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Do Christians, Muslims and Jews worship the same God?
September 1st, 2013
03:26 AM ET

Do Christians, Muslims and Jews worship the same God?

Opinion by Jeffrey Weiss, Special to CNN

(CNN) – Sunni and Shia Muslims are killing each other in several nations, most notably in Syria's escalating civil war.

Coptic Christians churches are being torched in Egypt.

In Israel, what passes for peace talks has restarted after years of murder and brutality.

Religion is a common thread in each conflict. But why? Don’t these folks worship the same deity?

After all, Jews, Christians and Muslims all trace their faiths back to a fellow named Abraham, whom they all claim was chosen for special treatment by the Almighty. Why can’t they all get along?

Not academic

The “same God” question is one theologians have hammered at for as long as there have been enough religions for the query to make sense.

The question is hardly academic, though. In fact, a number of politicians, religious leaders and scholars have expressed hope in recent years that a convincing answer on the God question might dampen the violence committed in His name.

Last year, for example, Yale Divinity School theologian Miroslav Volf edited a book titled “Do We Worship the Same God? Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Dialogue.”

In the introduction, Volf explained why the title question matters:

"To ask: ‘Do we have a common God?’ is, among other things, to worry: ‘Can we live together?’ That’s why whether or not a given community worships the same god as does another community has always been a crucial cultural and political question and not just a theological one."

On the other hand, there’s CNN Belief Blog contributor and Boston University religion professor Stephen Prothero. His book on this subject is titled “God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run The World.”

Prothero writes:

“For more than a generation we have followed scholars and sages down the rabbit hole into a fantasy world where all gods are one … In fact this naive theological groupthink – call it Godthink – has made the world more dangerous by blinding us to the clash of religions that threaten us worldwide.”

In the world of politics, President George W. Bush asserted the unity side of the argument more than once in the years after the 9/11 attacks - often as a way to deflect accusations that America was at war with Islam.

Bush told Al Arabiya television, “I believe there is a universal God. I believe the God that the Muslim prays to is the same God that I pray to. After all, we all came from Abraham. I believe in that universality.”

Pope John Paul II drew from the same rhetorical well several times.

“We believe in the same God, the one God, the living God, the God who created the world and brings his creatures to their perfection,” he first said in a speech to Muslims in Morocco in 1985.

Looking for a more recent example? Consider the plight earlier this year of the new Vatican envoy to Malaysia.

Shortly after he arrived there, Archbishop Joseph Marino said that is was fine by him that Christian translations of the Bible into Malay use the word “Allah” for “God.”

“Allah” is, of course, the Arabic word for God and is found in the Quran. The Christian translators explained that since most Malaysians are Muslim, it’s the word they’re most comfortable with and therefore the best choice for the translation.

But many Muslim authorities in Malaysia are furious. They say Christians are slipping in the familiar word as a way to convert Muslims. And conversion of Muslims is all but illegal in Malaysia.

There’s a lawsuit ongoing about the translations. Marino had to apologize for pushing into Malaysian politics.

Points of disagreement

So what do the “Abrahamic” religions disagree about?

Among other things: the purpose of humanity, the relationship of God and humanity, sin, forgiveness, salvation, the afterlife, Jesus, Muhammad, the calendar, and the religious importance of Abraham himself.

Plus the nature of God.

Any summary will leave out enormous nuance. Internal divisions within religions have fueled some of the worst examples of human violence. Consider the long and frequently bloody history of troubles between Catholics and Protestants or the growing death toll of Muslim-on-Muslim attacks.

But there are common elements about God widely accepted in each tradition.

Judaism

Start with Judaism, since it came first and established roots that carried into the other two.

Jewish tradition teaches that there is one and only one God, creator of everything, and He established physical and moral laws. As Judaism’s preeminent prayer says: “The Lord our God, the Lord is one.”

This God walks and talks directly with His creations – for a while.

Eventually, He chooses one particular nomad (Abraham) to father a mighty nation that God sets up as an example to other nations.

This God likes the smell of burning meat and demands other extremely specific physical offerings as evidence of obedience and repentance. And He gives His chosen people a particular set of laws – but doesn’t mind discussion and even argument about those laws.

