"The Qur'an with References to the Bible" is a contemporary English translation of the Qur’an with more than 3,000 parallel references to the Bible. Photo courtesy of Bridges to Common Ground

A new Quran attempts to bridge divide between Christians and Muslims

"The Qur'an with References to the Bible" is a contemporary English translation of the Qur’an with more than 3,000 parallel references to the Bible. Photo courtesy of Bridges to Common Ground

"The Qur'an With References to the Bible" is a contemporary English translation with more than 3,000 parallel references to the Bible. Photo courtesy of Bridges to Common Ground

(RNS) By the authors' count, the Quran has been translated into English 212 times since the 17th century -- but never like this.

Two friends, one Muslim and one Christian, have just published a Quran for English speakers to help fulfill a sacred shared mission: to show people of the world's largest and second-largest faith groups how much their holy books have in common.

"Most of the tension that exists in the West in the post-9/11 era is because Christians fear Muslims and their book, the Quran," said Safi Kaskas, the Muslim co-author of "The Qur'an  With References to the Bible."

"This new translation was designed to be a tool of reconciliation between Muslims and the followers of other Abrahamic religions."

Kaskas started on the project 10 years ago with David Hungerford, a retired orthopedic surgeon who hopes his fellow Christians may look upon Muslims with less suspicion when they realize how many stories in the Bible have parallels in the Quran.

Left, Dr. David Hungerford, and right, Dr. Safi Kaskas, co-authors of the new book, "The Qur'an with References to the Bible." Photos courtesy of Bridges to Common Ground

Dr. David Hungerford, left, and Safi Kaskas, are co-authors of the new book, "The Qur'an With References to the Bible." Photos courtesy of Bridges to Common Ground

"In today's society, no one talks about this common ground between the Abrahamic faiths, much of which is centered around the person of Jesus of Nazareth," said Hungerford.

Jesus is an important divine figure in the Quran, where he is known as "Esa."

The new translation shows more than 3,000 parallels between the two religious texts in a split-page format. The top of each page is the English translation of the Quran, and the bottom shows the analogous biblical verses, from the New Revised Standard Version -- which  account for 40 percent of the book.

The sixth of the Quran's 114 chapters, for example, includes this verse (or "aya" in the Quran's original Arabic):  "Praise be to God, who created the heavens and the earth and made darkness and light; but, the unbelievers regard others as equal to their Lord."

On that same page, Kaskas and Hungerford refer the reader to Genesis 1:3-5 -- "Then God said 'Let there be light;' and there was light," and also Isaiah 46:5: "To whom will you liken me and make me equal, and compare me, as though we were alike?"

Few Quranic passages in the translation lack biblical references, though some are far closer in language and meaning than others.

The book is a project of Bridges to Common Ground, a nonprofit founded to reduce anti-Muslim attitudes among Christians, and to prevent the radicalization of young Muslims, on the theory that knowledge of each other's holy books will reveal common values.

"Our intent is not at all to convert readers from one faith to another, or merge the two religions into one," Kaskas said. "Rather we seek to build bridges of understanding among people of the three Abrahamic faiths."

Comments

  1. “said Safi Kaskas, the Muslim co-author of “The Quran With References to the Bible.” Reference to the Bible? hahahahahahahahaha They are trying to make the Quran credible? hahahahahahaha

  2. Sandi, though you and I probably agree on the essential incompatibility of the Bible and the Quran, it is not in good form as a Christian to mock another person’s belief system. We can engage, attempt to educate, even argue, but it does not advance the cause of faith to laugh and mock, particularly when the Quran is held to be a revelation by millions who believe that deeply. Few of us are as capable as the Apostle Paul, who could argue and evangelize brilliantly.

  3. You have missed the point entirely. It is not to make the Quran “credible” and no one in the article mentioned this. It is to show people that their faiths actually have a lot in common, as much as hard-core evangelicals hate to hear it. It reminds me of “The Jewish Annotated New Testament,” which unlike Messianic translations of the Old and New Testaments, seeks to demonstrate to Jews how the NT and Christianity arose out of the same cultural milieu as Judaism, eventually taking very different paths.

