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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. mary

    so, athies ALWAYS jump into a flurry of posts whenever they're caught with their pants down. lol

    fools

    September 2, 2013 at 11:35 am |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that

      I prefer ribeye to t-bone or sirloin. I don't recall ever having striploin.

      September 2, 2013 at 11:37 am |
    • Akira

      How so?

      September 2, 2013 at 11:37 am |
  2. Ggggggggg

    Each of the descriptions of the different religions are very inaccurate. Christians and Jews do serve the same God, since Christianity is the completion of the Jewish faith. The Trinity is not mentioned anywhere in the Bible, and Jesus is not called God anywhere either. Those were ideas made by man (just like the Talmud), Constantine to be specific, and adopted by men to the point where it was made doctrine in many denominations. Jesus is the son of God, whose coming was foreshadowed by the call for Isaac to be sacrificed and by the many specific burnt offerings you mentioned. God did not simply cancel his laws, His Son fulfilled them so that they were no longer necessary. The laws were made for sin, but Jesus brought grace and salvation.

    September 2, 2013 at 11:28 am |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that

      No he didn't.

      September 2, 2013 at 11:30 am |
    • Akira

      I thought that the article, although a simplistic explanation, is spot on. It clearly illustrates that all three are Abrahamic in origin, and that all three worship the same God, albeit differently.

      September 2, 2013 at 11:35 am |
    • S. B. Stein

      I respectfully disagree. Christianity was never the completion of anything. It was a religion that has some connections with Judaism. Many of the early members of Christianity were Jews, but there was never anything "completing" Judaism because it was never incomplete.

      As an aside, there are no such things as Judeo-Christian values. Judaism has one set of values while Christianity has a different set. They may overlap, but they aren't completely the same.

      September 2, 2013 at 11:44 am |
      • Ggggggggg

        As a Christian I believe that Christ is the Messiah, and therefore the completion of the faith God began in Abraham. I understand that non-Christians would not agree.

        September 2, 2013 at 4:06 pm |
    • CGAW

      You are completely wrong about the Trinity not being in the Bible. Several verses directly refer the father,the son and the Holy Spirit; hence, Nicene Christianity was the accepted Christian belief and all other views of God were considered heresies. The biggest sayings of Jesus that support the Trinity are – "If you have seen me, you have seen the Father"; "When I leave I will send you a helper, the Holy Spirit" Christianity is Trinitarian -only the the Mormon and Jehova's Witness cults deny the trinity.

      September 2, 2013 at 11:50 am |
      • Ggggggggg

        Ok, well.. What verses? Jesus said if you see me you've seen the Father, but Paul said that he no longer lives, but Christ in him. So... Was Paul part of the trinity? No, because there is no such thing. Christ was perfect man who had the spirit of God within him. When i live as the Bible says i should, you do not see me, but Christ in me. That doesnt make me Christ. If Christ is God, why could he only see what the Father showed him? If Christ is God, who was he praying to in Gethsemene? If Christ is God, why did he say Father into your hands I commend my spirit? Why did he say in my Father's house there are many mansions? My God, my God why hast thou forsaken me? Because he isn't God. He is His son, granted all power and authority.

        September 2, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
      • Ggggggggg

        Several groups realize the Trinity isn't Biblical. I'm non-denominational, not Mormon or a Jehovah's Witness. 🙂

        September 2, 2013 at 4:19 pm |
        • Will

          And according to many Christians, myself included, the fact that you don't believe in the Trinity also makes you not a Christian
          I not trying to be mean, just saying, the Trinity is vital to the Christian faith

          September 2, 2013 at 4:22 pm |
        • Ggggggggg

          Acts 2:38 is all i need to be a Christian

          September 3, 2013 at 10:32 am |
  3. Cinman

    One God created all and should have bound us together. Unfortunately religion divides us as humans seek to control each other through it.

    September 2, 2013 at 11:27 am |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that

      Yep, good ol' Odin.

      September 2, 2013 at 11:31 am |
      • Philip

        I'm sticking with Zeus!

        September 2, 2013 at 11:33 am |
        • I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that

          BLASPHEMY!!!

