Future Amalgamation of All Religions
The great, ancient, Jewish sage Maimonides (“Rambam” in his Hebrew acronym) wrote that Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and all the world’s religions would, one day, unite “to serve God together” (Hilchot Milachim, 11:4, the uncensored Frankel version). Some may mistakenly believe that all the world’s religions are too dissimilar to unify. Such persons, if they are truly monotheistic, should contemplate the omnipresence of God (Whom Orthodox Jews colloquially call “Hashem”). Because nothing can be excluded from omnipresence, divinity permeates all. While bad is not good, enough of the divine exists in even the worst thing so that any negative can be turned, eventually at the least, into a positive. Akin to producing a diamond from coal, our job is to discern how to transform evil into good, and then, to do so. The Prophet Malachi writes that the Messiah purifies souls like a refiner purifies silver and gold. Therefore, our work, as described by the great Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, God rest his soul, is likened to removing external husks and elevating holy, internal sparks.
According to Maimonides (ibid.), God allowed the worldwide spread of Christianity—a religion that pushed aside, for the sake of ready conversations, myriad Biblical rules—in order to disseminate, worldwide, basic “concepts of the Messiah, of the Bible, and of divine commands.” Hence, Maimonides comprehends the divine rationale for Christianity’s wide spread similarly to the Christian Apostles’ comprehension of many centuries prior, discussed in the Book of Acts, Chapter 15. There, it states that the Holy Spirit guided the Apostles to rule that, for the sake of easy conversions, new Christians would need to follow only a few Biblical rules. Moreover, the Christian New Testament states that the whole world is the Gospels’ intended audience (Mt. 26:13; Mark 16:15; etc.).
Maimonides, therefore, validates the Apostles’ conscious understanding of divine will. After all, it was the Apostles’ adherence to their explicitly stated interpretation of the Holy Spirit’s guidance that triggered the worldwide spread of Christianity so that, as Maimonides writes, God’s purpose of broadly disseminating basic “concepts of the Messiah, of the Bible, and of divine commands” could be achieved. With that considered, when, from a Jewish perspective, it is recognized that Maimonides is endorsing the words of the Apostles as divinely inspired, it’s high time to unify these two religions!