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December 24th, 2011
10:00 PM ET

'What's Christmas without chopsticks?' How other faiths celebrate December 25th

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN) -
Two days before Christmas, Imam Mohamed Magid, the executive director at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, preached about Jesus at Friday prayers.

"We live in a country with a majority of Christians, where Christmas is a major holiday... It's a reminder we do believe in Jesus. Jesus' position in Islam is one of the highest prophets in Islam," Magid said, adding that Muslims view Jesus as a prophet on par with Abraham, Moses, Noah and Mohammad.

Often when he says the name of Mohammad or Jesus in conversation, Magid adds the Islamic honorific "Peace be upon him" after his name.

"Jesus is a unifying figure, unifying Muslims and Christians," he said. The Quran, the Islamic scriptures, makes specific mention of Jesus and of his mother Mary. "It's very interesting that there are many places where the prophet (Mohammad) is quoting Jesus."

Christmas has a way of bleeding into other faiths in America.  The Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ in a manger in Bethlehem 2000 some odd years ago is ubiquitous across the country, even if the American tradition has leaned away from the sacred and toward the secular.

Christmas at every corner can be somewhat problematic for those who are not in the estimated 246 million Christians living in the United States.  But for some faiths, the season brings reminders of their own traditions.

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Magid said Muslims believe many of the same things about Jesus that Christians do: Jesus was born of the virgin Mary, he lived a sinless life, he raised the dead, and he preformed miracles. He also said many Muslim scholars believe that Jesus will one day return to the earth, using the Christian vocabulary of "the Second Coming."

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"Certain aspects of our theology are different," he carefully notes, pointing specifically to incarnation, the Christian belief that Jesus was divine. Muslims are perhaps the most ardent monotheists in the world, making them at odds with Christians theologically over not only the Christian doctrine of incarnation, but also belief in the Trinity, that God the Father, the Holy Spirit and Jesus are three in one.

The All Dulles Area Muslim Society is one of the largest Muslim congregations in the country with ties to 5,000 families in the Washington area. Some of the families do put up a Christmas tree and exchange gifts, which one member suspects is often more about cultural assimilation than religious observance.

"I think Muslims, although they believe in Jesus, they give respect to this as a Christian holiday, so they don't pretend to celebrate this in a religious way," Magid said. "A Muslim would not expect a Christian to celebrate his holiday."

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At the Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery three hours north of San Francisco, there is a small Christmas tree set up near the statue of the Buddha.

"Normally we just have flowers, incense and candles, but now we have a tiny Christmas tree. It's really cute," Ajhan Yatiko, a monk in residence who is originally from Canada, said. "It's more like a traditional thing, respecting and appreciating the culture of where we live."

During the holidays, Yatiko said, "The senior monk might give a talk to the lay people which might draw parallels between the Christian faith and the Buddhist faith, as well as the differences, because I think both of those are important aspects of interfaith harmony.

"Sometimes in the West these days there's a kind of tendency to clump all the religions together and say, 'We're all climbing the same mountain,' and I think the intention there is nice. There's a harmonious intention there. But I think it's much nicer to say, 'Let's respect the differences and love and appreciate the differences of the other faiths," Yatiko said.

For the monks at Abhayagiri, life is spent in meditation, community, celibacy and work. They practice Buddhism in the Theravada tradition or the Thai Forest tradition. In their faith tradition, monks cannot handle money, grow their own food or trade, so they live entirely off of the generosity of others.

That means every half moon, about once a week, they head into town for alms rounds, where they walk around in their saffron robes with alms bowls to collect donations. The new moon this week fell on Christmas Eve.

"Everyone we see is going to be wishing us a Merry Christmas, and we'll be doing likewise," Yatiko said a few days before Christmas.

"We don't touch money and live a very simple lifestyle, so the Christmas tradition of exchanging gifts doesn't work so well for us," Yatiko said.

Yet Buddhists are called to live generously at every chance, be it in material things or spiritual ones, so at Christmastime the monks bring a truckload of fire wood and a fruit basket to a neighboring Ukrainian Catholic monastery.