          September 2, 2013 at 11:35 am |
        • Meffis Stoffalees

          I like Perseus. Only half the god.

          Less filling. Tastes great.

          September 2, 2013 at 11:41 am |
        • janette

          None can beat the FSM in the taste department. Jesus's blood comes close, but they only serve the cheap bottles in church. As to his flesh, bland bland bland.

          September 2, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
    • lol?? Pithiest, YES!!

      Jesus is not much interested in automatons. Zombies fill that role.
      "Mat 10:35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law."

      September 2, 2013 at 11:42 am |
  4. bostontola

    Are Superman, Goku and Wonder Women really just the same superhero? That's what this article sounds like to most of the people not of Abrahamic religions.

    September 2, 2013 at 11:25 am |
    • Philip

      Ha! Funny!

      September 2, 2013 at 11:32 am |
    • lol?? Pithiest, YES!!

      Hard to tell with metrose*xuals.

      September 2, 2013 at 11:35 am |
  5. sybaris

    Religion........the ultimate ponzi scheme

    September 2, 2013 at 11:23 am |
  6. terry

    quiet as a mouse

    September 2, 2013 at 11:22 am |
  7. edgar614

    It is an established fact that my belly-button (and ONLY my belly-button) serves as a conduit through both space and time, and that it is used regularly by midgets and dwarfs from all faiths, including (but not limited to) Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, and Islam.

    September 2, 2013 at 11:21 am |
    • saggyroy

      ...and the lint cures cancer, diabetes, gurd, and makes old silver shine like new...I will make a sizable donation in your name if you just send me some.

      September 2, 2013 at 11:29 am |
      • saggyroy

        ...and the meek shall inherit the lint.

        September 2, 2013 at 11:34 am |
        • edgar614

          lol

          September 2, 2013 at 11:43 am |
    • Meffis Stoffalees

      It's "true for you".

      Genius. Now go shine some silver.

      September 2, 2013 at 11:43 am |
  8. Bob

    Hilarious that a "god" can't get its message out consistently, and can't do so by modern means. The Christian/Muslim/Jewish god obviously does not exist as described by the fictional texts of any of those three cults.

    September 2, 2013 at 11:17 am |
    • mason

      The Abraham "character" was mentally ill with schizophrenia hearing a voice telling him to tie up his son, kill him with a knife, and burn the body. What a sick twisted premise these inane religions are based on. No wonder they've been killing each other for thousands of years.

      September 2, 2013 at 11:22 am |
      • lol?? Pithiest, YES!!

        It's not exactly easy reachin' brute beasts.

        September 2, 2013 at 11:27 am |
      • Meffis Stoffalees

        Precisely.

        Garbage In... Garbage Out...

        September 2, 2013 at 11:45 am |
      • janette

        Assuming the stories have any smidgen of truth, if those characters lived today and acted the way they did, they would be promptly thrown into prison and prescribed psychiatric care. But just because the stories are old, we are supposed to respect and revere the lunacy. Humans are amusing, or would be, if they were not so pathetic.

        September 2, 2013 at 12:48 pm |
    • lol?? Pithiest, YES!!

      You have no excuse for being confused. Out of 1/2 million years of existence 2k years ago ain't nuthin'. Get with the pwogwam sciencie types.

      September 2, 2013 at 11:25 am |
    • bostontola

      That's because we have free will blah blah blah.

      September 2, 2013 at 11:27 am |
    • Jim Gauselman

      And if He did, would anyone believe Him?

      September 2, 2013 at 11:57 am |
  9. terry

    why is that cnn/wordpress/editors? hmm? who will go first?

    September 2, 2013 at 11:17 am |
    • terry

      well, well, well.

      praying the priest would finish quickly. very sweet, don't you think so, ladies?

      the discrimination and hate speech and the threats are on the record

      September 2, 2013 at 11:20 am |
      • Akira

        Well, hi, faith! (Waves)
        Changed it up from faith to hhari to terry! How fun!

        September 2, 2013 at 11:28 am |
      • truthprevails1

        How's that lawsuit coming? How about those charges for whatever bat shit crazy thing you imagined happened to you on here??

