[quote=rwoehmke]How many Gods of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob can there be?
Only one God. And this is the reason why we are having “huge discussion” about Him : because we believe there is only one God.
Other religions those believe in many gods, they would not be in such “huge discussion” about WHO HE (the one God) really IS.
Different opinion about which one is our god will be alright if there are many gods. But it certainly not alright since we believe there is one God. And it is not up to us decide Who He Is, instead it is a revelation that we receive : From the begining of the bible to the end, it is about “knowing God”. We call it “relationship with God”, but the Jews call it “The Name”. In the Old testament “The Name” of God is a huge thing. It is always about “identifying” Who
God is. And although a phrase of “the name of God” mentioned all over the Old testament, it was only until Jesus came and fulfill the prophechies and the law that we (christians) know Who God is. In other words, God is identified through His ONLY Begotten Son. This Son carries His Image, His Name, and His Authorities.
The Jews however cannot see that prophecies and the torah has been fulfilled in the person of Jesus, thus they identify God as Moses identify Him : “God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob” without ability to “identify Him” in person.
For example I know the reputation of “the most brilliant scientist” but have never seen his picture nor met him, thus I can spell his name as “the most brilliant” only, and identify him through his works as much as I can. The criteria of identifying him was revealed by the person himself through “a form of communication” between he and I, but I have never seen him “face to face”.
Now my neigbour (Islam) hear about “the most brilliant” and he want to “befriend” him as well. But having no good communication with him, he has to hear about him from those who know him (Christian and Judaism). Unfortunately the Jews and the Christians are in “heavy discussions”, thus our brothers become confused. The Quran was released out of confusions.
The Koran / Quran write in one of the verses about God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Ismael. Now the last one is not writen in our bible. In this, Quran fail to identify the One True God.
Quran tries to take “middle road” for example : “Jesus is not the Son of God (or is He?)” because the Jews said so, and “Jesus will comeback at the end of time to judge all men” because Christians say so. (The Question is, “If Jesus is a mere man, how can he comeback at the end of time to judge all men ?”… but nevermind)
The lack of understanding lead to the bad reasoning and vice versa. The Quran is full of errors in both understanding and reasoning. Bad reasoning makes up false conclusions. These conclusions are errors for it comes from errors as well. Then reasonings become deteriorated further as false conclusions becomes bad premises for the next conclusions. (Against all of those errors-- however, it is ironic that-- we cannot blame the moslems for The Quran because most moslems has nothing to do with how The Quran is. Many of them born in moslem families in moslem countries, they are not the writer of The Quran. They follow it because their parents told them to. And many of them do not understand it.)
Jesus said to the Samaritan woman “You Samaritans worship without knowledge, but we are Jews worship with knowledge for salvation comes from the Jews” (John 4:22). (Isn’t it interesting that the Samaritan woman had no husband, and when we read the book of Hosea, God talks about unfaithful Israel as a woman without a husband)
God is one (united), but we-- who don’t understand Him-- break Him into our own perspectives and interpretations (religions, philosophies, doctrines, beliefs). Some of those perspectives and interpretations are results of “good knowledge” (meaning they come from God), but some are not. No matter how our perspective about Him, The One True God is always one (united) and the same.