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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. Yoda

    Why is your DAY OF WORSHIP is called SUNDAY ?

    Sunday: Old English Sunnandæg (pronounced [sun.nan.dæg] or [sun.nan.dæj), meaning "sun's day." This is a translation of the Latin phrase dies Solis. English, like most of the Germanic languages, preserves the original pagan/sun associations of the day. Many other European languages, including all of the Romance languages, have changed its name to the equivalent of "the Lord's day" (based on Ecclesiastical Latin dies Dominica). In both West Germanic and North Germanic mythology the Sun is personified as a goddess, Sunna/Sól.

    wait wait ... did I see pagan in there?

    September 1, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
    • God has a name

      You are right about that, but there is not much people of faith can do about changing the names of the days of the week, months, etc.

      September 1, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
  2. Caihlyn

    Does one ever wonder why CNN publishes articles on religion? Could it be that they wish to feed trolls?

    September 1, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
  3. Olim

    I don't believe in any existing religions and their belief on god in this world. But i'm not an atheist. I believe in me. I believe in my family, parents, friends and all the kind and good people around me. They are my god. My home, society, country and entire world is my holy place where i worship. Always help people In need In which ever way possible is the message of my religion. Start from your house. Love your family and friends. Always be kind and helpful to them. I think all these existing religions are created just as the method of population control. So many wars have been fought in the name of religion. Millions of people have died and are dying. What's the use of religion if it's not helping people to live but to die??

    September 1, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
  4. lmao

    all religion is fake, and if you disagree, dont talk to me

    September 1, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
    • bostontola

      Impersonating others is cowardly.

      September 1, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
  5. God has a name

    Galatians 6;10

    "Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers."

    September 1, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
    • whydouask

      True Christians have a commission from Jesus Christ to make disciples of people of all nations. When teaching these people, how would it be possible to identify the true God as different from the false gods of the nations? Only by using His personal name, as the Bible itself does.—Matt. 28:19, 20; 1 Cor. 8:5, 6.
      Ex. 3:15: “God said . . . to Moses: ‘This is what you are to say to the sons of Israel, “Jehovah the God of your forefathers . . . has sent me to you.” This is my name to time indefinite, and this is the memorial of me to generation after generation.’”
      Isa. 12:4: “Give thanks to Jehovah, you people! Call upon his name. Make known among the peoples his dealings. Make mention that his name is put on high.”
      Ezek. 38:17, 23: “This is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah has said, ‘ . . . And I shall certainly magnify myself and sanctify myself and make myself known before the eyes of many nations; and they will have to know that I am Jehovah.’”
      Mal. 3:16: “Those in fear of Jehovah spoke with one another, each one with his companion, and Jehovah kept paying attention and listening. And a book of remembrance began to be written up before him for those in fear of Jehovah and for those thinking upon his name.”
      John 17:26: “[Jesus prayed to his Father:] I have made your name known to them [his followers] and will make it known, in order that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in union with them.”
      Acts 15:14: “Symeon has related thoroughly how God for the first time turned his attention to the nations to take out of them a people for his name.”
      Is Jehovah in the “Old Testament” Jesus Christ in the “New Testament”?
      Matt. 4:10: “Jesus said to him: ‘Go away, Satan! For it is written, “It is Jehovah [“the Lord,” KJ and others] your God you must worship, and it is to him alone you must render sacred service.”’” (Jesus was obviously not saying that he himself was to be worshiped.)
      John 8:54: “Jesus answered [the Jews]: ‘If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father that glorifies me, he who you say is your God.’” (The Hebrew Scriptures clearly identify Jehovah as the God that the Jews professed to worship. Jesus said, not that he himself was Jehovah, but that Jehovah was his Father. Jesus here made it very clear that he and his Father were distinct individuals.)
      Ps. 110:1: “The utterance of Jehovah to my [David’s] Lord is: ‘Sit at my right hand until I place your enemies as a stool for your feet.’” (At Matthew 22:41-45, Jesus explained that he himself was David’s “Lord,” referred to in this psalm. So Jesus is not Jehovah but is the one to whom Jehovah’s words were here directed.)
      Phil. 2:9-11: “For this very reason also God exalted him [Jesus Christ] to a superior position and kindly gave him the name that is above every other name, so that in the name of Jesus every knee should bend of those in heaven and those on earth and those under the ground, and every tongue should openly acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. [Dy reads: “ . . . every tongue should confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father.” Kx and CC read similarly, but a footnote in Kx acknowledges: “ . . . the Greek is perhaps more naturally rendered ‘to the glory,’” and NAB and JB render it that way.]” (Notice that Jesus Christ is here shown to be different from God the Father and subject to Him.)