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"We do have some rather revered traditions for Christmas Day," said Rabbi Rick Rheins.  "I'm not sure if it was Talmudic or not, to visit the movie theater followed by a Chinese dinner," joked Rheins referring the collection of ancient rabbi teaching called the Talmud.

"What's Christmas without chopsticks?" joked Rheins who is the head of Denver's Temple Sinai, a Reform congregation of about 1,100 families.

"We acknowledge the importance of this day for our Christian neighbors and for my Christian colleagues. And so we don't celebrate Christmas as Jews, but we do thrill for our Christian neighbors," he said. Rheins said the celebration of Hanukkah simultaneously at Christmastime this year will mean he won't be bringing in any Christmas metaphors into services on Friday and Saturday.

As for the Christmas Day itself, including the popcorn and chopsticks, he said, "We encourage our members to do special volunteer work to relieve our Christian neighbors of their responsibilities, whether it's at hospitals or emergency services, to give them the opportunity to spend this time with their family and celebrate this sacred day for them.

"Christians and Jews, especially over the last generation, have really worked so hard to build bridges, not just of tolerance, but also have generated true mutual respect and cooperation," he said. He cited working to fight hunger and poverty together. "These are the expressions of a society where the differences in religion and the expressions of one's faith are less divisive than they are enriching.

"I don't think that was the case a generation ago," Rheins said.

Christmas has a way of seeping into Hindu traditions, as well. At least the tree and presents part.  "Because of the children," Uma Mysorekar, the president of the Hindu Temple Society of North America said.

"The children say, 'Oh, there's a tree in my friend's house.  Why not in my house?' So they will get a small tree, a symbolic tree," Mysorekar said.

"We do look up to Jesus as one of the deities of Christianity," Mysorekar said.

At the Hindu Temple Society of North America in the Flushing area of Queens, New York, Christmas Day will be filled with worshipers coming in and out.  Unlike other faiths, Hindus do not have a set day for communal worship.  The temple is a key part of Hinduism for prayer, worship and offerings.  Christmas will be busier because of the three day weekend, Mysorekar guessed.

Their temple even had a holiday party for the children.

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"We have a holiday party for them, and we give them gifts and tell them what it's all about.  You know the Hindu festival of Diwali, it is more or less the same, where we give gifts and we meet with friends... So the custom is very easy to relate to."

During Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, lamps are lit in celebration of good triumphing over evil.

"Apart from the religious aspect of it - the concept, theme of Christmas - I think it's very much the same all over," she said.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Buddhism • Christianity • Christmas • Hinduism • Islam

soundoff (2,252 Responses)
  1. Frank Bund

    Hitler was a christian.

    Merry Christmas, stupid bible thumpers.

    December 25, 2011 at 8:16 am |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      Complete nonsense!!!

      Hitler was a neo-pagan!

      December 25, 2011 at 8:20 am |
    • JohnR

      I lived a few months in the home of an old woman who all but worshipped Ludendorff. It was quite odd hearing Hitler denounced from the RIGHT! An amazing experience. Anyway, Ludendorff and his wife and their followers were neo-pagans, as were some nazis, but not all. Hitler? Who knows where the lip service ended and real belief began, but he paid a lot of lip service to Christianity, just as the American right does today. Does anyone, for instance, really believe that Newt Gingrich is a sincere Christian? One would hope not, but the evangelical right are lapping up his pseudo-piety, since they hate at least most of the same things he does and the evangelical agenda is 99% based on hatred of various classes of others.

      December 25, 2011 at 9:23 am |
  2. Influence

    Christmas is not a problem as long as they don't try to convert non Christians to Christianity. If proselytization is not there in the world and everybody is allowed to live their own life then 90% of world conflicts will disappear.

    December 25, 2011 at 8:11 am |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      @Influence

      I agree with you to a certain degree. However, the Christian Church is allowed to evangelize.

      It is only that single Christians should not evangelize too much in daily life (workplace), but prove their faith be love and righteousness.