  4. If you want to keep your head, you had better get familiar with the Quran, since Muslims will outnumber Christians in a few decades; that is, unless the “unaffiliateds” get there first. Either way, it’s safe to say your favorite book of fairy tales will be relegated to the back bookshelf.

  5. I gave up fairy tales a long time ago. I read the Bible, thanks.

  6. Christianity is a belief. Islam is a cult – no similarities

  7. I agree with you about our capabilities as the Apostle Paul, but people need to know the truth. Nice to see you though.

  8. This sounds like a great project with real possibilities. Kudos to the translators/authors, Hungerford and Kaskas. Bridges to Common Ground is very worthwhile too. I would like to read the results of their work.

  9. Edward, I’ve tried to talk with Sandy about the tone of her comments and the damage that does to Christian witness, to no avail. It’s good to make the point that she is not representative of all believers. I’m especially thinking about our clear, but respectful disagreements. I’ve enjoyed our often enlightening dialog very much. I’ve learned from you.

  10. There are plenty of similarities. Both draw heavily from Judaism and the Old Testament. Both originated in the Middle East. Both have pagan roots (and so does Judaism). Both are an adaptation of monotheism to peoples surrounded by polytheism. They’re not the same religion and don’t claim to be. But a broad and heterogeneous belief system like Islam is no more a “cult” than is a broad and heterogeneous belief system like Christianity.

  11. That teaches Arbustin the futility treating you like an adult!

  12. I suppose it’s a nice effort. The difficulty is that the Q’uran is at least sometimes explicit in its insistence that, though the two books have a particular story or idea in common, that the Christian version gets it wrong. In other words, the Q’uran has, at least at times, a polemical theology to push. This is worsened by numerous hadiths which say the same sort of thing and more. I’m all for understanding, but one thing that Muslims and Christians have historically always shared is lack of trust in the other’s book.

  13. WIth that same logic this book was made to make the bible credible ( i can also follow it with hahaha) that is the easy part. The truth is that more people within the Christian family do not believe that the bible is credible let alone people of other faiths. Education requires open minded capabilities and an evacuation of the basis of superiority and truth you rely so dangerously on. to get way past credible or not, something called, historic, geographic, cultural, factual already established before your grand mama’s grand grand grand grand momma was ever born. The question is, do you know enough of your own bible? do you know enough history and religion? do you know Jesus enough? can you bet your life on that? are you done learning about christianity? do you even have enough love to be a Christian??? those laughing are not doing their own a favor.
    Islam is old enough powerful enough, truthful enough, tested enough by actual knowledgeable people people know it is goignt through a milder crisis comparing tto the one Christians did….The fraction that highjacked a portion of Islam is the few gold countries made powerful and strong by……hummm I’ll let you research that one too.

  14. I do not know if this has been said before as I am new to this group. Sandi your lack of education is showing.

  15. This discussion is going nowhere fast. The only thing that is going to save all our respective asses on this planet, is if we learn to live in peace with our fellow humans. This book adds another layer in helping humans be at peace with one another.

  16. I agree, Kathleen. I am new here, too, and every post I read of hers is sarcastic and condescending, reminding me of Matthew 15:8, and the opposite of the tone the sacred text has Jesus using. It embarrasses me to think someone would read her comments and mistake them as representing all of Christianity.

  17. The holy books contain wisdom for peaceful co-existence. The Holy Quran, the Torah, the Talmud, the New Testament, the Shreemad Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads and Veda, the Tripitakas, the Guru Granth Sahib, Kitáb-i-Aqdas, the Book of Rites, the Agamas and the Kojik – these and others contain age old strategies for promoting life and sustaining the Planet. Laying down weapons and picking up these holy books for study and inspiration – a wonderful way to spend the rest of our remaining days on the Planet.

  18. Does the Quran show that the only way to salvation is Jesus Christ? No, it does not.

    There is nothing in common between the Bible and the Quran.