      September 1, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
      • God has a name

        Amen. Agape'

        September 1, 2013 at 4:00 pm |
  6. Jesus is the Light of the World

    ONE LORD, ONE FAITH, ONE BAPTISM ...And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Jesus said " I am the way, the truth, and the life no man comes unto the father(God) but by me ... You want to know who God is, then one must believe on his son Jesus Christ

    September 1, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
  7. Elena

    Atheist and religious are likely blind about truth. But I am going to educate you about it. however if you dont get it then is not your fault. Unfortunately, you were not giving a higher level of understanding to grasp such a profound concept. The reality you live in DON NOT EXIST, is not real. it is an illusion of the mind, which is the medium the souls uses to live a conscious experience!.

    All mater is made of rapidly moving energy buckets called quanta or particles. This energy buckets spread as waves. Light is a wave that carries information and when it hits the retina of an eye, what is called the wave function, where all possibilities are in superposition, collapses and then information is transfer to the brain as electromagnetic impulses where the brain translates the info it receives into images sounds and like. Just as a radio antenna only picks one of all the radio waves traveling through the air. So yeah that is how the mind creates the reality you think is real and solid!. Now go and do your own research in the matter!

    No wonder Einstein said " I prefer to think that the moon is the even if I am not looking at it" most atheist can not comprehend the meaning of this quote!

    and the idiots saying light is not a wave, i mean you people better go see if the rooster already layed the eggs!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=axUkUuj6aus

    September 1, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
    • bostontola

      Delusions of grandeur much?

      September 1, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
      • heehee

        Hey Bostonola, I replied to you on page 37. We can probably drop that discussion, although it's probably more interesting than this one.

        September 1, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
        • bostontola

          Thanks, I replied, that is more interesting.

          September 1, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
    • heehee

      I'm one of the people who you thought said that light is not a wave. However, that was only your poor reading comprehension.

      I can recommend some QM texts for you. Do the exercises; that's how you know you understand.

      September 1, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
      • Elena

        Dont worry I already have text books from York University in Toronto Canada and I can learn from my professors!

        September 1, 2013 at 3:48 pm |
        • heehee

          Good luck with your studies. I'm glad you're trying to learn something (no sarcasm), even though I have no idea what you're saying.

          September 1, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Actually, the quote is incomprehensible because you left out a few key letters.

      Your rants and personal interpretations of science have no meaning outside of your own head, Elena.

      September 1, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
      • Elena

        If you still refused to accept that light is a wave then you have a serious problem,

        September 1, 2013 at 3:49 pm |
        • heehee

          See, this is what I mean. Where does he say light is not a wave? He doesn't.

          I officially give up.

          September 1, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
        • tallulah13

          Yes, Elena, light is comprised of waves and particles. This is fairly common knowledge. However your bad interpretations of science only make sense in your own head. The only thing that you are teaching anyone is that you are not terribly bright.

          September 1, 2013 at 3:58 pm |
      • RE

        Light is a wave on the same spectrum of waves as radio, microwaves, etc.

        September 1, 2013 at 4:03 pm |
    • Mark

      Atheists don't really have a established belief system about who we are and where we come from. This is the constant misunderstanding from the religious. We aren't all saying big bang and evolution is the answer. All Atheism is saying is that we don't believe in any of your Gods. Our lack of faith in your religion usually has little to do with any scientific theories but with contradictions and immorality in your religious scriptures. An Atheist says "I have no clue and neither do you, but I am still at least looking for a more logical explanation."

