Peaceful coexistence among the brotherhood of humanity, championed by respectful interfaith dialogue and cooperation between the three Abrahamic faiths: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. That is the promise of Berlin’s House of One, originally chartered October 11, 2011 but not yet built.
As quoted from The House of One website, “It is the wish of the parties involved in The House of One that its construction and eventual use should be founded on tolerance, mutual respect, and a will to communicate.”
“The partners involved in building and using The House of One do so at the invitation of the Evangelische Kirchengemeinde St. Petri–St. Marien [itself a cooperative of merged churches] and will treat one another as equals and with mutual respect. The religious communities do not intend to use the project as a means of converting followers of the other faiths.”
All that talk of peace and harmony among the different faiths sounds great on the surface. Let’s face it; our world is engulfed in faith-dominated conflict. We could all benefit by a reprieve from the violence.
Will this experiment resolve the global conflict? It sure seems like high-minded individuals are trying…
Unfortunately, the entire concept is flawed unless all three religions abandon their core beliefs, because the perceived commonality of faith being used to unite these otherwise divergent belief systems is the very thing that sets them apart.
Judaism places faith in YHWY, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as they await their promised Messiah who is viewed as a mighty deliverer.
Christianity also places faith in YHWY, but they acknowledge Jesus Christ as the promised Messiah — and Son of God — who gave His life (and rose from the dead) so mankind could be reconciled with God through the forgiveness of sins.
The differences between Christianity and Judaism have their own unique set of challenges, but they are manageable due to their core agreement concerning YHWY.
That is not the case with Islam.
Islam may trace the roots of its religion to Abraham, but they believe the people of the book (Christians and Jews) corrupted the original teachings of their god, Allah, and that Mohammed is the final prophet sent to correct the narrative.
Here’s the interesting part: Islam affirms much of the biblically recorded Jewish history, the prophets, and the overarching biblical narrative, including the life of Jesus. So, by incorporating the prophets of the Jewish faith, and acknowledging Jesus, they lend credibility to their religion, since archeology verifies the biblical narrative.
Brilliant! Islam unashamedly hijacks both the Christian and Jewish belief systems, ultimately replacing their first commandment…
“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:2-3 ESV).
…all while claiming Muhammed’s replacement theology got it right.
O People of the Scripture! Do not exaggerate in your religion nor utter aught concerning Allah save the truth . The Messiah , Jesus son of Mary , was only a messenger of Allah , and His word which He conveyed unto Mary , and a spirit from Him . So believe in Allah and His messengers , and say not “three” . Cease! ( it is ) better for you! Allah is only One God . Far is it removed from His transcendent majesty that he should have a son . His is all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth . And Allah is sufficient as its defender.” [KORAN 4 :171]
Despite their irreconcilable differences, the concept of compromise and tolerance between the faiths is being feverishly promoted by the Pope.
Why do so many seem intent on ignoring the facts?
Could it all come down to a genuine hope that embracing Muslims will cause terror and wars to cease?
Are people truly willing to compromise their core beliefs in exchange for peace on earth?
Is there something far more important that transcends the desire for compromise?
If we get the answers to these questions wrong, the consequences are inescapable. There are no do-overs!
“Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end” (Hebrews 3:12-14 ESV).