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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
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(CNN) - Pope Francis surprised Israeli and Palestinian leaders last month when he invited them to a special prayer ceremony at the Vatican this Sunday - not least because religion has often been the source, not the salve, of the region's conflicts.

Still, Pope Francis offered his "home" - the Vatican - as the perfect place to plea for some divine assistance, and Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas dutifully agreed to attend.

"The Pope has placed it in this perspective: Prayer is like a force for peace,” Vatican Secretary of State Archbishop Pietro Parolin told Vatican Radio.

"We hope that there, where human efforts have so far failed, the Lord offers to all the wisdom and fortitude to carry out a real peace plan."

But Sunday's special ceremony at the Vatican raises an interesting question: When Francis, Peres and Abbas bow their heads in prayer, will they be talking to the same God?

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.

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.

Yale Divinity School theologian Miroslav Volf recently 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 Francis invites Israeli, Palestinian leaders to Vatican peace talks

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 of Vatican envoy to Malaysia.

Shortly after he arrived there last year, 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 were 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.

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. A version of this story first ran in September 2013. 

CNN's Daniel Burke contributed to this article. 

- CNN Belief Blog

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

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  1. David

    Their are 2 answers to this. It depends on the individuals interpretation of it. If their is a God, then I am sure the same God created Muslims as well as Christians. Their "really" isn't two, three, etc.. Gods that created us. So the answer in this case is yes, we do worship that same God. However, do we worship more of the words we claim he speaks more than the God himself? If so, then No. We do not worship the same God. But that is only perceptual. So whether or not you worship a different philosophy, you still were created by the same God, if their is a God in the first place. So how can anyone really answer this question?

    September 1, 2013 at 9:47 am |
    • Realist

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

      September 1, 2013 at 9:48 am |
  2. Avtar

    What a bewildering idea. If there is a Supreme Being it exists extant of the limitations of our beliefs. We would all share the same God. What these religions share, at least to some extent, is an idea of god. These two things are completely unrelated.

    September 1, 2013 at 9:47 am |
  3. GW

    Religions = Cause of all wars since the dawn of man.

    September 1, 2013 at 9:45 am |
    • Sid

      No! Religion used as a convenient excuse for war since time immemorial! Look behind the excuse and see the reasons for wars. ie The Crusdaes had nothing to do with religion, they were about money and control of the lucrative trade routes, but religion provided the perfect excuse needed annex them. How many times has religion been blamed for wars that were started for greed, revenge or other reasons but fought under the convenient excuse of religion?

      September 1, 2013 at 10:01 am |
  4. Tim

    the Rev. Dr. Robert Schuller sure made his money scamming people worldwide but not before leaving his beloved Crystal Cathedral in shambles financially. Look him up on youtube.

    September 1, 2013 at 9:45 am |
  5. Kashif Rana

    Religion has never been the problem, Politics is the main body of all problems. Both biggest world wars that has been fought, has totally nothing to do with Religion. It is in the intrest of America and the West to create problems in Middle east. Politics uses Religion, Colors, Minoritys, Poors and other instruments to achive there goal. All religions belong to One GOD. I hope one day the whole world recognice the Unity of God. A man of God is still alive on this earth. Mirza Masroor Ahamd, 5th leader of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

    Ahmadiyya muslim community is the biggest true example who fight for Peace on Earth. If God wants, we will soon unite together and become one body. may god save us from the most horific World War 3.

    September 1, 2013 at 9:45 am |
  6. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    The essential part in showing that several pointers point to the same thing is for that thing to exist.

    September 1, 2013 at 9:44 am |
  7. D

    God did not sacrifice his only son. He allowed himself to be sacrificed by man. Huge difference.

    September 1, 2013 at 9:44 am |
    • mendacitysux

      He did both, hence the confusion

      September 1, 2013 at 9:48 am |
  8. Punchmaster

    3 different flavors of nonsense: Chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.

    September 1, 2013 at 9:44 am |
  9. john

    how shallow... and missed the intent of God altogether. THIS perspective is why we have problems in the world.

    September 1, 2013 at 9:42 am |
  10. Kerry Walker

    The fact is human thought has created, invented all the religions the world. If this is true, then how can these very different religions worship the same god? Read, The Dawn of Intelligence, by Kerry Craig Walker. Get the entire manuscript FREE by a simple search.

