Guest,an is a guy, I'm not seeing the relevance of anything you said to my question. If you'll note, I wasn't debating the reality of the Christian God or any other God - I was simply asking a question obout theory and practice. While I'll assume your intentions were all for the best, I haven't judged anyone else's religion, and I'd appreciate it if you didn't, either.
Jon - I don't think we all have to sgree on everything to play nicely, but it's sure a nice thought, isn't it?
I settle myself with the thought that the Bible was written by men - some of them very inspired, very holy men, but men nonetheless, and they are fallible - so if the translation's not quite right, I don't feel that I'm missing the true word of God. I think I have to talk to god for that, and I'm not quite there yet.
Kris, I think you're probably right - but it does make people of differing religions uncomfortale when the god being discussed is not their own. I've had that feeling myself.