        September 2, 2013 at 11:36 am |
  10. Sean

    Admit it..... Christianity, Judaism and Islam ain't about One God.... they're all about multiple Gods....

    September 2, 2013 at 11:15 am |
  11. Bala

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

    September 2, 2013 at 11:15 am |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that

      Nope.

      September 2, 2013 at 11:17 am |
    • Meffis Stoffalees

      You just keep on eating them ignorance pills, Brother.

      God don't appreciate independent thought. Even though your religions all preach it gave the independent thought to us...

      Wow. Just Wow...

      September 2, 2013 at 11:28 am |
    • Meffis Stoffalees

      I actually tried a few flavors of the religion pills when I was young...

      I just could not keep them down.

      I think I am allergic to dogma.

      September 2, 2013 at 11:36 am |
  12. terry

    let's examine the statements condemning ms. stone for her threats.

    September 2, 2013 at 11:13 am |
    • terry

      servicing our lord isn't polite

      September 2, 2013 at 11:13 am |
      • terry

        one click of the sidearm isn't very nice

        September 2, 2013 at 11:14 am |
        • terry

          and the statements condemning her? none

          September 2, 2013 at 11:16 am |
        • truthprevails1

          It's Mr Stone and why would we condemn him for pointing out how crazy you are?? If you didn't come across like you overdosed on crazy pills, he'd have no reason to bother you...you bring it on yourself...stop whining!

          September 2, 2013 at 11:40 am |
        • hharri

          oh, i see! we made ms. stone become disagreeable!

          and the sweetie pie doin it to pallen in front of her regarded child? fsm must have ticked him off

          September 2, 2013 at 11:48 am |
    • Richard Cranium

      faith/hharri is under a new name again. Let the paranoia commence.

      September 2, 2013 at 11:29 am |
      • truthprevails1

        Multiple personalities is a sure sign of schizophrenia. terry also goes by kelly

        September 2, 2013 at 11:38 am |
  13. joel

    THE PERSONAL NAME OF GOD IS JEHOVAH THE ONE AND ONLY GOD AND JESUS CHRIST IS GOD SON .NO OTHER GOD IS TRUE

    September 2, 2013 at 11:11 am |
    • truthprevails1

      Does your imaginary friend give special favor for typing in caps and shouting over the internet??

      September 2, 2013 at 11:13 am |
      • bostontola

        It's like he's putting his hands over his ears and yelling lalalalala...so the atheist logic doesn't sink in.

        September 2, 2013 at 11:16 am |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that

      Except Odin, Thor and Loki. And Gigantor.

      September 2, 2013 at 11:16 am |
  14. terry

    knowing the desperate plight the old women posting here 24/7 are in, and that their long term future will be unbearable inside a hot oven, pray for their lost children

    September 2, 2013 at 11:06 am |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that

      You've been reading too much Hansel and Gretel.

      September 2, 2013 at 11:07 am |
  15. AlienShark

    Every person has a free will. If you live in a time and place that is ruled over by a tyrant and you follow their laws in fear, you have not done anything wrong by doing so. But the moment you conscientiously give your free will and free thought to that tyrant, you yourself are just as guilty.

    I am accepting of any religion or philosophy including atheism and agnosticism. I would like to point out that the trraditional "state religion" of progressive socialism is atheism. In China, USSR and North Korea, openly displaying a religion other than the state run atheism or agnosticism was met by brutality (for the most part with limited exception). In the USA, the way progressive socialism deals with religion other than the state run agnosticism is with ridicule.

    I am not saying there is anything wrong with being agnostic. What I am saying is that if you have given your free will to the state and now do their dirty work by ridiculing others, than you need to check yourself. Man was built with reason and intellect. It is better to stand alone than to sign your intellect over to corrupt men and use it for their agenda.

    September 2, 2013 at 11:05 am |
    • Madtown

      We're all agnostic, whether we admit it or not. No one knows the answers to these questions, despite what they say.

      September 2, 2013 at 11:10 am |
      • Vic

        Technically, we all would be agnostics if there "were" no faith; but since faith exists, everyone is according to his/her faith.

        September 2, 2013 at 11:33 am |
        • Madtown

          The point is, no one knows for certain, no matter what their faith says.