      September 1, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
  8. Islam dor

    Anyone who don't believe in Allah and Muhammad (pbuh) will burn in hellfire.

    September 1, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
    • Azriel

      Islam made you crazy? do you really think that Islam is the way? why ? because that the way you have been educated! what will happen if you will have a real and truthful theological argument with any one. you will loose for sure. Because all you know is violent.

      September 1, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
  9. RE

    What's teh difference, they all worship an invisible man on the sky.

    September 1, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
  10. !! Believe !!

    Reasons why atheism is horrible and unhealthy for our children and living things:

    – Atheists do not have any morality, are heartless, soulless and cold.
    – Atheists grew up in a bad family, not being loved and abused.
    – Atheism was brought upon during the French Revolution, one of the most evil time of history.
    – Communism – evil system created by atheists!
    – Atheists cannot prove God does not exist and how Earth was created.
    – No atheist org. contribute to charitable causes, unlike Christians, due to atheism beliefs in Darwinism.
    – Atheism making you agree with mass murder leaders like Stalin, Mao, Pot, Mussolini and even Hitler!
    – Atheists are mentally ill, that's why they have no faith and belief.
    – Countries with high rate of atheism = high suicide rate (Nordic nations).
    – Atheists tries to convert (young) people into their evil belief over the internet.
    – Atheists believe in evolutions, and want us to act like animals.
    – Atheists bash Christianity based on Jewish scriptures (Old Testament/Torah) and organized religion, and tend to ignore or forget how amazing, loving, friendly, supportive, and excellent the most influential person who has even walked on Earth, Jesus Christ, was. Christians found hospitals, universities, science, etc.
    – Atheists do not believe in Jesus Christ; therefore they must hate their neighbor and enemy. Remember the Sermon on the Mount?

    Atheists are minority in the U.S. and the world no matter what "secular" sources and polls voted by few thousands of people tells you that were made up by silly atheists dreaming about making America more atheist, unbiblical and unGodly than what it actually is. More than 90% of Americans believe in God. Period! Christianity is the world's largest religion, and the main religion in the western world. Christianity grows dramatically and goes global.

    September 1, 2013 at 3:39 pm |
    • bostontola

      What is healthy for children and other living things? Not Christianity and prayer. Faith healing kills hundreds of innocent children. The Christian religion teaches that the earth and its living things are for men to do with as they please. That has led to centuries of exploitation, pollution, and extinction of species. Wow, that's a scary track record.

      September 1, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
    • Yoda

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CshCI90Nfqc

      September 1, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Basically, this !!Believe!! person is a liar, spreading malicious, ignorant untruths in an effort to incite hatred (and possibly violence) toward other human beings. Is this the morality you learn in church?

      September 1, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
  11. Yoda

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-6r86T1m4c

    September 1, 2013 at 3:39 pm |
    • Yoda

      Dungeon and Dragons anyone?

      September 1, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
  12. Jason

    I'm surprised that CNN allows for all of this hate speech in the comments.

    September 1, 2013 at 3:39 pm |
    • heehee

      Disagreement is not hate.

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

      On the other hand, you might want to scroll down to !! believe !!'s comment...

      September 1, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
    • tallulah13

      No kidding. Christians get really nasty when you point out the flaws in their belief.

      September 1, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
      • heehee

        The double standard is astounding.

        September 1, 2013 at 4:00 pm |
  13. khaled

    The absolute fact is that , there is only one almighty God. because if there were more than one there would be many conflicts among them and the universe would have been destroyed and vanished. The harmony in the universe around us provides that.

    September 1, 2013 at 3:38 pm |
    • Morgan King

      Or there are no gods. Or there are multiple omniscient beings that have no reason to fight over infinite space. Or the universe can't be destroyed by a god. Or, you know, any other possibility.

      September 1, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
      • khaled

        If it can't be destroyed by a god , who created it then ?
        also god can't be a human or similar to a thing that we can imagine. he is out of imagination.

        September 1, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
        • truthprevails1

          Why does it need a creator and what created this creator?

