount to nothing. How could a God who has created a person and received nothing but love and devotion from them, turn that person away for choosing the wrong prophet? And what’s more, who am I to think that I’m the one who’s got it right? I see in their eyes, in their lives what I’ve felt in mine: love for God that I feel so close to me. How could my God ignore that? Would I want a God that could?