A famous rabbinic saying implies that every word in Judaism’s sacred texts can be understood in 70 correct (but related) ways. And human reasoning can even trump divine intention. (No kidding. It’s in the Talmud)

This God judges His people every year. Tradition says he’s willing to accept imperfection, as long as it comes with repentance.

He’s big on obedience, not so much on faith. He’s not nearly as attentive to the behaviors of non-Jews. (There’s a famous Jewish joke with the punch line “Would you mind choosing somebody else once in a while?”)

Tradition holds that there’s a World To Come after death where moral accounts will somehow be settled. But this God is vague on details.

Christianity

The most obvious differences in the Christian God are the traditional teachings about the Trinity and Jesus. God is three separate persons who are also one. How? Christianity says the Trinity is a “mystery” of faith.

According to Christian tradition, God begets a son who is somehow also Him but not Him to atone for Original Sin. He sacrifices that son though a brutal death and thus achieves humanity's salvation.

But the son, who also is God, rises from the dead. And that sacrifice redeems eternally all who accept and believe in it. Faith, not behavior, is the essential measure of salvation.

This God is willing to vastly expand what it means to be among His “chosen people.” He’s also willing to cancel many of the laws that had applied to that chosen group for this expanded membership.

Orthodox Jews say that God prohibits them from eating a cheeseburger; Christians say God has no problem with them wolfing down Big Macs.

Unlike the Jewish God, whose instructions are almost all about this world, the Christian God is focused more on eternal salvation: heaven and hell.

Finally, for this God, much of the Jewish scriptures (which are all God’s word) are actually about foreshadowing Jesus. Including Abraham.

Related: Should Christianity be so boring?

Islam

The Muslim God is a bit more like the Jewish God.

There is no Trinity in Muslim tradition. Jesus was a prophet, but no more divine than other prophets.

God has never has had anything like physical attributes and has no gender. (Some Muslim commentators say that the noun “Allah” is masculine, but only in the way that all nouns in some languages include gender.)

Muslim tradition holds that God wants one thing from humans: Submission. The word “Islam” is defined as “submission to the will of God.”

For Muslims, all true prophets in Jewish and Christian traditions were actually Muslim because they knew to submit correctly to God. Differences between Muslim, Jewish and Christian interpretations of God are due to errors that crept into the other two faiths, Islam teaches.

The Muslim God, like the other two, initially demanded that Abraham sacrifice a son. But the Muslim God wanted Abraham’s son Ishmael, not Isaac, who Jewish tradition holds was offered as a the sacrifice.

The Muslim God also designated, from before the world began, a perfect man to be his final prophet: Muhammad. God’s perfect truths are found only in the Quran and in the sayings of Muhammad, the hadiths.

And the Muslim God, like the Christian God but unlike the Jewish God, will welcome believers to paradise and condemn many non-Muslims - exactly which ones is a matter of much discussion - to eternal torment.

Final answer

So do Christians Muslims, and Jews, really all worship the same God?

In two major volumes on the subject recently published by scholars from various faiths and traditions, including Volf’s, the most inclusive response from these scholars is basically: Yes, and it’s our God.

This is not a new way of answering the question.

In 1076, Pope Gregory VII wrote this to a Muslim leader: “We believe in and confess one God, admittedly, in a different way…”

But like many other religious leaders on all sides of the argument, Gregory insisted that his version of the Almighty is the one whom the others are unknowingly and incompletely worshiping.

A less exclusivist set of religions might shrug off the differences. But all three claim to have the only “True Faith.”

So do all three faiths actually worship the same deity, whether they call him God or Allah or Adonai?

God only knows.

Jeffrey Weiss is an award-winning religion reporter in Dallas.The views expressed in this column belong to Weiss.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Faith Now • History • Islam • Judaism • Muslim • Religious violence • Torah • Vatican

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  1. lol?? Pithiest, YES!!

    The A&A's are alwayz tryin' to turn Hitler into a Christian. Even God gave up on that. Now the THE MUSLIM TIMES is quotin' the dirtbag Bart Ehrman. Copykitties.
    http://www.themuslimtimes.org/2011/12/religion/islam/the-gospel-according-to-thomas

    September 1, 2013 at 10:42 pm |
    • Cpt. Obvious

      How often do people who observe your behavior suggest that you look into medication for mental concerns?

