There is a tragic ambiguity of God within society today. How many times a day is social media, the internet, or just everyday life littered with terms such as “God bless you,” “God loves you,” or “have faith in God.” All of these are true statements, but they are incredibly ambiguous. The term “God” is not the same for everyone. Let me explain.
To the Christian, God is triune in nature—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (1 John 5:7). God is the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob (Exodus 3:6). Jesus Christ is the one and only mediator between God and men (1 Timothy 2:5), and He is the way, truth, and life with no man coming to the Father but through Him (John 14:6).
To the Jehovah’s Witness, God is only one person in one God. Jehovah’s Witnesses reject the trinity.1 “Jesus lived in heaven as a spirit person before he was born on earth. He was God’s first creation, and he helped in the creation of all other things. He is the only one created directly by Jehovah and is therefore appropriately called God’s ‘only-begotten’ Son. Jesus served as God’s Spokesman, so he is also called ‘the Word.'”2
To the Mormon, “God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost constitute the Godhead. President Brigham Young taught the Latter-day Saints to worship God the Father and address prayers to Him in the name of Jesus Christ. He taught further that God the Father was once a man on another planet who ‘passed the ordeals we are now passing through; he has received an experience, has suffered and enjoyed, and knows all that we know regarding the toils, sufferings, life and death of this mortality’ (DBY, 22).”3
To the Muslim, God is only one person in one God and is called Allah. Muslims reject the Trinty. Jesus was not God, but only a messenger:
“They have certainly disbelieved who say, ‘Allah is the third of three.’ And there is no god except one God. And if they do not desist from what they are saying, there will surely afflict the disbelievers among them a painful punishment.” – Quran 5:73
“O People of the Scripture, do not commit excess in your religion or say about Allah except the truth. The Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, was but a messenger of Allah and His word which He directed to Mary and a soul [created at a command] from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers. And do not say, “Three”; desist – it is better for you. Indeed, Allah is but one God. Exalted is He above having a son. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. And sufficient is Allah as Disposer of affairs.” – Quran 4:171
There are countless more faiths that could be listed, but clearly the term “God” means different things to different people. The truth is that the Scripture clearly teaches that the one true God is one God in three distinct persons—the Father, the Son [Jesus Christ], and the Holy Spirit. If one rejects Jesus Christ, then they have rejected the Father:
“Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.” – 1 John 2:23
Faiths that reject the Godhood of Jesus Christ, believe Jesus Christ was a created being, believe God the Father was once a man on another planet, or any other form of heresy are not worshiping the one true God.
So is God the same for everyone? Absolutely not.
3. Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Brigham Young, p. 29