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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

soundoff (7,438 Responses)
  1. evoc

    There are many roads to the same destination.

    September 1, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
    • Rebbe Bupkis

      Hell? Or do you mean they all lead to same pile of bovine excreta?

      September 1, 2013 at 2:34 pm |
  2. tammy

    pray for these disgusting animals

    September 1, 2013 at 1:21 pm |
    • mikeaceshadow

      Looks like you are full of hate tammy? What religion do you follow for you to be so hateful??!!

      September 1, 2013 at 1:23 pm |
      • hharri

        She follows Horus and Zeus, a little observer, too

        September 3, 2013 at 12:06 pm |
    • lumberjesus

      Don't forget that all religions began when some guy said either i am god, or god spoke to me. Like David Koresh, Jim Jones etc

      September 1, 2013 at 1:25 pm |
  3. dan

    i would not classify judiasm as a major religion considering that there are less then 20 million jews world wide compared to 2.3 billion christians and 1.5 billion muslims

    September 1, 2013 at 1:21 pm |
  4. tammy

    they mock jesus day and night

    September 1, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
    • Attack of the 50 Foot Magical Underwear

      Do Dah
      Do Dah
      They mock Jesus day and night.
      All the do dah day.

      September 1, 2013 at 1:28 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      No. Mocking the stories of Jesus, yes. Mocking those who believe in stories, sometimes, yes. Mocking Jesus, well we're not really all that sure he existed, even the best "experts" in the world say it is likely, but the claims of any divinty are completely unproven, so why would one mock the subject of stories, when there is no reason to believe the stories?
      Do people mock Harry Potter?

      September 1, 2013 at 1:33 pm |
  5. tammy

    they reside here spewing their hate and ill will for god's holy people

    September 1, 2013 at 1:19 pm |
    • Morgan King

      It's not hate, it's pity.

      September 1, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
  6. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    September 1, 2013 at 1:19 pm |
    • Time For You To Grow Up...

      Yes... It provides a false sense of security and makes things worse.

      September 1, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
    • nope

      @tim...
      nope

      September 1, 2013 at 1:23 pm |
      • Time For You To Grow Up...

        Brilliant argument... Very convincing.

        September 1, 2013 at 1:25 pm |
    • snowboarder

      except it doesn't.

      September 1, 2013 at 1:28 pm |
  7. myVu

    Jews and Christians worship the same God. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

    September 1, 2013 at 1:19 pm |
    • Colin

      It sort of changed when the Christians added Jesus and the Holy Spirit to the mix though, didn't it?

      September 1, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
      • Colin

        Judaism became completed.

        September 1, 2013 at 1:24 pm |
      • myVu

        Not at all. All of Christ's disciples were Jews who were either murdered for their faith or arrested and given life sentences.

        September 1, 2013 at 1:25 pm |
  8. Chris Sylvester

    I think Islamic concept of God is more logical than the other two.

    1. One God
    2. Sent Messenger to every nation
    3. Sent a Final Messenger

    Sounds pretty good to me.

    September 1, 2013 at 1:19 pm |
    • Colin

      allah heads an idolatrous cult. allah is not God

      September 1, 2013 at 1:21 pm |
  9. RedRyno

    Just more proof that religion was the worse thing to ever happen to God...

    September 1, 2013 at 1:19 pm |
    • lumberjesus

      Which god? The only way we know about a god is because: Don't forget that all religions began when some guy said either i am god, or god spoke to me. Like David Koresh.

      September 1, 2013 at 1:27 pm |
  10. Seth Bullock

    Silly question. If you have three drivers who all drive Fords, their driving isn't defined by the car. It's defined by how -they- drive. Safely or recklessly? Considerately or inconsiderately?
    But gods aren't cars– they're ideas in the minds of self-interested, subjective humans.

    September 1, 2013 at 1:18 pm |
    • Colin

      Only two drive Ford's, islam is an idolatrous cult and allah is not God.

      September 1, 2013 at 1:23 pm |
  11. tammy

    agreed. they want to burn. who cares what the pope thinks? all atheists know that hell awaits them. they are filled with hell right now. look at their comments. they cannot control their fury, undoubtedly, many are possessed by satan itself.

    they are pure evil. they want to overthrow our christian way of life

    September 1, 2013 at 1:18 pm |
    • midwest rail

      Delusional idiocy.

