School Board Member Concerned After Homework Assignment Claims Christians, Muslims Worship Same God

ELGIN, Ill. — “Do you know what your children are being taught: Muslims believe in the same God as Christians and Jews?” That’s the question a school board member in Illinois recently posted online after her daughter came home with an assignment that included an article claiming that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.

Jeannette Ward of the U46 School Board posted the text of the assignment to her social media page to show others the kinds of messages that are being presented to students, and to outline why she voted no on the curriculum the previous year.

“Judaism, Christianity and Islam are three of the world’s major religions. While they have many differences, they all believe in the same God,” the assignment read.

“In each religion, God is ‘revealed’ by a chosen messenger, called a prophet. Some of the prophets that Jews follow were Noah, Abraham and Moses. Christians follow these prophets too. They also think that Jesus was another prophet of the same God,” it stated. “Later, Muhammad founded Islam by declaring himself a prophet. He said he was the next in the same line of prophets. He also said that he would be the last.”

The article also claimed that Jews, Christians and Muslims simply assert that their teachings about that same God are the most accurate and that these groups have brought violence into the world by seeing others as being “beyond saving.”

“Muslims, Christians and Jews all worship the same complex God. But each religion believes that its books and teachings reveal the true nature of that God,” it read. “This disagreement has shaped the course of history. The followers of each religion believe that only they will be saved by God. They see all others as damned. This way of seeing people, as damned by God and beyond saving, has led to violence and hatred. It is why these religions both unite and divide.”

The assignment also included quiz questions that featured answers such as, “Judaism, Christianity and Islam believe in the same God; in all three religions, prophets revealed that God is complex and that only certain people will be saved by God.”

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Ward became concerned about the lesson that her daughter, who is in the sixth grade, brought home from school as she called it “utterly incorrect and false on many levels.” Her post drew much discussion, and a number of clergymen have weighed in on the matter during the December and January U46 School Board meetings, including even just this past week.

One group of religious leaders stated that while they “sympathized” with Ward’s concerns about the article, they also disagreed with Ward’s “approach” in expressing concern.

“Each of us believes our own traditions are holy and true. Each of us also believes that each person, regardless of religious tradition is valued by God and is therefore worthy of dignity and respect,” they said in a joint statement. “We believe that honoring these holy teachings of our varied traditions means engaging in respectful dialogue and using care when exercising the responsibilities and privileges granted to us as leaders.”

Ward replied that she saw nothing wrong with her approach as she simply shared the assignment and advised others about what children were being taught in the district.

On Monday, a number of other clergy members and citizens spoke in support of Ward, stating that she should be commended for bringing the matter to light.

“To say that Allah of the Quran and the God of the Bible are the same is simply absurd,” said Art Ellingsen, founder of the trademarked outreach Talk 2 a Pastor, according to the Chicago Tribune.

“It’s not just something flying in the wind, it’s not just a political issue, it is a faith issue, and faith issues are very important to a lot of people in this community,” also said Mark Frusti of Faith Lutheran Church.

Frusti was one of 12 pastors who also submitted a letter to the board, which served as a response to the statement from the other clergy, and also a means of support for Ward.

“Without proper guidance, this type of article can do nothing but foster confusion and undermine the work of parents and faith leaders as those responsible for the spiritual health and wellbeing of our children,” they wrote. “For that reason, we strongly advocate for its removal from use within the curriculum.”

As previously reported, in 2016, then-Wheaton professor Larycia Hawkins drew concerns after she posted to social media a photo of herself wearing a hijab and claimed that she was doing so to stand in solidarity with Muslims.

“I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book,” Hawkins asserted. “And as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God.”

Hawkins eventually left the college after controversy erupted, not about her hijab, but her assertion that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.

Some used the opportunity to outline why the concept is flawed in light of Scripture.

“Muslims hold that ‘God is one.’ Allah has no partners and assigning partners to him is shirk, the highest blasphemy,” explained Thabiti Anyabwile, pastor of Anacostia River Church in Washington, D.C., in a blog post for the Gospel Coalition. “Christians believe ‘God is one in three Persons.’ Each Person in the Trinity is fully and eternally God. Yet there is one God.”