      September 1, 2013 at 10:45 pm |
      • lol?? Pithiest, YES!!

        Countin' the Mob Power votes?? Worked out swell for Sodom.

        September 1, 2013 at 10:51 pm |
        • Doobs

          Maybe Lot should have had more daughters to pimp out.

          September 1, 2013 at 10:53 pm |
        • lol?? Pithiest, YES!!

          Billy Bob Clinton is doin' fine with Hillary bringin' home the bacon from foreign "leaders". Stay current if ya don't believe the S&G story.

          September 1, 2013 at 10:57 pm |
        • Mark

          You tedious MORON, what does Clinton have to do with anything? Nothing.
          Freaking bigoted ass.

          September 1, 2013 at 11:10 pm |
        • lol?? Pithiest, YES!!

          Mark, are you a full member of Clinton's 1% MC??

          September 1, 2013 at 11:17 pm |
      • tallulah13

        Perhaps Lollie should come with a warning label: This is what trolling does to the brain.

        September 1, 2013 at 11:04 pm |
  2. Mr Everyman

    God in Judaism: I AM WHO I AM. God in Christianity: God is Love. God in Islam: God is great !

    September 1, 2013 at 10:41 pm |
    • tallulah13

      God in reality: Non-existent.

      September 1, 2013 at 10:59 pm |
      • Doobs

        Post of the day!

        September 2, 2013 at 12:21 am |
        • Will

          Why is that the post of the day?

          September 2, 2013 at 12:26 am |
  3. Lou

    Goat herding religions breeds goat herding mentalities.....

    September 1, 2013 at 10:35 pm |
    • Meatwad

      Killed me a goat once, yes sir. We were playing buckin' bronco and I accidently broke his neck. He was good to eat boy!

      September 1, 2013 at 10:37 pm |
    • Cpt. Obvious

      Oh, please, get off your fvcking high horse. What god and prophet would you believe if you were raised in the right environment. Were you raised in a crazy islamist household in the heart of the west bank?

      September 1, 2013 at 10:39 pm |
      • Lou

        I was raised a Christian then I got better..... I now pray to the God Emperor of Mankind, he's got cooler gear the Jebus

        September 1, 2013 at 10:43 pm |
  4. Meatwad

    The more gods the better! If I pray to one for candy and he says no, I still have a chance to get the candy!

    September 1, 2013 at 10:33 pm |
  5. Lionly Lamb

    Dad Gives 2-Year-Old THC Oil to Fight Brain Cancer, Son Now Cancer **V**

    September 1, 2013 at 10:32 pm |
  6. lol?? Pithiest, YES!!

    Ti*tle:...........................Do Christians, Muslims and Jews worship the same God?..........................

    Who's the dirtball dustball that's askin'??

    September 1, 2013 at 10:28 pm |
    • Mark

      Obviously ignorant Christians who don't have a clue.

      September 1, 2013 at 10:57 pm |
  7. Time For You To Grow Up...

    Christians are constantly criticizing me for not being 'Born Again'... Pardon me for getting it right the first time.

    September 1, 2013 at 10:27 pm |
  8. AbdulKhaliq

    "Muslim Destroys Atheism (Logical Proof for God) – in few seconds "

    September 1, 2013 at 10:07 pm |
    • Time For You To Grow Up...

      His 'proof' of god is that he believes in god... LOL... Typical brainwashed religious nut job.

      September 1, 2013 at 10:18 pm |
      • RH

        Allah will punish their mockery and will let them continue in their transgression, wandering blindly. 2:16

        Allah has set a seal on their hearts and their ears, and over their eyes is a covering; and for them is a great punishment. 2:8

        How can you disbelieve in Allah? When you were without life, He gave you life, and then He will cause you to die, then restore you to life, and then to Him shall you be made to return. 2:29

        Surely, the Believers, and the Jews, and the Christians and the Sabians — whichever party from among these trulybelieves in Allah and the Last Day and does good deeds — shall have their reward with their Lord, and no fear shall comeupon them, nor shall they grieve. 2:63

        Do you expect that they will believe you when a party of them hear the word of Allah, then pervert it after they have understood it, and they know the consequences thereof ? 2:76

