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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. NISHTHAR IDROOS

    What St Paul did to the message revealed to Prophet Jesus ( peace be upon him) Abdullah Ibn Sabah (a former Jew ) did to Islam. This is the true and indisputable genesis and legacy of corruption initiated by man to revealed texts. Those who corrupted their own religion will never, ever hesitate to corrupt other religions but my Lord has a message for them "It is He who has sent His Messenger with the Guidance and the religion of truth, that he makes it prevail over all religion, even though the disbelievers may detest- Al Quran 61:9

    September 2, 2013 at 7:31 am |
    • Mirosal

      well golly gee, let's see who i should follow ..... the story of a man who was told to sacrifice his son on an altar, by his "god", to show his faith as a test?? Or the hearsay stories of a man who supposedly was the ONLY person in history to ever come back from the dead after 3 days of being buried ... yet no one wrote a thing about it until 40 years AFTER the supposed "fact"? Or do I follow a desert roaming ped-o-phile who suffered from hallucinations in that desert from heat exhaustion and fasting (no food) ... decisions decisions ... I'll have to think about this for a while .. NOT!!!

      September 2, 2013 at 7:38 am |
      • mzh

        Its your choice... no one is forcing you... you make your own choice M and you will be responsible for it... its very simple, isn't it?

        There is no compulsion in religion – 2:256

        September 2, 2013 at 7:50 am |
        • Mirosal

          really??? So the whole "death to apoststates" thing is just .. imaginary? Don't tell me it doesn't exist ... your own hallucinogenic Qu'ran states it. Sounds like compulsion to me. "Kepp believing or die" ... nice choice

          September 2, 2013 at 7:55 am |
  2. Bootyfunk

    all 3 religions are bloodthirsty and violent, masquerading as benevolence. have the courage to throw religion away and think for yourself - you won't regret it. christianity, judaism and islam all command the death of innocents, treat women like 2nd class citizens.

    guilt, fear and ignorance are the pillars of religion.

    September 2, 2013 at 7:20 am |
    • mzh

      I think your opinion is based on what you see currently happening around the world and of course all of it from the media…

      I do not agree with you but that does not mean I disrespect you…

      Are you aware of how many domestic violence takes place in this soil? Do you know how many women are being part of this domestic violation? Please do a research yourself…

      Peace!!!

      September 2, 2013 at 7:26 am |
      • pred

        Yeah, who are you going to believe? This lying sack of muslim shit or the evidence before your eyes? Derp

        September 2, 2013 at 7:57 am |
    • Paris Miller

      AMEN 🙂

      September 2, 2013 at 7:39 am |
  3. NISHTHAR IDROOS

    If the Christians and Jews fully understand "Lailaha illallah" meaning- None is worthy of worship in truth except Allah – then we are worshipping the same God if not its a god churned out by their own imagination and the the Muslims have nothing to do with it.

    September 2, 2013 at 7:16 am |
  4. Bootyfunk

    invisible christian sky fairy...
    invisible judaic sky fairy...
    invisible muslim sky fairy...

    which invisible sky fairy to choose...?

    September 2, 2013 at 7:04 am |
    • mzh

      Please do a research and use your brain to choose the right one... because you only you will be responsible for what you chose... no one can blame anyone for the choices one makes... also when you do your research, please take the follower out of your research paper as most of the follower would want you to follow them... so my advise to you is take the scriptures that we have and do your research and don't rush yourself... and it will come if you seek for it...

      Peace!!!

      September 2, 2013 at 7:08 am |
      • Bootyfunk

        pascal's wager. full of holes.

        i believe i've chosen the right one - to use my brain and think for myself. you don't need to be religious to be a good person. and the idea of hell is silly, so don't bother with the scare tactics.

        modern ethics > biblical morals

        September 2, 2013 at 7:12 am |
        • mzh

          Congrats Booty… As long as you know that you made the right decision by using your brain…

          I only wish peace and blessing for you... 🙂

          September 2, 2013 at 7:20 am |
        • mzh

          @ Booty:

          I also believe that you may find something in future that you have never thought of and you will change yourself, who knows... don't we see the abrogation of laws or theses? one writes a theses and later either he or someone else finds the upgraded one and the old one becomes obsolete and abrogates with the new ones... everything is possible.. and I am optimistic about it... 🙂

          September 2, 2013 at 8:11 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      which invisible sky fairy to choose...?