      Real Christianity means love to everybody independent form belief (even Muslims), color, status, etc..

      The only thing, which we cannot do, is it to lower our sights of the true doctrine.

      December 25, 2011 at 8:18 am |
    • gliese42

      We need to evangelize muslims.

      December 25, 2011 at 9:05 am |
  3. jon

    Makes you pause that so many other religions recognize Jesus...you can't say that for Mohammad or Buddah can you?

    December 25, 2011 at 8:07 am |
    • Truthz

      Well, is it really recognizing Jesus if they don't see Him as God.

      December 25, 2011 at 8:09 am |
    • THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE

      CAN'T SAY THAT I CARE EITHER. IF THE NEWS SAID THE SUN WAS GOING TO EXPLODE, PEOPLE WOULD PAUSE, YA KNOW? CAN'T SAY THAT ABOUT CARROT TOP OR PAULY SHORE. REALLY MAKES YA THINK, DOESN'T IT?

      December 25, 2011 at 8:10 am |
    • Truthz

      Hey Garbage Virgin. Why u need Kleenex? ...to fap.

      December 25, 2011 at 8:12 am |
    • THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE

      I DO FIND THIS ARTICLE MILDLY AROUSING.

      December 25, 2011 at 8:14 am |
    • Influence

      Recognizing that there was a Jesus doesn't mean accepting him as God. Also it shows other people's tolerance.

      December 25, 2011 at 8:18 am |
    • JohnR

      Buddha is recognized in Hinduism as the 9th incarnation of Krishna. Mohammed came along long after all the other major religions were established. But the Baha'i faith recognizes prior religions, including Islam. Sikhism can be thought of as a sort of blending of Hinduism and Islam, with many points of contact with both.

      So all in all, it sounds like you are just another typical Christian, ie totally ignorant of other faiths and overly impressed with your own.

      December 25, 2011 at 8:23 am |
    • Truthz

      HEY! GARBAGE TROLL! THAT COMMENT EARLIER ABOUT JESUS AND THE STANDING HERE WILL NOT FACE DEATH AND THE NOT TRUE PROPHECY IS WHAT I'VE ALWAYS SAID! OBVIOUS CONTRADICTION ROODY-POOS

      December 25, 2011 at 8:25 am |
  4. Rainer Braendlein

    "Certain aspects of our theology are different," he (Mr. Magid) carefully notes, pointing specifically to incarnation, the Christian belief that Jesus was divine. Muslims are perhaps the most ardent monotheists in the world, making them at odds with Christians theologically over not only the Christian doctrine of incarnation, but also belief in the Trinity, that God the Father, the Holy Spirit and Jesus are three in one.

    The incarnation of Jesus Christ is that essential for the Christian faith that we can never deny it. It is almost possible to say that the incarnation of Christ "is" the Christian faith.

    We believe that Jesus has borne our sins, when he died for us on the cross. This is the most striking evidence for God's infinite love. Jesus died for the sinners (for us). Only this divine love can change us and make us improve. Only this love empowers us to follow Jesus (we don't follow Jesus, in order to gain salvation, but we follow Jesus because God has saved us).

    Only God's love, which was proven by Christ's death on the cross, can tear out us out of our sinful state.

    Do you feel your sinfulness? Pray: "Oh Jesus, you died for me on the cross. Help me to overcome my sin in the power of your sacrifice."

    December 25, 2011 at 8:06 am |
  5. Eddie

    Even on Christmas day, the snottiest adolescents assemble here. I pity you.

    December 25, 2011 at 7:58 am |
    • THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE

      ARE YOU THEIR LEADER? AND DID YOU BRING KLEENEX?

      December 25, 2011 at 8:01 am |
  6. MCR

    What a strange article. Why point out how some people of other religions have a "problem" with Christmas, on Christmas?

    I'm Jewish, and have no problem with people of other religions celebrating their holy days, just as I'd hope people of other faiths would respect mine. So, to my Christian friends, merry Christmas! To my fellow Jews, happy 5th day of Chanukah.