  19. There is but ONE CREATOR ONE LORD AND ONE KING YESHUA/JESUS! In the Quran they believe YESHUA/JESUS is a prophet, not the SON of the LIVING G-D, the Quran also says when Esa returns HE will be coming with the Madi and kill all the Christians and Jews…Islam intends to rule the world with Shariah law….this is a political system that will be-head murder rape destroy anyone who IS NOT A MUSLIM….DO NOT BE DECEIVED…There is one BIBLE ONE instruction manual, ONE road map, ONE GPS to the KINGDOM of the LIVING G-D…Peace will only come from the TRUE PRINCE of PEACE comes to rule and reign as Isaiah and the book of Revelation tells us.My G-D is a G-D of love and wishes no one perish but ll come to the true knowledge of the LIVING G-D who died and rose again and will live in the hearts of those who call on HIM and invite HIM into their heart…..there is no answer when you call on Allah!!!

  20. In your not so humble opinion, right? Or is this mandatory for all in your world, like a theocracy?

  21. Wonderful idea to elucidate how the Qur’an ties into the scriptures of Judaism and Christianity. I hope this increases the understanding between these 3 (of the 4) Abrahamic religions.

    I wish to bring to your attention that the sacred writings of the 4th Abrahamic religion (the Baha’i Faith) also explains how many verses of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible actually prophecy the future appearance of Muhammad, His Faith (Islam), and even the Islamic empire that resulted from it. NOTE: Christians and Jews can relax because Muhammad was not their Messiah, but rather was to come between Jesus and the Messiah of the Latter Days. Muslims are simply mistaken in their belief that Muhammad was to be the last prophet.

    To see part of the evidence of this, please go to YouTube and see the video mentioned below. It reviews the verses in Genesis, Deuteronomy, Daniel, and the Book of Revelation that foretell Muhammad, Islam, and the Islamic Empire (in the Book of Daniel). Note that there are additional references to Muhammad in the Bible, but the video is already lengthy.

    Video: “The Prophet Muhammad Foretold in the Bible” go to https://youtu.be/HOLJsB5IlS8 If the web address does not appear in the comment, here it is without the hyperlink: “https://youtu.be/HOLJsB5IlS8” [remove “” marks in web address]

  22. In two places in the Quran, Jesus (Esa) commands “Fear God (Allah), obey me!” Unfortunately, the Muslims ignore all writings attributed to the early followers of Jesus. Mohammad’s authority is derived from a different translation of the Greek term Paraclete to Paraklute (?) which predicts another prophet (Ammad) rather than the coming of the Holy Spirit as Christians understand it. There is an apocryphal ‘Gospel of James’ from I believe the 6th Century that is used to justify many of the Islamic beliefs relating to Jesus.
    Not acknowledging the Christian Canon of writings has led to totally different interpretation of Jesus’s teachings and his relation to God.

  23. The Quran, in two places (3:50 & 43:63), cites Jesus (Esa) commanding “Fear God (Allah), obey me!” Unfortunately, Islam rejects the teachings of Jesus contained in the Gospels, the apostolic letters contained in the New Testament, and the early Church writings. Loving thy neighbor as thyself and the pacifism associated with his teachings are not observed.
    A dispute over the Greek term “Paraclete” results in Jesus promising another prophet rather than the Holy Spirit after his death, resurrection, and ascension. Islamic teaching disputes the Cross and his relation to God.
    Islamists gather additional authority, I understand, from an apocryphal ‘Gospel of James’ written in Spain around the 6th Century.
    If some Muslim is ready to behead you unless you know quotes from the Quran, knowing the quotes, “Fear God, obey me”, may spare your head, but never renounce Jesus Christ if you want to save your soul!

  24. Hopefully “Chrislam” will NEVER come to pass since Islam is extremely incompatible with Christianity and Islam will never evolve since it is rabies for the soul.

  25. This is just more politically correct tripe as well as more appeasement of Islam to the utter detriment of Christianity.

    Why bother trying to bridge a gap when Christians and Jews worship Jehovah while Muslims worship Allah?

    Jehovah is not the same god as Allah and we know this because, according to Christianity, Jehovah sent the world his son, Jesus Christ, via the Virgin Mary and Jesus preached love and compassion (eg. “Love thy neighbour as thyself.”) whereas according to Islam, Allah sent his messenger, Mohammed, a liar, thief, tyrant, war monger, murderer, hater of Christians and Jews, slave master, serial rapist, and pedophile, so clearly Jehovah and Allah are not the same god because in Jehovah’s case, He sent a decent, compassionate, caring man while in Allah’s case, he sent the world a vile, sexually depraved savage unworthy of any respect or reverence.

