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.


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.


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.


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. IW

    The real issue is this:
    Jews do not want to convert others to their religion.
    Christians want to convert others to Christianity ( to save them and themselves).
    Muslims (today) want everyone who is not muslim eradicated.
    It is not about having one god.

    September 1, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
    • God has a name

      The Jews believe they are chosen and no one else is invited. Christians are commanded to "share the truth". It must be considered within context of the scriptures. Salvation was only offered to the gentiles when the Jews rejected Jesus.

      September 1, 2013 at 3:21 pm |
    • akchowdary

      Another religion, Hinduism (Major?) – Trying to self destruct themselves by not caring for their own...by preaching for secular

      September 1, 2013 at 3:24 pm |
    • Dan W

      What better way to make sure the general philosophy spreads all the way around the world could there be? You tell two factions of people they are going to inherit the 'World that is coming' and send them to convert everyone. It's like a race to make sure everyone knows there is just one God. Genius.

      September 1, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
  2. duffm's

    too funny.

    September 1, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
  3. Jesus is the Light of the World

    Let the blind lead blind, they both will soon fall into a ditch...Let the dead bury their dead....To all born-again, baptized in Jesus name filled with the precious gift of the Holyghost, do not argue with unbelievers for Jesus said "Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. I encourage all those who are of the body of Christ to be steadfast unmovable always abounding in the work of the Lord forasmuch as we know that our labor is not in vain in the Lord! To those seeking truth .. Read Acts 2:38-40, John 3:16-17... Jesus is alive and well and he sits on his throne as King of kings and Lord of lords... For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

    September 1, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
    • Truth

      you do understand your religion was made up and was made up during a time where man was most gullible at its peak.. your talking about a book reference the followers as sheep.. baaah baaaah baah..

      September 1, 2013 at 3:17 pm |
      • Jesus is the Light of the World

        thx you are right Jesus does refer to his children as sheep and he refers to the unbelievers as goats which is comparison to your father the devil who is baphomet.. atheist fell to understand that unbelief is sin and without faith it is impossible to please God .. I'm glad to be called a sheep thx a bunch, keep the insults coming they have no ground with me neither do they shake my faith in God ...

        September 1, 2013 at 3:23 pm |
    • tallulah13

      There's not a single shred of evidence that any of the thousands of gods worshiped by humanity ever existed. Not even yours.

      A rabbi named Jesus may or may not have existed during the same time frame, but there is certainly no evidence to indicate that the Jesus described in the bible existed. The stories surrounding this mythical Christ have been twisted to make it seem as though he fulfilled all the prophecies needed to be called the "Messiah" but strangely enough, the very people who created those prophecies and were waiting for that Messiah were not convinced.

      None of the new testament was written during Jesus' lifetime and in fact, much of the christian faith can be attributed to a man who never actually met Christ. Sad but true: You don't worship Jesus. You worship a Roman bureaucrat named Saul of Tarsus who decided to create a religion in his own image, borrowing one of the many messianic cult figures from that era to give himself credibility.

      September 1, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
      • Jesus is the Light of the World

        You are mistaken sir or ma'm .. the evidence lives in me !!!!!!! I'm so glad Jesus saved me and rescued me from my sin and its by his blood that I'm cleansed from all my unrighteousness ... I have no problem admitting that I needed Jesus, the Savior of the world!! Lord I thank you for all you have done for me !!!!! So happy, so excited, so much joy, so much peace, Hallelujah thank u Jesus !!!! I'm excited about Jesus!

        September 1, 2013 at 3:36 pm |
        • tallulah13

          Sorry, sparky. Your happy feelings are not proof of god. They are just proof that you have happy feelings.

          September 1, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
        • jungleboo

          T13, you made me laugh soda up my nose.

          September 1, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
  4. Don

    Jesus is Lord! Of all!

    September 1, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
    • elene

      I don't think he would agree with that statement.

      September 1, 2013 at 3:17 pm |
    • bostontola

      Not of me.

      September 1, 2013 at 3:17 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Correction, Don. You think that Jesus is lord. The majority of people on this planet do not agree. Many of us would go so far as to say that Jesus, had he existed, was a human being who is now dead.

