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ok, fair enough.
Many believers take the position that, though people across the world worship differently, that we area all in fact worshiping and praying to the same god. After all, if one is monotheist, there is only one god. So it kind of makes sense.
To me that seems like a tolerant and open minded approach. And it openly allows for differences. As you know one of my pet peeves is believers stating their belief is the correct one and others are all doing it wrong. This is what my born again brother says all the time. "They're doing it wrong!" And he usually means other Christians.
I think I asked something to the effect, how little of the scripture and tradition etc can a Jew believe in and still call himself a Jew, in the religious sense? Something like that.
Then I did get into what makes a theist, stating that I thought you were a theist.
I view this subject from my perspective, admittedly not one steeped in religious tradition. But I believe the religions we each grew up with started in roughly the same place, no?
It seems christianity they did not start in roughly the same place.
It seems the big part concerning the main concepts employed arose from discussions on the nature of the world, humans and gods presented in a meta-physical form.
The other contributing factor has been antagonism between judaism and the greek world.
Most arguements of this kind came from Alexandria.
A mix of myth and fact ending up in the gospel text.
The eventual form was created in Europe and Turkey itself from ideas about the territory.
Which might explain why the Aramaic version differs first in content and later interpretation given the former closeness and contact.
The religion and content of the bible can be said to have derived from the 11th and 12 the century so after the crusades and from polemics in the 15 and 16th century.(Suddeny all manner of copies of biblical texts and statues were found, myths of f.i. Helena and Constantin invented.)
We find that Europeans tried to literally out-fit various places to reflect their evolved ideas.
Comparable the Harry potter and platform 9 3/4 now having a shield pointing to it for all those fans asking where it was to be found.
Also:The church use of the title dr. of philosophy, in which philosophy is to be understood as ' that which is not real, not found in reality'.'that which relies on imagination and is never confirmed by actual fact.'