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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. 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..

    People need to include stalin, mao,.. with religions, not exclude them. After all, they destroyed lives and behave the same

    September 1, 2013 at 10:13 am |
  2. Frank

    All religions are nothing more than fairy tales and if you believe in any of them yare are an ignorant idiot.

    September 1, 2013 at 10:13 am |
  3. The Truth

    To believe in nothing leads nowhere and is just based upon this life only. To believe in evolution is to say we live beside our forefathers the apes, or came from the ocean, or that all this Intelligent design just exploded from a rock amongst nothing but darkness and made all the elements coexist supporting one another with the sun providing heat etc, the moon keeping the ocean at bay etc, trees provide oxygen for land creatures, as well as the ocean which also provides the same for the sea creatures.

    So to believe no greater being (God), had no part in the magnificent creation of the world we live in means 1.) you don't care or 2.) You just so easily believe the doctrines of man and what man say, when most scientist debunk the evolutionary theory and athiest or just lost. Evolution is just an unproven theory by a man or men who can't even prove its correct, so that's following blind faith in what man believes is right (Evolution = Faith in something unseen = not proven).

    The Christian Old Testament is derived from the Hebraic and Jews Texts. The Hebraic and Jews test are the oldest to date meaning original word of God. These text speak of a man sacrificing himself for the world – Isa 53:1-12 – The Savior
    The Jews missed his coming which was foretold in Daniel 9:25 (70 weeks prophesy) with an exact biblical timeline of his arrival.

    Don't be deceived by what man tells you is right. There is a greater authority above who we should trust. If you read the bible you'd notice that most of the prophecies have come to light. Israel becoming a nation after 2,000 years while turning that desert into the 3rd largest fruit producer in the world (In the Bible and is now Fact). The explosion of knowledge and things unimaginable like never before, After thousands some say millions of years of near barbaric living, how we get some smart all of a sudden in the last 100/150 years (Explosion of Knowledge (In the Bible and now fact).

    I could go on and on with the pros and cons of why to choose God vs. Other false religions/manmade doctrines, but in the end its up to you to obtain your own true knowledge and not believe what's handed down. STUDY TO SHOW THYSELF APPROVED 2 Timothy 2:15

    I'm Just Saying!!!

    September 1, 2013 at 10:12 am |
    • Just Call Me Lucifer

      Ummmm.... no. Sorry. There are only god-like parrots that can't be seen because they reside in a different dimension. We who know and believe this truth are called pollytheists.

      September 1, 2013 at 10:17 am |
      • The Truth

        And those Gods like Parrots you see in your dimesions are just powerful beings (Angels) and the one true GOD in the heavenly realm/dimesion. You should believe the creator and not the tales & myths of the creation. Stop watching Prometheus!!!

        September 1, 2013 at 11:22 am |
  4. Long Willy

    The common denominator in all the fighting between the three religions and all the other religions in this world are the muslims. Hence there is something inherently wrong in Islam that makes their followers violent. Evidently their moon God is not the same God that Christians and Jews worship – a loving and forgiving God. It is time the muslims start worshipping the real God that we worship.

    September 1, 2013 at 10:11 am |
    • sbp

      Because the real god, the christian god, would never have perpetrated the Inquisition, the Crusades, burning witches, etc...

      Islam is not doing anything now that Christianity wasn't doing 500 years ago.

      September 1, 2013 at 10:15 am |
      • rar

        dummy sbp God did not perpetrate the inquisition, crusades or whatever. people did

        September 1, 2013 at 10:21 am |
    • sbp

      And of course, Protestants and Catholics have never fought either, right? Your point is laughable.

      September 1, 2013 at 10:17 am |
  5. IpseCogita

    They all worship the God of Abraham, but perhaps they all worship a different God of Abraham. Hmmm. Would that make it a trinity of Gods of Abraham? Since the Christian version is already a trinity does that mean there are actually five Gods of Abraham? Why did this Abraham dude have so many Gods? It hardly seems fair.