    See? No problem!

    (BTW...last night, I ate Pizza, not Chinese. Another myth blown. 🙂 )

    December 25, 2011 at 7:57 am |
    • aud

      Right on! I had Taco Bell .. and spiked egg nog. Yum! Although I am paying for it this morning.....

      December 25, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
  7. muhhammer on ur face

    I think that we should ban all brown people from the usa and then from the world. All brown nations are just nasty. Name one that isn't!!!

    December 25, 2011 at 7:56 am |
  8. Truthz

    @THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE
    YES I AM A CHRISTIANZ

    December 25, 2011 at 7:51 am |
  9. Rainer Braendlein

    (CNN) – Two days before Christmas, Imam Mohamed Magid, the executive director at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, preached about Jesus at Friday prayers.

    "We live in a country with a majority of Christians, where Christmas is a major holiday... It's a reminder we do believe in Jesus. Jesus' position in Islam is one of the highest prophets in Islam," Magid said, adding that Muslims view Jesus as a prophet on par with Abraham, Moses, Noah and Mohammad.

    The statement of Imam Magid is not exactly true. The truth is that Muhammad is the highest and most venerated prophet of Islam and Jesus is much lower than Muhammad in the sight of Islam.

    The Islam regards Jesus as an Islamic prophet or Islamic teacher or Imam. They really assume Jesus had teached Islam. That is of course outrageous. Jesus never teached Islam, but Christianity.

    Furthermore, Muhammad was no friend of the true Jesus (Christ). Muhammad could not accept the divine sonship of Jesus Christ and thus in the Koran Jesus is degraded to a mere creature or human being. The Christian truth is that Jesus Christ was God and man at the same time, that is the great marvel of his person. In Jesus God adopted the fallen mankind. That is the marvel of his incarnation. Jesus is the incarnated, eternal Son of God, who died and rose for us and will finally judge the living and the dead.

    Conclusion: Although our Muslim friends are pretty out of line, concerning the doctrine, let us love them with divine love. Let us invite them for dinner, walk, football, etc.. Muslims are human beings like we are and have thus deserved God's love.

    Let us remember that Jesus died for us on the cross, when we still were sinners. God loved his enemies so much that he gave his Son for them (us). Let us reflect that love by loving everybody independent from belief, social status, color, etc..

    Gospel of Jesus Christ.

    December 25, 2011 at 7:47 am |
    • THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE

      YOUR COPY AND PASTE JOB IS OF NO RELEVANCE TO ANYTHING AS ISLAMISM AND CHRISTIANISM ARE BOTH POINTLESS TRASH MYTHS.

      December 25, 2011 at 7:51 am |
    • Paul H

      "Bible is Garbage" why are you swinging so hard at something you don't believe in? You can't hit something that isn't there right? So why are you even reading it, and giving it the time of your day?
      Maybe it's because your still trying to convince your self?

      December 25, 2011 at 7:59 am |
    • THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE

      YOUR USE OF "YOUR" IS INCORRECT.

      I DO THIS OUT OF BOREDOM. DIG DEEPER. I'M SURE YOU'LL FIND SOME MYSTICAL AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING REASON FOR MY INSOLENCE DESPITE MY PAINFULLY OBVIOUS AND TRUTHFUL EXPLANATION.

      December 25, 2011 at 8:03 am |
    • Jahoosafatz

      He can't help himself, Paul.. Bigotry is endemic among atheists.

      Merry Christmas to you.

      December 25, 2011 at 8:04 am |
    • gliese42

      Read the Koran and what its says about Christians and Jews who did not accept them. I would not elaborate but I would leave it to the others to decide

      December 25, 2011 at 8:10 am |
    • THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE

      I LEARNED BIGOTRY FROM BEING A CHRISTIAN.

      December 25, 2011 at 8:10 am |
  10. Truthz

    @THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE
    ...oh sorry, i mean I DON'T THINK YOU KNOW WHAT 'TROLLING' REALLY MEANS.