    So, there can be no bridge between Christianity and Islam, particularly since ISIS murders Christians and other non-Muslims (as well as Muslims deemed not Islamic enough) and in Islamic countries, Christians and other non-Muslim minorities are marginalized, threatened, forced to pay a jizya tax, and/or are killed purely for not being Muslim.

    In addition, if any Christian church or institution attempts to bridge gaps between Christianity and Islam or between the Bible and the Qur’an, those sects, churches, and institutions can look forward to a revolt, boycotts, and their parishioners as well as generous donors leaving them in the dust.

  26. Oh I don’t know, Islam/ the moors invade the Iberian penisula basically twice, in a methodolgy being repeated throughout the muslim world in the last twenty or thirty years as Muslims from Saudi Arabia go into muslim halls and schools, “correcting” understanding ie returning it to the Mecca normative.
    An examination of the cultures of Portugal and Spain since the first moorish invasion, and second will give you aloose idea of the accomodations Christianity and Islam made over the four hundred or so years the moors held sway, along with the contrasting variables when the second wave of Islam went through along with the changes wrought by the reclaiming of the peninsula by Aragon and Castile in the 1490’s after a period of roughly 700 years! Lets not forget the Sepharad of the tribe of Benjamin also in the Iberian penisula. With the understanding that persecution was as much a part of that time period in history the place of diaspora first out of the middle east for both christian, Jew, and Moorish/Arab ancestry. and further diaspora out of the Iberian peninsula Out these place into the new world, the carribean, the Guianas, and probably back into North and west africa. in reverse migration. Anyone from these communities of Catholic, and Jewish and Moorish background are likely to be able to identify cultural traits of the blended societies out of the mixed cultural elements of the Iberian Penisula from the 700’s to the late 1490’s, simply by reading Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s books as I did when I read them seven or so years ago. Infidel, Nomad, Heretic as she traces her ancestry, and history growing up in North Africa and the Middle east, before escaping a arranged marriage, into the Netherlands, You might say she is a living history encapsulated in one person

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mpz8h_MFkWg
    Originally filmed for the BBC uk http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00pv1m4

  27. Perhaps we should rewrite the Bible and The Gita in a similar fashion.

  28. The Koran the Gita and the Bible have much in common. They are all seeking to understand and reach out to “God” by whatever name. They all contain stories describing human nature. They all have rules and laws. Some of the laws in all of them call for killing non-believers. There have been Christ figures throughout the history of religion going back to Osiris in the Egyptian mysteries, Krishna in Hinduism, and Mithra, venerated by the Gnostics, 300 years before Jesus. Many of those were born of virgin birth, performed miracles, died and were resurrected. Did it ever occur to you the reason we don’t say Jesus is half man and half God is because it would make him sound like Hercules. Keep in mind we are all sons and daughters of God and that Jesus died for all of humanity.

  29. This is the kind of dialogue I like to see. Kudos CP. ?

  30. You sound like a very confused person who is searching. There is only one God — the Holy Trinity .. Father, Son, and Holy Ghost — ALL always have been, are today, and will be forever.

    Many ‘christians’ today are even confused about their faith as the recent research shows. http://lifewayresearch.com/2016/09/27/americans-love-god-and-the-bible-are-fuzzy-on-the-details/

    Christians DO NOT worship the god of Islam, Hinduism, Mormonism or any other religion.

    The Bible does what the other books don’t do — they show a clear path to salvation — belief in Jesus Christ.

  31. Do you really know what God is made of. What is your image of God when you visualize It?

  32. So then how do you know the God of other religions is different from your God if you don’t know what God is. We don’t even know what God’s name is. All the names given to god are made up by man.

  33. I can’t and you can’t define God. I don’t see the logic behind your statement or inquiry. If you read the Bible, have a good teacher, you will understand what I am saying.

    I’m guessing that you’re probably a Jehovah Witness. Am I right?