          September 2, 2013 at 11:57 am |
  16. William Villegas

    Hello Jeffrey I Think you have the answer but you don't see it if you read just the book of Genesis you will find what are you looking for but for you own question the gods the you mention they can be relater because the only one who creates this world that we leave in is to leave in peace not to fight one to other but in His will we should leave in peace

    September 2, 2013 at 11:05 am |
    • Bob

      Nice of you to ignore the hate and bigotry that your wicked bible demands. And the reply button...

      September 2, 2013 at 11:09 am |
  17. pursuitofgod

    Ever since I started thinking about stuff around me, the God question keep pondering my mind. having grown up in a Hindu family where mom believes in god but has a very liberal view on religion and sort of believes there is one power, whether it is a Hindu god, Muslim God or a Christian God.. instilled sort of independant thoughts about god in my mind.. and like millions of others in the world I also started thinking about is there a god in this world..

    if there is one why does all the bad things happen in this world, why does a school crashes in china and 100s of innocent children die, if that was God's intention then how is he a good person. and if God wants us to worship him to please him then is he not the most self centered person in the universe? ..

    ..after all these thoughts when I grew up I started developing a 2 prong theory in my mind, either there is no God or if there is a god, he is not that different from his creations (humans), creator is almost the same as the creation, and he is self centered, he loves people worshipping him, just like humans he also has limited powers and cannot control everything he created or he is part of .

    ..or there is no god and just like pre-historic man might have thought thunder is the act of an angry god, which thousands of years later was explainable by science, there are tons of things which still don't have explanation so we call is God and after many thousands of years those will be answered as well if at all human species survive that long to evolve and gain 1000 more times intelligence than what we have now...

    Is religion the opium of the masses, he might have developed a utopian social economic theory, but might have got it right when he said "Religion is the opium of the masses"

    September 2, 2013 at 11:04 am |
    • bostontola

      Well considered arguments and sensible conclusions, tip of the hat to you.

      September 2, 2013 at 11:07 am |
    • lol?? Pithiest, YES!!

      ".................. I started developing a 2 prong theory in my mind,........................" Dialoguing dialectically with oneself reflects training from the forked tongue serpent. That's s old as the hills.

      September 2, 2013 at 11:19 am |
    • jungleboo

      Happy to hear from you. Your final thoughts are the one to trust.

      The Prime Cause is simply a mathematical probability tipping a cascade of mathematical possibilities into the space/time continuum some 14 billion years ago. That 'mathematical probability' had no intention of creating us or the Man in The Moon, any more than you intend to kill billions of organisms while you rake the leaves in your front yard. We exist through 14 billion years of happenstance that makes sense to us, but makes no sense to anything outside our Earth-bound realm. Enjoy the ride. Stop trying to answer what it is. There is no answer, and if that leaves you feeling powerless and lonely, therein lies the root of religion. Instead of choosing organized religion, choose love, be kind to your neighbor as you would have him be kind to you, and creation will continue in an enjoyable fashion. No one has to figure out anything more than is at his doorstep.

      September 2, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
  18. terry

    the atheists who spend their lives undermining the terms of service somehow manage to convince themselves that no one is on to them. big mistake, kelly

    September 2, 2013 at 11:02 am |
    • bostontola

      Many of the atheists on this board have served the US in war, what have you served?

      September 2, 2013 at 11:04 am |
    • truthprevails1

      Care to put that in to English? What terms of service are you speaking of hharri/faith/kelly/terry???

      September 2, 2013 at 11:06 am |
  19. lol?? Pithiest, YES!!

    Labor Day. It's a day for all red blooded american hubbies to commit to birthing classes. After the event you'll never look at your wife in the same way again and the names she calls you won't help either.

    September 2, 2013 at 10:58 am |
    • truthprevails1

      Did they neglect to give you your meds today?

      September 2, 2013 at 11:04 am |
  20. pepsee

    For sure – all these three religions do have a relationship of forever inherent aggressors (Islam), former aggressors (Christianity) and victims of aggression (Jews), whether the gods are the same or not. War of the words won't cut it, just take a look at the history and keep the eyes open.

    September 2, 2013 at 10:51 am |
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