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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. Timbo

    Yeah.... the day a Sunni Muslim walked into a Shiite Mosque and blew himself and 50 people up we pretty much knew it didn't matter which God either of them worshiped. When the Orthodox and catholic church separated and proceeded to back stab, murder, and harm each other.....

    Ah hell. I am just going to spill the beans...There is no god, the reason religion is not perfect is because it was made up to control people. Yeah, thats right..... You are all huge idiots acting as puppets in someone else puppet show.

    Man, that was good to get off my chest after all these years.

    September 1, 2013 at 8:34 pm |
  2. Colli T

    This whole article is written by a woefully ignorant person who makes no attempt to faithfully represent either faith. They won't be but they SHOULD be ashamed of their self. This effort to make faith look bad only makes this author look bad. Christianity and Judaism have the same God. Jesus Christ is the Word of God made flesh, and the Word was with God even in Judaism! There is much more but I won't waste my time trying to repair all the DAMAGE this person is trying to inflict on Judaism and Christianity.

    September 1, 2013 at 8:31 pm |
    • Dave

      If your religion is so weak that the truth can damage it, it belongs on the trash heap.

      September 1, 2013 at 8:36 pm |
    • Edweird69

      You don't need to inflict damage on any religion. They're all damaging, and they damage each other. Hard to believe grown adults would actually believe such nonsense...then escalate their stupidity with violence.

      September 1, 2013 at 8:36 pm |
    • Akira

      Yeah, except you completely ignored/dismissed the third Abrahamic religion: Islam.
      It would take a whole lot more space to explain the three in detail. He did a basic overview to explain that it is the same God all three religions worship.

      September 1, 2013 at 8:38 pm |
    • Colin

      Allah is much more like Yahweh than God is. At least the yare both monotheist. The Christian god is polytheistic – being three gods in one.

      September 1, 2013 at 8:38 pm |
    • dansuh

      Amen. There's too much ignorance in this article to try to even reply and fix. How does garbage like this pass for journalism?

      September 1, 2013 at 8:38 pm |
    • Azriel

      Let us see what you are saying!! God came into the earth in the flesh in order to kill himself and by that he will forgive himself for he scarify himself before forgiving himself, there for the scarify of himself is good for forgiving himself for our sin in front of himself. That make a lot of logical sense. Go back to the crazy house!!

      September 1, 2013 at 8:41 pm |
  3. Apple Bush

    I just ate a frozen (and thawed) peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It was like a peanut butter pop pie. It as good.

    What does this tell us about Jesus and this teachings?

    September 1, 2013 at 8:28 pm |
    • Disciple

      Master, the crust may not be yummy, but it is nutritious?

      September 1, 2013 at 8:30 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Yes.

      September 1, 2013 at 8:31 pm |
  4. God has a name

    Praise JHWH...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmZeMVcXUM0

    September 1, 2013 at 8:27 pm |
    • Geek

      God has many names:

      1. Mithrandir
      3. The White Wizard
      4. Gandalf the White
      4. Gandalf the Gray
      5. Gandalf
      6. The Old Coot
      7. The Old Coot the Gray

      September 1, 2013 at 8:35 pm |
      • Uber Geek

        It is thought by may Tolkien scholars that the order that Gandalf belonged to were demi-gods, brought to M.I. to help.

        September 1, 2013 at 8:48 pm |
        • Uber Nerd

          Some of us even believe that Sauron was once a member of the same order, before turning evil.

          September 1, 2013 at 8:49 pm |
  5. Apple Bush

    Mecca
    Blankety blank out about to catch ya

    Rollin it up, got my paper
    L.A. is a friendly neighbor yo

    Don’t put on the upities and yuppities
    I like dogs better

    Give it a rest yo, chill and be a friend and not on Facebook
    You can take that junk, place it in the oven to cook yo

    Raised on religion, living on stealin’
    Mecca’s in my head buy not in my religion.

    September 1, 2013 at 8:18 pm |
    • Box

      Fish, and plankton. And sea greens, and protein from the sea. It's all here, ready. Fresh as harvest day. Fish and sea greens, plankton and protein from the sea. And then it stopped coming. And they came instead. So I store them here. I'm ready. And you're ready. It's my job. To freeze you. Protein, plankton...

      September 1, 2013 at 8:23 pm |
  6. Reality

    Peace is brought about rational thinking. Religion is not rational. Problem solved.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    September 1, 2013 at 8:12 pm |
  7. What are Christians doing about this?

    200 million Christians persecuted worldwide!

    September 1, 2013 at 8:12 pm |
    • Free Pastor Abedini

      Now!!

      September 1, 2013 at 8:17 pm |
    • Just Call Me Lucifer

      Thats called a good start.