He noted that as Muslims do not worship Jesus, who is God, Christians and Muslims do not worship the same God.

“No one knows God who does not know the Son, who is the only mediator between God and man,” Anyabwile said. “The goal of Christianity is the salvation of sinners through the righteousness, substitutionary atonement and resurrection of Jesus Christ.”


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  • Reason2012

    Those who follow islam reject Christ as the only begotten Son of God, but instead claim He is just another prophet, which proves they do not follow God. In fact they reject God and instead follow a false god of their own making. According to God are going to die in their trespasses and sins.

    “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.”
    1 John 5:11-12

    “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.”
    John 8:24

    “That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.”
    John 5:23

    • Heidi K.

      Amen, Reason2012

  • Robin Egg

    Home school..home school..home school!! Board member voted against that curriculum yet it still found it’s way into the classroom which shows the determination to have your children indoctrinated with these lies. Parents must protect their children at all costs.

    • akagaga

      Amen, Robin. Since God was banned from the classroom, many conflicts have arisen in schools between secular humanism (or post-Christianity) and Christianity. Yet the convenience of “free” day-time babysitters, and the desire to “fit in” with the neighbors, have lulled Christians into accepting this monopoly.

      Yet what does the Bible tell us? It says to train our children in the way they should go. (Proverbs 22:6) It doesn’t say let the government train them, because the government will not and cannot impart the beliefs and love of individual families.

      Home schooling is truly the only solution. As much and as often as we complain about what the schools are doing, the Lord told us we cannot get good fruit from a bad tree. (Matthew 7:18) Why do we keep trying?

      • wandakate

        Unfortunately many parents just can’t afford anything better. Many moms are single and have to work. Other mom’s are married but they still need to help with the income of the family.
        However for mothers that do NOT have to work, they should seriously look into the benefits of home schooling their children for the betterment of the children and the overall outcome in the end.

        PLUS, not to mention the flu and other sicknesses that many children get from going to a public school and being around hundreds of other children day by day. They bring home these illnesses (flu-virus) etc. and make other family members sick as well.
        A measure of prevention with home schooling, where there are far less humans to be in contact with and fewer germs as well.
        HOME SCHOOLING is best “IF” a parent can do so, no doubt about that, but as I stated, many regrettably just can’t afford to stay home or put them in private schools.

        • akagaga

          I’m sure that for some people homeschooling is just not possible. But I’m also sure that some people just haven’t really considered the option.

          In 1982 my oldest was set to start school, and we were flat out broke. I decided I had to go back to work. After a little calculating, though, I discovered that going back to work would cost us more than I would bring home. I needed some new clothes (couldn’t wear jeans to work), and I’d be spending gas money. I also wouldn’t be home to keep the woodstove going, so we would be spending money on heating fuel. I wouldn’t be able to do all the canning and cooking and baking bread, etc., that I currently did, so we’d spend more on groceries. And I’d need to pay a babysitter for my youngest.

          Net result: I stayed home, we continued to be broke, and I homeschooled my daughter. God had a plan.

          • wandakate

            YES, GOD had a plan, thankfully. In 1982 my oldest would have been 12 yrs. old and in 7th grade. My youngest would have been 9 and in 4th grade. I remember it somewhat and I owned and operated a Licensed-Registered Family Daycare home and they were both in Public school (back then was NOT like today)…Husband was in the military. I made good money running the Child Care business with weekly children to care for b//c of working parents. They were from 2-5 mostly. Open from 7 to 6 five days a week. Sometimes at nite I would babysit for parents on special occasions. I am a retired elementary school teacher. Never taught Public School however, always private schools and church schools.
            I am thinking about your canning and cooking, baking bread YUMMY! I know about sacrificing for your children. But, if it worked for you then that’s all that mattered at the time.

