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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. poopmeister

    So a theory that is/should gain traction, is that all religions developed through astrological events and admiration for celestial bodies. It makes complete sense that early man would revere space and it's contents, especially the Sun...giver of life, light, warmth, mysteriously rising and setting. Numerous early religions worshipped the sun and studied the stars to the point where they could predict eclipses, track the positioning of the Earth in relations to the constellations and even map out religious sites corresponding to certain constellations i.e. pyramids of Giza alligning with Orion's belt. It seems to make complete sense that stories would derive from their learnings. Every culture has it's myths, but that is just it, myths. Most religions would not want this to be the case, simply because it is taboo to worship the Sun...probably because we now know what the Sun is comprised of and it's not as mysterious as it might have been to ancient cultures. I find it completely fascinating because the correlations are right in front of our faces and you start seeing them only when you are looking. Look at all early medieval paintings of Jesus, it's not a halo, it's the Sun. The theory of the resurrection involving the Sun coming to it's lowest point on Dec 21st, staying at that relative point for 3 days...then resurrecting after the 3rd day by moving 1 degree higher over the horizon. The fact that Christianity is not the only religion that has resurrection stories, virgin births, flood stories...probably all deriving from a single older religion, lost in time. It seems though, that essentially science came first and religion followed. I think if the ancients knew that by creating these stories, they would cause all major wars throughout time, they probably would not have done so. I would much rather worship the Sun, instead of some God with too many conflicting ideologies surrounding his worship.

    September 1, 2013 at 10:02 am |
  2. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    All they maintain the path for is the comfort
    Of visiting with the equally bewilderd.
    Nearer in plight their neighbors are than distance.
    (Frost)

    So, let them believe in the unity of things that we've no reason to think exist in the first place.

    September 1, 2013 at 10:01 am |
  3. Bob

    I can't believe this is even a discussion. It's 2013 and we are still practicing the worship of imaginary beings.
    Tell me, are the unicorns in the Middle East the same as in the west?

    September 1, 2013 at 10:01 am |
    • hammerschlag

      Unfortunately, they are all after the money and power. Look at the Catholics as an example: 1 billion followers most of them poor people yet the church keeps building their empire and the poor around the world can starve. TV Evangelist in the USA are the biggest criminals and allowed to scam the poor people in the South. Money is the source of all evil. All you have to do is read teh bible and do not listen to all the snake oil salesmen.

      September 1, 2013 at 10:09 am |
    • PraiseTheLard

      The Unicorns are only different in Australia...

      September 1, 2013 at 10:12 am |
  4. noillusion

    "Your religions are not for mature people. They are childish." -Osho

    September 1, 2013 at 10:01 am |
    • Thomas A. Hawk

      Such a statement, is itself childish. There's no argument - No premise; no valid statements; just a conclusion.

      September 1, 2013 at 10:17 am |
    • 4juices

      Religion is a personal choice, a personal way to find comfort in this chaotic world whether you believe in Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Wiccism, Yoga meditation.....the bigger issue is when the personal choice is forced on others and violence is used to pursue your objective.

      September 1, 2013 at 12:00 pm |
  5. Vic

    This is a good topic to chew on over the long Labor Day weekend. I applaud CNN Belief Blog for this presentation for it gives the reader a good start on the origin of as well as the nature of the differences between those three ideologies/religions.

    Happy Labor Day Everyone.

    September 1, 2013 at 10:00 am |
  6. goyoga

    It pains God to see His children fighting in His name. Please chant His names regularly to get knowledge about Him.

    September 1, 2013 at 9:58 am |
    • MagicPanties

      ooga booga, ooga booga

      did that work?

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

      too funny.. a god you've never seen.. one that hasn't a single ounce of proof.. a god created by primitive man at the time man feared and lacked knowledge..

      and now tour post,,even funnier

      September 1, 2013 at 10:03 am |
  7. tim

    religion is used as a weapon – there is no proof of God. it's an option – not mandatory.