      None of the above.

      September 2, 2013 at 7:19 am |
      • mzh

        🙂

        By saying 'none of the above' – are you suggesting to accept your ideology?

        September 2, 2013 at 7:21 am |
      • AtheistSteve

        I'm suggesting that your ideology hasn't convinced me. Nor have any of the others. When the entire basis for belief relies on textual accounts in scripture the problem remains. Which scripture? And why?

        September 2, 2013 at 7:43 am |
        • mzh

          No one is here to convince anyone at least no me…

          Ideology will never convince you if you look for something that you like to see visibly as you do math that 2+2=4 and that you see it…

          I am sure you are intellect enough to look within yourself and think do you have any access to any of your organs? If not then how these are being taken well care of, there must be something as a robot does not work if you do not turn on the code you wrote to function… and if you do not have a fuel, your car does not start…

          Also think about your existence, go back step by step and you will find you were not exist in the face of earth… then there must be someone who is running the entire universe…

          Peace

          September 2, 2013 at 8:01 am |
        • AtheistSteve

          My heart and other organs are autonomic functions of my brain. Maintained without conscious effort but still entirely controlled by brain function.
          As for my existence, before I was conceived I didn't exist. My emergence was entirely the fortune of winning a biological lottery. One lucky sperm and one receptive human ova. After I die I will just as non existent as I was before I was born. No grand design required.

          September 2, 2013 at 8:20 am |
        • Ekong

          We all believe what the scientists, sociogists and professors write or tell us in University classrooms and yet we blame those who believe what the Biblical Scriptures says. The Bible was written long before any of these professors were born. The contents have been proven to be true and yet professors have been revising their notes as more discoveries are found. Our hearts beat daily and all our internal organs are working in a clockwork fashion and yet we've never seen them before. We may want to be sarcastic but we must think intelligently before making any further comments.

          September 2, 2013 at 8:29 am |
        • AtheistSteve

          "The Bible was written long before any of these professors were born. The contents have been proven to be true"

          Proven true? When? Where? By Who? Back up what you claim or be dismissed as spouting dogma.

          September 2, 2013 at 8:34 am |
    • Ekong

      God is not the author of confusion. He cannot be sending out conflicting messages through Abraham, Jesus Christ and Mohammed.
      The Christian God is the same as the God of the Jews. He is NOT the God of the Muslims irrespective of what the scholars may say.
      God revealed Himself progressively over the ages through Abraham and finally through Jesus Christ. The Bible (New Testament) is very clear as to why the Jews chose not to accept Jesus Christ as the Messiah even though His coming to earth was prophesied in the Old Testament used by Jews. No where in the Bible is any reference made to Mohammed. Muslims claim to worship one god but it is not the God of the Christians. Period! Christians should have no issues with the Jews but we have issues and major differences with Muslims big time!

      September 2, 2013 at 7:24 am |
      • mzh

        Its human who confuses himself or herself…

        “The Christian God is the same as the God of the Jews” – please ask a Jew and see if he accepts your believe about Jesus the son of Marry and of course they do not accept what was reveled in the Quran…

        But Muslim believes and accepts Jesus the son of Marry, David, Solomon, Moses and all other prophets were sent to the mankind to guide people to the straight path…

        “No where in the Bible is any reference made to Mohammed” – you are right because most of it is nothing but a letter written by those writers to the Kings and the earliest one is written 60+ years after Jesus the son of Marry left this earth…

        John 15:26 – “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me,”"

        Helper – every translation used different word, so not sure what was the original word

        61:6 – And [mention] when Jesus, the son of Mary, said, "O children of Israel, indeed I am the messenger of Allah to you confirming what came before me of the Torah and bringing good tidings of a messenger to come after me, whose name is Ahmad." But when he came to them with clear evidences, they said, "This is obvious magic."