    December 25, 2011 at 7:44 am |
    • THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE

      YOU WOULD BE WRONG TO THINK IN SUCH A MANNER. ARE YOU A CHRISTIAN?

      December 25, 2011 at 7:49 am |
  11. Truthz

    @THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE
    ... I don't think you know what 'trolling' really means.

    December 25, 2011 at 7:42 am |
  12. Truthz

    @THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE
    Daleri iz obvious troll... but successful troll

    December 25, 2011 at 7:38 am |
    • THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE

      TROLLS KEEP THE CONVERSATION FLOWING AND GENERATE MORE INTEREST IN THE COMMENTS.

      December 25, 2011 at 7:40 am |
    • Jahoosafatz

      @ GARBAGE BOY: What a sad state of affairs your life must be that you feel the need to get up at 5 a.m. on Christmas morning and post your hatred.

      December 25, 2011 at 7:49 am |
    • THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE

      I DIDN'T GET UP AT 5 AM. I GOT UP AT 2 PM YESTERDAY

      December 25, 2011 at 7:53 am |
    • Jahoosafatz

      That's all the more pathetic.

      Merry Christmas.

      December 25, 2011 at 7:57 am |
    • THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE

      WHY? BECAUSE I DON'T WORK A CLASSIC ALL-AMERICAN 9-5 SCHEDULE LIKE YOU?

      December 25, 2011 at 8:05 am |
  13. Eddie

    Problematic? Only in the misguided Politically Correct USA is it "problematic." Political Correctness is a mirror image of Newspeak. Cast it off.

    December 25, 2011 at 7:35 am |
    • JohnR

      Here's some Oldspeak for you: Quit your whining!

      December 25, 2011 at 7:50 am |
  14. watergirl

    Great article and wonderful reading on Christmas morning.
    What is sad is some of the hateful comments in here. I respect everyone's religious beliefs......to believe or not to believe. As a Christian I will never put you down if you don't believe. Never be hateful towards you. If you were homeless or hungry, I would still give to make sure you have food and a safe place to be. I do know there are Christians that are hateful towards atheist but not all of us are like that. I for one truly believe in scripture of loving your neighbor as you love yourself. So I wish the Christmas spirit of love, joy and peace touches us all, no matter what our beliefs are.

    December 25, 2011 at 7:31 am |
    • Bill Gilman

      well said.

      December 25, 2011 at 7:45 am |
    • JohnR

      Thanks, watergirl! Marry Christmas!

      December 25, 2011 at 7:51 am |
    • THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE

      GOSH WATERGIRL, THANKS FOR THE TENT-PITCHING MATERIAL. MY PANTS GREW TAUGHT AROUND THE WAISTLINE UPON READING YOUR INSIGHTFUL WORDS.

      December 25, 2011 at 8:06 am |
  15. Rod

    Mr Marapodi,what is missing is...

    JESUS CHRIST saying...

    1. I AM THE WAY THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE, NO MAN GOES TO HEAVEN EXCEPTH THRU ME...!
    2. I AM THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA1
    3. I AM THE KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS
    4. EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW, EVERY TONGUE CONFESS, THAT JESUS CHRIST IS LORD....
    5. AND COUNTLESS CLAIMS FOR HIS ABSOLUTE DEITY ... TO BE PRAISED BOTH HERE AND FOREVER!!!

    December 25, 2011 at 7:30 am |
    • THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE

      YOU FORGOT TO ADD MATTHEW 16:28

      IT'S A QUOTE FROM JESUS TO HIS FOLLOWERS WHEN HE WAS ALIVE (NOT TO ALL THE PEOPLE THAT THINK JESUS WAS TELLING THE TRUTH)

      "VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THERE BE SOME STANDING HERE, WHICH SHALL NOT TASTE OF DEATH, TILL THEY SEE THE SON OF MAN COMING IN HIS KINGDOM."

