But your whole point is contradicted with the fact that Paul sought to convert them to Christ. If he had no problem with their belief he would have let them go, but he was merely using the example of the statue to talk about who that “unknown God” is, and that they should worship Him now. Later on in the section you quoted Paul says this:
“Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” [Acts 17:30-31]
Incidentally, there is an excellent part in Justin Martyr’s Dialogue with Trypho where he meets a Jew who says the exact same thing you said: the Greeks believe in the same God as the Jews. Justin, himself a Greek convert, turns that argument on its head and shows, in fact, the Greeks have only a vague concept of God, and do not believe in the true God. It was never an argument of the Church Fathers that universalism or any other version of it was valid.
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Actually sounds fairly accurate to Islam if you study their rules for morality and their concept of Paradise
So what? Jews also deny the divinity of Christ. So you claim that Jews who worship God don’t worship the same God that we worship? Is not God going to restore the Jews back to Israel? In that case you have to admit that those who deny God are being restored by God to Israel.
I’ve already spoken on this many times before on this forum: yes, the Jews don’t worship the same God we worship because they deny Christ who is God.
The Trinity is not a buffet - you can’t say, “Well I’ll pick the Father but not the Son and Holy Spirit.” Each Person within the Trinity represents the fullness of God, and They are united in Three. To deny one is to deny all. This isn’t something you can just say “so what” to, when Christ says He is the only way to the Father (John 14:6) and, as I quoted before, He will reject those who reject Him (Matthew 10:33).
I don’t know what you refer to in the restoration of Israel, unless you mean Revelation. Just remember that the Jews who see Christ will believe in Him…in other words, they’ll convert to Trinitarian thinking.
How can they deny someone whom they don’t know?
They know Jesus. Islam believes in Jesus. Many have been addressed by Christians or have heard Christian belief, and reject it. They reject the divinity of Christ, whom they do know. The Koran has many references to Jesus, so I find it a tad bit confusing as to how they don’t know someone that’s in their religion, including their Koran.
All these are just false ideas about the One God whom they worship.
These are false ideas they staunchly believe in. Arius, Nestorius, and many other heretics believed in the Abrahamic God and had false ideas about them, nevertheless they were condemned. No one ever tried to shrug it off with, “Well, they believe in Abraham so there.”
They worship the One God of Abraham. Or do you suggest that Abraham did not worship the same God as we do just because he didn’t know about his trinitarian nature?
No, they worship the One God of Abraham that Mohammad taught them falsely, in the same manner that Mormons believe in a false concept of God that Joseph Smith taught them. As GraceDK pointed out, this “God” of Muslims was the one who delivered the Koran to Mohammad through an “angel,” a gospel that contradicts what the apostles taught. Paul warned about such “angels of light.”
Also, to argue that Abraham didn’t worship the same God is, ironically, the same argument Muslims use to try to critique Christianity The Trinity was not revealed yet at the time, therefore it is irrelevant to Abraham’s time. Nevertheless, the Trinitarian God is the same God who spoke to Abraham, who helped the prophets, and brought about the new covenant. Yes, the new covenant. The one specifically said by God to not be the same one given to the Jews in the desert (Jer 31:31-34). Christ is the Mediator of this new covenant between God and mankind (1 Tim 2:5; Heb 12:24). Only through Him is salvation reached. Mere lip service does nothing. This is something attested both in scripture and by the Church Fathers.
The fact is that Mohammad taught a heresy, one in line with Nestorianism, Manichaeanism, and Ebionism, and their beliefs were condemned by those Church Fathers who knew it (such as Saint John Damascene). Therefore, we cannot sincerely believe they worship the same God and shrug it off at that.