    September 1, 2013 at 9:41 am |
    • Realist

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

      September 1, 2013 at 9:47 am |
    • JC

      The 'fact's?! Neither physics, nor biology, nor archaeology, nor anthropology, nor evolutionary theory show one iota of evidence that God does not exist.

      If you have a fact, please produce. Otherwise, please be silent about the 'facts'.

      September 1, 2013 at 9:50 am |
      • biobraine

        You have to produce data that show something does exist not that it doesn't. For example, can you produce any data that shows that unicorns don't exist? If you want to believe something exists, the evidence of proof is on you. I see no evidence, therefore I do not believe.

        September 1, 2013 at 10:06 am |
  11. Rev.Christie Bliss Ley

    If we as human beings can not see others who are different as our brothers and sisters under one God, there will never be peace for future generations. Trying to see the commonality, not the differences is the way forward that will unify world.

    September 1, 2013 at 9:41 am |
    • mendacitysux

      Would be easier if God was removed from the equation.

      September 1, 2013 at 9:47 am |
      • JC

        Something exists (= the world). Either this something has always existed or began to exist as some time (t-begin). If the world always existed, then since the world is eternal, then the present moment (t-now) must have arisen from a chain of causes that proceeds infinitely far into the past. But from an infinitely past moment (t-infinite past) we cannot arrive at the present (t-now). For example, drop a penny into an infinite well. When will it hit the bottom? Never. Now imagine the bottom is our present moment (t-now). Impossible. Therefore the world must have a beginning, t-begin (for otherwise the present would not temporally be). Note: that the present universe has a history and could be preceded by a vacuum fluctuation does not overturn this argument, for indeed, the previous fluctuations would themselves be infinite in scope.

        If the world has a beginning, then it either self-produced itself from nothing or was created by another.

        H1: If it is self-produced, then something has produced itself from nothing, which is impossible.
        H2: If it is not self-produced, then it is created by another, and now we must explain the nature of this 'other'.

        You now choose which 'absurdity' suites your beliefs best...

        The point: God remains very much a part of the equation.

        September 1, 2013 at 10:00 am |
        • biobraine

          Except that your logic breaks down when you consider how a being so powerful that it could create our universe came into existence. The common religious answer is that God always existed. Well then, if that could be then why not the universe?

          September 1, 2013 at 10:10 am |
        • JC

          Biobraine – that is not a breakdown of the logic, if fact, it is not a breakdown of anything. It only presents the problem of providing an explanation for the type of 'being' that could create the universe in the event that we concede the second hypothesis. One explanation, given as early as Aristotle is that 'being' is not a univocal term, but applies to different beings in a different way. From this perspective, the kind of being which we see in the visible universe would be distinct in kind (in essence) from the kind of being we 'see' in God. If we could actually grasp the nature of this being, we would see that unlike the visible world, change, time and corruption does not apply to it, in which case, we would not seek after an explanation of the cause of its nature.

          September 1, 2013 at 10:18 am |
  12. Olsnes-Lea

    The blog is inaccurate in a foolish way WHEN IT FORGETS THE STANDING OF THE HEBREW BIBLE for all "Abrahamic religions". There is not really that much to disagree on. The goal is still THE PEACE for all of human kind. Also, fundamentally, Abraham is considered THE FATHER to all children of these religions, a very DEEP issue indeed. Get it?! 🙂

    September 1, 2013 at 9:40 am |
  13. Marsally

    Too simplistic, of course – but nice try. My own take, having lived among Muslims and Jewish people, and being a Christian – is that no one respects anyone who doesn't take their own religion seriously enough to claim superiority is some way. Those who can do this without sounding smug or self-righteous actually get a hearing.

    September 1, 2013 at 9:39 am |
    • Erin-Todd

      Marsally is right. This is the issue at its core. It's a question of who is most right in their religious beliefs and unfortunately some people will kill others for being different.

      September 1, 2013 at 9:49 am |
      • floridamom1

        But that has nothing to do with the question which is do they all believe in the same God? Yes, they do. But, people who believe in God can do horrible things. That doesn't mean they don't believe in the same God. Just their understanding is all skewed.

        September 1, 2013 at 9:52 am |
  14. mendacitysux

    If a persons belief in a god is the only thing keeping them from behaving immorally, I certainly am not going to try to convince them there isn't one.