      September 1, 2013 at 1:19 pm |
    • lumberjesus

      Don't forget that all religions began when some guy said either i am god, or god spoke to me. Like David Koresh.

      September 1, 2013 at 1:24 pm |
    • rick

      tammy: heaven awaits you. do you have tall buildings where you live? perhaps a firearm? you are only one click or one step away from being on your knees, serviciing the savior

      September 1, 2013 at 4:22 pm |
  12. tammy

    agreed. they want to burn. who cares what the pope thinks? all atheists know that hell awaits them. they are filled with hell right now. look at their comments. they cannot control their fury, undoubtedly, many are possessed by satan itself

    September 1, 2013 at 1:17 pm |
    • mikeaceshadow

      Feel sorry for you tammy with your shallow thinking. No one has been killed in the name of Atheism unlike millions killed in the name of Religion. Since you believe...Satan was created by your loving GOD!

      September 1, 2013 at 1:21 pm |
  13. Colin

    Actually Mary, I am not an atheist because I am "shallow." I am an atheist because I have given it quite a bit of thought. You’ll find that most (ex-Christian) atheists don’t believe for one or more of the following reasons:

    The concept of an immortal being makes no sense to us.

    The concept of an all-powerful being makes no sense to us.

    The concept of an all-knowing being makes no sense to us.

    Throwing the three together into one being effectively cubes its already dispositive implausibility.

    We tend to have a basic working knowledge of the age, size and history of the Universe. The idea that a being would create the entire thing – with 400,000,000,000 galaxies, EACH with 100, 000,000,000 starts and even more planets, strains credibility. Not only that, but it then sits back and waits 13,720,000,000 years for human beings to evolve on one planet so he can “love them” and send his son to Earth to talk to a nomadic group of Jews in Greco Roman Palestine about sheep and goats (while ignoring the rest of the 200 million people then alive). This makes no sense to us. We can’t help but ask ourselves, “did God make the Jews or did the Jews make God?”

    The common argument, “well, what caused the Big Bang?” with the implication that, because we have only theories and no iron clad explanation for the Big Bang yet, the Judeo-Christian god must have caused it – does not make sense to us. The Universe may well be infinitely old without a "cause," there may be an infinite number of universes or time itself may have began in the Big Bang. We simply do not know. BUT “I don’t know” does not equal “god” to us, much less the Judeo-Christian god. We feel the answers to such a question are much more likely to be found in Einstein’s equations, quantum physics, large particle accelerators and radio telescopes than in Genesis Chapters 1 through 20. We’re crazy aren’t we?

    Similarly, “you can’t prove God doesn’t exist” is not a convincing argument to us, or even a relevant point, because an inability to disprove something is a far cry from it being true. We cannot prove that the Hindu gods Shiva or Vishnu do not exist either, nor Santa Claus for that matter, but that is hardly a reason to believe in them. It is not even evidence for their existence. It is impossible to prove a negative in this context.

    The answers usually proffered for what we see as basic logical flaws in Christianity – “you have been blinded by your lack of faith” “God moves in mysterious ways” “God is outside the Universe” or “our minds are too small to understand the greatness of God” are never satisfying to us. We see a retreat to mysticism as the first refuge of the cornered fool.

    We do not see miracles in things like tornadoes missing a certain trailer in a trailer park, cancer going into remission or Tim Tebow winning a football game.

    We understand that Christianity is one of many, many religions in the World, and we don’t think that we were lucky enough to have been born in the one part of the World that “got it right”. Likewise, we know how all faiths evolve, morph and change over time and do not think we were lucky enough to have been born in the one generation that “got it right.”

    We tend to have a basic knowledge of history and know that there is nothing magical or special about the supposed history of the Jews, gospels, letters, apocalyptic story (Revelations) and other materials that found their way into the Bible, in that they are largely indistinguishable from the other mythology and religious writings of the Greco-Roman Mediterranean. For example, many of the myths about Jesus, including his birth around the Winter Solstice, his being betrayed and executed, his virgin birth and his rising from the dead after three days are straight out of earlier myths about Horus and Apollonius of Tyana.

    Human beings are terrified of their own deaths and we see the various religious beliefs that try to “wish it away,” such as reincarnation, living happily ever after in Heaven with Jesus, having your own Mormon planet etc. as nothing more than childish stories for the more naïve, timid minds among us.