        Do they not know that Allah knows what they conceal and what they disclose? 2:78

        Woe, therefore, to those who write the Book with their own hands, and then say: ‘This is from Allah,’ that they may take for it a paltry price. Woe, then, to them for what their hands have written, and woe to them for what they earn. 2:80

        And they say: ‘The Fire shall not touch us except for a small number of days.’ Say: ‘Have you taken a promise from Allah? Then, Allah will never break His promise. Or, do you say of Allah what you know not?’ 2:81

        And remember the time when We took a covenant from the children of Israel: ‘You shall worship nothing but Allah and show kindness to parents and to kindred and orphans and the poor, and speak to men kindly and observe Prayer, and pay the Zakat;’ then you turned away in aversion, except a few of you. 2:84

        Yet you are the people who slay your own brethren and turn out a section of your people from their homes, backing up one another against them with sin and transgression. And if they come to you as captives, you ransom them, while their veryexpulsion was unlawful for you. Do you, then, believe in part of the Book and disbelieve in part? There is, therefore, no reward for such among you as do this, except disgrace in the present life; and on the Day of Judgment they shall be driven to a most severe chastisement; and surely, Allah is not unmindful of what you do. 2:86

        Evil is that for which they have sold their souls: that they should disbelieve in what Allah has revealed, grudging that Allah should send down His grace on whomsoever of His servants He pleases. So they incurred wrath upon wrath; and there is an humiliating chastisement for the disbelievers. 2:91

        And thou shalt surely find them of all people, the most covetous of life, even more than those who set up equals with God. Every one of them wishes that he may be granted a life of a thousand years, but his being granted such life shall not keep him away from the punishment; and Allah sees all that they do. 2:97

        ‘Whoever is an enemy to Allah, and His angels, and His Messengers, and Gabriel, and Michael, then surely, Allah is an enemy to such disbelievers.’ 2:99

        And now when there has come to them a Messenger from Allah, fulfilling that which is with them, a party of the people to whom the Book was given have thrown the Book of Allah behind their backs, as if they knew it not. 2:102

        They who disbelieve from among the People of the Book, or from among those who associate gods with Allah, desire not that any good should be sent down to you from your Lord; but Allah chooses for His mercy whomsoever He pleases; andAllah is of exceeding bounty. 2:106

        And those who have no knowledge say, ‘Why does not Allah speak to us, or a Sign come to us?’ Likewise said those before them similar to their saying. Their hearts are alike. We have certainly made the Signs plain for a people who firmly believe. 2:119

        But they who will disbelieve and treat Our Signs as lies, these shall be the inmates of the Fire; therein shall they abide. 2:40

        September 1, 2013 at 10:27 pm |
        • Time For You To Grow Up...

          Your references to fictional books only serves to prove your ignorance and childishness... Time for you to grow up and stop basing your life on fairy tales.

          September 1, 2013 at 10:29 pm |
      • RH

        September 1, 2013 at 10:30 pm |
        • R.M. Goodswell

          LOL ...fitting video......

          sums up God nicely.

          September 1, 2013 at 10:37 pm |
    • RH

      But they who will disbelieve and treat Our Signs as lies, these shall be the inmates of the Fire; therein shall they abide. Holy Koran 2:40

      And those who have no knowledge say, ‘Why does not Allah speak to us, or a Sign come to us?’ Likewise said those before them similar to their saying. Their hearts are alike. We have certainly made the Signs plain for a people who firmly believe. Holy Koran 2:119

      Evil is that for which they have sold their souls: that they should disbelieve in what Allah has revealed, grudging that Allah should send down His grace on whomsoever of His servants He pleases. So they incurred wrath upon wrath; and there is a humiliating chastisement for the disbelievers. 2:91

      September 1, 2013 at 10:18 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      LOL

      When is he going to argue his case??

      September 1, 2013 at 10:30 pm |
  9. Bahbahbahrant

    Yet another vapid article purporting to give credence to the psychotic abrahamic religions using fallacious arguments.
    I've seen better articles written by trolls. Bah.

    September 1, 2013 at 10:05 pm |
    • mickey1313

      I think they do all worship the same god, but regardless it is a man made fictional mythos.

      October 22, 2013 at 3:20 pm |
  10. Time For You To Grow Up...

    Science is the study of reality...

    Religion is the study of fantasy.