    September 1, 2013 at 9:39 am |
    • bostontola

      False, lots of evidence that atheists are as moral and ethical as religious.

      September 1, 2013 at 9:41 am |
    • Mary

      So how do you account for the highest morality people ( like Buddhists ) who do NOT start wars and are predominately civil UNLIKE the psycho theists who murder and steal from those Not of their religion ?
      Lower form theists use their god as the excuse to engage in vile behaviors while atheists are Moral from core ethics and seek NO excuses to engage in the vulgar behaviors of the theist minions .

      September 1, 2013 at 9:44 am |
      • Sam

        Atheists are oozing with so much morality that they have none left in them. Seriously look at all the recent BS atheists have been perpetrating and tell us with a straight face that they are not a religion themselves. They believe so powerfully that there is no God that they feel the need to ram their unsupported BS down the throats of all believers. This is worse than any religion there has been. At least all other religions will go as far as to acknowledge other religions and their Gods and that includes Muslims.

        September 1, 2013 at 9:51 am |
    • Jake

      Atheists are far more moral than theists. Theists will use religion to kill and discriminate and do things they would not do if they didn't believe their religion justified it.

      September 1, 2013 at 9:49 am |
  15. Greg

    Mulehead, good luck.

    September 1, 2013 at 9:39 am |
  16. Alan2236

    Life is a journey. Part of that journey is deciding for yourself what you believe about "God". I put "God" in quotation marks because we each come to our own interpretation of what that means. I guess I'm an agnostic, because I think that none of us really knows for certain whether there is a God or not. I think we should live our lives as though there might be a God, and there might not be a God. Either way, the Golden Rule still applies: treat each other as you would like to be treated. Whether or not God really exists, the world will be a better place if you live by that rule.

    September 1, 2013 at 9:38 am |
    • Trevor

      no one really knows, unless they have experienced, been touched, or been spoken to by a God with a distinct personality and name. You cannot prove that God exists but from experience, you can most definitely know.

      September 1, 2013 at 9:45 am |
      • floridamom1

        I totally agree Trevor.

        September 1, 2013 at 9:50 am |
  17. Z_2K

    All three do NOT worship the same God. If one believes in the doctrine of the Trinity, then one worships a more tangible God in the divine personage of Jesus Christ, True God and True Man. And each of the three do believe in a God, but claim the this God favors them and not the others and so "their God" thinks differently than the other' God.

    September 1, 2013 at 9:37 am |
    • bostontola

      You have a compelling argument, let me summarize, "I'm right because I'm right".

      September 1, 2013 at 9:40 am |
    • Realist

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

      September 1, 2013 at 9:46 am |
    • floridamom1

      Of course they all believe in the same God, but they don't think so, and neither do you. There is only one God and Jesus Christ is his son and the God of this world. Yet, he still has a father and that is God. THey all worship one supreme God. But, whether or not their interpretation of Him, as in the Trinity, is right, is yet to be determined. The doctrine of the Trinity is not supported by scripture. There are 3 beings – God the Father, His Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. All acting in unity, and there is no scriptural evidence that they are the same thing.

      September 1, 2013 at 9:49 am |
  18. bostontola

    All 3 of these religions have themselves splintered into sects with different rules, interpretations, and traditions. Some have even gone to war with other sects of the same religion over these differences. Their god isn't the issue. As in all theistic religions, it's man's hubris fooling himself into thinking he knows, coupled with man's desire to control his own flock that magnifies these differences. Similar parallels are found in political splits. It's a human thing, not a god thing.

    September 1, 2013 at 9:36 am |
    • Realist

      ..... TRUE... Because... http://www.GODisIMAGINARY.com ...

      September 1, 2013 at 9:37 am |
  19. Jason

    You have to admit, atheists are generally not as intelligent as believers. They have not yet grasped the concept of faith and that they rely on faith just as much as those who believe in God. A faith in nothing is still a faith in something. After all, where did the very first particle come from? The beauty of faith is that I don't have to explain where GOd came from, but an atheist must provide an explanation of where the very first organism or very first particle came from to which there is still NO answer.

    September 1, 2013 at 9:36 am |
    • mikeaceshadow

      Jason the Judge! When science cannot answer a question, the default is NOT GOD!! Use your brain Jason.