    We do not see morality as predicated upon a belief in the supernatural. We accept that one can be moral without believing in the supernatural and that doing so is no guaranty that one will conform to the norms of society that people call “morality”. We sure as hell will not be cowered into accepting absurd beliefs out of a silly threat that it is “wrong” to question or doubt cherished or deeply held religious beliefs. That just gives them a place to hide and avoid scrutiny.

    When one looks at the various Christian beliefs that were once firmly believed – Adam and Eve, Noah’s flood, people living to be 700 or 900 years old, the Red Sea splitting, water turning into wine, a talking snake, a man living in a whale’s belly, people rising from the dead, Jesus driving demons out of people and into pigs – but which are now acknowledged by most thinking people to be mere mythology, it is pretty hard to give a lot of credibility to what’s left.

    It is hard not to consider Christianity as based on circular reasoning. Most Christians believe in God because the Bible says so, then turn around and say they believe the Bible because it is the word of God. To draw an analogy, “I believe Mao Zedong was a great man because The Little Red Book says so, and the reason I believe The Little Red Book is that it was written by Mao Zedong, who was a great man.” Do you even have the slightest idea of how your Bible was written and compiled over the centuries or who decided what to include and what to exclude and on what grounds? Can you even name one of hundred plus authors who contributed to it? One of the many people who decided what got in and what didn’t?

    To be bluntly honest, the more one comes to understand mother nature, the less reason there is to believe in a god and the more one understands human nature, the more one sees why so many of us still do.

    So, before you next proudly proclaim you know the secrets to life, death, the origins of life on Earth and the origins of the Universe, simply because your parents or priest taught you some comforting stories from Greco-Roman Palestine as a child, you might like to reflect upon the overwhelming enormity of the claims you are about to make and the complete paucity of evidence that underwrites those claims.

    September 1, 2013 at 1:17 pm |
    • Pravda

      So how did life originally start genius?

      September 1, 2013 at 1:18 pm |
      • Colin

        I love this reasoning. A believer finds an area scienc has not yet fully explained and jumps up and says "ah ha, you cannot explain XYZ, therefore (my) god did it." Their only explanation for something we don't fully understand is to plug the hol with an answer for which there is no evidence at all. The irony is a little rich, they demand absolute proof to accept abiogenesis, but will offer up a magic act by a Bronze Age sky-diety as an answer at the drop of a hat.

        simpletons.

        September 1, 2013 at 1:23 pm |
        • Gene

          It's even funnier (?!) that people have been slaughtering each other in droves over the tiny disagreements over their particular passed down via parents Bronze Age sky-diety. And they try to justify that via one of the few remaining gaps of knowledge that humanity has! I wonder what insanity they'll come up with once those are inevitably filled.

          September 1, 2013 at 1:34 pm |
      • Morgan King

        You might as well be asking 'who made God?'.

        September 1, 2013 at 1:24 pm |
      • Honestly though...

        @Pravda, Seriously? How did life start? Open up a biology book and if you happen to understand what it says, then maybe, just maybe you'll be a little less blind to the truth that science provides answers. Unless you think that science is the work of the devil, if that's the case, please shut off your computer, unless your God hand delivered it to you because then this computer you are using is the work of SATAN!! Get ready to go to hell or wherever you believe..

        September 1, 2013 at 1:28 pm |
    • mikeaceshadow

      Awesome writeup Colin. The religious nuts don't go into deep thinking. On another note you posted a reply some where that Allah was not God. Allah is the Arabic name of God and it means "The Only" (God understood). I became an atheist at age 16 and have never looked back! I am 69 now.

      September 1, 2013 at 1:36 pm |
    • Nash

      Thank you Colin for investing time to write a great post 🙂

      September 1, 2013 at 1:50 pm |
  14. theinexperiencedyouth

    Reblogged this on uggggh.

    September 1, 2013 at 1:16 pm |
  15. media.fail2012

    To Atheist who insist on denouncing every religious article even though you don't believe in God: if you really don't believe, why do you care to write against Him so often?

    For the article itself: There are numerous responses and mine will get lost in the crowd BUT there are a few things I need to say...

    1) I saw a supposed Christian say that Jews and Christians don't have the same God. Well, you are wrong..really, mind-numbingly wrong. Jesus himself was a Jew and said that he came to fulfill the prophecy of the Old Testament, not replace it. Not to mention he was very upset at how some Jews were ignoring the basics in worshipping God in the temple. People who are Jewish today just don't believe that Jesus was the son of God.