            How many children do you have and what state do you live in?
            I never learned to do canning, but I do cook. I don’t bake bread as I live in a Camper with my dog, and I don’t use my oven at all. It’s to much trouble to light it up. Send me something yummy please…

    • wandakate

      In any public school in our land ALL children will be indoctrinated, programmed and brainwashed into the new left agenda, into the new world order agenda, into common core teachings and into the learning of the lifestyles of homosexual people as well.
      HOME SCHOOLING is the only way possible to avoid ALL of this. If you can do so, do it, if not look for an alternative school system, such as a Private school or a school that is ran by a church…You children will fare much better in the end.

  • HpO

    That’s so bizarre & prejudicial & downright unfair: that school board lady picks on the problematic Muslims but not the equally problematic Jews. How come?! For according to Biblica, FAQ #14, “Do Jews And Christians Basically Have The Same Religion?”:

    “Many Jews no longer hold to a personal messiah, but hope for a messianic age of justice and truth. For the Jews the coming of the Messiah or the messianic age still lies in the future. … Judaism does not accept the inspiration of the New Testament or its account of the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies. … Judaism … does not accept the central Christian teaching that Jesus Christ is the Messiah foretold in the Old Testament.”

    • Amos Moses – He>i

      gotta upvote that one …………

      • HpO

        And that confirms it, brother, truly, truly:

        “He>i”

        Amen to that.

    • Robin Egg

      No, it is not he same religion, but Christians accept the Messiah Jesus as the one foretold in the old Testament which was prophesied by the ancient Hebrew prophets. The same God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the same Father of the Son of God, Jesus. Many,many Jews have become “completed” Jews in that they have accepted Jesus as the Messiah. There could be no latter without the former.

      • HpO

        Yes but these “‘completed’ Jews” no longer practice Judaism, which this school board lady believes isn’t as bad as Islam but may even be as acceptable as Christianity.

        • wandakate

          JEWS believe in the real true GOD…their problem is with JESUS and if He was really the Son of GOD. They will find out at the end of the age of man.

          • HpO

            Until such time how many “JEWS” are going the way toward heaven or toward hell, you think? And you OK with that, either way?

            And oh by the way. Is it possible to “believe in the real true GOD” without receiving the gospel testimony concerning “JESUS [being] really the Son of GOD”?

            Impossible. So at the end of the day, whatchatohkinboat?!

    • wandakate

      IN the end of time ALL Jews will come to know that JESUS was their Messiah. And at this present day and age there is a group that does believe that JESUS was the Messiah and they are JEWS FOR JESUS…They preach and teach that JESUS was the prophesied one…SO, it’s not all Jews that don’t believe, the majority yes, but no all of them do. There are a few thousand JEWS FOR JESUS people.

      • HpO

        But said curriculum promotes Judaism as we know it, which is not what you’re talking in tangent about.

  • Weary Warrior

    Absolute heresy ~ that God (Jehovah, Yaweh … He is referred to by many names in the Bible describing His various attributes) is the same as Allah! The God of Jews and Christians, while holy, is also merciful, light and truth. In the Quran, Allah reveals himself to be the greatest of all deceivers. In the Bible, THAT describes Satan the “father of lies.” I am appalled that any teacher in Elgin would indoctrinate students with such a vile lie!

  • james blue

    Well you wanted religion taught in schools.

    • Amos Moses – He>i

      we do not want lies taught in schools ….. and even muslims recognize it is not the “same god” …….. nor do they (muslims) want that lie taught ………….

      • james blue

        Well at some point someone is going to disagree with what the schools teach about their religion This has been pointed out time and again and here is the result of ignoring that prediction.

        Be careful what you wish for, you might just get it.

  • Mr. Stache

    Same God!

    Well, except for that jihad thing…

    • HpO

      Wanna show you something. Pull up your Arabic New Testament and check out these two verses:

      1 Timothy 6:12 – Fight [agohnizou] the good fight [agohna] of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

      2 Timothy 4:7 – I have fought the good fight [agohna], I have finished the course, I have kept the faith

      Agohna (Greek) = Fight (English) = Jihad (Arabic).