      September 1, 2013 at 8:18 pm |
    • logan5

      What do you suggest they do?

      September 1, 2013 at 8:20 pm |
    • Elijah Wood

      Great question, wonder how many Christians pray for the persecuted.

      Pray for the persecuted.

      September 1, 2013 at 8:23 pm |
    • Dave

      Fair payback for all the persecution they've engaged in.

      September 1, 2013 at 8:39 pm |
  8. jonas hebal

    The Holy Prophet Muhammad (s) advised the people of Mecca to stop worshipping idols and instead worship One Allah. One day someone asked him, "Explain to us Allah you worship".
    Then Allah revealed the following Surah 'al-Tawhid' to the Holy Prophet so that he could recite it to the people:

    Bismilla hir Rahmanir Rahim
    Qul huwal lahu Ahad
    Allahus Samado
    Lam yalid walam yulad
    Walam Yakul lahu kufuwan Ahad.

    The following is the meaning of the above surah:

    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
    Say: Allah is One.
    He needs nothing.
    Neither has He given birth to anyone;
    Nor is He born of anyone.
    And He has no equal.

    'Tawheed' means that Allah is One, Alone, and there is none like Him.

    During our prayers we must recite two surahs from the Holy Qur'an, one of which is Surah 'al-Hamd' and the other is Surah 'al-Tawheed'. We should therefore, learn these surahs by heart.

    Belief in the Oneness of Allah is the basis of Islam.

    September 1, 2013 at 8:08 pm |
    • Colin

      islam is a false religion and allah is an idol

      September 1, 2013 at 8:13 pm |
      • Tish

        This, right here: the reason religion is so divisive. Guess what, cowboy? Allah is God. Is God an idol?

        September 1, 2013 at 8:20 pm |
      • Dave

        And Jesus was a homeless fanny bandit with 12 boyfriends. So what?

        September 1, 2013 at 8:40 pm |
      • khalid

        If you did not study of Islam, Do not say anything about Islam!

        September 1, 2013 at 9:01 pm |
    • Just Call Me Lucifer

      Go sell crazy somewhere else... we're all stocked up here.

      September 1, 2013 at 8:19 pm |
    • Some Guy

      If you say it enough times, you will believe it. Say it 5 times a day and never question it. Then, after turning 18 years of age, you can wash your own brain without the assistance of the Imam.

      September 1, 2013 at 8:52 pm |
  9. harri

    out of his unfathomable love

    the price god had to pay,

    watching his son die a slow agonizing death

    and every living thing that moved on land perished—birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind.

    for you and me

    September 1, 2013 at 8:06 pm |
    • jungleboo

      U a Nutcase

      September 1, 2013 at 8:29 pm |
    • Dave

      Yeah, because just forgiving things without the need for a human sacrifice was too much for him to handle.

      September 1, 2013 at 8:43 pm |
  10. Imran

    I agree and disagree with Athiests at the same time.

    When they say: there is not god... I say "there is not god" and then quickly disagree with them and say, "But one GOD"

    September 1, 2013 at 8:03 pm |
    • keith

      I am a FREE-THINKER and know there is not GOD/higher power, its called evidence & science.

      September 1, 2013 at 8:06 pm |
      • Colin

        You parrot the position of those around you and are enslaved in your own sin. Science is a gift God has given man, a gift that has been abused by fools and has been on the wrong road for sometime now.

        September 1, 2013 at 8:12 pm |
        • Observer

          Colin,

          Science hasn't found the unicorns, talking non-humans, and dragons that you apparently believe in. You can always wish.

          September 1, 2013 at 8:14 pm |
        • Colin

          All nature communicates, komodo dragons exist and I have never endorsed unicorns nor has any Hebrew language in the oldest texts of the Bible. sorry about you.

          September 1, 2013 at 8:17 pm |
        • Azriel

          Now you are wrong, because the oldest text of the bible is written in Hebrew. The Jews now read Hebrew and write Aramaic but you know that ,right?

          September 1, 2013 at 8:24 pm |
        • Morgan King

          The gift was not science itself, humanity's gift is reason. It's led us to science, and has allowed us to no longer require the old gods to chart our future. It's a beautiful thing.

          September 1, 2013 at 8:20 pm |
        • Observer

          Colin

          "I have never endorsed unicorns nor has any Hebrew language in the oldest texts of the Bible. sorry about you."

          The Bible is full of references to unicorns.

          Thank you for pointing out more ERRORS in the Bible. As you have shown, there's plenty of them.

          September 1, 2013 at 8:26 pm |
        • Dave

          Then explain why "christianity" murdered scientists, and even today tries to denounce scientists for learning and teaching the truth?