    September 1, 2013 at 9:42 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      There is still time for you to be born.

      September 1, 2013 at 9:47 pm |
      • Lou

        I want to be reborn as a cyborg

        September 1, 2013 at 9:51 pm |
      • Time For You To Grow Up...

        That's as logical as a belief in talking snakes...

        September 1, 2013 at 9:53 pm |
        • Robert Brown

          Who believes in talking snakes?

          September 1, 2013 at 10:16 pm |
        • Time For You To Grow Up...

          "Who believes in talking snakes?"

          You do, if you believe in the bible...

          September 1, 2013 at 10:21 pm |
        • Robert Brown

          Genesis 3
          King James Version (KJV)
          3 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

          September 1, 2013 at 10:41 pm |
        • skytag

          "You do, if you believe in the bible..."

          Poor Robert.

          September 1, 2013 at 10:43 pm |
      • rick

        i asked my mom if i could be born again. she said no way, i'm way too big

        September 1, 2013 at 9:55 pm |
        • Lou

          Haha....where's the snare drum when you need it

          September 1, 2013 at 10:36 pm |
      • tallulah13

        Everyone who is posting on this blog has been born. Sadly, it appears that many of the believers here have yet to grow up.

        September 1, 2013 at 10:02 pm |
        • Robert Brown

          Everyone has been born of the flesh, but not everyone has been born of the spirit.

          September 1, 2013 at 10:19 pm |
        • skytag

          Robert, what if it's all a fairytale and no one has been "born of the spirit?"

          September 1, 2013 at 10:36 pm |
        • tallulah13

          What you call "spirit", Bob, is the special emotion you feel when you think that you are somehow more important than other people because you believe in a specific myth. Your "spirit" is nothing more than your ego.

          September 1, 2013 at 10:41 pm |
        • Robert Brown

          Skytag, what if it is true?

          September 1, 2013 at 10:45 pm |
        • Cpt. Obvious

          If the god of the bible exists then I will accept his judgment, but I'm not going to lie to him or anyone else about his behavior being petulant, lying, azzholedness. He is welcome to change my mind, but I won't cower in fear and be dishonest about my judgment of him. Presumably, I will have to take whatever judgment he gives to me, so the question really is what does he DECIDE to do with my judgment of him.

          September 1, 2013 at 10:50 pm |
        • tallulah13

          What if you find yourself on the banks of the River Styx when you die, Bob? What if you die and Osiris greets you, waiting to weigh your soul against the feather of Ma'at? You can say "what if" all day. But the problem is, you haven't proven that any of your claims are valid. So "what if" remains "what if", and you really have no real idea if you have a spirit or not, just desperate hope.

          September 1, 2013 at 10:57 pm |
        • Doobs

          I know exactly what you mean, Robert. I'm enjoying the spirit of Hendricks, stirred, with just a bit of M&R and two jalapeño olives right now, and talk about a peace that passes all understanding!

          September 1, 2013 at 11:00 pm |
      • skytag

        zzzzzzzzzzz

        September 1, 2013 at 10:05 pm |
      • mickey1313

        Bobie,all of the abrhamic religons believe that the devil in the form of a talking snake convinced eve to commit original sin. Though the fact they think knowledge is a sin proves there ignorance

        October 22, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
    • John P. Tarver

      Yet atheists suppress science.

      September 1, 2013 at 10:32 pm |
      • Cpt. Obvious

        Most atheists do support science exactly as most Christians do, retard. There are a few s.c.r.ewb.a.lls out there who can't figure out how to understand science and hold onto their outdated religious beliefs, but those people just don't know what the fvck they're doing in their own heads.

        September 1, 2013 at 10:36 pm |
        • mickey1313

          Agreed, also agree with your above about relishing a debate with the petulant creator if Im wrong. Alas Im 99.999% sure there is no hear after.

          October 22, 2013 at 3:32 pm |
      • skytag

        Not because it conflicts with their religious beliefs.

        September 1, 2013 at 10:39 pm |
      • tallulah13

        What science is that, John? As far as I can tell, atheists promote all honest science, and indeed go so far as to protect it against bad and false interpretations of fact, such as creationism. Perhaps you are confused about what defines real science as opposed to pseudoscience.