      September 1, 2013 at 9:39 am |
      • Jason

        You have it backwards: When science can't explain something, that is yet more proof of the existence of God. And yes, I can and do JUDGE when someone has their facts wrong. Nothing in the bible says I cannot judge those who are wrong.

        September 1, 2013 at 9:42 am |
        • S-3B Viking

          Here is Jason playing his new role

          Chad of the Gaps

          September 1, 2013 at 9:55 am |
      • Dan W

        Science doesn't deal in God, so there's no reason you should feel confident in its ability to dispel the idea that there's a God. Science never looks at something and thinks, maybe that's God, or maybe that's God. It's intent is to prove that nothing is God, and that everything has an explanation. Which from my point of view, science is just demystifying the 'how' God did it. He did it in 6 days, but what did He do exactly? Science is telling us. He spread the universe out, He turned simple materials into complicated ones through pressure and time, and He evolved us from something else. You are both right, there is a God, and stuff can be explained without having to use God as the reason. But observing something and cataloging it doesn't necessarily mean that God didn't author what you've revealed.

        September 1, 2013 at 12:02 pm |
    • Alias

      Your religion does not provide as many answers as you want to believe it does.

      September 1, 2013 at 9:40 am |
    • Richard Cranium

      Jason
      The reality is is that there is a corellation to lower intelligence being an indicator or the need for faith, and higher intelligence showing there is less need for religion, Atheists tend to have higher IQ's and higher levels of education.

      September 1, 2013 at 9:40 am |
      • Jason

        Wrong.

        September 1, 2013 at 9:41 am |
        • Vbalop

          Prove it.

          September 1, 2013 at 9:56 am |
    • Mary

      BZZZZZ – wrong answer – Atheists are actually Former robots who evolved and learned to THINK .
      Once free of lower form kiddie thinking , the greater minds are able to live in a peaceful NON violent fashion unlike the subservient minions who do their over lords bidding .
      Einstein was jjust one of Many who have entered the realm of higher intelligence and proper living .
      Now go and try to GTFU . . .

      September 1, 2013 at 9:41 am |
      • Jason

        Einstein believed in God.

        September 1, 2013 at 9:43 am |
        • S-3B Viking

          Your version of Einstein...nice try, though. Pick and choose your scriptures and pick and choose your Einsteinian quotes.

          Your getting brighter with each post, Jason

          September 1, 2013 at 9:48 am |
        • Jason

          Einstein's acceptance of the existence of God is a well-known fact. I would educate you, but you can do a little research and find it out for yourself. I would have my 4-year old help you if you were here.

          September 1, 2013 at 10:06 am |
        • S-3B Viking

          And he is also known to have said that he doesn't believe in a personal God...your dishonesty is, well, expected.

          Jason, I have to deduce from your ignorant arrogance that you are the type of Christian that would gladly take the place of Dostoevsky's Grand Inquisitor.

          You are such a believer that, given the collapse of the Consti.tution and an establishment of a Theocracy, you would take great pleasure in the slaughter of unbelievers...all in an effort to please your God.

          September 1, 2013 at 10:13 am |
        • S-3B Viking

          Wow, Jason..."I'd have my 4 y.o. help you if he were here..."

          Gotcha....had to go to the insults. Not very Christ-like....but, once again...expected.

          You might want to ask that God of yours, while your praying for me, what it means to be childishly immature...he knows.

          September 1, 2013 at 10:16 am |
    • S-3B Viking

      ....Thanks for that, Jason. I needed a good laugh.

      Since the mind is enmity toward God, very few Christians hold a candle to the intelligence of an atheist.

      And since the renewed mind is incapable of thinking for itself, well...there you go.

      BTW, your God isn't smart enough, isn't wise enough, and isn't mature enough to have initiated the processes of the very first quarks and gluons, not to mention the first organisms.

      September 1, 2013 at 9:42 am |
      • Jason

        Actually, you are not smart enough to answer the question – where those things came from. You cannot answer it. The fact is, they came from God, the creator.

        September 1, 2013 at 9:47 am |
        • S-3B Viking

          Keep trying, Jason. You'll get it at some point. The cognitive disonance is troubling, I know.

          September 1, 2013 at 9:49 am |
        • Jason

          Still no answer to the question. Well, while you're scuttling around in vain for the answer (which will eventually point to the existence of God), I'm off to church. I'll say a prayer for you . . . seriously.

