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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. Alfredo

    Religion is clearly the foundation for war throughout history. Especially in the Muslim world where Shia, Sunni, Alawite and the other clans have been killing one another throughout their Islamic history. Not surprising since Mohammed was a warrior that didn't tolerate disobedience. Unfortunately all religion is man made, derived from fictional fairytale books. The sooner humans evolve and get past the myth of a Allah/God, the better off this world will be....

    September 1, 2013 at 10:22 am |
    • Dan W

      Islamaphobia in full force. It's natural to fear that which you do not understand, and to criticize things about other people that exist within your nature. I don't see a world wide Muslim army or a navy that is a 'Global Force for Good'. I don't see Muslim armies marching to every corner of the globe to make sure it remains 'free'. We do that. If anyone lives by the sword and on an economy built by violence, it's us. We don't even live by an eye for an eye, if you take our eye, we'll chop off your head. Muslims don't have Crusades, they defend against them. If someone put the sword in their hand it was us.

      September 1, 2013 at 12:14 pm |
  2. Andrew

    It is the same god in the sense that it is the god of abraham – they are all based on the same old stories of abraham. But the problem with mythology is it is all made up, so each of these religions and their sects have different mythology added and subtracted from the abrahamic mythology stories, therefore one could say, different gods.

    These endless debates about mythology amuse me. It is like considering the question, "Which is better, House of Gryffindor or House of Slytherin."

    September 1, 2013 at 10:22 am |
    • Dan W

      Calling something a myth doesn't make it a myth. Calling someone delusional doesn't make them delusional. The only thing that separates the 3 faiths is time. Islam looks like Christianity several hundred years ago. When Islam is 2000 years old it will probably look more like we do. And we will probably go full circle and wind up like them. Science has don't nothing to dispel anything about faith, you shouldn't be so confident in your assertions.

      September 1, 2013 at 12:17 pm |
      • Dan W

        done nothing...... not don't nothing.

        September 1, 2013 at 12:18 pm |
  3. Lionly Lamb

    Why are there those who willfully debase the singular advent of all mannerisms consecrations in everything firstly becoming made in and of oneness being a first made thing and/or being..?

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

      I'd love to get a copy of that entertaining rubbish text generating app you use. I could use it for political action project reports and fund raising efforts

      September 1, 2013 at 10:25 am |
      • Lionly Lamb

        Sired Tony...

        My app is a generational devoted enclave... You 1stly need to have a willingness to legalize marijuana usages here in the USA by all 50 states before I depart from its worldly naturisms that have long gone astray thru despotisms of maniacal deviancies willing ways... The 17 or so states that have legalized marijuana for medicinal usages and the 2 states that have legalized it for recreational use is a good start...

        September 1, 2013 at 10:36 am |
    • snowboarder

      I love the smell of gibberish in the morning.

      September 1, 2013 at 10:25 am |
  4. Khaled Anntar

    It is definitely the same God, Allah, the Almighty. Whether you want to believe it or not, it has to be same God. All indications from the Psalms, Torah, Bible and Quran point to the same Creator and same Sustainer. There are many similarities between the Torah and Quran. The new statement has quite very different ideas about the nature of the God which indicate many of these were misinterpretations of the different Gospels and the words of Jesus. The Bible does not even mention the word "Trinity". The Christian faith now is merely built on something like a "myth". In Christianity faith is separate from behavior and actions of the person which explain how the American and Western societies are now so distant from religion. So in Christianity, you do not really have to do good in order for you to go to heaven. What's really of uttmost importance is to believe in Jesus as a savior and they neglect dealing with the way to salvation and the way to heaven. To Christian, the way to heaven is by having a faith in the Savior, Jesus Christ who died on the cross for our sins. When I hear Christians talking about this, I right away start thinking about the ancient Greek and Roman myths. Jesus was a man who was walking on earth, eating and drinking; he was a man who taught good and did good; he was an example of goodness. So why Christians do not teach about the Jesus the human being, the example of goodness and kindness and how he did that instead of trying to convert Muslims to believe in their own interpretation about Jesus?

    The conflicts are more political, national and tribal than religious. Religion is not to blame in the suffering; people are to blame. There is enough peace in the Torah, Bible and Quran that can lead the world to safety. All are coming from the same source, Allah, the Almighty......

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

      or just a bunch of guys that wrote stories.

      September 1, 2013 at 10:27 am |
      • Dan W

        Or maybe they are right.

        September 1, 2013 at 12:19 pm |
  5. ElmerGantry

    Here is an example of the religion equivalent of techno-babble.

    Lionly Lamb stated,
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    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...

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

      gibberish is his shtick.