          September 1, 2013 at 8:44 pm |
      • FA

        So produce your evidence of there being no God, ie. Creator, Sustainer etc. I love it when people like you claim they know the "Truth", as a scientist myself it was especially funny when commies threw a fit at the big bang theory since it didn't fit their materialistic view of the world. Kieth, don't post any small minded Rants and BS, you claimed that you know the truth and that there is no God. So produce your evidence.

        September 1, 2013 at 8:15 pm |
        • Azriel

          very simple, if god is not exist, then when you die nothing left, according to this there is no soul!! how can you explain reincarnation?

          September 1, 2013 at 8:19 pm |
        • Johnny

          the first piece of evidence that leads to the conclusion that there is no god is the Bible.

          September 3, 2013 at 2:21 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      I stand upon my head and my feet at the same time. When I am on my feet I see, all is right side up. When I stand on my head I believe something is amiss.

      September 1, 2013 at 8:08 pm |
  11. Mary

    Who cares?

    September 1, 2013 at 8:01 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      I care Mary. I care very much indeed.

      September 1, 2013 at 8:04 pm |
    • Billy O'Goat

      There is no shame in admitting to unknown scientific possibilities. but being stuck in this Santa Claus or else mentality sucks.

      September 1, 2013 at 8:13 pm |
  12. keith

    why don't you all just believe in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy while your at it!! TRUTH is there is no evidence that any religious GOD even existed.... If GOD supposedly existed why it that it man & animals were around and the world already existed prior to GOD's 6 days 22 hours to create the world. PLEASE!!!!

    September 1, 2013 at 8:01 pm |
    • Azriel

      Really? and how do you know that? is that a matter of proof or a matter of faith?

      September 1, 2013 at 8:17 pm |
  13. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    September 1, 2013 at 8:01 pm |
    • Observer

      Speaking of unhealthy for children and other living things, here's God's work:

      (Gen. 7:21) “And all flesh died that moved on the earth, birds, domestic animals, wild animals, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and ALL HUMAN BEINGS”

      September 1, 2013 at 8:04 pm |
      • Colin

        You'd better reread the Bible, the righteous were spared.

        September 1, 2013 at 8:08 pm |
        • Observer

          Colin,

          You'd better read a Bible SOMEDAY. I quoted it EXACTLY.

          Thanks for pointing out another ERROR in the Bible.

          September 1, 2013 at 8:09 pm |
      • Colin

        The error is and has always been yours. sorry about you

        September 1, 2013 at 8:14 pm |
        • Observer

          Colin,

          Do you have any more ERRORS in the Bible for us? Thanks for your example.

          September 1, 2013 at 8:15 pm |
        • Colin

          Which part of you're wrong are you having trouble with? Noah and the entire family was spared.

          September 1, 2013 at 8:19 pm |
        • Observer

          Colin,

          Gen. 7:21) “And all flesh died that moved on the earth, birds, domestic animals, wild animals, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and ALL HUMAN BEINGS”

          Which part of "ALL HUMAN BEINGS" confuses you? Get a science book to tell you what human beings are if you are still completely stumped.

          September 1, 2013 at 8:22 pm |
      • lizzie

        Continue reading...verse 23 ...and only Noah was left alive, along with those who were with him on the boat. Quoting out of context, shame on you.

        September 1, 2013 at 8:42 pm |
        • Observer

          lizzie,

          Get real. What does "ALL HUMAN BEINGS" mean to you? Of course, they all didn't die. It's another ERROR in the Bible. Read one.

          September 1, 2013 at 9:41 pm |
      • chuckt20

        Read Gen 7:23 and you will see those on the Ark did not die. Sorry, but your not reading your bible.

        September 1, 2013 at 8:43 pm |
        • Observer

          chuckt20,

          lol. I quoted EXACTLY what the Bible says. Don't blame me for what it says. I know it's wrong AGAIN.

          Thanks for verifying the ERROR in the Bible.

          September 1, 2013 at 9:40 pm |
    • keith

      Prayer changes things. LMFAO How stupid can not one but billions be. Oh I am praying that the Packers lose on Sunday and my friend is praying they win; looks like I have a 50/50 chance. How many diseases has GOD cured? Where is HEAVEN when NASA has gone hundreds of miles+ straight into the sky....

      September 1, 2013 at 8:04 pm |
      • Colin

        The only prayer God would hear from you would be the sinners prayer of repentance.

        September 1, 2013 at 8:07 pm |
        • jungleboo

          You gots some delusions of grandeur, Colin.

          How tragic to be a grown man who must cozy up to abject fantasy to find life here on Earth worth living. Of course, Dan The Man posts over and over today that "Earth is A Prison", so go figure.