      Cool, huh?

      • Off Shore

        You have presented the Holy Scripture out of context it doesn’t mean murder it’s a spiritual fight.

        Short Definition: a contest
        Definition: an (athletic) contest; hence, a struggle (in the soul).

        (figuratively) positive struggle that goes with “fighting the good fight of faith” (1 Tim 6:12) – which literally states, “Struggle (75 /agōnízomai) the good struggle (73 /agṓn) of the (life of) faith.”

        Matthew 16:23

        • HpO

          There are many, many Muslims out there, here and everywhere, to whom jihad “doesn’t mean murder it’s a spiritual fight.”

          • wandakate

            Not certain about that, but life does boil down to a “SPIRITUAL” battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil. Satan vs. GOD (JESUS) in the end. That’s all that will matter. Which one we believed in and worshipped and obeyed.

          • HpO

            I have a dream. (My very first pastor, see, had instilled a permanent evangelistic soul in me within a year of being a born-again Christian.) I see myself evangelizing Jihadist Terrorists with only these two etymologically & contextually relevant lines in my apostle Paul’s letters:

            1 Timothy 6:12 – “Fight [agohnizou] the good fight [agohna] of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”

            2 Timothy 4:7 – “I have fought the good fight [agohna], I have finished the course, I have kept the faith”.

            Do you ever wish to evangelize them too?

      • Mr. Stache

        You don’t get the difference between “literal” and “figurative” language?

        The Quran tells Muslims to SLAY – literally – infidels (that means all non-Muslims – literally). Jesus and the apostles died as martyrs. Muhammad led an army. Big difference!

        • HpO

          One group of Muslims’ understanding and use of jihad contradicts another group’s. I know that, but appreciate the differences that exist.

    • wandakate

      NO, NOT the same GOD at all, no exceptions. Jihad and Infidel and the beheadings and brutal treatment of people in general. The GOD of the Bible and the god of Islam are two different God’s. One is real and true and full of love, the other is not real, fake and full of hate for anyone that doesn’t believe in Islam and Muhammed. Muhammed led his army, JESUS led the people to worship GOD the FATHER, and to salvation through kindness, love, compassion, grace and mercy…I would say there is a huge difference there between the two of them.

  • Heidi K.

    Christians and Muslims do NOT worship the same God. Their allah has nothing to do with the GOD of the Holy Bible. The Holy Bible also says that JESUS CHRIST is GOD, see John 1.

  • Lydia Church

    Nope, definitely NOT the same God!
    Biblical God is the true God, the one and only, and
    ‘god’ of islam is a false god, demonically inspired to the false prophet mohammed
    in a cave by a demonic vision, aka the devil is behind islam and ‘allah.’
    Can’t spell it out any clearer, but most folks still won’t get it.
    The fact that the Bible is about the polar opposite of the koran says it all.
    For those not familiar with the teachings of the koran, first their ‘jesus’ is another jesus, since he is not the Jesus of the Bible. So again, NOT the same God. They have similar concepts in some ways, but key parts are drastically different in vital ways. And, for those not weak of stomach, you can see the koranic verses and the fruits thereof on a daily basis on ‘jihad watch.’ So anyone telling you this, behind a teacher’s or a pastor’s pulpit, is doing the devil’s bidding and speaking for lucifer who will want to unite all under his false one world religion (that has NOTHING to do with the REAL Jesus, needless to say)!

    • Leonard Udell

      You say the Biblical God is the true God, but a more correct statement would be that the Bible reveals the truth about God. I do not disagree that the Quran teaches lies about who God is; but this does not inntrinsically mean they are pursuing a different god. Wouldn’t it be more fair to say the true character and divine attributes of God have been masked and not revealed to worshippers of Islam?