      September 1, 2013 at 10:29 am |
  6. Jeff

    Typical nonsense. This is really simple. At a certain level, the Abrahamic faiths OF COURSE worship the god of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – who is the same God. Our understanding is very different, though, so you can make the case that we don't worship the same God, or at least that our understanding of the nature of God is different enough that it's hard to call Him the same God. All other religions who do not worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob do not worship the same God. When you look at the eastern, animist and other beliefs about God, it's nondiscussionworthily obvious that we are not talking about the same thing.

    Now, let's talk about the conflict between Jews, Christians and Muslims that is the theme of this series of articles. First, can you please tell me where Jews and Christians are in conflict today? No? Well, that's OK. I can't either. OK, so any substantive issue is between Islam on the one hand and the judeo-christian tradition on the other. Now, please explain which theological or spiritual issue is driving that conflict? Oh, you can't? That's OK, too. I can't either. THAT'S BECAUSE THE FIGHT IS OVER LAND. "Holy" land, sure, but the notion that religion is at the source of this conflict is laughable. Can you name any other place where people have fought over land for centuries where there is no bitterness or fighting today? OK, Germany and France. You got that right. Now, what's the difference. Oh, they're both modern industrial democracies, and peace was imposed by outsiders after one party was thoroughly defeated? OK, got it.

    Next question?

    PS note that Jews and Muslims normally have positive things to say about each other in private. There really is precious little religious or ethnic hatred between educated people on both sides. I only wish I could say the same about the French and the English.

    September 1, 2013 at 10:20 am |
    • Dan W

      You're sort of right about the land business, sort of. Islam and Judaism both reference 'Israel', but Israel is not just a place, it is a state of being between Heaven and Earth. When Heaven and Earth touch, that point where they touch is called Israel. What are the Muslims fighting over then? I'm fairly certain they don't believe that Heaven and Earth have touched yet, and that when it does it will not be called Israel, it will be called The United Kingdom of Israel. The world will be united, Israel will be the center of the world and God will have placed a King to rule. It is said that when the end times arrive the Jews will be placed back in Israel by the Creator, I am fairly certain that the Muslims are fighting against the Jewish people being brought back to Israel by Christians to make sure their prophecy rings true. One of the major complaints about Jesus is that he failed to do the stuff the 'anointed one' was supposed to do which is why he requires a 2nd coming. What are the Christians going to do between now and then? Make sure all the prophecy's appear to be true, whether they are or not. I can see this, so surely the people who keep getting Crusaded upon can see it too.

      September 1, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
  7. Kerwin

    Of course not.

    September 1, 2013 at 10:19 am |
  8. Susan

    I'll take Thor myself. Or maybe Cinteotl.

    September 1, 2013 at 10:17 am |
    • Harry Cline

      Perhaps because your view is one of carnality as opposed to spirituality ?

      September 1, 2013 at 10:22 am |
    • Dan W

      Thor is essentially Jesus who comes from Odin the All Father. The faiths are all the same, only the names seem to change.

      September 1, 2013 at 12:20 pm |
  9. lovetravel

    Can we all get along without a fight

    September 1, 2013 at 10:17 am |
  10. Joey

    The Christian God is not one primarily of "heaven and hell" or faith and the afterlife. Jesus doesn't mention Hell. And we, too, are expected to behave in certain ways. CNN, I expected better of you.

    September 1, 2013 at 10:17 am |
    • Dan W

      Really? I know that Christians want to be all about brotherly love now, but before they were all about conversions, slaughters, and inquisitions. They are the ones that most frequently use Hell and damnation to try to put the fear of God in the people. It took me a long time to get over my hatred of Christian people, in fact I got over my Islamaphobia before I got over my fear of Christians. Christianphobia.

      September 1, 2013 at 12:25 pm |
    • Dan W

      And if Christians only leaned on what Jesus actually said, they would be a very different people.

      September 1, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
  11. Jesus Christ Son of God

    There is no god sheeple. So it doesn't matter if you 'worship' the same god or not. And it makes sense, doesn't it, that if there was a god, he wouldn't just let everyone know 'hey, worship me', instead of watching all your mindless bodies follow mortals who only want power.

    September 1, 2013 at 10:17 am |
    • Dan W

      If you understood free will, then you wouldn't say that.

      September 1, 2013 at 12:28 pm |
  12. tony

    The "my god is better than your god" crap is 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 10:17 am |
    • Dan W

      'The Real World'. This is jail. It's supposed to suck. The more awesome you try to make it, the more likely it is to suck more. This is a smelt, we are iron full of impurities, the crappy world burns the impurities away. It's supposed to suck so at the end of your life, death seems more like going home than leaving this junk yard behind.