      If you have irrefutable proof otherwise, please provide it. Christians have been making the same claim for 2000 years, and personally I think it's time to put up or shut up.

      September 1, 2013 at 3:30 pm |
  5. elene

    There is only one. Man created religion, God did not. Therefore religion is subject to the ego, which separates us. Christ was not a "Christian". We can call the Oneness anything we want, but it will not change the truth that we are all the equal creation of one universal force. Love is the answer, the only answer and is all there is.

    September 1, 2013 at 3:14 pm |
    • bostontola

      Little to argue with.

      September 1, 2013 at 3:17 pm |
  6. Colin

    Yesterday morning there was a knock at my door. A pleasant and enthusiastic young couple were there.

    John: "Hi! I'm John, and this is Mary."

    Mary: "Hi! We're here to invite you to come kiss Hank's ass with us."

    Me: "Pardon me?! What are you talking about? Who's Hank, and why would I want to kiss His ass?"

    John: "If you kiss Hank's ass, He'll give you a million dollars; and if you don't, He'll kick the guts out of you."

    Me: "What? Is this some sort of bizarre mob shake-down?"

    John: "Hank is a billionaire philanthropist. Hank built this town. Hank owns this town. He can do whatever He wants, and what He wants is to give you a million dollars, but He can't until you kiss His ass."

    Me: "That doesn't make any sense. Why..."

    Mary: "Who are you to question Hank's gift? Don't you want a million dollars? Isn't it worth a little kiss on the ass?"

    Me: "Well maybe, if it's legit, but..."

    John: "Then come kiss Hank's ass with us."

    Me: "Do you kiss Hank's ass often?"

    Mary: "Oh yes, all the time..."

    Me: "And has He given you a million dollars?"

    John: "Well no. You don't actually get the money until you leave town."

    Me: "So why don't you just leave town now?"

    Mary: "You can't leave until Hank tells you to, or you don't get the money, and He kicks the guts out of you."

    Me: "Do you know anyone who kissed Hank's ass, left town, and got the million dollars?"

    John: "My mother kissed Hank's ass for years. She left town last year, and I'm sure she got the money."

    Me: "Haven't you talked to her since then?"

    John: "Of course not, Hank doesn't allow it."

    Me: "So what makes you think He'll actually give you the money if you've never talked to anyone who got the money?"

    Mary: "Well, we have faith in Hank. It’s good to have faith in Hank and bad to question, doubt or think skeptically of what Hank says. Hank will kick the guts out of you if he finds out you do that.

    Me: "I'm sorry, but this sounds like some sort of bizarre con game."

    John: "But it's a million dollars, can you really take the chance? And remember, if you don't kiss Hank's ass He'll kick the guts out of you."

    Me: "Maybe if I could see Hank, talk to Him, get the details straight from Him..."

    Mary: "No one sees Hank, no one talks to Hank."

    Me: "Then how do you kiss His ass?"

    John: "Sometimes we just blow Him a kiss, and think of His ass. Other times we kiss Karl's ass, and he passes it on."

    Me: "Who's Karl?"

    Mary: "A friend of ours. He's the one who taught us all about kissing Hank's ass. All we had to do was take him out to dinner a few times."

    Me: "And you just took his word for it when he said there was a Hank, that Hank wanted you to kiss His ass, and that Hank would reward you?"

    John: "Oh no! Karl has a letter he got from Hank years ago explaining the whole thing. Here's a copy; see for yourself."

    From the Desk of Karl
    1. Kiss Hank's ass and He'll give you a million dollars when you leave town.
    2. Use alcohol in moderation.
    3. Kick the guts out of people who aren't like you.
    4. Eat right.
    5. Hank dictated this list Himself.
    6. The moon is made of green cheese.
    7. Everything Hank says is right.
    8. Wash your hands after going to the bathroom.
    9. Don't use alcohol.
    10. Kiss Hank's ass or He'll kick the guts out of you.

    Me: "This appears to be written on Karl's letterhead."

    Mary: "Hank didn't have any paper."

    Me: "I have a hunch that if we checked we'd find this is Karl's handwriting."

    John: "Of course, Hank dictated it."

    Me: "I thought you said no one gets to see Hank?"