          September 1, 2013 at 4:02 pm |
        • Morgan King

          Which is the same question as 'who made God?'

          September 1, 2013 at 4:41 pm |
    • Cantina Bell

      Not a fact.

      September 1, 2013 at 3:48 pm |
    • Gregg

      The problem with this arguement is that it only suggests that there is no more than one god, but the same arguement does not prove that there is one. Zero god's is no more than one god as well and so the argument you put forth also suggests no god at all. Attempting to use logic to prove one god will fail as it is a matter of faith and not reason.

      September 1, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
  14. !! Believe !!

    Fûçk all non-Christians

    September 1, 2013 at 3:38 pm |
    • bostontola

      Mighty Christian of you.

      September 1, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
    • truthprevails1

      Please go to Iraq and say that.

      September 1, 2013 at 4:03 pm |
  15. !! Believe !!

    God BLESS

    September 1, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
  16. !! Believe !!

    Reasons why atheism is horrible and unhealthy for our children and living things:

    – Atheists do not have any morality, are heartless, soulless and cold.
    – Atheists grew up in a bad family, not being loved and abused.
    – Atheism was brought upon during the French Revolution, one of the most evil time of history.
    – Communism – evil system created by atheists!
    – Atheists cannot prove God does not exist and how Earth was created.
    – No atheist org. contribute to charitable causes, unlike Christians, due to atheism beliefs in Darwinism.
    – Atheism making you agree with mass murder leaders like Stalin, Mao, Pot, Mussolini and even Hitler!
    – Atheists are mentally ill, that's why they have no faith and belief.
    – Countries with high rate of atheism = high suicide rate (Nordic nations).
    – Atheists tries to convert (young) people into their evil belief over the internet.
    – Atheists believe in evolutions, and want us to act like animals.
    – Atheists bash Christianity based on Jewish scriptures (Old Testament/Torah) and organized religion, and tend to ignore or forget how amazing, loving, friendly, supportive, and excellent the most influential person who has even walked on Earth, Jesus Christ, was. Christians found hospitals, universities, science, etc.
    – Atheists do not believe in Jesus Christ; therefore they must hate their neighbor and enemy. Remember the Sermon on the Mount?

    September 1, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
    • bostontola

      What is healthy for children and other living things? Not Christianity and prayer. Faith healing kills hundreds of innocent children. The Christian religion teaches that the earth and its living things are for men to do with as they please. That has led to centuries of exploitation, pollution, and extinction of species. Wow, that's a scary track record.

      September 1, 2013 at 3:39 pm |
    • Dan W

      Hitler was Catholic.

      September 1, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
    • Sasha

      Lol 🙂
      Christians are atheist to the gods of Egypt that preceded theirs by thousands of years. Horus, born to the virgin mother Isis, upon rising from the dead walked the Earth with 12 disciples performing miracles. Sound familiar dillweed? grow a brain! Your god is a myth, a story, like thousands upon thousands of "other" myths. You and your kind are scary, creepy, stupid, ignorant, and will be replaced by smarter humans than you (lord I hope you don't have children, no pun intended 🙂

      September 1, 2013 at 6:37 pm |
  17. Believe !!

    Reasons why atheism is horrible and unhealthy for our children and living things:

    – Atheists do not have any morality, are heartless, soulless and cold.
    – Atheists grew up in a bad family, not being loved and abused.
    – Atheism was brought upon during the French Revolution, one of the most evil time of history.
    – Communism – evil system created by atheists!
    – Atheists cannot prove God does not exist and how Earth was created.
    – No atheist org. contribute to charitable causes, unlike Christians, due to atheism beliefs in Darwinism.
    – Atheism making you agree with mass murder leaders like Stalin, Mao, Pot, Mussolini and even Hitler!
    – Atheists are mentally ill, that's why they have no faith and belief.
    – Countries with high rate of atheism = high suicide rate (Nordic nations).
    – Atheists tries to convert (young) people into their evil belief over the internet.
    – Atheists believe in evolutions, and want us to act like animals.
    – Atheists bash Christianity based on Jewish scriptures (Old Testament/Torah) and organized religion, and tend to ignore or forget how amazing, loving, friendly, supportive, and excellent the most influential person who has even walked on Earth, Jesus Christ, was. Christians found hospitals, universities, science, etc.
    – Atheists do not believe in Jesus Christ; therefore they must hate their neighbor and enemy. Remember the Sermon on the Mount?

