Bag of Randomness for Friday, December 18, 2015


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3 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Friday, December 18, 2015

  1. John Mackovic says:

    Until the end of what? The holidays?

    I can't argue with Texas Monthly's Bum Steer selection.

  2. sara says:

    When I was a child, in catholic school, I remember the first time they explained to us that Abraham had Ishmael first because he thought he couldn't have a son. Then when Isaac was born Sarah made Abraham send Ishmael away. And that Ishmael's descendants ended up founding Islam. So as a catholic child, we were taught that the God of Abraham was the same God of the Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

    It's really strange to see people fighting so strongly about something that you've understood since you were a child.

    No one said the religions were the same or equal or correct or whatever. Just that it was the same God. The world would be a better place if all children were taught that different people believe different things, and that it was ok.

  3. Brent says:

    What Mr. Corey fails to mention (unless I missed it in my quick reading of his otherwise well-written post) is that the Christian God is absolutely different from Judaism and Islam primarily because of our view of the nature of Jesus. Christians believe in one God in three distinct persons: Father, Son and Spirit. This is the Trinitarian view of God (which is the orthodox view of Christianity). Neither Jews nor Muslims recognize Jesus as God, so how can one say we worship the same God? Yes, I believe that we follow the same Abrahamic tradition. I believe that the Father for Christians is akin to Jehovah for the Jews and Allah for the Muslims. But no, we do not worship the same God, for God is Father, Son and Spirit. I admit that trying to understand the Trinity is infinitely complex, but at the same time the Trinity is what distinguishes Christianity (and our God) from all others.

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