The Debate Over What Is the True Religion
What is the fuss about?
Religion is a hot button in today’s society. If you want to start and maintain a conversation for hours, speak about your religious beliefs to another. If you poll a group of people at your average public gathering, I am sure you will receive myriad of answers. Catholic, Methodist, Muslim, Baptist, Scientologist, Jewish, and Atheists may all be in the same room together. However, once a question concerning one’s views is asked, the battle royal commences. And no punches are pulled either. Everything from history to stereotypes will get dragged into the discussion. Cultural sensitivity gets thrown out of the window. You may find yourself while in the battle doing what R.E.M. said “Losing My Religion”. I am pondering the questions “Why do we argue so arduously about this topic,” What will we profit from these quarrels?
I remember trying to display my intellectual prowess as a college student at SUNY Buffalo (UB). I was member of the African Student Association (ASA). One day I was relaxing in the ABC office (space shared by the ASA, Black Student Union, and Caribbean Student Association). We were shooting the breeze when someone made a comment pertaining to religion. This immediately brought more comments. Foolishly, I took the bait and entered the conversation. I began swinging with my Christian Baptist beliefs. I was sparring with another black gentleman who was Muslim (not sure if he was from the Nation of Islam or traditional sect) and another gentleman with yet a different religious view. We started off throwing jabs about what each other’s bible says. We then heated with body blows and right hooks, trying to explain the contradictions of each religion. It still escalated further with us throwing dirt in our faces and thumbing each other in the eye, trying to get the upper hand with discussions on whether Jesus was white, the Crusades and Christian propaganda, etc. At this point we were ready to take it to the steel cage. After a half hour of a heated debate, we realized we were still standing in the same place where we started. I didn’t change their views, they did not change mine. The discussion was merely a time waster.
Why do you argue with people as to what is the true religion?
Reaching out to the Hubpage members
Fast forward almost 20 years, I’ve seen the vigor in which people argue and defend their religion continue to burn as host as ever. Many questions over various topics have been posed to hubbers. Some discussions remain hot while others get a lukewarm response. The one constant however is religion. I have seen a question that was posed more than two years ago, still receive answers on a daily basis. I asked the HubPage community why they thought people fight over which religion is the true one. Some answered the question while others went on to defend their religion/denomination. I gathered that people don’t want to be wrong. They feel a sense of responsibility in squashing the doubts and attacks of others. I wonder what a person would think if they were able to take a step back and observe themselves get entangled in this never-ending debate?
Coexist in the world image
A new awareness
I have gathered a different perspective over the years, one shaped by my experiences. I am not in position to be someone’s judge. If a person says they are serving God and they are of another faith, I nod my head and keep it moving. If they want to know about my Lord and Savior, I would be more than happy to tell them. I would tell them about my experiences with Jesus and pray that they seek him also. However, I will not waste time in fruitless arguments, as there are so many people who don’t know or serve God. They are the ones we should be seeking.