          Maybe you two could cook up something new that would floorify all of us. (Sorry, I just listened to a B'Way show w/Kristen Chenowith, and it haunts me still...)

          September 1, 2013 at 8:37 pm |
    • Dave

      The only thing "prayer" changes is the carbon dioxide content of the air around the person "praying".

      September 1, 2013 at 8:49 pm |
  14. kenny

    can you imagine if the energy spent on religion was spend on medicine, tech etc? we'd be living beyond the age of star trek by now... its pretty sad people can't accept they won't exist one day. I guess its the ultimate survival instinct that is hard wired into our biology.

    September 1, 2013 at 8:00 pm |
    • Rett

      Kenny, you do know that tons of Christians has spent plenty of energy establishing hospitals, orphanages etc....to help relieve suffering in the world.

      September 1, 2013 at 8:03 pm |
      • jungleboo

        Rett? Is that you? Honey, come home! I promise to behave.

        September 1, 2013 at 8:38 pm |
      • kenny

        and tons more have muurdered and fought with each other since religion began. religion divides more than it unites. its also a fantasy and when you think fantasies are reality... you are delusional...

        September 1, 2013 at 9:39 pm |
  15. Lionly Lamb

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

    September 1, 2013 at 8:00 pm |
  16. eric

    People need to open their eyes and hearts and actually seek the TRUTH. There can only be one truth, only one actual real answer. You have to use logic, reason, prayer to the true God and open your mind and let the truth in. Every religion can be eliminated very simply except the true one. I mean let's just start with war. You MUST eliminate every single religion that practices war or the people in the religion are part of the armed services. God is a god of love and we are told to love your enemy. That commandment alone eliminates 99% of all religions. Now take that remaining 1% and look to the bible to verify the true one. It's actually very simple. I'm not going to tell you the true religion, but it's on the one actually following god's commandments and jesus example. Very simple, god has made it so easy for true hearted people.

    September 1, 2013 at 7:57 pm |
    • Observer

      It's estimated that, based on the Bible, God commanded/supported the killing of over 1,000,000 people in it.

      September 1, 2013 at 8:01 pm |
    • xirume

      Your eyes are sewn shut and duct-taped over.

      September 1, 2013 at 8:06 pm |
    • Akira

      "You MUST eliminate every single religion that practices war or the people in the religion are part of the armed services."

      You do realize that religion is in our own United States armed services, n'est ce pas?

      September 1, 2013 at 8:13 pm |
    • Dave

      Your religion engages in hate too.

      September 1, 2013 at 8:37 pm |
    • skytag

      What if there is no God and all religions are false?

      September 1, 2013 at 9:40 pm |
  17. kamarasune

    There are very distinct differences between the three and if they could have met in the middle they would have a long time ago.

    September 1, 2013 at 7:57 pm |
    • Akira

      Distinct differences between the three religions.
      It is the same God, however. The God of Abraham.

      September 1, 2013 at 8:02 pm |
  18. xirume

    Of course the god of all these religions is the same god because all these religions have their origin in Zoroastrianism which was the first monotheistic widespread religion and Ahura Mazda was their one and only god. His "dogma" was a consolidation of a myriad of Sumerian and Pagan myths that existed for thousands of years before. Take a college-level theology class and you will come to understand that all religions are nothing but repurposed legends and fairy tales that have been around since humanity learned to think. It's all bunk.

    September 1, 2013 at 7:57 pm |
  19. Amanda

    All that this "Abraham's religion" did was to bring immense sorrow and suffering on Mankind. It NEVER brought anything good for people. Not.A.Thing.

    If I were to believe in this "Biblical god" I guess Abraham would be the spawn of the Devil himself.

    September 1, 2013 at 7:55 pm |
    • Doobs

      There's a lot of stuff in the bible about Abraham that you don't hear brought up in church, like how he lied and pimped out his wife/half sister to save his own ass on two different occasions.

      What you do hear is bad enough though. A father takes his young son to offer as a burnt sacrifice because a voice in his head tells him to. Fortunately, the voice told him to stop as well. This is the one who millions consider a man of god, and founder of three major religions. The same thing happened to Andrea Yates. Unfortunately, the next day the voice in her head came back, and this time it didn't tell her to stop.

      I'm sure I'm taking it out of context though.

      September 1, 2013 at 10:49 pm |
  20. Mack

    The continual spin job that is religion. Gosh wouldn't it be great if the major religions could at least say they worship the same God? Then at least you could start to narrow your ridiculous argument down a bit. But no. Yours is a helpless and fading pet project that reason will soon take over, if not in our lifetimes.

    September 1, 2013 at 7:54 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      The business model, for the most part, has been successful.

      September 1, 2013 at 7:56 pm |
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