    • wandakate

      I couldn’t have stated it better myself. THANK YOU!
      GOD the FATHER was a spirit, JESUS CHRIST claimed to be the SON of OGD. He told us that He could do “nothing” without the FATHER. The FATHER and I are one (meaning in thought, and agreement) They were on the same page with everything. And the HOLY SPIRIT was to be our comforter, and was to come to us and lead us into all truth.
      The disciples nor the early church ever believed in the “trinity” teaching. That is completely a teaching from the HRCC and no other.

      JESUS went to the garden to pray, and He went to pray to the FATHER GOD to ask Him to take this cup from me, if it be thy will. The cup he was using as a reference to his crucifixion. JESUS did NOT want to be crucified, therefore He prayed to GOD the FATHER to not let it happen. It was GOD’s will that it did happen, and JESUS then said, “Thy will be done”. He was submissive to His FATHER at all times. He could do nothing without the FATHER. He would NOT have gone to the garden to pray to Himself, there would be no point of that. That is simply why it was GOD the FATHER that we prayed to. SO GOD was the Spirit, JESUS was the Son of GOD, and the HOLY SPIRIT was entirely separate of the other two. They were NO all one per scripture.

  • Trilemma

    Either Christians, Jews and Muslims worship the same God or they worship three different gods.

  • Samwise

    Jews claim to worship the god of Abraham.

    Christians claim to worship the god of Abraham.

    Muslims claim to worship the god of Abraham.

    Each of the three religions have beliefs about their deity that differ greatly from the beliefs of the other two.

    Is this really worthy of a DefCon 3 freak out?

    • BuckeyePhysicist

      No.

  • bowie1

    Neither Muslims or most Jews accept Jesus as the promised Messiah and thus worship a different God.

  • Herrnhut

    Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I came not of my own accord, but he sent me. Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word. You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me.” (John 8)

    The key question is not whether they worship the same God. The key question is believe in Jesus has come in the flesh from God.

    • wandakate

      Touching on the “trinity” that I spoke of in another comment, you can see here just what JESUS did say. HE came “from” GOD. And He said, that He come NOT of His own accord, but HE (the FATHER) sent me. SO, it was GOD that sent the Son JESUS CHRIST to earth. The FATHER and the SON couldn’t possibly be the same if that is true.
      AS for believing in JESUS…absolutely. There is NO other way to get to the FATHER GOD but through JESUS CHRIST His son…

      JESUS said, I am the way, the truth and the life, and NO man will come to the FATHER, except by me (through me)…
      The ONLY way then is by believing in JESUS. Otherwise you won’t be able to reach the FATHER.
      JESUS is our advocate and our mediator to GOD the FATHER. NOT Mohammed, not Mary, not Buddha, or any other false god, “only” JESUS and YESHUA was His real name. JESUS is only an English word used for YESHUA.

      • Herrnhut

        In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shine in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

  • Leonard Udell

    First let me preface what I am about to say with the following. I believe in the God of the the Bible, the omniscient, omnipotent triune creator of all things. I believe Jesus Christ is my savior. I believe it is the Holy Spirit that empowers, convicts, and edifies me. It seems, from my earliest days, I have always believed in God, and understood his basic characteristics as the being from before the beginning of time that has created all things. In my youth, I practiced both as a Methodist; then as a Jehovah’s Witness. As a young adult, I was married and started my family in a Baptist Church and now am very active in a non-denominational church that has its roots in the restoration movement. As I made all these transitions, I did not set down one God and take up worshipping another. I always prayed to the same God. My understanding of His divine character and nature has changed some; but it was still the same God. Most people would not say that those of the Jewish faith worship a different God. The jewish faith does not believe in the deity of Jesus. They do not recognize a triune God. The issue is not that they believe in a different God. I believe they are pursuing the same God. The God of Abraham, the creator of all things. However, they have been misled by an evil book that prevents them from seeing the full nature and characteristics of God and therefore, are lost until Jesus is revealed to them and they believe. Allah translates into English to God. Allah simply means God. If the only language you knew was Arabic and and you converted to Christianity; you would still praise Allah- because that is the only word that exists for God in that language. For that matter; the word “God” is an old english word of Germanic origin and will not be found in the original Greek or Hebrew. Would it make a difference if we all called him Yah’weh? It is this kind of thinking that will prevent us from reaching the lost souls of Islam. Lead with love. Acts 17:23-For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.

