Do all religions believe in the same God?

What one teaches about other religions is largely seen as a moral dilemma from which to see whether Christianity preaches love or is characterized by intolerance.
The following text seems quite strict and absolute. Of course, no one could argue that the speaker’s positions are anti-evangelical or unorthodox, but there will certainly be many who will argue that even if all of this is true, at least they should be said with more “attention”, “discrimination” or “subtlety” , maybe some people think that they should be silenced completely.
We will not examine in the end which of the aforementioned opinions is the correct one, but we will quote one of our considerations. The hieromartyr Fr. Daniil Sysoev – the one who gave the speech below – addressed these words and others like them many times, not to some group of “fanatics” or “narrow-minded” Orthodox, but to dense audiences of non-religious people. The result was twofold. To initially attract several non-believers and baptize them Orthodox (we underline, despite his “strict” but true language) and finally to claim to sign his genuine testimony in Christ with his blood, just like the oldest confessors of our Orthodox Faith.
Hieromartyr Daniel Sisoyev
“But why are you such narrow-minded fanatics? Why do you think that there is no salvation apart from the Orthodox Church? Since they all believe in the same God – Muslims, Christians, Jews and Buddhists. The difference lies only in the different rituals. Why should one insist on one’s own uniqueness? Do you really believe that the creator does not accept non-believers? And yet, he doesn’t care who believes where. The main thing is to be a good person!”
-Such words have been heard by all Christians more than a hundred times. And they often come from those who, careless priests for unknown reasons, allowed them to partake of Holy Communion. And of course, how can anyone deny that there is only one God? Since even the apostle Paul said: “… there is no other God.” (1) (To Cor. I’ 8,4.) God is the only Lord of everything. He alone is the God of both Jews and Gentiles [or the God of Jews alone? and no nations? yes even of nations] (Romans 3:29).
Common sense says that there cannot be two omnipresent Gods at the same time – there would be no room for both and one would limit the other. But if the uniqueness of God is an obvious truth, in no case does this mean that everyone knows about this God and worships Him properly. However, the mere formulation that “everyone believes in one God” is not correct, for the reason that there are many atheists in the world – whether communists, Buddhists or even followers of Shamanism.
All of them do not believe in any God. But if we have to talk about others, then from the admission of the reality of the existence of God it does not follow in any case, that people worship him.
The following example helps to understand this: many people know the president of Russia, but does it automatically follow that all those who know him are loyal to him and understand his actions? This is exactly how many billions of people know about the existence of God. But a large majority perceives him as a very distant and incomprehensible force.
For example in Islam it is forbidden to say that God is a man (or to draw Allah as a face). It is more something that the Law provides, punishes and rewards at will. So is the Ein Sof of the Jewish Kabbalah: it is not recognized and recognizes nothing (2). He is somewhat like the Themis (3) of the Greeks, or a self-manifested God in the Bible. It is like the light of the far-off fire, which cannot warm any soul.
And this concept is actually universal. It is no accident that the ″confession of faith″ of a petty bourgeois is: “Well, there is something. But what, I don’t know that.” This ″something″ is usually associated with the concept of justice. That’s why we say to every injustice: “If God existed, would he allow something like this?” But can one call such a confession logical? Imagine that someone proposes that you marry a woman you know nothing about. And when you ask “Who is she?”, let them answer you: “She is fair and no one knows her.” Can such an answer be considered sufficient?
And yet the majority of people know much less about God than an employer knows about a new employee. And then one thinks – each for his own reasons – that this apparent ignorance is enough to be saved? Furthermore, this ignorance has nothing to do with people not being able to learn about God, but rather with not wanting to.
This happens just as in the Gospel before. People prefer, instead of going to God’s supper, to loiter in their gardens and attend to family or social matters. Are they really so naive in their faith that they believe that God takes with Him those who did not love Him and respected Him little? “Surely it is no less sacrilege not to know the Father and Lord of all, than to insult him”, said M. Minucius Felix.
Only in Orthodox Christianity does man come so close to the Divine life, that he sees the mysterious flame of triune love.
But one often wonders: “But aren’t there honest people in other religions?” Is it true that they too will die?”

In this case we like to forget that wrong knowledge about God is worse than ignorance. Because he who is ignorant can realize his disfavor and be baptized in the mystery of God. But the one who believes in his lie doesn’t want to search, he thinks he already has everything.

The same thing happens in everyday life. That man, who has no map, has a better chance of reaching his destination than the one who has a wrong map. A negligent doctor, who simply does not do his job well, is preferable to a real charlatan. In the second case, the patient has no hope. The exact same thing happens with faith in God. The convinced non-believer is not able to see the light, without the direct intervention of God. Thus says the Lord: “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot.
I wish you were cold or hot! But because you are lukewarm and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. And you say: I am rich and have everything and need nothing! And do you not know, that you are pitiful and pitiable, poor, blind and naked. I advise you to buy from me gold refined in the fire that you may become rich, as well as white clothes so that you may be clothed so that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed, and also eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see” [I saw them works, that it is neither cold nor hot; whether it is cold or hot, so that it is lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will swallow you from my mouth.
That you say that I am rich and I have become rich and I have no need, – and you do not see that you are the sufferer and the pitiful and poor and blind and naked, – I advise you to buy from me gold burned with fire for wealth, and white robes for surroundings and do not show the shame of your nakedness, and anoint your eyes with eye drops so that you can see.] (Revelation 3, 15-18).
This is exactly what happens with false religions. The more a person is immersed in a wrong tradition, the more difficult it is to escape from it. The act of missionary work proves that those who turn to God more often are those who, on the one hand, have not yet lost their sense of the truth and, on the other hand, have turned away from their false faith.
In fact, the Gospel was not accepted by the scribes and Pharisees, but by ordinary fishermen. That is why it is not recommended to applaud the religious zeal of the Jews or Muslims, but to expose all the foolishness of their error, as the saints did. It is a wrong act to wish them on their holidays and thereby further support their sinful persistence.

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