Which Abrahamic religion is right

On behalf of the magazine chrismon, Emnid asked at the beginning of December 2004: "Do Christians, Jews and Muslims believe in the same God?" also exclusively claims this exclusivity for itself.

The majority of respondents in Germany disagree, however, as they believe that Christians, Jews and Muslims believe in the same God, i. H. they follow the view that all these three monotheistic religions of the Near East as so-called "Abrahamic religions" (religions that recognize Abraham as the progenitor) come from one source and consequently also believe in the same God.

One of the big differences between Christianity on the one hand and Judaism and Islam on the other - the prohibition to make an image of their God - is also the core of Christianity (the 2nd of the 10 commandments), but has been changed there for reasons of church history.

A sixth of the respondents (16%) see a Christian-Jewish commonality that distinguishes them from Islam.

However, almost a third of those questioned who leave the God of each of the three religions for themselves and see nothing in common. This view is particularly agreed in the new federal states (43%), while in the old federal states it is only a quarter of the respondents (26%).

Accordingly, the conception of the same God is more strongly approved, especially in the old federal states. While half of the respondents there (49%) see the agreement of God, it is only just under a third (29%) in the new federal states.

These distributions may show the influence of a religious environment, which would mean that religion is more concerned with religion in the old federal states than in the predominantly non-denominational new federal states.

This aspect of “knowledge of religion” is shown again with regard to the formal schooling of the respondents. With longer schooling and training, the proportion of those who know about the “Abrahamic commonality” increases, while those surveyed with a formally shorter schooling follow the dictates of religion in their claim to exclusivity.