    September 1, 2013 at 9:57 am |
    • Kashif Rana

      iif you will get the evidence, will you believe in god? and if you will be given evidence, and you will believe. how many others would believe along with you ? does everyone want to believe in god?

      true peoples always find god, if the search him. god do not need us, but we need god, because we want to live for ever.

      September 1, 2013 at 10:09 am |
  8. John

    There is no God, The sooner idiots wake up and realizes this, the better this screwed up world we live in will be better.
    Until then there will always be morons who kill each other in the name of their fake god. Bunch of pathic losers.

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

      Right, we need to take the example of the great atheist leaders like Lenin, Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot. They led the way to show us the truth.

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

        religions and dictators are quite the same, both destructive to innocent life..

        they both love to control, create stories they expect you to believe and use fears to make you believe..

        You needed to include those names with you religion, not exclude them

        September 1, 2013 at 10:06 am |
        • What

          your religion..

          Yep,, you've proven that dictators and religions are destructive. I fact some equate religions as dictator wannabe.

          September 1, 2013 at 10:08 am |
      • Btsmokincat

        Only Stalin, Mao and Pol pot did not commit atrocities in the name of atheism. I'm glad you didn't mention Hitler as we all know he was a christian.

        September 1, 2013 at 10:26 am |
    • Lost Nomad

      That's a largely inaccurate claim, I think. People will always find some other reason to kill and do terrible things to each other. If religion were taken away, they'd just find another reason to commit the same acts. Religion isn't the problem, in my view; the problem is people. At the end of the day, people are stupid, narcissistic creatures.

      September 1, 2013 at 10:13 am |
  9. MagicPanties

    My invisible pink unicorn is praying that believers get a clue.

    September 1, 2013 at 9:55 am |
  10. goyoga

    Vedas are the oldest books of religious knowledge. According to Vedas , there is only one God for everyone. According to Vedas, Krishna is the only God. His teachings are mentioned in Bhagvad Gita As It Is.

    Please do not fight in the name of God.

    September 1, 2013 at 9:55 am |
    • Joe

      Actually the flying spaghetti monster is older than Krishna. Just trying to keep some accuracy in this discussion.

      September 1, 2013 at 9:58 am |
    • Boisepoet

      Not only is the FSM older than Krishna, but the FSM smothered Krishna in marinara and ate him for lunch!

      September 1, 2013 at 10:09 am |
  11. Mike Shaw

    History has proven that Religion in not Godly but Deadly

    September 1, 2013 at 9:53 am |
    • Grumpy

      Atheism has been responsible for far more deaths in the past 100 years than all other religions combined for all of recorded history. Mao, Pol Pot, Stalin, Lenin, ect.

      September 1, 2013 at 9:54 am |
      • midwest rail

        Tired of posting as Colin already ?

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

          Tired of lying? I've never posted as such a person. But atheists are not known for truth.

          September 1, 2013 at 9:57 am |
        • midwest rail

          Utter nonsense, but you already knew that.

          September 1, 2013 at 9:58 am |
      • bmurdoc

        What a stupid comment. 1.) They didn't kill BECAUSE they were atheists and 2.) Ever hear of the crusades? the Spanish inquisition? Terrorism? Wars fought because one country didn't believe in the same God as another country? Uneducated fool.

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

          As always, atheists prove themselves incapable of rational discourse and must resort to personal insults. All of hte aforementioned atheists killed "in the name of atheism." They were determined to wipe religion from their nation and ultimately from the world.

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

          they killed cause they were just like sam stone

          September 1, 2013 at 10:04 am |
        • ffg

          they killed cause they were just like sam stone, sick atheists

          September 1, 2013 at 10:05 am |
        • ffg

          they killed cause they were just like sam stone, sick atheists.

          hurry. believers in your sky fairies r takin over

          September 1, 2013 at 10:06 am |
      • MagicPanties

        No true. Go back to school. Read about the crusades and the inquisition, for just two examples.

        However, it really does not matter.
        Religion, or lack thereof, does not make one good or bad; just like believing in Santa or not does not change a person's character.

        All anyone needs is the golden rule.