    September 1, 2013 at 10:11 am |
  6. Matt

    Yes...those that have felt spiritual had a sense that there was something else out there or up above. It's just that most of these religions developed at a time when the world was separated and they evolved differently.

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

    It's a nonsense question with no answer. It's completely 100% equivalent to asking "might Leprechauns and Fairies actually be the same thing?"

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

      Not really. It's more like asking if Tolkien's elves, Norse elves, and D&D elves are the same thing.

      September 1, 2013 at 10:13 am |
      • Brian Macker

        To which the obvious answer is "no".

        September 1, 2013 at 10:21 am |
        • IpseCogita

          And yet Tolkien's were based on Norse, and D&D's were based on Tolkien's. I am really kind of ashamed I know that.

          September 1, 2013 at 10:25 am |
    • Brian Macker

      More like are the Vampires of twilight the same as those in other genres? Obviously not because they can go out into sunlight. Likewise with the various monotheist gods. They don't have compatible attributes and therefore are not the same god. You don't need a book to explore this either. A paragraph or two should suffice.

      September 1, 2013 at 10:20 am |
  8. Long Willy

    The common denominator in all the fighting between the three religions and all the other religions in this world are the muslims. Hence there is something inherently wrong in Islam that makes their followers violent. Evidently their moon God is not the same God that Christians and Jews worship – a loving and forgiving God.

    September 1, 2013 at 10:10 am |
  9. SolomonSez

    Take 5 minutes and read the Truth – God's Truth testifying who Jesus is... and the reality of those who claim to be sons of Abraham, but deny the Truth of Jesus as the Image of the invisible God. Read and believe... and be saved by Christ... by faith, not by works. Take 5 minutes and read. Ignore the lies of this CNN blog writer and the deceivers who try to lead you away from Jesus. These people speaks the language of Satan... lies and deception. Take 5 minutes and read. Peace to you all!

    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known. (John 1)

    When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” The Pharisees challenged him, “Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid.” Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going. But you have no idea where I come from or where I am going. You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one. But if I do judge, my decisions are true, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me. In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is true. I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me.” Then they asked him, “Where is your father?” “You do not know me or my Father,” Jesus replied. “If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” He spoke these words while teaching in the temple courts near the place where the offerings were put. Yet no one seized him, because his hour had not yet come. Once more Jesus said to them, “I am going away, and you will look for me, and you will die in your sin. Where I go, you cannot come.” This made the Jews ask, “Will he kill himself? Is that why he says, ‘Where I go, you cannot come’?” But he continued, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins.” “Who are you?” they asked. “Just what I have been telling you from the beginning,” Jesus replied. “I have much to say in judgment of you. But he who sent me is trustworthy, and what I have heard from him I tell the world.” They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father. So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.” Even as he spoke, many believed in him. To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?” Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. Yet you are looking for a way to kill me, because you have no room for my word. I am telling you what I have seen in the Father’s presence, and you are doing what you have heard from your father.” “Abraham is our father,” they answered. “If you were Abraham’s children,” said Jesus, “then you would do what Abraham did. As it is, you are looking for a way to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do such things. You are doing the works of your own father.” “We are not illegitimate children,” they protested. “The only Father we have is God himself.” Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me. Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.” The Jews answered him, “Aren’t we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon-possessed?” “I am not possessed by a demon,” said Jesus, “but I honor my Father and you dishonor me. I am not seeking glory for myself; but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge. Very truly I tell you, whoever obeys my word will never see death.” At this they exclaimed, “Now we know that you are demon-possessed! Abraham died and so did the prophets, yet you say that whoever obeys your word will never taste death. Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?” Jesus replied, “If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me. Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and obey his word. Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.” “You are not yet fifty years old,” they said to him, “and you have seen Abraham!” “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.

    Thanks be to Christ... our Lord, Savior and living God!!

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

      I don't think so NO DEMON LORD JESUS

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

      The Bible was written by Satan to deceive you. He's very tricky you know. You have no way of knowing that this is not the case.

