Does airing our religious beliefs turn people away if it is different from their own? I am afraid to get into any religious conversations because I don't want to be excluded from any side. I want to hear and participate in discussions from every angle.
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It’s not that I’m trying to announce my religious affiliation, but I don’t know how to get into a hub conversation that does, without implicating myself, because assumptions will be made. I just want to be involved in what I believe to be a good hub.
I usually try to avoid religion conversations in general because I know it’s such a touchy topic. Yet there are several hubs that I’ve found to reference religion though it's not the main theme. I don't want to agree or disagree and then be "marked"
A second account is always an option! Then you can comment worry free!
Thanks for the advice and I really appreicate your openness to discuss your religious beliefs for my benefit, despite potential judgment. (Honestly, I don't know if I have enough I want to say about it to dedicate an entire profile to it :-)..
My father taught me that yu cannot sit on the fence. If you want to participate, and voice your views, you may offend some. You may gain followers. Sometimes the middle path is the easiest but not the best way to go. Good luck.
You're right and I know you are. I am very outspoken about my thoughts and opinions on most issues, But religion is one that I know too little about to jump on anyone's side. I see valid points made all the time on every side. More than 2 side
I really appreciate your attitude on the subject. I'm kind of one of those "everybody's buddy" kind of people and I don't want to feel like I have to be placed on a "side".
Awesome, that's the kind of attitude I wish everyone had. I don't want to exclude people that I find interesting because they have a particular belief nor do I want to be excluded. Birds of a feather flock together. :-)
Cantu - I'm reminded of something that Dr Seuss and my father used to tell me - "those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind"
Thanks for the early morning smile; it's not every day that I get to live by the words of Dr. Seuss. Good advice. ;-)
Thanks. I don't hide anything when asked, but I have been involved in heated conversations where people get extremely offended with other's and their beliefs, I'm almost afraid to disscuss it because I don't want to be offensive to anyone or any view
Your beliefs should not offend others. It is what you believe. It they are offended perhaps they are not entirely secure in their own beliefs and need to do some soul searching. I know what you mean about heated debates though haha it can be rough
Thanks, I really appreicate it. I feel that I'm missing out on good conversations, but I don't think it's fair that someone says; "oh she's a believer" or "oh she's not" and then cast them aside if different from their own. I want to hear everyone
It happens all the time, but if you keep talking to people in love and respect and show that you are not just following a blind faith then people eventually stop trying to shove you into a neat little labeled box.
Ha, thanks. Honestly, I wish it were a little more "cut and dry", honestly, I have heard really good debates in so many areas, not to mention my Bachelor course that was solely based on 12 different "Worldviews". Can't I see more than one point?
I give everyone respect, despite their views and opinions. I'm not so worried about traffic as much as I just don't want to be categorized in any particular kind of group. I enjoy all views and different kinds of people. I want the same.
Jlpark gave an excellent answer. Go ahead and do whatever you like. Don't worry about those who value trivial things and let them go away. And as I said traffic will not be affected that much in my opinion.
Thanks and I agree. At the least, I appreciate the support and the feeling that "it'll be okay", regardless.
You bring up a good point. I don't care what peoples' beliefs are as long as they aren't criticizing mine. Some people like it their way or no way. I don't know why we have to fit in any group. I want to communicate with people of all kinds
Thanks. If I agree with a "believer" on one issue, some "non-believers" cast me aside. If I agree with a "non-believer" on another issue, some "believers" cast me aside. I mean in life, not HP, but that is why I ask because I don't want that here.
That might be true about the gun related issues, which I have found myself in quite the few heated debates over. Quite frankly, I'd be just as interested to hear your points of views as the, let's say, Atheists, to better understand thoughts
I am not exactly sure what you are seeking. My Catholic hub was to clear up some incorrect assumptions. I support greater gun control--posted the main points on another questions. Atheists are missing something, but they are entitled to their beliefs
Sorry, I was speaking about 2 different things. I was saying that while I fear talking about religion because I don't want to offend any group, I openly debate gun-control issues. Religion: I want to understand how people arrive at their beliefs.
If your comments are presented in a manner that seeks to inform or even defend but does not deny a person the right to his beliefs, be it religion or gun control, you will be doing the best you can. Just be willing to be candid with your own beliefs.
Too be honest, I think I'm at a bit of a crossroads; how I was raised and how I really feel. I know what I "should" feel and what I "want" to feel, but I want to be responsible for those feelings. I have a lot of WHY questions & they don't sit we