        Peace!!!

        September 2, 2013 at 7:34 am |
        • Ekong

          mzh, if you have never read the Bible before, please don't comment on it otherwise it would be silly responding to your incoherent comments! Read the Bible first and then we can talk intelligently. Thanks!

          September 2, 2013 at 8:36 am |
        • AtheistSteve

          "Read the Bible first and then we can talk intelligently"

          Ha ha ha...did you actually say that?
          One word-"oxymoron"
          Emphasis on moron.

          September 2, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
  5. João Humberto

    My friends, No one knows anything and wars, killings, destructions in this total nonsense. Why cant we live all in Peace and accept things the way they are? Accept and protect nature. Help the ones that needs help. Be friend of each other because the way we continue the Earth will not survive much long. Good luck and Peace to all of you.

    September 2, 2013 at 6:57 am |
    • mzh

      I wish that too JH... but unfortunately that may not happen... human are so greedy of power, leadership, Bossing and so on...

      September 2, 2013 at 7:05 am |
      • Bootyfunk

        yet there has never been a safer and more comfortable time to live. we also have more than doubled our lifespans in the last 100 years. modern ethics are much superior to biblical morals. the world is becoming more educated and connected than ever before.

        not everyone is as pessimistic as you. i have faith in our brothers and sisters. instead of focusing your faith on a non-existent god, try having faith in humanity.

        September 2, 2013 at 7:10 am |
        • mzh

          I would also like to be optimistic that one day we all will live with peace...

          My comments was based on current situation that the earth is going through... and you are also part of it as you want others to follow what you believe in... lets be honest...

          Peace!!!

          September 2, 2013 at 7:16 am |
  6. hasan

    This article I would call it an attemptto address the issue, nevetheless, a very superficial one. The description of the the three relgions is not accurate at all. Foundatiions, authentiication, true teachings are not clear. I think a big issue likereligions should be presented in a more thorough manner.

    September 2, 2013 at 6:48 am |
    • chaban

      yeah we need to interview Gods t o verify there credentials

      September 2, 2013 at 7:03 am |
      • hasan

        I think not, what we can do is look into the authenticity of the teachings between our hands. Several studies has been made for the bible, old testemony and Quran. Also one can look into their teachings and see if they are acceptable without prejudice. It is simple really. Their is a quest planted in all humans to search for the ultimate truth.

        September 2, 2013 at 7:59 am |
  7. Vivian U.

    Christian, Jews and Muslim do not worship the same God, not at all and will never be. Except a man be born again, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God. Religious will not save anyone but command and instructions. Christ is the only door to heaven there is no other way by which any man can enter except thru Jesus Christ. if you like accept or live it. God is not interested whether you believe or not, but it is appointed unto man die and after that comes judgment.

    September 2, 2013 at 6:40 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      "Christ is the only door to heaven there is no other way by which any man can enter except thru Jesus Chris."

      So you claim but why should anyone believe it? What makes your view correct? What makes other views incorrect?

      September 2, 2013 at 6:46 am |
      • crand2003@yahoo.com

        That's just it: no view is correct. So there should be no religion at all.

        September 2, 2013 at 7:54 am |
    • mzh

      @Vivian

      Every prophet were sent to their community as savior meaning guide people to the straight path and most of the human of the community did not believe in their prophet but they mocked...

      Christianity went one step ahead from any other generations prior to it by making the messenger as part of three and also adding something which is not known to anyone (referring to the other third of three – spirit)...

      So no one can help anyone unless an individual wants to be helped... and unfortunately we human like to say that my teaching is better than other rather trying to find the Truth...

      Peace!!!

      September 2, 2013 at 7:01 am |
      • Bootyfunk

        no one religious is trying very hard to find The Truth....

        religion teaches people to turn their brains off and obey. be brave - break your religious shackles. think for yourself.
        you won't regret it.