        September 1, 2013 at 9:58 am |
      • What is going on? FREEDOM

        False. Many atheists fled those Communist countries because they disagreed with the Communist political party. The Communist political party started killing people because they did not want anyone to rise up against their politics.

        September 1, 2013 at 9:58 am |
      • truthprevails1

        Same old tiring argument. You're still wrong Grumpy...lack of comprehension skills on your behalf does not make your fantasies true.

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

        I wondered how long this would take to come up. Those are certainly come horrible men who killed lots of people. But how many of those people did they kill specifically for being religious? If you are going to assign all of their crimes to atheism, then you must equally assign all of religious people's crimes to religion. How many Christians are in prison for murder right now?

        September 1, 2013 at 10:30 am |
      • JD

        I also always think it's funny when religious people say things like "Atheism has killed 100 million people. Christianity has only killed half that many!" Congrats on that!

        September 1, 2013 at 10:34 am |
  12. Boisepoet

    This is like asking if everyone believes in the same Santa Claus; They are all stories made up by men. Until we stop indulging in make believe, humanity will suffer what need not be suffered.

    September 1, 2013 at 9:53 am |
    • vancouverron

      What are you saying , there is no santa clause?

      September 1, 2013 at 9:59 am |
  13. Grumpy

    Sadly CNN turns to atheists and agnostics for their "religion" opinions.

    September 1, 2013 at 9:52 am |
    • Primewonk

      Research has shown that atheists and agnostics know MORE about your religion, your god, and your bible than you do.

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

      Grumpy go take a Grumpy!

      September 1, 2013 at 10:01 am |
    • JD

      If this man was an atheist or agnostic he would have been far more dismissive of these religions.

      September 1, 2013 at 10:35 am |
  14. malik

    Things done by people , Book understand by people and action taken by the people but Responsibility of all this On GOD .
    People choose what they like and which favors them and follow but there is not a single religion being Followed according to the will of GOD , so these human are after all human , thinking like GOD ...... and acting like IT.

    September 1, 2013 at 9:51 am |
  15. NV

    Yep – and it all spawns from Hinduism....Om – became Amen, The Trinity comes from the Hindu Trident....etc. But pray to whomever you want to – just dont kill in the name of religion, the Christians, Muslims, Jews have all done it. Can we stop now.

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

      Krishna (Hinduism), Moses (Judaism), Jesus (Christianity), Buddha (Buddhism) were all virgin births. I'm sure its all a story that were passed on by traders and travelers.

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

        All these stories come from Krishna's appearance on this planet.

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

        Buddhism does NOT teach that Buddha was of virgin birth. He was the son of King Suddhodana.

        September 1, 2013 at 10:09 am |
  16. chiz3914

    Religion is the main source of hatred in the world. Just look around

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

      Atheism has been responsible for far more deaths in the past 100 years than all other religions combined for all of recorded history. Mao, Pol Pot, Stalin, Lenin, ect.

      September 1, 2013 at 9:54 am |
  17. hemdesh

    You guys have forgotten the oldest religion on the earth – Hinduism – the mother of all existing religions. According to Hinduism every creature on this earth is God !!!

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

      That is not correct. According to Vedas, everybody is God's servant. Krishna is the only God.

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

        and so the fight continues. Who CARES???? god is worthless.

        September 1, 2013 at 9:59 am |
        • goyoga

          This is not fight. That was just a small clarification.

          September 1, 2013 at 10:00 am |
  18. Sean

    I think people need to stop buying into the brainwashing about religion from their parents, churches, mosques, synagogues, and media. I'm not here to debate the existence of god. But religions are nothing but stories that try to teach morality and how to live life. It may have started out as a good thing helping people out as something to believe in, especially during hard times, but its nothing more than that. Over the years, religious leaders have twisted this around for their benefits. If you look at the stories from all religions, both Western and Eastern they have all the same themes. Virgin birth. Child on the river. Trinities. And much more.

    It would be much easier if people just understood this and started to live in peace and love for thy neighbor.