  34. The point is if yo can’t describe God, then just because other religions use another name for God doesn’t mean it is a different God.
    No I am not a JW, I don’t subscribe to any particular denomination. IN my opinion if you believe Jesus lived, died for our sins, rose again, and ascended into heaven you are a Christian. That makes you a Christian regardless the other beliefs you surround that central belief with. Using that definition I would include such denominations as JW and Mormons for example as Christians. Their view of God, since we don’t know what God is, isn’t relevant to their being a Christian.

  35. I don’t understand why it is so important to you that I describe God — something that I cannot do because I don’t understand something that is no able to be understood.

    I do not think that Jehovah Witnesses and Mormons are Christians because they do not believe in the Holy Trinity or many other tenets of the Bible.

  36. I don’t believe YOU sir are reading the Biblical books in the appropriate way. Each book address’ a different aspect of the ‘people’ of Israel’
    One book is a geneology, one book early history, one book a book of laws, another book a collection of sayings and wisdoms, there are books of prophecies,, books which exam human sexuality, Books which exam the role of kingship, Patriarchy, the experience of women in various ages, and AT various ages, books which deal with human jealousy, envy. LIFE, community, worship, interelationships between ones community and other communities some similiar and some dissimilar. books on wars, justice, judgement, books on how to spread new beliefs and how to integrate those beliefs into new cultures, The biblical books are specific to a desert peoples who over time become a more agrarian people.
    Its why the biblical books need to be read not just as a relationship between God and one person, one family, one community one nation, one humanity, or even one world. but as a archealogical and anthropological examination tied to a place and a time in each book. inclusive of the original languages they were written in, and how each culture in each time by each writer, affects the meaning of each book. and each book is interpreted in its translated language by a person in a culture much different than that of the original writer. Your own circumstances affects what you read and how you understand it. It is what has made the book the living Word. precisely because it reflects the common experiences of of humans over the millenia, and it reflects that through the use of many authors, and many perspectives. It rationalises through each age, and what is acceptable changes to some degree from age to age.
    The problem with the Koran is no one is allowed to do the appropriate research, on the language, only part is held in common with the Old testament, and the rest is attributed to only ONE person. yet through the centuries ‘copies’ vary from place to place with the changes/additions still attributed to the original writer. so you get things that christians find abhorent, and the reasoning given for those things like protecting the child that in chrisitianity and other faiths are handled in a simpler more appropriate way, by foster, adoptions, We stopped cutting of hands and feet as punishments because it’s economically stupid to purposely main someone especially hungry children, or adults. It’s more appropriate to address the causes of crime where they involve human need, such and food shelter, clothing illness. because the whole of society/culture benefits. and it’s why Christian cultures have fares so much better than Islamic cultures over time, and it’s why Jewish culture improves the lot of those who invite and associate and work with its followers, because they improve in place, adapting to and changing the negative in their enviroment so they can survive and thrive. When you do comparatives of the three peoples of the ‘book’you can see the positives and negatives of all of them.
    HOW each faith construct interacts or not, with those outside it is how it changes people and improves or disimproves peoples lives.
    Too much Evangelical/Fundamentalist christianity in fact looks more and more like Islam every day. in its regidity, its literal mindedness, it’s I’m right your wrong my way or the highway/death mentality that has been growing as can be witnessed by attitudes towards women, children and education, science, and geography.

  37. As long as the muslims deny the Son of God Jesus Christ there is no communion.

  38. The question is have you ever seen God and if you have describe Him because the fact is those that seen God did not live to tell about it.

  39. The definition of a Christian is John 3:16 Period. How you interpret the rest of the Bible is irrelevant.
    The point is if you can’t describe God then other religions calling him by a different name doesn’t change the fact we all worship the same God.

  40. What a bag of steaming feces! Moslimes fear Christians. Christians dont fear camel spawn mohammedans.

  41. This is a fool’s errand. The two books are fundamentally opposed. Two different gods (well, one true and living God, and one false god), two entirely different theologies, anthropologies, soteriologies and eschatologies, not to mention the fact that when they do mention similar people or events, they both give vastly different accounts of those very same events, particularly the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus (who is God… a fact that Islam denies). They’re not even close.

  42. This comment is fundamentally wrong on virtually every conceivable level.

    1) The Bible does not teach that the only thing that will save us is that we “all get along.” It teaches that faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins is the only way to be saved from eternal destruction. It also teaches that there is a fundamental divide between the believer in Christ and the nonbeliever, a divide that is as extreme as that between light and darkness. It also teaches that anyone who denies the truth of Christ (Muslims and any other nonbeliever) is antichrist.