        September 2, 2013 at 7:06 am |
        • mzh

          That's not true...

          September 2, 2013 at 7:10 am |
        • Bootyfunk

          it is true. religion teaches you to be lazy and stop looking for the answers. how was the universe made? MAGIC! how did we come to be? MAGIC! how did the sun form in our solar system? MAGIC!
          what a convenient answer... we don't need to look any farther than.... Goddidit!!!

          September 2, 2013 at 7:14 am |
        • mzh

          @Booty:

          I understand what you are saying… there is nothing wrong seeking for knowledge… and also everything has its own time… why do you think we have this information discovered in last few decades and not prior to centuries… you grand father did not think what you are thinking and you do not know what you grand children will think…

          Religion I could say Islam as I am a proud Muslim never teaches some one to be lazy… here are few examples I would like give you from Quran:

          – when Abraham left his wife Hagar with Ishmael in the middle of the desert and she did not just sit and expected things to come from The Lord she believed in, rather she walked between mountains for help

          – Marry the mother of Jesus: she used to get food when she was young without any work but when she was carrying Jesus in her womb and she was told to leave her community, she was told to shake the palm tree so that the fruit will fall and she will be eating from it

          There are lot more examples that tells one to work and seek the bounties of Lord from the earth… here is one verse I like to share with you:

          62:10 – And when the prayer has been concluded, disperse within the land and seek from the bounty of Allah, and remember Allah often that you may succeed.

          To conclude what I said – religion never teaches to be lazy and not to be active but its human choose to be lazy, so should I blame the religion or the haman?

          Peace!!!

          September 2, 2013 at 7:47 am |
    • chaban

      Grow up world existed before christ and is there after him as well

      September 2, 2013 at 7:04 am |
      • mzh

        And it will be until the end...

        Christ was a human and every human comes and tastes the death when their life comes to the end...

        So one should be worried about him/herself...

        Peace!!!

        September 2, 2013 at 7:12 am |
        • Bootyfunk

          scare tactics. believe or else!!! boogey man stuff.

          September 2, 2013 at 7:14 am |
        • mzh

          I am not sure I understood when you say 'scare tactics'...

          The death is true and no one can escape from it and every single soul will taste it...

          September 2, 2013 at 8:04 am |
  8. useyourhead!

    For the rationally minded....who cares?

    September 2, 2013 at 6:40 am |
    • mzh

      One would not care if s/he does not believe in hereafter...

      September 2, 2013 at 6:46 am |
      • Bootyfunk

        which is a pretty silly concept...

        September 2, 2013 at 7:15 am |
        • mzh

          To you – YES

          Peace!!!

          September 2, 2013 at 8:05 am |
  9. Naoufel

    God is one with no partner, the religion with Allah is Islam, and seeks other than Islam will not accept it, the Jews worshiped idols and the Wailing Wall, and Christians worship the cross.So the Jews and Christians worship the devil.

    September 2, 2013 at 6:37 am |
  10. TheBlanton

    Father Abraham... had many wives.

    September 2, 2013 at 6:27 am |
    • mzh

      with due respect... in our modern and civilized society – how many boy friend and girl friend do an individual has? some of them changes the partner every night... did you think of it? how many kids do we have who does not have any father or the mother does not know who is the father unless they go for dna test?

      There is a difference between marriage and out side of marriage...

      Peace...

      September 2, 2013 at 6:50 am |
  11. Rock Reynolds

    Yes, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam worship the "God" of the Old Testament, the "God of Man", a real being, often called "Yawweh". All three religions trace their roots to Abraham, who found favor with this "God", because Abraham was willing to kill his son.
    "Yawweh" called himself "God", because Yawweh had a hand in the experiments that produced "Man". Yawweh created "Man" to be a slave.
    The "God" of Jesus was NOT Yawweh, the "God of Man". Jesus' "God" was and is the true "Godf", the God of the Universe. According to Jesus, the TRUE God has just two laws: "Love God" and "Love your neighbor". Jesus did not believe in the 10 Commandments – for good reason. The 10 Commandments are from Yawweh, the "God" who wants "Man" to be a slkave.