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

        why would /could anyone believe you

        September 1, 2013 at 10:19 am |
    • nunya

      I will just say that YOU CAN NOT read the article objectively. You dont have it in You. You missed the whole point of this article... The one and only SUN! Shines Light Upon US...

      September 1, 2013 at 10:11 am |
    • JD

      Are you saying you've got some literature to support your particular religion's divinity? No way!!! Surely the others lack that.

      September 1, 2013 at 10:11 am |
    • tony

      What wicked divisive lies and utter rubbish. If you believe heaven is better, go "there" immediately and leave the healthily sane rest of us to work on living nicely together with mutual respect and affection here in the real world.

      September 1, 2013 at 10:12 am |
      • gg

        ...and then oblivion awaits you if that's all there is. Fortunately, God is!

        September 1, 2013 at 10:14 am |
      • DemFromSC

        Well-said! Thank you for injecting some sense into this discussion.

        September 1, 2013 at 10:15 am |
    • Mulehead

      Wow...sorry you just blew 30 minutes typing that all up. Now...why don't you go to a children's homeless shelter and spend that same 30 minutes actually helping to change someone's life. Stop believing the Sky Fairy will do ANYTHING!!!!!....and get off your a&& and go DO SOMETHING!!!!

      September 1, 2013 at 10:19 am |
  10. mimi

    it is not important whether we believe in the same God or not, those who kill the innocent people, are definitely not a believer, they do not believe in God, they believe in Devil.

    September 1, 2013 at 10:06 am |
  11. Troy

    All religions worship different gods, none of which are real.

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

      When you finally understand your mortality, you will realize you're wrong.

      September 1, 2013 at 10:12 am |
      • DemFromSC

        I understand my mortality. So what? That doesn't mean that I should therefore believe in some mythical sky creature. When I die, I will turn into dust and I accept that.

        September 1, 2013 at 10:16 am |
      • JD

        I think you're right and wrong at the same time. It has been said many times that if man was not aware of his mortality there would be no religion, and I think that's correct. Doesn't make any of it true, though.

        September 1, 2013 at 10:22 am |
    • Rick

      Have you ever seen George Washington, Abraham Lincoln? How do know they did what they did? You read it in a book didn't you? Why is it so hard to believe in a person who lived 2,000 years ago that is written about in a book that has been around for 2,000 years?

      September 1, 2013 at 10:23 am |
      • JD

        Well... there's not just ONE BOOK about those men, they are well represented in the historical record, and there are no claims about them performing acts that are outside of our understanding of the laws of nature.

        September 1, 2013 at 10:27 am |
  12. vancouverron

    Here's the answer to the question. There are actually 3 gods, dukin' it out in the sky for supremacy. That seems about as likely as a single invisible guy. Make sure you've chosen the winner, because if you haven't, you're gonna fry for eternity.

    September 1, 2013 at 10:05 am |
  13. Helen Troy

    Major religions... guess GOD lined them up and rated them!!!!

    September 1, 2013 at 10:04 am |
  14. vancouverron

    Here's the answer to the question. There are actually 3 gods, dukin' it out in the sky for supremacy. That seems about as likely as a single invisible guy.

    Make sure you've chosen the winner, because if you haven't, you're gonna fry for eternity.

    September 1, 2013 at 10:04 am |
  15. John

    If God created everything, including multiple universes, then what do beings on other planets and in different universes worship. Considering that the Earth has had multiple religions at all times, then how many other religions exist out there beyond our solar system. That, in itself, questions the existence of God, or at least the 3 religions beliefs in their God.

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

      There is only one religion. To develop love with Krishna.

      September 1, 2013 at 10:12 am |
      • rar

        you farted with your mouth

        September 1, 2013 at 10:28 am |
    • goyoga

      There are multiple universes and on every planet Krishna is worshipped. Krishna is the only God as per Vedas.

      September 1, 2013 at 10:17 am |
      • rar

        wrong goygoy

        September 1, 2013 at 10:29 am |
    • rar

      all unproven about multiple universes johnboy. only theories

      September 1, 2013 at 10:32 am |
  16. It's the Messiah...friends.