    2) The Quran doesn’t even come close to teaching that. It teaches, instead, to subdue the people of the book and essentially force them into submission for the good of Allah’s cause. It also teaches a totally different message about Jesus, that He was not crucified (instantly rending an uncrossable chasm between the two religions), that we are saved through jihad (many forms of jihad) and good works (rather, having at least slightly more good than evil).

    The only way that Christians and Muslims will ever have true unity is if our Muslim friends are born again and made alive in Christ.

  43. John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
    By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

    Pretty straight forward. Either you love or you are not a Christian. And if you want to know how we will be judged, read Matthew 25. Those who treat others as they would treat Jesus will enter his kingdom.

  44. It would appear that you doubt the teaching of Jesus, or you have never read Matthew 25 to find how we will be judged.
    And I commend:
    John 13:34-35 – “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
    Luke 18:18-25 for the rich man entering the kingdom.
    1 Corinthians 13 for the place that Love occupies in a Christian life.
    Matthew 5-7 for the Sermon on the Mount
    Mark 12:28-34 for the Greatest Commandment
    1 Timothy 6 for the problems from chasing wealth.

    I could go on, but Jesus certainly DID preach that we must “all get along” to be saved. If you missed that, you are following someone else.

  45. *sigh* Wrong. You’re preaching a false gospel. Let me explain.

    1) Yes, we are to love one another. Did I say anywhere that we should not? No. The difference between us is that I can actually provide you with a biblically adequate definition of love, whereas it seems that you have to eisegetically insert your own personal definition of it into the text. Let’s derive our scriptural definitions of terms from scripture itself, shall we? Love does NOT include accepting or, God forbid, affirming that which Christ died for (sin) and that which sends people to hell (false gospels and false christs, like in Islam). Love DOES include laying down your life for others and, above all, preaching the TRUE gospel to them so that they may be saved. As Spurgeon put it, if people are going to go to hell, let them crawl over a pile of our dead bodies to get there. THAT is biblical love.

    2) Jesus did not teach that “we must all get along to be saved.” That is the patent definition of a false gospel. What Jesus WAS preaching was that we must be absolutely perfect in every way (word, deed and even thought) in order to be accepted by the Father, knowing full well that we would be unable to do this in and of ourselves. That was the entire purpose of the law from day one, was to serve as a spotlight on our own sin problem and the fact that there is no way in and of ourselves to fulfill it adequately. It was our “tutor to lead us to Christ,” (Gal 3:24), Who DID fulfill God’s perfect, holy law in every thought, word and deed. The ONLY way to salvation is to be clothed in His perfect righteousness before the Father, and to have the stains of your own sins removed by His sacrifice, and this is ONLY applied through faith. Any other gospel is false and anyone who preaches such a false gospel is accursed, because they do not know the true gospel themselves and they are leading others astray by it.

    “10 For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.” 11 Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” 12 But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.” 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— 14 so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.” – Galatians 3:10-14

  46. You are right I should have added the two great commandments to John 3:16.

  47. No. Jesus did not expect anyone to be perfect. Read the whole of Matthew 25, not some cherry picking of verses from elsewhere. Jesus says that we will be judged by our actions. And the measure of those actions is how we feed the hungry, house those without shelter, etc. Those who fail to practice that form of love will not enter the kingdom.
    Some would hold that they are saved by faith, however, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”Mt 7:21

    What is God’s will? Jesus says that God is a loving father, because he was teaching a new doctrine of love that did not hold to the old doctrine of guilt and sacrifice. If you know any loving fathers, then you can recognize that loving parents do not hold children to impossible standards.

    Jesus taught humans using human experience. I have never met a loving parent who would punish one son for the sins of another. To say that humans have the ability to create a sin so powerful that God cannot forgive it just by his will, describes a weak god. Jesus says that when you need forgiveness just ask,
    “Our Father … forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” Mt 9:6,12
    “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!” Mt 7:11
    God has always forgiven those who ask for it, so long as we “get along” by forgiving those who sin against us. If you want to hold a grudge against Muslims, be careful…
    “For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.” Mt 7:2

    While you have the Bible out, reread all of Matt 5-7.

