The Second Vatican Council taught that Muslims worship the one true God

The Church regards with esteem also the Muslims. They adore the one God, living and subsisting in himself; merciful and all-powerful, the Creator of heaven and earth, who has spoken to men; they take pains to submit wholeheartedly to even his inscrutable decrees, just as Abraham, with whom the faith of Islam takes pleasure in linking itself, submitted to God. (Nostra Aetate 3)

The Catechism uses slightly different wording:

841 The Church’s relationship with the Muslims. “The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind’s judge on the last day.”

And then, there’s the Jews:

839 “Those who have not yet received the Gospel are related to the People of God in various ways.”325

The relationship of the Church with the Jewish People. When she delves into her own mystery, the Church, the People of God in the New Covenant, discovers her link with the Jewish People,326 “the first to hear the Word of God.”327 The Jewish faith, unlike other non-Christian religions, is already a response to God’s revelation in the Old Covenant. To the Jews “belong the sonship, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; to them belong the patriarchs, and of their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ”,328 “for the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.”329

840 And when one considers the future, God’s People of the Old Covenant and the new People of God tend towards similar goals: expectation of the coming (or the return) of the Messiah. But one awaits the return of the Messiah who died and rose from the dead and is recognized as Lord and Son of God; the other awaits the coming of a Messiah, whose features remain hidden till the end of time; and the latter waiting is accompanied by the drama of not knowing or of misunderstanding Christ Jesus.

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6 Comments

  1. Paul said 1 Corinthians 15: 3-8 all that could ever be said!
    Jesus is the Messiah, and Only His Precious Blood will Save!
    Either you Believe and you will be saved or Not Believe….Many People will find the Truth before the 2nd coming, and many will end their life in Eternal Damnation!
    1John 2:2

  2. Those who reject the divinity of the Son and His Messiahship are worshipping someone other than the One True God.

    And we are to “regard” such people “with esteem” because of their false belief?

    Shouldn’t we strive to convert them? Oh, sorry: “Convert” is so pre-1963 AD…er, CE.

    • Mark,
      You are Correct!
      Don’t let ANYONE Decieve you! Your commentary IS CORRECT!

  3. LOL I don’t think it was the Second Vatican Council that taught Muslims or Jews etc worship the one same God as Christians. I think?? as far as I recall from Light of the Gentiles etc that V2 “restated” what the Catholic Church had always said? That of the above. Better explained by the Council than by me here but I woulod note the following in answer to the above statements.
    Cathy and Mark
    The quotes of Scripture are correct but they must be seen as the Church has informed their meaning. One of the Great strengths (if that is the correct word) of the Reformation is that it took the newly vernacularized Scriptures and presented them for Individual interpretation. It is this that led Protestants to question and qualify what the authorities of The Catholic Church had allowed them to understand. The reading of Scriptures is an excellent and quite heroic action by any Christian. Yet the Catholic Church tampers Holy Writ with its history and its tradition. The Logic that the Church follows is that both Tradition and Scripture hold equality in making us understand what is Gods Will. Hence for example, in the Catholic faith we have many beliefs such as the Immaculate Conception which are not clarified by Scripture alone but rely also upon Divine revelation and Tradition to bring them alive. To Bible interpretation such statements are a surprise, that may be true or may be bordering upon superstition.
    In the Catholic Church therefore we must proceed with Scriptures carefully. It is a corruption of these but we recall that Satan tempts Our Lord himself by quoting Scripture. Of course Jesus repudiates this temptation by quoting Scripture back at him but perhaps because of the Church’s understanding of danger we are asked to be careful and accept moderation in our beliefs of the apparently obvious. In this way we can accept that Mother Church must lead the faithful in understanding what is meant by some extreme statements. From the use of Historical knowledge and the understanding that the Scriptures do contain truth we must be cautious in readily accepting the Bible as our master rather than a servant of truthful beliefs.
    In this way conversion is not something as was often acted upon in the past such as by the sword. Conversion is about the heart and changing peoples attitudes so that we and they can grow in respect for each other. It is not the will of Our Heavenly Father to war on each others in the name of his Son and converting foreign differences to our own understanding but to conversion by tolerance and Love. That is one of the reasons we pray for all faiths to come together at places such as Assisi and to grow in our shared common humanity rather than divisive splintering.
    That’s what I understand anyway! 🙂

  4. “That is one of the reasons we pray for all faiths to come together at places such as Assisi and to grow in our shared common humanity rather than divisive splintering.”

    If you’re going to bait me, at least put something tasty on the hook.

    • You don’t need any baiting Mark! 🙂


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