      ALL OF THE PEOPLE STANDING THERE IN FRONT OF JESUS ARE ALL DEAD. SO, HE LIED. HE ISN'T COMING BACK. SO STOP ALREADY. CHRISTIANITY MAKES MY GAS SMELL LIKE OLD, ROTTING SOCKS.

      December 25, 2011 at 7:37 am |
    • Bill Gilman

      @ the bible is garbage .... ummm, did you not real ALL of scripture. Jesus rose from the dead and ascended into heaven before the eyes of many disciples. So YES, in fact, many of those who were standing there saw Him come into his kingdom.

      December 25, 2011 at 7:48 am |
    • JohnR

      @Bill Gillman Oh, so there is no second coming then? These verses are precisely the ones cited in defense of the claim that Jesus himself promised a second coming and that it was not just a later tack on by believers (eg the author of Revelation) traumatized by the events of 70ad, etc.

      December 25, 2011 at 7:55 am |
    • JohnR

      I guess the bible allows multiple interpretations even here!

      December 25, 2011 at 7:56 am |
    • THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE

      I LIKE YOUR LITTLE SPIN ON HOW YOU CHANGED THE WORD FROM "IN" TO "INTO" TO ALTER THE MEANING OF THE SCRIPTURE I QUOTED FROM THE BIBLE TO TWIST ITS MEANING TO CATER TO YOUR ARGUMENT.

      VERY CLEVER INDEED.

      I COULD GO AHEAD AND BEGIN QUOTING THE OTHER JESUS LINES FROM THE BIBLE STATING THE SAME THING IN DIFFERENT WORDS THAT YOU COULDN'T POSSIBLY TWIST AROUND. THERE ARE A BUNCH OF THEM

      JESUS LIED

      December 25, 2011 at 7:56 am |
  16. Daleri

    Test, did CNN, cyber kill me or was it the words I used?

    I have to go. Merry Messiahmas everyone!

    December 25, 2011 at 7:30 am |
    • Daleri

      Everyone is descended from one of the sons of Noah.

      December 25, 2011 at 7:34 am |
    • Daleri

      Wow, it is the hardest thing just to get a point accross because of all the words that are not allowed and I don't even curse.

      December 25, 2011 at 7:36 am |
    • THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE

      WHOSE BOXES DID NOAH'S KIDS SPRAY INTO EXACTLY? I ASK BECAUSE IT WAS NO CHOICE BUT INCEST.

      December 25, 2011 at 7:39 am |
    • Bill Gilman

      @ the bible is garbage ... again, i ask ... do you not actually READ scripture????? Noah's sons AND their WIVES were on the ark. So, yes, they had children with their wives, whom they had married long before the ark was built .... wow, you really do have some deep hatred for Christianity. Who exactly wounded you?

      December 25, 2011 at 7:50 am |
    • JohnR

      @Bill Gillman So it was cousins mating with cousins then?

      December 25, 2011 at 7:58 am |
    • THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE

      YOU HAVE MISSED THE POINT.

      EVEN THOUGH THE WIVES WERE SPRAYING LITTLE KIDS OUT, THOSE KIDS HAD TO DO IT WITH THEIR COUSINS, AND SO ON. THAT EQUALS INCEST. LOTS, AND LOTS OF INCEST.

      DO YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT KING CHARLES II?

      December 25, 2011 at 7:58 am |
  17. Arturo Mahfouz

    Simple... Jesus is just another mythological being, no different than Hercules, Zeus, or any other of the old myths. "Christmas" is celebrated as a day of gathering families together, but no longer is a day of Mass to Christ. It is a time of the year where business owners thank the church, in general, for their high Q4 earnings, just to lay off all of the holiday employees the week before Christmas. Christmas lost its religious significance centuries ago, and now is just a potluck of pagan, Helenistic, and druid traditions wrapped up into one secular holiday that the Christians try and own as their own.

    December 25, 2011 at 7:25 am |
    • Larry

      Crawl back under your rock.