    Atheists are minority in the U.S. and the world no matter what "secular" sources and polls voted by few thousands of people tells you that were made up by silly atheists dreaming about making America more atheist, unbiblical and unGodly than what it actually is. More than 90% of Americans believe in God. Period! Christianity is the world's largest religion, and the main religion in the western world. Christianity grows dramatically and goes global.....

    September 1, 2013 at 3:36 pm |
    • Dan W

      Interesting side note about Communism, the nick name commy is actually the name of a nature spirit from Shintoism. And communism done by Christians would probably be called Gods good grace, but when it's done by a secular government, shame on it! I hate that about religion.

      September 1, 2013 at 3:38 pm |
    • Morgan King

      Which is all, of course, utter nonsense.

      September 1, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
      • Dan W

        Thats an opinion.

        September 1, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
        • Morgan King

          I'd have a hard time calling a copy-and-paste rant job an actual opinion, but that doesn't make it any less nonsensical.

          September 1, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
  18. Mr.X

    Time to revive dormant Indo-European religions which is for Indoeuropeans and by IndoEuropeans, which recognizes plurality and multi dimensional reality.

    September 1, 2013 at 3:35 pm |
  19. Christianity only true religion

    Reasons why atheism is horrible and unhealthy for our children and living things:

    – Atheists do not have any morality, are heartless, soulless and cold.
    – Atheists grew up in a bad family, not being loved and abused.
    – Atheism was brought upon during the French Revolution, one of the most evil time of history.
    – Communism – evil system created by atheists!
    – Atheists cannot prove God does not exist and how Earth was created.
    – No atheist org. contribute to charitable causes, unlike Christians, due to atheism beliefs in Darwinism.
    – Atheism making you agree with mass murder leaders like Stalin, Mao, Pot, Mussolini and even Hitler!
    – Atheists are mentally ill, that's why they have no faith and belief.
    – Countries with high rate of atheism = high suicide rate (Nordic nations).
    – Atheists tries to convert (young) people into their evil belief over the internet.
    – Atheists believe in evolutions, and want us to act like animals.
    – Atheists bash Christianity based on Jewish scriptures (Old Testament/Torah) and organized religion, and tend to ignore or forget how amazing, loving, friendly, supportive, and excellent the most influential person who has even walked on Earth, Jesus Christ, was. Christians found hospitals, universities, science, etc.
    – Atheists do not believe in Jesus Christ; therefore they must hate their neighbor and enemy. Remember the Sermon on the Mount?

    Atheists are minority in the U.S. and the world no matter what "secular" sources and polls voted by few thousands of people tells you that were made up by silly atheists dreaming about making America more atheist, unbiblical and unGodly than what it actually is. More than 90% of Americans believe in God. Period! Christianity is the world's largest religion, and the main religion in the western world. Christianity grows dramatically and goes global.

    September 1, 2013 at 3:35 pm |
    • Yoda

      This is why you fail in life as a useless person in a society.

      Atheist was here since day 1,

      September 1, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
    • God has a name

      All people will decide for themselves. This is free will. God does not make people do anything. He already owns what is his. His desire is for all to come to true knowledge, peace, and the gift he has freely given. There is no force, no manipulation, and no humiliation. It is free... We honor him by showing loving kindness to those who are not of our faith. not judgment.

      September 1, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
  20. RickP

    Jesus = God
    Allah = Satan

    Yes, I know Allah is the Arabic word for god. It should be the Arabic word for satan.

    Be careful you are not deceived.

    September 1, 2013 at 3:33 pm |
    • Dan W

      You should know that Muslims accept Jesus as the Jewish messiah. They don't call him Jesus they call him Issa.

      September 1, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
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