    Mary: "Not now, but years ago He would talk to some people."

    Me: "I thought you said He was a philanthropist. What sort of philanthropist kicks the guts out of people just because they're different?"

    Mary: "It's what Hank wants, and Hank's always right."

    Me: "How do you figure that?"

    Mary: "Item 7 says 'Everything Hank says is right.' That's good enough for me!"

    Me: "Maybe your friend Karl just made the whole thing up."

    John: "No way! Item 5 says 'Hank dictated this list himself.' Besides, item 2 says 'Use alcohol in moderation,' Item 4 says 'Eat right,' and item 8 says 'Wash your hands after going to the bathroom.' Everyone knows those things are right, so the rest must be true, too."

    Me: "But 9 says 'Don't use alcohol.' which doesn't quite go with item 2, and 6 says 'The moon is made of green cheese,' which is just plain wrong."

    John: "There's no contradiction between 9 and 2, 9 just clarifies 2. As far as 6 goes, you've never been to the moon, so you can't say for sure."

    Me: "Scientists have pretty firmly established that the moon is made of rock..."

    Mary: "But they don't know if the rock came from the Earth, or from out of space, so it could just as easily be green cheese."

    Me: "I'm not really an expert, but not knowing where the rock came from doesn't make it plausible that it might be made of cheese."

    John: "Ha! You just admitted that scientists don’t know everything, but we know Hank is always right!"

    Me: "We do?"

    Mary: "Of course we do, Item 7 says so."

    Me: "You're saying Hank's always right because the list says so, the list is right because Hank dictated it, and we know that Hank dictated it because the list says so. That's circular logic, no different than saying 'Hank's right because He says He's right.'"

    John: "Now you're getting it! It's so rewarding to see someone come around to Hank's way of thinking."

    Me: "But...oh, never mind.

    From jhuger.com

    September 1, 2013 at 3:14 pm |
    • jungleboo

      Brilliant! Thank you for this very clear and concise little morality play!

      September 1, 2013 at 3:50 pm |
  7. Scott

    Rediculous bias in this article. Sarcastic jokes about judaism and christians "wolfing down cheeseburgers"... funny how nothing was played on islam. islam is a hijacking of christian faith.... it is a great atrocity, it steals the God of "the people of the book" (quran) and claims God isn't Jesus and somebody else was crucified on the cross thus nullifying all forgiveness of sins.

    Is it coincedental muslims behead infidels and the antichrist's army beheads non-conformists??? hmm... we shall see.

    al-mahdi in islam rules for 7 years/antichrist rules for 7 years. false prophet with 2 horns of a lamb (fake lamb of God) has everybody worship antichrist/ in islam "isa" (fake jesus), has everybody pay hommage to the al-mahdi....

    it will be interesting, hope all this stuff comes soon because I'm ready to leave this world, nothing but dissention to the point of where peace is no longer an option at all.... there will be no peace in this world until jesus christ comes back, it is only going to get worse, stop the peace movement, repent and pray for Christ... that's the answer.

    look up videos on islam... then christians... which do you see committing butchery? eating other men's hearts? hmm....

    September 1, 2013 at 3:14 pm |
  8. Eric Darling

    "There are many different paths to the same mountaintop." Religion is viewed differently through cultural lenses, and it's to be expected there will be many different interpretations of what is real and what is right and good. I find it curious that there is no discussion of the Hindu or Buddhist faiths, of which the majority of the world's population practices. One could make a case that even thought there is little room for an All-Powerful Creator in either religions, the notion that human should strive for perfection is a universal one.

    September 1, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
    • RickP

      Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

      September 1, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
      • tallulah13

        So what? Honestly, so what? You can't even prove your god exists so there is exactly as much reason to believe in Krisha or Odin or Osiris or any other god as there is to believe in yours. Empty promises are empty promises, even if you read them in a book.

