You ask me if the God of Tanach is the same as Allah of Islam. I am not familiar with Islamic theology so I cannot answer your question – but I get the gist of what you are driving at. If I understood you correctly – you are asking me how I could equate a god who demands that his followers blow themselves up in order to kill innocents – with a God who holds every human life precious to Him.
Again, I take the liberty of assuming that I understood your question.
Your question blurs an important distinction – the distinction between idolatry, which relates to the act of worship (and I refer here to the act of self-negation and complete submission that is only appropriate towards the Master of all existence) – and between every other part of our lives before God.
I will bring two Scriptural concepts forward to support my contention. First – When it comes to idolatry – God did not rely on the agency of Moses or on our ability to interpret His word to teach us this commandment. He chose to teach it to us as a national unit – directly – Himself – before He gave us the first book of Scripture. The Torah highlights this truth in Deuteronomy 4:35 – by saying that we were granted a complete knowledge of this matter – something that is not paralleled with the other commandments. Second – the act of idolatry is consistently portrayed as an act of adultery that violates our covenant with God – also not found with the other commandments.
It is theoretically possible to come to a solid understanding of God’s will – to have a deep understanding into the justice that God desires, and a grasp of the kindness that God loves, and an awareness of the holiness that God demands – and still be an idolater.
It is also possible to get everything wrong – not understand the justice, kindness and holiness that God wants and not be an idolater.
You see – when God prohibited idolatry – He did not just say “don’t worship the sun and the moon” – but He also said – don’t use anything to represent Me (Deuteronomy 4:15). In other words – even when worshiping the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob – who abhors murder and immorality and who loves kindness and justice – but we direct ourselves towards something from within finite existence – it is idolatry. It doesn’t make a difference what we believe about this something – it is still idolatry.
On the other hand – if we never heard of Abraham Isaac and Jacob – and our sense of God’s will is inaccurate (which it is for every human being – though for some more than for others) – but our worship is directed completely away from all finite existence – towards the Master of all finite existence – then we have not committed spiritual adultery and we are not idolaters.
Back to your question, I don’t know what Moslems worship – but if their worship is directed away from every finite existence towards the infinite Master of all existence – then when Israel’s God is exalted – they will not be shamed as idolaters.
In response to your quote from Revelations – last time I checked – the lamb is created by God – walked God’s earth and breathed His air. I am well aware that we can call ‘finite” “infinite”, and call “created” “Creator”, and call a “man” “divine” – and attribute all of these to “mystery”.
This is not Jacob’s portion – Jeremiah 10:16, Isaiah 45:19
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Yisroel C. Blumenthal