Both Christians and Jews believe that there is only one eternal God, who is
the creator of all and the Father of all living things. They believe nothing
exists that God did not make. To them, He is a personal being, real and involved
in the affairs of the world. God has no rivals or limits on power.
The Nicene Creed is a statement which contains the basic beliefs of the
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ the only Son of God...For us men and
for our salvation "He" came down from Heaven; by the power of the
Holy Spirit He became incarnate of the Virgin Mary and was made man. For our
sake, He was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered and was buried. On
the third day He rose again in accordance with the scriptures; He ascended
into Heaven, and is seated on the right hand of the Father. He will come in
glory to judge the quick and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
Christians believe God can be experienced in three ways. (refer to the
The Jews have a similar statement which expresses their belief in one
Almighty God. This statement is known as the Shema'. Below is the opening
of the Shema'.
Here, Oh, Israel, the Lord is our God, The Lord is One. Love the Lord your
God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
There commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress
them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk
along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on
your heads and bind them on your forehead. Write them on the door-frames of
your houses and on your gates.
(Deuteronomy 6 : 4-9)