        September 1, 2013 at 10:46 pm |
      • Doobs

        Here goes John P. Tarver with the Einstein thing again. Don't you have anything more recent? Like how the RCC finally apologized to Galileo in 1992?

        September 1, 2013 at 11:05 pm |
        • mickey1313

          That is also a falacy. Einstein said he believed in a spirit that is overarching but he was clear that it was not the theistic god. And science has come a long way since he was around

          October 22, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
  11. God has a name

    Hey, whoever you are, I'm a "big ole tattooed biker" It is what it is... He loves me, he must love everyone... Do what ya gotta do...

    September 1, 2013 at 9:42 pm |
  12. Lou

    http://warhammer40k.wikia.com/wiki/Emperor_of_Mankind

    September 1, 2013 at 9:39 pm |
  13. God has a name

    September 1, 2013 at 9:31 pm |
    • Lou

      I pray to Odin...

      September 1, 2013 at 9:35 pm |
    • RH

      "Mankind were one community, then they differed among themselves, so Allah raised Prophets as bearers of good tidings and as warners, and sent down with them the Book containing the truth that He might judge between the people wherein they differed. But now they began to differ about the Book, and none differed about it except those to whom it was given, after clear Signs had come to them, out of envy towards one another. Now has Allah, by His command, guided the believers to the truth in regard to which they (the unbelievers) differed; and Allah guides whomsoever He pleases to the right path." Holy Koran 2:214

      September 1, 2013 at 9:39 pm |
    • Lou

      September 1, 2013 at 9:42 pm |
    • adamhoyer

      psalms 83:18 ive been studying for about 4 years can't give up!

      September 1, 2013 at 10:13 pm |
  14. Caihlyn

    Three dimensions are all we can perceive as our biology has evolved in three dimensions. Mathematics shows that the universe must contain at least eleven dimensions for the forces (gravity, electromagnetic, weak nuclear and strong nuclear) to be unified. Therefore, as we are extremely limited by our biology to understand the physical universe, we must be very arrogant if we, in fact, wish to make conjectures concerning knowledge beyond the physical universe. Unfortunately, humans are a very arrogant species.

    September 1, 2013 at 9:29 pm |
    • RH

      O ye who believe! render not vain your alms by taunt and injury, like him who spends his wealth to be seen of men, and he believes not in Allah and the Last Day. His case is like the case of a smooth rock covered with earth, on which heavy rain falls, leaving it bare, smooth and hard. They shall not secure aught of what they earn. And Allah guides not the disbelieving people. Holy Koran 2:265

      September 1, 2013 at 9:43 pm |
      • Lou

        Koran or Bible...it's all goat-herder gibberish.

        September 1, 2013 at 9:53 pm |
        • Foray

          Hey ignoramus -which goat herder are you referring to who wrote the Bible? Provide the names.

          September 1, 2013 at 10:05 pm |
        • Lou

          The fables in these texts where first oral tellings of their myths. There primary sources of meat and clothing was from goats....Abraham was a goat herder!

          September 1, 2013 at 10:32 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Amen

      September 1, 2013 at 9:43 pm |
      • rick

        including the arrogance to think we know the mind of god

        September 1, 2013 at 9:59 pm |
        • Robert Brown

          We get some idea of the way God thinks from scripture, but you are correct it is impossible to know the mind of God.

          September 1, 2013 at 10:09 pm |
        • hharri

          we must be very arrogant if we, in fact, wish to make conjectures concerning knowledge beyond the physical universe.

          rick
          including the arrogance to think we know the mind of god

          arrogance? "intelligence" is the correct choice of words

          September 1, 2013 at 10:11 pm |
        • Cpt. Obvious

          If there's one thing Christians do continually prove, it's their arrogance. Believers can be sweet and kind and good and intelligent, but rarely do you find one that disagrees in one tiny way with the behaviors and decisions he a.s.s.igns to his own deity--really just an embodiment of his own highest ideals.

          September 1, 2013 at 10:22 pm |
        • tallulah13

          It's also quite arrogant to presume that just because we don't yet have all answers, we must credit some sort of god. That only begs the question "Who created the god."

          September 1, 2013 at 10:49 pm |
    • Cpt. Obvious

      We evolved that arrogance for a reason, though. How much cool stuff would humans have never attempted if we weren't a little too full of ourselves?