    I usually don't respond to these threads. I respect all peoples and faiths. But I adhere to one, which I believe is the truth. The Abrahamic-centric argument by the author sounds nice but his description of the messianic movement of Jesus of Nazareth is lacking and misleading and really the whole point of contention. Sure we all seem to agree on Abraham (but even in the traditions there are differences) but this is a far-cry from a "new monotheism" born from three expressions of the same "god"...Jesus is not an after-thought in the messianic faith. As a Jewish believer in Messiah (Y'shua), the Messiah's work on the cross and His redemption are everything. This is about atonement. This is about redemption. His blood cleanses you from sin. Now of course there are huge agreements with ancient Judaism on this as Christianity was born from it and its adherents were largely Jews in the beginning (and there are Jews today also!) – Jesus himself being a Jew. To blend the faiths on Abraham is fun but unfruitful. Jesus is either the Messianic Son of God or he is something else. If He is something else, then Christianity does not exist.

    September 1, 2013 at 10:04 am |
  17. Bob

    It's erroneous to frame the question in terms of whether various religions "worship the same God" - especially when the question itself contradicts those religions monotheist beliefs. The question is better framed in terms of beliefs. Adherents of these religions may or may not understand the others' beliefs - and they probably don't because people tend to view mother's' religious beliefs through the lens of their own beliefs. Ultimately, this article raises a sociology or anthropology question, and it simply adds to the confusion by framing it in terms of religion.

    September 1, 2013 at 10:03 am |
  18. ShawnDH

    Besides the art and architecture it has inspired, I think religion is pretty clearly one of mankind's worst creations. Religious people tend to be very scared and insecure, so why do they bother? Do they need to pretend there's a man in the sky to have morals? I don't.

    September 1, 2013 at 10:03 am |
    • Harry Cline

      Yes, religion is mankind's greatest curse. And truly unfortunate that a God got mixed in with it. It give some justifications to act and behave in a certain manner, but framed behind religion. While others worship the religion and it's various prophets more then they do a God.

      September 1, 2013 at 10:12 am |
      • goyoga

        A true lover of Krishna or God is a perfect gentleman. If a godly person is not a gentleman then there is no point of him being called Godly.

        September 1, 2013 at 10:18 am |
        • rar

          krishna crashes gooy goy

          September 1, 2013 at 10:30 am |
  19. R. Morris

    Why does the writer write derisively only about the Christian beliefs? If you don't have a proper understanding, get it before you write@

    September 1, 2013 at 10:03 am |
    • observer

      athies r idiots

      September 1, 2013 at 10:16 am |
      • poopmeister

        I'll start with saying that I am not an atheist. So you are saying that atheists are idiots, yet I assume that you believe whole heartily that there is a "God" that is up in Heaven, in which no person in our modern era has seen, talked to, etc (unless they have psychiatric issues), correct? How is it that a group of people that choose to not believe in something that there is absolutely no physical evidence of are considered stupid, yet you know it all don't you. Next time too, elaborate! Writing 3 words, one of which is misspelled, does not help your case.

        September 1, 2013 at 10:26 am |
        • Dan W

          I've seen it. There is nothing I could bring back except the story of my journey.

          September 1, 2013 at 12:05 pm |
  20. Lionly Lamb

    God's treed families generations will ever allow their atomized celestially terrestrial cellular building structures their bellicose movements of thought felt progressives within all undulations of tedious physical immersions potencies... Our physical bodies are of God's kingdom domains for our bodies are but structured buildings made by God's sons and their wives... We are theirs and they always will they be inside us from our first dawn's inceptions and beyond our bodies breakage will they ever be ours to cling upon in our hopes and even within the many days of one's disparagements...

    September 1, 2013 at 10:02 am |
    • EuphoriCrest

      'Shrooms, right? Go easy with them, bro.

      September 1, 2013 at 10:13 am |
    • ElmerGantry

      Religion equivalent of techno-babble

      September 1, 2013 at 10:17 am |
    • JD

      I agree

      September 1, 2013 at 10:24 am |
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