    September 1, 2013 at 9:49 am |
  19. Science, not myth

    Do Christians, Muslims and Jews worship the same (mythical, non-existent) God?

    It doesn't matter, because religion = ignorance. Which religion is of no consequence.

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

      True religion based on truth is not ignorance, but total truth. THe quest then is to find the truth. Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. Truth is things as they really are, as they really were and as they really will be. Not someone's opinion of truth. Real truth can only be obtained by God. And, you have to get to it by using his rules, not yours.

      September 1, 2013 at 9:54 am |
      • What is going on? FREEDOM

        "real truth can only be obtained by God?" So you are saying that the real truth can only be claimed by your opinion since you cannot prove the existence of such a God to make such an assumption?

        September 1, 2013 at 9:56 am |
      • Just Call Me Lucifer

        Aww jeez... did you have to breed?

        September 1, 2013 at 2:36 pm |
    • pof

      let's see your proof, u lying dirt bag

      September 1, 2013 at 9:59 am |
      • JD

        Just like Jesus would have said

        September 1, 2013 at 10:36 am |
    • Dan W

      There is nothing wrong with Science. There is something wrong with people looking at science and the research it does to advance our understanding and knowledge about the world we live in and then telling us that the research proves there is no God. This is impossible. If you were to play hide and seek with God, who do you think would win? Right now I'd say that's what we're doing, we are playing hide and seek, but God is just a lot better at hiding than we are at seeking.

      September 1, 2013 at 12:04 pm |
  20. mickinmd

    To say religious wars are due to different Gods is naive and evidence of a poorly educated person. Wars of Reformation went on for hundreds of years in Europe due to Protestant/Catholic minor differences and the same is true today for Sunni/Shiite conflicts.
    And a Jewish student of mine explained the three main branches of Judaism to me this way:
    A Jewish family's son wanted a Christmas Tree in December. The dad said fine but the mother said she'd only tolerate it if a Rabbi performed a "Bracha" -a Jewish blessing- on the tree.
    So the dad went to an Orthodox Rabbi who answered the request with: "Absolutely not! Never ask such a thing again."
    Next he went to a Conservative Rabbi who thought about it for a few minutes and answered, "I'm sorry, I'd like to help but I just can't bring myself to do that."
    He then asked the same of a Reform Rabbi: "Will you perform a Bracha on my son's Christmas tree?"
    The Reform Rabbi answered, "Certainly I will! Just tell me one thing: what's a Bracha?"

    So it all comes down to relatively small differences of what each sect thinks the SAME God is.

    Christians think their God is "all knowing, all loving, and all powerful."

    But they can't explain why people of excellent character often live in desperate poverty while many evil people are wealthy and long-lived and why an all loving God would let Linda Ronstadt become afflicted with Parkinson's Disease and become unable to sing. Were God and the Angels jealous? They say, "It's God's plan and we are incapable of understanding it." Right. A baby with an illness that makes it cry in pain hour after hour until it dies in a few months is a "plan" of an all-loving, all-powerful God?

    My point is that each sect has aspects of their set of beliefs that don't make sense with reality – but only those who don't belong to a certain sect see those flaws for what they are: false beliefs.

    And many can't be bothered to really study their religion – but they think they know it all anyway or wish to use religion to promote a social idea: "Onward Christian Soldiers," Constantine the Great having his soldiers draw a cross on their shields, etc.

    Go up to 100 Christians and ask them who wiped the blood from Jesus' face as he carried his cross and 99 of them will answer, "Veronica." As I learned on a tour of the Holy Land when I was pushing 50, "Veronica" is not a Jewish name: it's derived from the Latin for "True Image." So the name was given to her AFTER the story of the image of Jesus' face appearing on the cloth she used.

    So, yes, everyone in the Abrahamic religions worships the same God but none of them have really gotten it "right" about what He actually is – if He exists at all. And highlighting those minor differences is a POLITICAL, not religious, problem.

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

      I like your thinking, How do we get around to hancling the "POLITICAL" problem and get away from the :RELIGIOUS" which appears to be unsolvable.

      September 1, 2013 at 1:00 pm |
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