      September 1, 2013 at 10:19 pm |
  15. Basic Reality

    Know body knows a thing as far as the big picture. Science will help us get to the truth or at least get close to the truth. It is so exciting! Believers grow up and join in the excitement of reality!

    September 1, 2013 at 9:29 pm |
    • RH

      Allah burdens not any soul beyond its capacity. It shall have the reward it earns, and it shall get the punishment it incurs. Our Lord, do not punish us, if we forget or fall into error; and our Lord, lay not on us a responsibility as Thou didst lay upon those before us. Our Lord, burden us not with what we have not the strength to bear; and efface our sins, and grant us forgiveness and have mercy on us; Thou art our Master; so help us Thou against the disbelieving people. Holy Koran 2:287

      September 1, 2013 at 9:44 pm |
    • Doobs

      Dippy is gonna go medieval on you for that one!

      September 1, 2013 at 11:08 pm |
    • Dippy

      "Know body?" You've got to be kidding. I'm not even going to touch this one.

      September 2, 2013 at 2:14 am |
  16. I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

    Do Christians, Muslims and Jews worship the same God?

    Yes, Yahweh, the Canaanite God of War.

    September 1, 2013 at 9:28 pm |
    • Realist

      Man has worshiped thousands of gods and goddesses.

      Yes, like all the rest, the cannanite http://www.GODisIMAGINARY.com

      September 1, 2013 at 9:35 pm |
  17. Chip

    The God of Christians sacrificed Himself on a cross in order to redeem humanity. I'm pretty sure Muslims and Jews do not worship that God.

    September 1, 2013 at 9:27 pm |
    • Akira

      I'm pretty sure they worship the God of Abraham. Is that the same God as Christians? Yes.

      September 1, 2013 at 9:30 pm |
      • Chip

        The God of Abraham instructed Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac...I'm pretty sure Muslims do not worship that God

        September 1, 2013 at 9:32 pm |
        • Akira

          According to Muslims, "The Muslim God, like the other two, initially demanded that Abraham sacrifice a son. But the Muslim God wanted Abraham’s son Ishmael, not Isaac, who Jewish tradition holds was offered as a the sacrifice."
          So I'm pretty sure they are the same God, just with a slightly different spin on it.
          I'm pretty sure you're using this as a way to distance yourself from admitting they are the same God by using semantics.
          Same God. Like it or not.

          September 1, 2013 at 9:44 pm |
        • Chip

          There is very little difference in the genetic makeup of identical twins....but they are completely different people

          September 1, 2013 at 9:48 pm |
        • Sara

          Unless you think there are actually multiple gods they are either worshiping the same god or some are worshiping imaginary gods. But since they all believe in only one they are all presumably trying to contact the one-and-only ... and anyone listening would recognize himself as fitting that description. So among groups who only believe in a single god I'd say that if one exists, that's what they're all trying to reach.

          September 1, 2013 at 9:57 pm |
        • Akira

          ...And?
          Chip, the books may be different, but the God is the same one.

          September 1, 2013 at 10:10 pm |
        • Doobs

          @ Chip

          What do you mean when you bring up identical twins. Ishmael and Isaac weren't twins, they were born 13 or 14 years apart.
          Did I miss something?

          September 1, 2013 at 11:13 pm |
        • mickey1313

          Chip, if the twins comment is relivent, how could one true god have a twin? By definition thete can only be one.

          October 22, 2013 at 3:49 pm |
    • Cpt. Obvious

      Correct, Chip, now you just have to realize that none of the religions, yours included, have the first shred of verifiable evidence. You all utilize the same mechanism to bolster belief: faith. And faith can do nothing to verify one belief over another; it merely strengthens that belief a person already holds.

      September 1, 2013 at 9:30 pm |
      • Chip

        Of course, you are assuming I am a Christian...not sure where you got that

        September 1, 2013 at 9:33 pm |
        • skytag

          He said "none of the religions." I don't know where you got that he was assuming you're a Christian.

          September 1, 2013 at 10:48 pm |
        • mickey1313

          He assumed you were a Thiest you were through one who said Christian

          October 22, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
      • Chip

        Cpt. O, how do you know this is a human responding to you and not a cat walking across my keyboard....faith.