    • wandakate

      If you study in ernest you will see that the concept of the “Trinity” originated from the HRCC. They were the original ones to teach about the trinity of GOD and JESUS and the HOLY SPIRIT all being as one.
      That is “not” actually Biblical. In many places you will read where JESUS only told us that He was able to do what He did b/c of GOD the FATHER, not on His own. He went to the garden of Eden to pray before His crucifixion to His FATHER GOD in heaven. He wouldn’t have been praying to Himself and pleading with Himself to not have to endure the crucifixion. NO, that would have made no sense whatsoever.
      He said that He could do “nothing” without the FATHER approving it first. He was in sync with the FATHER, they were one in accord with each other. They were on the same page in agreement with each other. Thus according to JESUS…they were one in that way.
      But they were separate b/c GOD the FATHER is a SPIRIT, and JESUS CHRIST the SON came in the flesh from heaven (down from heaven), and the HOLY SPIRIT was to be our comforter that would lead us into all truth.
      I grew up believing this as well, until I was educated and studied the truth according to the original scriptures. NONE of the apostles or disciples believed in the “trinity”. Many churches do NOT believe in the “trinity”.
      I personally do not anymore as I once did.
      JESUS did tell us, “When you know the truth, the truth will set you free”. I see in John 1, No one has seen GOD at anytime. The only begotten SON who is in the bosom of the FATHER, He has declared Him. Here we see the SON (and) the FATHER. The two are separate.
      Now in Genesis 1:26, I read… Let “US” make man in “OUR” image, according to “OUR” likeness. Who was GOD speaking to here? Was it Angels? Why no, b/c we are not created in the image of an angel with wings but we were created in the image of GOD. He was speaking to none other than “JESUS” at that moment. Also when GOD mentioned the language at the tower or Babel, He said to JESUS, “Let “US” go down and confound/confuse their language”. That is why we speak so many different ones today, it was confused at the towel, but nonetheless it was JESUS that He (GOD) was speaking to. SO GOD talked to JESUS (the son). He wasn’t speaking to Himself. SO JESUS was (just as He told us) with GOD in the beginning before He became a human on the earth.
      STUDY to show thyself approved.

  • Chet

    Agree with the disapproving mother 1000%. This is but another ploy, albeit very modern, of the Devil to muddy the waters. Via such teachings, the adversary will cause confusion, doubt, unbelief and ultimately damnation as only those who receive the Lord Jesus Christ of Calvary have eternal life… Beside Him, there is none other Saviour…

  • It’s rather humorous to see Christians denying that Islam on one of the three Abrahamic religions–meaning that they deny a segment of the Jewish community up to Abraham. The evidence for this view is that Muslims claim belief in the teachings of Moses, Abraham, Noah, David and Jesus, and they are part of the original Semitic population. They are Semites.

    As for Christianity, we have a clearer picture of its split from Judaism. This group of Jews, having adopted many of the Zoroastrian beliefs which came on conflict of Jewish orthodoxy and, by extension, came in conflict of the laws of the god of “Old Testament,” worshiped by Jews.

    But setting factual history aside, why the heck does it matter and why would anyone argue about it? Most Christians were taught to believe Christianity from childhood. So of course they believe it. Most Muslims were taught Islam for childhood, so of course they would believe it. And the two relatively recent splinter religions have been killing each other and the Jews for centuries.

    Isn’t it about time Christians just believe their “holy” book and worship as they so desire, leaving Muslims and Jews to do exactly the same?

    Besides, all three of these limbs from the same trunk have the only tenet that makes any sense: “Do unto others as we would have others do unto us.” That’s all the religion anyone needs.

    Of course, I know I’m making no converts of hard core believers, but perhaps a silent reader of this argument will apply the critical thinking that wisdom requires.