Many people don't, and MAY NEVER, have a true understanding of faith. Yet we all understand compassion, mercy, empathy, and kindness. Be it atheist, christian, muslim, or any other belief, I suggest we focus on the things we agree on. I believe ALL religions teach unity rather than disunity.
The problem with religion is that they all profess to be the only path to "heaven" and you must follow their teachings if you wish to be with god in the afterlife.
But any religion is like just another corporation looking to expand their market share for not only the souls of believers but their capital too.
Still, all religion has a role to play in society. They also accomplish some good some charity and I'm not one to belittle the beliefs of another, so have faith, practice your beliefs, live and let live.
The Ten Commandments For Understanding Another's Religion
1. Thou shalt learn to walk in another's moccasins. 2. Thou shalt aim at understanding above all else, and before all else. 3. Thou shalt learn humility in the face of the phenomena of religion. 4. Thou shalt strive for empathy towards one's own and towards another's religion. 5. Thou shalt not, too quickly, follow ways that reduce religion to another sphere of experience, culture, or mode of explanation. 6. Thou shalt learn the many ways that one can approach the study of religion. 7. Thou shalt strive to be thorough in one's investigation and research, acknowledging the contributions of others. 8. Thou shalt learn a flexibility of spirit, a generosity of intellect, and a fullness of imagination. 9. Thou shalt come to understand religion as a meeting place of the human spirit and the divine. 10. Thou shalt learn a spirit of playfulness, and a capacity to enjoy even while being challenged.
Danny R Hand said . I suggest we focus on the things we agree on. I believe ALL religions teach unity rather than disunity. ==================== I would agree with this statement if we just wanted to get along ....But the extreemest won't let that happen. Agreeing to disagree is a state that is better than a declaration of war... BUT.. nothing ever gets settled that way.
If it could be done in peaceful conversation??? I believe it to be better to eleminate the diffrences by discusing them AND validate the reason for one belief over an other. Unfortunately as humans, we tend to "stuborn up" and cease discusion when we see support for our beliefs dwendling No progress will ever be acheived until we can overcome this reflex (fight or flee).
I would think this is true to an extent. Denominational tilles and names yes should not be adressed; diffrences within "Christianity" or within Islam etc should be adressed and settled during the process. Once this has been done we might find fewer diffrences between the "isms". Need to start someplace such as "does" being babtized in a Church that has a piano in the corner of the room; invalidate my babtism, or what day It took place? To discover what issues are truly revelant and which are not.