Know your "Competition" Religion is personal....
How many of you know anything about the religion you profess to condemn? Have you studied all the major religions and viewpoints heralded by years and years of myth and persecution? Do you know the tenets of all religions and what they espouse? Have you heard of the mystical sects of each religion and how they are more alike than the religion they were sprung from? Do you diligently work to persuade someone to listen to your viewpoints on your own beliefs without realizing that the other has a mind of their own and a belief system they have integrated trhough years of experience and discernment?
It never seeks to amaze me that tolerance, which is a major tenet of most religions is not practiced. War in the name of "God" has been waged from time immemorial and those who have suffered at the hands of the other who wishes to argue for their faith has been unjustifiably positioned on all manner of belief system. There is not one system that has not been affected by another's wrath and inability to tolerate the other. Judiasm is a prime example of a religion that has been castigated over centuries for being "Christ killers" even though it was the Romans who did the deed. People forget that Jesus was a Jew himself and said to others "do not worship" me.
Islam has taken the brunt of wrath since the "jihad" of the terrorist extremist factions have voiced their ire over the infidels. Christians also called Muslims infidels in the Crusades. Holy War has been a theme for centuries...it is not a Muslim invention. And what of those who bomb abortion clinics in the name of Jesus and love. Are they serious? If you condemn murdering innocent fetuses, then how can you believe killing doctors and expectant mothers is the right thing to do?
Until everyone examines the facts and the histories of all religions, then they need not try to convert another to their side. We do not need conversions anyway. God gave us all the free will with which to decide what is best for us. Through ignorance we cannot come to an informed decision. The mere implication that "my God is better than your God" sounds a bit like preschool. Nah nah nah. Who are you to say this? And while I am at it, why condemn atheists?
The interpretation of the Bible or of any other holy book is individual. To be "told" what this means by a preacher or higher church authority is to give your own good judgment away. You were given a brain and the ability to discern what works for you or not. People spin their own interpretation as it befits them to win at a game. The game is "my religion beats yours" and "you will go to hell" and "the devil" and "evil" and "condemnation" is upon you otherwise. What happened to tolerance, compassion,love understanding and most importantly: humanity.
Until you know all the other major religions and their beliefs, stay in silent testimony. If you do not want to learn about them then do not judge them. God judges actions, people and events, people have no right to do this. We are given a task on this earth to love each other and improve each others lives by standing side by side without bias, hypocrisy and slander. Live and let live.
Posting passages from religious text shows using the words of others to make a case for yourself. Strive to think for yourself...and learn about that for which you have no reason to judge...