Central Berlin is poised to become home to the world’s first combined mosque-synagogue-church, a shared prayer space designed to bring together members of the three major monotheistic religions under one roof. Once complete, the building will open a new chapter of interfaith understanding in a city with a long—and sometimes dark—religious history.
Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. -Matthew 4:10 (KJV).
Dubbed the House of One, the proposed shared prayer space is set to be built on the site of a 13th-century church—one that was repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt until the Second World War, at which point the lot on which it stood was simply paved over, explains Fast Company. Since then, the church that owns the property has decided that, rather than simply build a new Christian house of worship—one which might not be as well attended as would be hoped for—they would give back to their city by creating a single structure in which Jews, Muslims, and Christians alike could come together and express their respective faiths.
“They had to face the question of what do we do with this ground, and what do we want to give back to the city—what do we need in this time?” House of One representative Frithjof Timm said. It’s a question that calls to mind Berlin’s shifting religious composition over the past several decades. Since the end of the Holocaust, Jewish life in the city has seen a Renaissance of sorts, while Berlin’s Muslim community is thriving as well.
After an initial design search, it was decided that the House of One would be built according to plans from the Kuehn Malvezzi architectural firm. Per those plans, the structure will contain three equally sized but differently shaped prayer spaces—one for each faith. As Timm told Fast Company:
“We have only one entrance in the building. So everyone who is going to pray—whether Jewish or Muslim or Christian—has to use this one entrance. The entrance leads to the common room, and from the common room there’s a stair going up to the second floor and then you decide which way you go”
According to its founding charter, the House of One is dedicated to a culture predicated on four tenets: nonviolence and respect for all life, solidarity, respect and life lived with integrity, and equality.
The House of One is still raising funds for its eventual construction, having just passed the €1 million mark, from more than 1,400 individual donors. That’s still a way off from their €43 million goal (they’re “selling” bricks at €10 each, with an estimate of 4.35 million bricks needed to complete the building). But it’s enough to show there’s serious and significant interest in the project.
“The House of One is not only one for Berlin, but from here,” explains Rabbi Tovia Ben Chorin in a promotional video. “And because it is a multicultural city, the idea will spread to different countries all over the world.”
Source: Good Magazine
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We can consider this the “all paths lead to God,” which will eventually converge to a one world religion….
Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.-Acts 20:30 (KJV).
13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. -2 Corinthians 11:13 (KJV).
But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction – 2 Peter 2:1 (KJV).
And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. – Matthew 24:11(KJV).
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils – 1 Timothy 4:1 (KJV).
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.– 2 Timothy 4:3-5 (KJV).
11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.12 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, the Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.– Titus 1:11-14 (KJV).
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. -Revelation 12:9 (KJV).
And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye do return unto the LORD with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the LORD, and serve him only: and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.-1 Samuel 7:3 (KJV).