        September 1, 2013 at 9:44 pm |
        • Doobs

          Judging from your posts, I have to concede that you have a point.

          September 1, 2013 at 11:17 pm |
        • Cpt. Obvious

          Chip, I don't have faith that you are a human, I believe it based on the evidence I have. Out of all the reasons I can think of for complete, cogent sentences to arise in the manner that yours did, the most likely reason is a human typing them.

          September 2, 2013 at 8:36 am |
      • RH

        How can you disbelieve in Allah? When you were without life, He gave you life, and then He will cause you to die, then restore you to life, and then to Him shall you be made to return. Holy Koran 2:29

        Surely, the Believers, and the Jews, and the Christians and the Sabians — whichever party from among these trulybelieves in Allah and the Last Day and does good deeds — shall have their reward with their Lord, and no fear shall comeupon them, nor shall they grieve. Holy Koran 2:63

        September 1, 2013 at 10:13 pm |
        • skytag

          "How can you disbelieve in Allah?"

          Same way I can disbelieve in Zeus, Odin, Santa Claus and leprechauns.

          September 1, 2013 at 10:59 pm |
    • Realist

      Man has worshiped thousands of gods and goddesses. Yes,like all the rest, your http://www.GODisIMAGINARY.com

      September 1, 2013 at 9:33 pm |
      • RH

        How can you disbelieve in Allah? When you were without life, He gave you life, and then He will cause you to die, then restore you to life, and then to Him shall you be made to return. Holy Koran 2:29

        But they who will disbelieve and treat Our Signs as lies, these shall be the inmates of the Fire; therein shall they abide. Holy Koran 2:40

        Surely, the Believers, and the Jews, and the Christians and the Sabians — whichever party from among these trulybelieves in Allah and the Last Day and does good deeds — shall have their reward with their Lord, and no fear shall comeupon them, nor shall they grieve. Holy Koran 2:63

        September 1, 2013 at 10:16 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      I think that's right, Chip. What Jew worships a God who required and was satisfied by a human sacrifice? Or a God that is incarnate?

      September 1, 2013 at 9:43 pm |
      • Chip

        To answer your question, every writer of the New Testament, and 11 disciples of Jesus Christ...yes, they were all Jews

        September 1, 2013 at 9:45 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      First of all Christianity is not monotheistic. The trinity nonsense is window dressing – it is a pantheon of three unique Gods.

      Judaism was not originally monotheistic.

      The God of Abraham is not the same ent!ty as the God of Moses – though all would be considered Elohim. Yahweh, originally a Canaanite God of War was one of many Gods including Baal and though now equated with El Elyon / El Shaddai, was not always so.

      Being the latest to arrive, Islam is the closest to being accurately called monotheistic.

      September 1, 2013 at 10:23 pm |
  18. hharri

    unfortunately, instead of seeking a satisfying spiritual way of life, often these mostly isolated, older, poor, uneducated, single white women apparently find refuge feigning important persons in internet chat rooms and by blogging about their anti-religious views.

    well, that checks out here, certainly!

    September 1, 2013 at 9:25 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      What you said only the complete opposite.

      September 1, 2013 at 9:26 pm |
    • Mark

      Got any evidence to back that up, or are you just pulling the bs out of your ass? Besides, the atheists of here are overwhelmingly MALE. You're kinda dumb, aren't you?

      September 1, 2013 at 9:35 pm |
      • hharri

        "overwhelmingly male" i rather doubt it

        September 1, 2013 at 9:39 pm |
        • Mark

          They're not overwhelmingly female, toots. So it follows that they are overwhelmingly male. I notice you call everyone 'she', but that don't make it so. The majority of posters overall are MALE-both believer and atheist alike. Sorry to burst your little fantasy.

          September 1, 2013 at 9:52 pm |
        • hharri

          sounds like you really mean it

          September 1, 2013 at 9:55 pm |
        • hharri

          just wrong

          September 1, 2013 at 10:04 pm |
  19. Lionly Lamb

    HOLY ANNOINTING OIL vvVvv

    September 1, 2013 at 9:25 pm |
  20. Realist

    Man has worshiped thousands of gods. And every ... http://www.GODisIMAGINARY.com

    September 1, 2013 at 9:21 pm |
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