Clergy View: Islam, Judaism and Christianity - Yes!
“Last night I had the strangest dream, I’d never dreamed before. I dreamed the world had all agreed to put an end to war.” (First line from Strangest Dream, words and music by Ed McCurdy)
Dreams often kindle hope.
I dreamt it was time for ALL monotheists to link arms and lay aside any thought, word or deed that offends Islam’s Allah, Judaism’s Yahweh or Christianity’s Trinity God. I imagined a new unity in the worship of One God, who is Allah who is Yahweh who is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. This spiritual unity celebrates a new look at Muhammed’s vision, a new Jewish Covenant and a new Christian Theology of the Cross. With a new view of Muhammed, Islam is now a struggle not against nonbelievers but a proclamation of the truth and beauty of Allah ... who loves the world and ALL believers. A new Jewish Covenant is like a universal “Hanukkah” to celebrate the light and joy of living in a new inclusive Messianic Age under the reign of Yahweh ... who loves the world and ALL believers. A new Theology of the Cross kneels at the Cross in praise of a scandalously inclusive and unifying God ... who loves the world and ALL believers.
Yes, in my dream I imagined a reaffirmation of faith in One God, as experienced by Islam, Judaism and Christianity (without the negative doctrinal denunciation of each other’s view of God). Such a reaffirmation of faith will unite and excite God’s faithful people on Earth! Mosques, synagogues and churches will swell with new youthful believers. On that day we would all worship the one true God who embodies all of the gifts of Islam, Judaism and Christianity.
Then I woke up. But the hope was still smoking.
If we can dream, can we not also imagine diverse brothers and sisters in faith as reconciled Children of God? Yes! Then, by the will of this One true God who is Allah who is Yahweh who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit — a new day will dawn.
Think of it. Were such a new doorway of grace open to all believers, we would be compelled to link arms and affirm every thought, word and deed that draws us together as Children of God —- still known as Muslims, Jews and Christians.
Surely, from the matrix of Divine grace, God’s Spirit shouts:
“Let it be. Let it be. Let it be. Let it be. Whisper words of wisdom. Let it be!”
(Refrain from “Let it be” by The Beatles).
Happy New Year!
Terry J. Frovik