        September 1, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
  9. yankeepatriot

    If you Google "Allah," you'll find countless links to sites where archeologists have found icons and statues of Allah who was, for centuries before Mohammed, worshiped as a "desert moon god," and, according to the dictates of Judaism and Christianity, worshiping such idols is blasphemy. If we all worship the same god, then why is one major religion, Islam, dedicated to a global caliphate where we all be forced live under the most oppressive form of laws in existence, Shariah, or face death? Why are Muslims told to decapitate anyone who refuses to convert to Islam? Can that be found in either Judaism or Christianity? No. And why if a Muslim converts to Christianity is that conversion considered by Muslims to be blasphemy? It just doesn't add up. If we all worshiped the same god, then the Bible and Q'ran should surely be in synch. They are undeniably very different.

    September 1, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
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    September 1, 2013 at 3:10 pm |
  11. Maloof

    We are not the same, being different is good. Why not accommodate each other.

    Let us do unto others as we want them to do unto us.

    September 1, 2013 at 3:10 pm |
  12. Peter Knight

    We Hindus don't give it a hoot. We have millions of Gods, enough to go around for all be they be Christians, Muslims, Jews, etc etc. 🙂

    September 1, 2013 at 3:10 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      i saw hinduism as a flaw in this author's theory. perhaps with the big 3, but in hinduism, you can worship one of the thousands of hindu gods or even non-hindu gods - it all leads to nirvana, all is the worship of brahma in the end. basically, in hinduism, no matter what god you worship, you're all on the same path.

      September 1, 2013 at 3:14 pm |
    • bostontola

      The Hindu pantheon is one of the best, much more imaginative than the Abrahamic.

      September 1, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
  13. CaliforniaAc

    Christians and Jews worship the same God with the exception that God came down from heaven as Jesus, the Messiah, and Jews rejected Him, But Jews remain faithful to their God as per the old testament. Muslims answer to their own god as preached by Muhammad and that is a whole different story..

    September 1, 2013 at 3:10 pm |
    • Morgan King

      The Jewish rejection of Jesus is mostly just part of Paul's rather-divergent Rome-centric writings, and Jesus's opposition to the influence of Rome in the Jewish temple which caused political tension. I think there's little doubt that it was the same Jews – led by James – who followed him who continued to espouse his teachings after his death.

      September 1, 2013 at 3:17 pm |
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  15. Ajay !

    God is One !. And his messengers were many. They were existed in different area during different periods just for one reason : Reminders 1 2 3 4 ...... If I were born as a christian, I support christianity till my last breath. Likewise If I were labelled Muslim or Hindu I support it. In my case, I wish everyone take and follow the best of all religions i.e same concept with different presentations. Mom, Maa, Amma gives the same meaning Mother. However its the middlemen or some individuals make this system complex with their narrow mindedness for their selfishness. They can't hide or kill the truth.
    I suggest everyone stick to your label or religion. And there is no need of changing your religion. If you do it it would be like same old wine in new bottle. You need to understand the same concept and follow it sincerely. God don't appreciate or admire you for switching to other religion. He may forgive us for our ignorance. For the rest, seeing is believing. They can't see it till their holy soul gets separated from their bodies. Those who don't believe it .. Ignorance ...Still not ? You would get a chance to believe it.

    September 1, 2013 at 3:08 pm |
  16. Colin

    The completely absurd theory that all 7,000,000,000 human beings on the planet are simultaneously being supervised 24 hours a day, every day of their lives by an immortal, invisible being for the purposes of reward or punishment in an “afterlife” comes from the field of:

    (a) Astronomy;

    (b) Cosmology;

    (c) Psychology; or

    (d) Christianity, Islam and Judaism?

    September 1, 2013 at 3:08 pm |
    • Dan W

      If you're going with 'the study of' words 'ology', then it's "Theology", not a specific religion.

      September 1, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
  17. Bayousara

    Count me out on the god thing. No such being as "God," it is a myth perpetrated eons ago. What amazes me is how humans who do believe don't actually practice what is taught by their religious leaders. Thus the millions and millions of people who have been slaughtered throughout history (and including today) by Christians, Muslims, Hindus, etc etc etc. Amen

    September 1, 2013 at 3:07 pm |
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      September 1, 2013 at 3:12 pm |
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    • Rebbe Bupkis

      Mi dentisa tiene muy frio!

      September 1, 2013 at 3:09 pm |
  19. zeep42

    Yes. The same God, but different sorts if annoying people.

    September 1, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
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