I would argue that the basic principles of Judaism, Islam and Christianity have far more in common than they give cause for division. All three are based on the 10 Commandments, which form a sound basis for a civilised society. Judaism and Islam (to the best of my shaky knowledge) retain âan eye for an eyeâ which, in itself, can be interpreted not so much as a call for vengeance as a prohibition on escalating a situation. âAn eye for an eyeâ not âan eye and some holiday vouchers for an eyeâ. Jesus brought a more Buddhist approach to Judaism with his suggestion that it may be best to forgive the transgressions of others and leave judgement to God. But he was still a good Jew. Itâs one of those things that depend on translation, but I remember in Bibles I saw as a child that Jesus never said he was the son of God. When asked, he responded, âso you sayâ, which is not the same as claiming to be a Deity. Jesusâ seemingly conflicting statements of âin my Fatherâs house there are many mansionsâ and âno-one comes to the Father but through meâ are not irreconcilable. I had it explained to me thus: âIn my Fatherâs house there are many mansionsâ â there are many different ways of worshiping and reaching God âNo-one comes to the Father but through meâ â Jesus believed no one could reach God without adhering to his philosophy of tolerance, compassion and love combined with following the 10 Commandments. For âthrough meâ read âthrough my teachingsâ and it makes sense. Followers of Islam regard Jesus as a great prophet, though not so great as Mohammed. This, to me at least, suggests that Jesus never claimed to be the begotten son of God â in the eyes of Jews and Muslims alike that would be the ultimate heresy. Whenever religion is discussed I find myself thinking of Kiplingâs lines "If you can bear to hear the truth youâve spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools." By prohibiting translation Mohammed knew what he was about. Unfortunately, it still does not make it impossible for his teachings (which if you speak to moderate Muslims seem fair and reasonable) to be perverted by malevolent megalomaniacs (whatever happend to humility?) who need a means of terrorising their own peoples into submission, let alone anyone else. Christians have not been blameless in this from the Crusades, through the Inquisition, and beyond into the divisions within the Christian church itself today. What politically motivated malefactors do to sound teachings cannot be blamed on all followers of the original prophets or on the prophets themselves. I pity both Jesus and Mohammed. They were honest men. Now take me off and burn me.