    It is popular to quote Paul’s words to counter the words of Jesus. That would presume that Jesus doesn’t know what he is talking about. If you can’t make your argument about what Jesus meant by his words, perhaps you are following a human?

  48. Christians, Jews & Muslims do worship the same God, but have different understandings of that God. If you had siblings, you might talk together about one of your parents and find out you have different understandings of that parent, perhaps because of different experiences. However, it would still be the same parent.

  49. John 14:6 says that Christ is the way. The word “only” is not there. What this says is that no matter what outer path you may follow, if you follow the true inner path of that faith (organized or not), you will obtain salvation through Christ, whether you understand it in those terms or not.

  50. I’m sorry but you are misinformed — Christians, Jews, and Muslims DO NOT worship the same God. Christians worship the Holy Trinity – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit – yet not three Gods but ONE GOD. Both Jewish and Muslim religions reject the Holy Trinity.

  51. The God of Abraham, the God of Jacob and Isaac and yes the God of Ishmael, the God of Yeshua of Nazareth, the God of Muhammad are one and the same.
    “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. -Jewish Scripture
    ““The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
    “There is no god but God.” -Islamic Scripture
    The God of Abraham is One, all three faiths can trace their roots to Father Abraham, therefore it is literally Impossible for the God worshiped by these three branches sharing the same root, to be anything other than God. God is God, there is no other God but God.

    “The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God’s eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love.”

    -Meister Eckhart (Christian Mystic), The Essential Sermons

    You have said what you are.
    I am what I am.
    Your actions in my head, my head here in my hands with something circling inside.
    I have no name for what circles so perfectly
    By RUMI (Sufi Mystic)

  52. But God did define God’s self. God said when asked by Moses for his name, I AM what I AM. That’s all God can reveal to us, and even that we don’t get. The Trinity may be real, but the ultimate truth of the Trinity says God is One. Much like the Trinity, there are three distinct understanding of the unknowable one, revealed to us only as I AM. All religions worshiping the God of Abraham, are the teachings of Abraham’s sons, to their tribes and descendants. There may be differences in revelation or understanding, that however does not invalidate an indisputable fact. Much like we can’t deny Jesus was Jewish or that Americans are descendants of Western Europe colonialism. If Jesus thought belief in the Trinity was the one and only important thing, why didn’t he teach about it?

  53. The definition of a Christian, “Love the Lord your God who is One, and Love your neighbor as yourself. If you do these things, you follow all God’s commandments:” — Christ

    John is a beautiful, poetic writer, who over 8 decades laters wrote about Jesus. Jesus himself says what God and all prophets have said since the beginning of time. Literally, nothing else matters.

  54. Actually believing in the Christ story is definitive definition of Christian. Most other religions contain an admonition to love “god” and follow his rules.

  55. Where did Jesus say that you have to believe in the Christ story? I recognize that Paul said something similar, but where did Jesus say it? I am constantly amazed that people will claim to believe in Jesus as the Son of God while acting as if he didn’t know the meaning of his words when he told us what was needed to enter the Kingdom, and relying instead upon Paul to translate their meaning.

    Of course many other religions contain a admonition to love God and to love other people. There IS a reason for that. Think about it. A wise and loving Father tailors his parenting to the strengths and weaknesses of each of the children. It isn’t “one size fits all”. Read the teachings of Jesus for confirmation of that.

  56. I have not quoted Paul’s words to counter Jesus. I’m not the one who thinks there’s a shred of tension between the two. I believe that they fully affirm one another. If you actually got that from any of what I said, I sense that you are not interested in actually hearing what I’m saying and I won’t waste any further time. Now go learn the biblical gospel, believe it, and proclaim it.

  57. You quote Galatians to tell me what Jesus taught. Paul wrote Galatians.

    I feel that you should quote Jesus to tell me what Jesus taught. You could start by reading the whole of Matthew’s Gospel and then quote from his teachings.

    “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”Mt 7:21

    “Only”! What sort of acts? “I was hungry and you gave me to eat…”

    Paul isn’t concerned with the actions that Jesus said were essential.

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