          September 1, 2013 at 9:52 am |
        • S-3B Viking

          The disonance, Jason...give in to the very scary disonance...it's tough, I know.

          September 1, 2013 at 9:56 am |
    • What is going on? FREEDOM

      Not as intelligent? Where do you come up with this conclusion smart one?

      September 1, 2013 at 9:42 am |
    • JVC

      You have it completely backwards. As an atheist, I don't have to explain where the universe came from. I can admit that I don't know. As a theist, you have to prove your god exists. Good luck with that.

      September 1, 2013 at 9:43 am |
      • Jason

        No, in science you must have proof. As a "theist" I rely on faith. Thus, I do not have to prove the existence of God. To claim there is not god and that science can explain everything, means you must prove there is no god. Good luck with that.

        September 1, 2013 at 9:46 am |
        • S-3B Viking

          Goodness, Jason. Your ignorance of simple logic and thinking is disturbing my once strong faith that you might have something of a mind...alas, your answer proves otherwise.

          Sad...

          September 1, 2013 at 10:01 am |
        • Just Call Me Lucifer

          Actually, the burden of proof is on the claimant. You claim there is an invisible deity that has created all things and is all powerful and all knowing. Many have claimed the same about other supposed gods, yet these all powerful gods NEVER prove their existence, even though according to their stories they could at anytime. All we ask is that if you make an assertion, back it up with proof. You got nothing kid. You've been lied to and misled. Sorry.

          September 1, 2013 at 10:09 am |
        • S-3B Viking

          I am continuously amazed at the laziness of Christianity and its inability to come up with an original theology or message...and when faced with logic, unable to make an effort to address it instead of the childish response of one like Jason.

          The only original thing Christianity has provided (if it actually is) is Jesus' command to love your enemy...a command that I have yet to see a Christian comply with.

          And remember, Christians, Jesus says: "If you love me you will keep my commandments." John 14:15 (NASB).

          Jason, your arrogance and insults clearly prove you don't love Jesus.

          September 1, 2013 at 10:27 am |
    • Realist

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

      September 1, 2013 at 9:43 am |
    • agnostic

      What an empty-headed argument: "Faith in nothing is still faith in something." Jason, you truly know nothing...

      September 1, 2013 at 9:45 am |
      • Jason

        Just because you can't grasp the concept, doesn't mean you can claim I know nothing. I obviously know far more than you do. If you are an atheist, you have faith in science, and that it can ultimately prove any truth. It obviously cannot. For example, where did the very first organism/particle originate. You can't answer it. You also cannot prove there is not God. Therefore, write back when you can prove where the universe originated. Otherwise, I'll go on believing while you scuttle around trying in vain to answer those questions until you come to the realization and truth that there is a God.

        September 1, 2013 at 9:50 am |
        • S-3B Viking

          Still as ignorant as most in the Body of Christ...still refusing to have the integrity to recognize it's your claim that needs proof...not the one countering with a negative.

          And I was so hoping you might actually be smarter than an atheist.

          By the way, not only is your God not smart enough, not wise enough and not mature enough to have created this universe...he isn't pretty enough either.

          September 1, 2013 at 9:54 am |
    • Hugo.T

      Your reply is another fine testament to the culture of easy answer. It is human nature to feel insecure on the unknowns, especially those questions that are very fundamental to us. Faith is simply trust without evidence. The atheist/agnostic simply choose not to believe without evidence. It is as simple as that. We can choose to gaze in the stars and be comfortable on the unknowns, yet relentlessly search for the answer through science (evidence). Or you can choose to take the easy way out, use religion and fill in all those holes inside you. I am sure that you being able to comment on this piece of news in the internet using a computer is not a product of religion, but of human pursuit in science (evidence).

      September 1, 2013 at 9:57 am |
    • Mulehead

      That is the dumbest post i've seen in several months. Not even worth a response.

      September 1, 2013 at 10:03 am |
  20. Luca Fernandez

    How is this even a question? If you are talking about Muslims, Jews and Christians anyone who has any familiarity at all with them or, or read the first paragraph of a wikipedia article on them, knows they worship the same god. How is this on CNN? This is just embarrassing.

    September 1, 2013 at 9:36 am |
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