    September 2, 2013 at 6:26 am |
  12. Kannan

    ...that literature which is full of descriptions of the transcendental glories of the name, fame, forms, pastimes, etc., of the unlimited Supreme Lord is a different creation, full of transcendental words directed toward bringing about a revolution in the impious lives of this world's misdirected civilization...
    Srimad Bhagavatam 1.5.11

    Chant Hare Krishna and be happy...

    September 2, 2013 at 6:07 am |
    • dave

      The real question is, who is your "Lord." You can serve anyone as Lord. People even serve other people as Lord – look at all the Obama worship. But you may want to make sure your Lord is worthy in the eyes of God. According to the Bible, only Jesus fits that description.

      September 2, 2013 at 6:19 am |
      • Kannan

        Krishnas tu bhagavan svayam
        Lord Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

        September 2, 2013 at 6:21 am |
      • truthprevails1

        "According to the Bible,"

        There lies your biggest issue, you rely on that book for facts and yet it is easily debunked. Have you even thought about looking at the updated evidence or do you think that all 2000 year old books tell the complete truth? The Jewish Torah is based off of the same bible you use.

        September 2, 2013 at 6:33 am |
      • mzh

        There is only ONE LORD, it is the human creates these different deities and associate them with The Creator and question is 'why human do that?' and the answer is human is only creation given this ability to do good or bad which is called 'free will', nothing will happen to then in this earthly life if one says that Monkey is my Lord or a human is my Lord and worship these deities... none of the other creation that see on the face of earth has this ability 'Free Will'...

        God is One from the God created human till now and till the end... like in Christianity – Jesus the son of Marry said to his disciples that he is a messenger sent to children of Israel, some believed and most of them changed the story by making him as Son of God and they worship Jesus the son of Marry and they also include the holy spirit which no one has any knowledge about it but they do, not only that, Catholic goes one step ahead, they promote a death person to be an object of worship where no one knows what is his condition whether he saved or not in hereafter...

        In Zoroastrian – they worship fire where they do not think that the fire has not ability to do anything unless they (the follower) lights it up...

        In Hinduism – thousands of Gods, one of their believe is that the mother is their God because she carries until she delivers the baby... what do not think is, the mother had no access to the child is being shaped in human form other than feeding herself (the mother) and they do not have any knowledge about it in their scripture but they do not want get out the darknesses that they are in... with due respect to them...

        In Islam – even though they worship ONE TRUE GOD and they do not associate any partner (s) with HIM but there are some Muslims they do indirectly associate partners by worshipping (meaning asking) grave (in come culture), some of the shiaism that they do worship Ali (ra) and his sons (Hassan and Hussain) but if you talk to them they will say NO, they don't but in reality they do...

        and may more...

        It is the human who love to innovate things by using the 'free will' and here also greediness of power and supremacy that no one wants to discover or accept the truth...

        And I do not know if there will be any time when all will be under one Umbrella...

        Peace!!!

        September 2, 2013 at 6:44 am |
        • Mirosal

          sure... you'd LOVE the whole planet to be under Islam, wouldn't you?

          September 2, 2013 at 7:26 am |
        • mzh

          Yes I would love that... but its not in my hand and I am not here to convince anyone but to let others know and let them make their own decision as there is no compulsion in religion...

          September 2, 2013 at 8:06 am |
        • midwest rail

          "...as there is no compulsion in religion..."
          Most unintentionally funny post so far – but it's early.

          September 2, 2013 at 8:10 am |
        • Mirosal

          A theocratic planet, full of mysogyny and segregation .... yeah just what we all want. Where women are 2nd class citizens at best, and those that offer the most basic of questions are tried, convicted, imprisoned and maybe put to death for questioning Allah and/or your ped-o-phile prophet

          September 2, 2013 at 8:10 am |
    • mzh

      @Kannan

      "Supreme Lord is a different creation" – when you say Lord is a creation that make that there is Creator of any kind of Creation...