      September 1, 2013 at 12:29 pm |
  13. dsfdsf

    God came to Earth once and had a major conclave of all world religious leaders...he said he realized there had been much bloodshed over the years from those who claimed theirs was the true religions. He wanted everyone to know that *all* religions were true...*except one*.....then He cackled and flew His three headed donkey back to His castle in the sky to watch.

    September 1, 2013 at 10:16 am |
    • Jesus Christ Son of God

      God told me this story, but me told me before he left, he nailed the donkey a few times.

      September 1, 2013 at 10:19 am |
  14. us_and_them

    Once a person or group of people decide "this is how it is", then the door is shut. Religion is a belief system. And those who do not agree with you, completely, become the wrong ones. Us vs. them.

    In the undercurrent of all religion is that which cannot be named or put in a box. But it is there. You just know it. The question is can you just be with it without trying to figure it out? Live without a need for an answer?

    "We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time."
    T. S. Eliot

    September 1, 2013 at 10:16 am |
  15. Ray Charles

    I SEE ONLY ONE GOD BEING WORSHIPPED...WITH DIFFERENT NAMES

    September 1, 2013 at 10:16 am |
    • Dan W

      A rose by any other name smells just as sweet.

      September 1, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
  16. ff

    The answer is an infatic NO. There is only one TRUE GOD, The God have Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. This is none other than our great God and Saviour our LORD Jesus Christ. As it is written every tongue shall confess and ever knee shall bow the the Lordship of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ. This includes from Satan the god of this present age to every little two bit god that is out there whether it be islamic or hindu or what ever, they all shall confess with their tongue and bow the knee

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

      Wrong! Go start a war somewhere to force other to believe that – you and your like minded ilk end up, doing that every time.

      September 1, 2013 at 10:19 am |
      • Dan W

        And when Atheists get tired of hearing Theists and cant shake their faith, they start warming up the ovens and killing mass amounts of people. Just look at Russia and China, they slaughtered so many people, tried to wipe religion off the map. Thousands of Tibetan temples torn down. Did God go away? Trying to wipe out religion only makes it stronger.

        September 1, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
    • Philipp10

      us_and_them
      Once a person or group of people decide "this is how it is", then the door is shut. Religion is a belief system. And those who do not agree with you, completely, become the wrong ones. Us vs. them.

      In the undercurrent of all religion is that which cannot be named or put in a box. But it is there. You just know it. The question is can you just be with it without trying to figure it out? Live without a need for an answer?

      "We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time."
      T. S. Eliot

      September 1, 2013 at 10:24 am |
    • Susan

      Have you even THOUGHT about this? Why would your wonderful god have created millions of people who don't believe in him? (Or do you believe he did not create Muslims and Jews?) I guess you (yes, you in your cozy chair there with the frig full of beer) are supposed to get off your butt and go around the world telling them they were born the wrong way.

      September 1, 2013 at 10:24 am |
    • Dubhly

      no, no they will not. I know that i will not simply becuase control is all it is about, not goodness, not kindness, not humility, not the betterment of man...simple control. Perhaps the muslims have it right when they say it is all about submission. I will not submit.

      September 1, 2013 at 10:31 am |
    • snowboarder

      @ff, of course, there is no reason to believe one word you have written to be true.

      September 1, 2013 at 10:48 am |
    • cigarlover9

      ff, you are an igno...fo.. bast...., who believes in self gratification based on false propaganda pushed in your head by organized religious corporations.
      I wouldn't be surprised that Hinduism being the oldest major religion in the world was the source of the Abrahmic religon. For Hindus the calendar of event can well go beyond 5000 years whereas the abrahmic faiths are 2000 years.
      There are many stories in Hinduism which seems to have inspired the abrahmic religious stories.
      Of course now the Abrahmic religions more dominant (thanks to conversion and conquests) they want everyone to believe their god/saviour died for all the humanity. What arrogance and boorish thinking...

      September 1, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
  17. JD

    What we should really do is distribute those "Coexist" bumper stickers throughout the middle east. That would fix everything.

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

      As long as the sticker is on a reinforced armor-plated bumper.

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

      This is quite interesting comment 🙂 this coexist sticker has no value when war is the motive to resolve differences. People just don't understand differences like so many commented here.

      September 1, 2013 at 10:21 am |
  18. Brij

    Evidence for the Christian miracles, like the resuscitation of Jesus, is non-existent. Evidence for Jesus' life is scant.

    Abraham was copied by the Christians and Moslems from the Jews. I guess they thought it made them somehow more legitimate. If the creators of the Bible and the Quran lived in a different place, would they have started with Rama or Confucius? My point is the beginnings and the stories are pure fiction and should be ignored.

    The teachings on how we will be treated after death are also fictional. There is absolutely no evidence to suggest that any part of a living being survives death.