    2) Islam does not worship the same God as Christians and Jews. In Islam, the Old Testament is re-written starting with Abraham. As referenced above, Jesus did not set out to re-write anything in Judaism but to provide a more emotional connection with God in people. Islam is so different in it's "do's and don'ts" that it can't possibly be the same deity. EXAMPLE: There are passages in the Koran that say lying is 'ok' if you are lying to infidels, and that's a mild example.

    September 1, 2013 at 1:16 pm |
    • ME II

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/08/29/ex-employee-measles-church-preached-faith-not-shots/

      September 1, 2013 at 1:17 pm |
    • Morgan King

      Because religion continues to be a huge, if diminishing, influence in the civilization we share.

      September 1, 2013 at 1:26 pm |
    • G to the T

      1) in Judaism – god is single and complete (as in Islam). In Christianity god is three-fold. Sounds to me more like Muslims and Jews are following same god, it's Christians that created a new version...

      2) Jesus may not have but Paul sure changed the religion of Jesus (apocalypic jew) into a religion about jesus (redemptive messiah). So again, by making Jesus into god, they are no longer following the god of the jews, they are following a new version of that god they created.

      September 3, 2013 at 11:58 am |
  16. tammy

    agreed. they want to burn. who cares what the pope thinks?

    September 1, 2013 at 1:15 pm |
  17. George

    For the love of... It is simple. If there is a Creator, there is only one. The Qu'ran is clear: Jesus was NOT crucified, but the New Testament says he was, while Old Testament prophecy implies the Messiah would be. Either the Qu'ran is right or the other two are, both cannot be true. Considering the Qu'ran and the religion of Islam was not founded until the 600's CE, it does not take a scholar to figure this out.

    September 1, 2013 at 1:14 pm |
    • Curwen

      One more choice, They are all wrong.

      September 1, 2013 at 1:18 pm |
      • George

        What is your proof. I have mine.

        September 1, 2013 at 2:20 pm |
        • Rebbe Bupkis

          Science?

          September 1, 2013 at 2:32 pm |
    • lumberjesus

      Don't forget that all religions began when some guy said either i am god, or god spoke to me.

      September 1, 2013 at 1:21 pm |
      • clash sitings

        I believe religion was created to control the masses and because people had and have a need to believe there is God. God fearing people take great comfort in the idea they will go to heaven and that everything happens for a reason. It makes THEM feel better that "free will" is the reason for example; priests molest little boys and other unholy acts.

        September 1, 2013 at 1:35 pm |
        • George

          This statement proves your misunderstanding. Everything happens for a reason is science. For every action there is a reaction. In Christianity, with God, it is the same. From a Christian perspective only 'certain' things happen with a Godly reason when God intercedes for 'his' purpose. When will the world let ALL humans live with their choices unhindered? My belief in a God has no more bearing on you than your disbelief has on me. I can live with that, why can't you?

          September 1, 2013 at 2:30 pm |
      • George

        And that is not true at all.

        September 1, 2013 at 2:22 pm |
  18. Don McMahan

    They all believe that there is only one god, not several but only theirs is the "true god" but only one so obviously no one can worship another god as there is no other god....unless it is all a load of crap

    September 1, 2013 at 1:13 pm |
  19. tammy

    agreed. they want to burn

    September 1, 2013 at 1:12 pm |
  20. Pastor Carlton C. Evans Jr.

    I John 4:1-6

    evanspraise@verizon.net

    September 1, 2013 at 1:12 pm |
    • Time For You To Grow Up...

      Santa 12:25

      September 1, 2013 at 1:14 pm |
      • Pastor Carlton C. Evans Jr.

        Jesus still loves you, despite your criticism.

        September 1, 2013 at 1:17 pm |
        • Time For You To Grow Up...

          Jesus never existed... Isn't it about time for you to grow up and start acting like an adult instead of basing your life on childish fairy tales??

          September 1, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
        • rick

          jesus thinks you are a slave

          September 1, 2013 at 4:20 pm |
    • Dan W

      I'm pretty sure every faith except Sikhism has a 'we're right and youre wrong' clause. I wouldn't lean on that with too much confidence.

      September 1, 2013 at 1:32 pm |
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