Why is it so hard for people to just let people have different religious views?
My family has belonged to and firmly believed in the LDS religion for my whole life. I was raised in the church and was in church every Sunday, until one day when I was 13 someone told me to read a book about God that contradicts what I grew up believing. I read the book and felt a type of clarity I never felt in church, it just made sense to me. After telling my parents they gave me countless lectures on what they believe is the truth, criticizing what I now believe. So, ik there's a lot bigger issues than just family with religion, but the point is, why does it matter if people thidifferent?
Are you comfortable with letting people NOT have religious views?
I don't know why it is so hard for some religions and religious people to recognize and accept those of a different religion, or no religion at all. It is as if they are driven to "convert" everyone they see.
Personally, I do not care for organized religion, but I also do not care to try to convert anyone to anything. I accept people as they are.
It is only when religion serves to do harm to, or control, others that I get annoyed.
Believe what you will, but everyone should stop trying to convince others to believe what THEY believe.
Yeah I'm fine with people not having religious views. See, whatever people believe that makes them feel like they al have found their answer, that is what it should be. I don't think that people should try to convert people to what they believe.
Maybe you should start with yourself, Austinstar.
(1) Many parents want their children to believe as THEY do. They have their religious beliefs or rather inculcations that were passed generationally which were accepted without question. Many family members believed in such religious inculcations to keep the family peace/uphold familial tradition so to speak. They also mindlessly follow familial religious concepts in order to be accepted by family members. Those who question such concepts are viewed as suspects. They are deemed as strange, even the odd one out in the family. The family will assert every effort to get the "errant" family member in line. It is deemed quite unthinkable for these parents that a family member would question familial religious tradition. It is even worse for such parents for family members to disavow/not believe in that religion anymore. Such parents oftentimes wonder where they went wrong instead of accepting that there will be family members who go on a quite different path than they did. Such questions & going on a different path in the eyes of these parents threaten, even disrupt the familial fabric. These parents simply refuse to believe that their children are individuals but instead see them as replicas of themselves.
(2) Besides family members, there are people who believe that THEIR religious beliefs, paths, & perspectives are the ONLY, LEGITIMATE ones & that other beliefs, paths, & perspectives are not only wrong & erroneous but ....EVIL. They will try to proselytize others to their way of thinking by using guilt mechanisms to get others "to see that light." These people are of the school that if others do not have their religious beliefs, paths, & perspectives, they are "sinners, even damned" unless they "repent."
In conclusion, such parents & people are unevolved & immature. These parents & people refuse to see that each person is where h/she is supposed to be regarding his/her ethical, moral, religious, &/or spiritual path. No one can/should believe alike. Each person is on his/her particular stage of belief whatever that may be. Besides that, each person has his/her individual choice as to what h/she believes. Evolved, enlightened, & mature people realize that each person believes differently, respects, & even encourages such.
i think it shouldn't have to be hard at all. if you believe in god and you know about the bible then let it go. if that person wants to go with the devil and thinks that it is gonna be all peaches and cream then let them go. you can still talk to them and share your point of view(s), but don't go over board with it.
If your point of view is that anyone not believing your stuff is of the devil, then that is blind, ignorant prejudice, surely. Maybe in that lies the problem. Superiority/inferiority - a judgment without sound basis? Unloving? Just asking.
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