    So what are we left with? Teachings on how to live life here. Any attempt to make those teachings absolute is doomed to failure because people's norms change over centuries. Good sense prevails. Just ask yourself if you had never heard "Thou shalt not kill", would you go around knocking off people? My answer is you would if your survival depended on it. Which was true for the cave men, and it may come true again. The commandment cannot be absolute even though it makes perfect sense. Lesser restrictions, like no pork and no interest-bearing loans, may have made some sense at the time they were conceived. But they should never be part of a teaching that is supposed to be eternal.

    September 1, 2013 at 10:14 am |
    • Harry Cline

      The reason why Jesus has been view as the one true living God is because of that resurrection. He is the only prophet to have ever risen from the grave. All other are known burial sites.

      September 1, 2013 at 10:25 am |
      • snowboarder

        @harry, but there is no legitimate reason to believe that to be true. at best this jesus character was a decent philosopher who's life was grossly exaggerated by his followers after his death. a tale grown taller in the retelling. the religious equivalent of paul bunyan.

        September 1, 2013 at 10:51 am |
      • tallulah13

        You have to remember, Harry, that the single reference of Christ's resurrection is the bible, and the bible is the "handbook" for christianity. It is a biased source with no outside records to actually support the claim. The bible is no more a historical document than is the Epic of Gilgamesh - there are nuggets of historical truth to be found, but the miracles and amazing events are all mythological add-ons.

        September 1, 2013 at 10:59 am |
        • Dan W

          you should absolutely avoid absolutes. Suspend your disbelief for a bit, try to read some stuff with out this God hating bias.

          September 1, 2013 at 12:33 pm |
    • Dan W

      The soul is not seated in the body, it is seated in another plane of existence and it transmits me here. The body is just a radio receiver picking up a signal. There is no evidence because none has been sought. If it has been sought, it was not done so with the knowledge of how to find it. First of all we always try to look at stuff head on. But the information that would reveal the Creator is spinning like a spiral staircase. How could we find it if it's spinning and we can't look directly at it? Think about how Sufi Muslims spin to induce a 'drunk feeling', now try to imagine creating a device that needs to do that at the exact right angle to be able to see this tiny stream of information that science is looking for. Science isn't looking, if they are, they aren't thinking very hard about what it is that they are looking for.

      September 1, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
  19. Jim Johnson

    Actually, I'm pretty tired of people making God in Man's image rather than the other way around. And frankly in my opinion, every one of the 3 Abrahamic based religions is guilty of this. It is the nature of Man to promote what seems best for Man – but we ALL pray that God's will be done in this world. And this hypocrisy is in a nutshell, our biggest sin.

    September 1, 2013 at 10:14 am |
    • truthprevails1

      No, not everyone prays!

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

        I think he meant that all three of those religions pray for that specific thing, not that everyone prays in general.

        However, do you cross you cross your fingers? Do you wish for luck when you draw a card or cast the dice? DO you think "don't let it break" when you drop a plate? A lot of people who think they don't pray really do, at least in the sense of asking for intervention from some force that doesn't really exist.

        September 1, 2013 at 10:36 am |
        • truthprevails1

          It's not praying. Thinking positive thoughts or hoping for the best is not praying...praying implies you are speaking to an entity.

          September 1, 2013 at 11:25 am |
        • Dan W

          Where is the research that definitively shows that God does not exist?

          September 1, 2013 at 12:07 pm |
        • Athy

          Where is the research that definitively shows that God does exist?

          September 3, 2013 at 3:16 am |
  20. 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 started worshipping the real God that we worship.

    September 1, 2013 at 10:13 am |
    • What is going on? FREEDOM

      Really? Remember the crusades? Don't remember them being all loving and caring in that era. Also you seem to love to compare Al-Qaeda to all Muslims, so I guess I can just compare Christianity to the Westboro Church or the KKK right?

      September 1, 2013 at 10:20 am |
      • What

        not to forget,, hitler was a christian and announced it on video..And the vatican which cut a deal with hitler. Christians hated jews back then,, they blamed them for the death of comic book jesus.

        It wasn't until secular society exposed the horrors, did the christians begin feeling guilt and doing something about it.

        September 1, 2013 at 10:25 am |
        • rar

          because hitler said he was a christian does not mean he was dummy

          September 1, 2013 at 10:33 am |
    • DHB

      So true they are confused, they cant even finish a sentence about anything, poor things. They say God is Allah first and formost then they say Muhammad is the most high, dissing Jesus altogether, they don't know if they coming or going, they just there!!!! Pray for these folks that their eyes be open. They are truly just existing......

      September 1, 2013 at 4:10 pm |
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