      December 25, 2011 at 7:40 am |
    • Bill Gilman

      Arturo ... the only problem with your theory is that Jewish historical accounts and muslim historical accounts and Roman pagan historical accounts ALL acknowledge that Jesus DID live.

      December 25, 2011 at 7:51 am |
    • THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE

      AND JESUS HAS BEEN DEAD FOR ABOUT 2000 YEARS SO HE ISN'T RELEVANT TO ANYTHING ANYMORE EXCEPT A BUNCH OF PEOPLE THAT THINGS HE'S GOING TO COME BACK ON A MAGICAL WHITE HORSE THAT WILL BE KNEE DEEP IN BLOOD AFTER SLAUGHTERING BILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN A WAR FULL OF GREEK MONSTERS

      December 25, 2011 at 7:59 am |
    • JohnR

      @Bill Gillman Muslim accounts came about six centuries too late to count as corroborating evidence. Jewish and Roman historical accounts also came decades after the alleged facts and simply had to involve a certain amount of hearsay. But the real point is that even if there is a unique historical figure who can be tied to the Christ narrative, the narrative itself is not thereby validated any more than the existence of a real Chuck Norris validates any of the tall tales told about his prowess on the net and elsewhere. Or consider George Washington and the cherry tree and other fables ascribed to real people. If all that we had about George Washington was the cherry tree fable and similar fabrications, it would be problematic to say that he really existed and leave it at that, as everything SAID about him would be false.

      December 25, 2011 at 8:05 am |
  18. augustghost

    I find it iterestingly sad how many wars and deaths have occured and still do in the name of God and religions.....IF humans were made in God's image....well thats pretty scary

    December 25, 2011 at 7:24 am |
  19. benjamin

    More proof that we really don't need to fight each other.

    Merry Christmas!

    December 25, 2011 at 7:24 am |
    • Bill Gilman

      EXACTLY Benjamin. Well said. The true teaching of Jesus is peace.

      December 25, 2011 at 7:52 am |
    • THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE

      AND WAR, LOTS AND LOTS OF WAR.

      December 25, 2011 at 8:00 am |
  20. rinosaur

    Good article, I think Christians should understand how high of a status that Jesus (Isa) and the virgin Mary (an entire chapter in the Quran dedicated to her) have in Islam.

    December 25, 2011 at 7:17 am |
    • THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE

      SHE WAS A VIRGIN AND THEN SHE WASN'T WHEN JOSEPH IMPALED HER WITH HIS GUSHING CHOWDER TOSSER MADE OF THROBBING MAN-MEAT. THEN A KID FELL OUT OF HER DISGUSTING UNSHOWERED AND UNSHAVEN WET ARAB BOX INTO THE DIRT AND THEY NAMED IT JESUS. BACK TO THE BOX, IT MUST HAVE RESEMBLED FIDEL CASTRO EATING A LONDON BROIL.

      December 25, 2011 at 7:22 am |
    • rs1201

      Is that why Christians are being harassed and slaughtered in arab countries...hmmm...stop trying to find any connections with Christians...it doesn't change the fact that your people committed 9/11 and countless other terrorist acts in my country, America!!!

      December 25, 2011 at 7:24 am |
    • Bill Gilman

      @ RS 1201 ... you are so so wrong ... I am a born again, bible believing Christian. the acts of terrorism are TOTALLY against the teachings of the quoran... totally. Main stream muslims, true muslims dont support terrorism and did not support the 9/11 attacks. What proof? they deal with terrorism in their own countries on a regular basis and would not wish it on anyone. For you to paint with such a broad brush is totally irresponsible and is totally against the teachings of Jesus Christ. Muslims and Christians and Jews life in peace in most places. It is the terrorists and extremists seeking to gain poer that commit acts of violence.

      December 25, 2011 at 7:55 am |
    • THE BIBLE IS GARBAGE

      BILL, WHEN YOU ACTUALLY READ THE QURAN, YOU MIGHT WANT TO REVISE YOUR IGNORANT STATEMENT.

      December 25, 2011 at 8:00 am |
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