      Peace!!!

      September 2, 2013 at 6:25 am |
  13. Layne

    Most Christians, Jews and Muslims today are just hypocrites and not nearly as devoted as their self-glorifying words would suggest. In fact, most of them know very little about their own religion, to them it's just a vain, empty symbol.

    September 2, 2013 at 6:05 am |
    • dave

      I know enough about my (Christian) "religion" to know that it is not a religion at all. It is simply a humbling of yourself and the admittance that no matter how much reigion I have – I am not and never will be worthy in the eyes of a perfect God. This is why a lot of Christians disagree with the Catholic Church, who is passed off as main stream Christianity, but has incorporated rituals into their version of Chirsianity, or "religion." "Whosever calleth upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." That's it.

      September 2, 2013 at 6:15 am |
  14. Kannan

    Undoubtedly, God is one. His message is also one. But some follow and some do not. That some do not follow His messages cannot give an opportunity to the question "Do Christians, Muslims and Jews worship the same God?". Follow the peace formula: God is the supreme benefactor of all sacrifices, proprietor all all planets and universes and and friend of all. – Bhagavad Gita 5.29

    September 2, 2013 at 5:58 am |
    • dave

      Sorry, but as a Christian I do not worship the God that told people to fly jets into the WTC.

      September 2, 2013 at 6:21 am |
      • G to the T

        Wow dave – way to show how ignorant you are of other religions. Gita = Hindu, NOT Muslim.

        September 4, 2013 at 12:10 pm |
  15. dominique vitug

    CNN should know that not all Christians believes on Trinity.

    September 2, 2013 at 5:54 am |
    • Doug Lynn

      If you do not believe in the Trinity, you are not a Christian.

      September 2, 2013 at 6:00 am |
      • Sami

        lol... Sorry just funny...

        September 2, 2013 at 6:02 am |
  16. Redrum

    Invisible friends and sky fairies are for children.

    It's time for humanity to grow up.

    September 2, 2013 at 5:32 am |
    • dave

      So are obscure biological mutations, which odds are about 500 trillion to one, and which Nobel Prize winning chemists cannot even figure out how it is possible. Yet people regularly break the scientific model and say the end product, instead of the process, is irrefutable proof that it is true.

      September 2, 2013 at 6:08 am |
  17. Rick (Boca)

    Worship a tree, you'll get the same results...

    September 2, 2013 at 5:24 am |
    • Evert van Vliet

      Hurry, OCCUPY one before they're all gone.

      September 2, 2013 at 5:28 am |
  18. Evert van Vliet

    Religion has never been anything but politics, only even more primitive (yes it is possible) than the stuff which claims ownership right now.

    In the end folks get lessons in "self"destruction while they call themselves hero's amongst each other.

    Time doesn't even exist, all the dead are still around in one form or the other, it "only" makes it a tad harder to claim your very own rights one already had.....to be present and live among people who dare to reason.

    "Gone fishing (without a license)."

    September 2, 2013 at 5:23 am |
  19. GregAbdul

    this is a long complicated article about a simple subject and you get 3,000 comments (good for you I guess) on what is a clear cut thing. Neither Jews nor Muslims worship Jesus. We don't believe in the trinity. So when you say God is three, we both say no. When you say God is One and that One God is the God of Abraham and Moses (the one Jesus prayed to) we all agree. The only confusion on this is christian doctrine. You say God is one and god is three at the same time. Neither Jews nor Muslims worship a man and a man who you believe was 'a god manifest." That is our only difference. It has absolutely nothing to do with whether people get along. In America, you hung black Christians from trees for 100 years and today you keep black Christians out of the central economy, so really all this long talk is simply confusing something that's very simple and the hate cited in this article has almost nothing to do with who worships the same God.

    September 2, 2013 at 5:19 am |
    • Evert van Vliet

      "...... the hate cited in this article has almost nothing to do with who worships the same God........"

      "IT" has a name; It's called politics "stupid".

      September 2, 2013 at 5:27 am |
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