What is all the hype over religion?
Why can't people just believe what they want to and everyone respect each others views??
Unfortunatley it seems most religions tell people that they are the only true religion and everyone else is wrong. Also most religions ask its followers to spread the world. This does not fir with being harmonious.
Because, unfortunately, with most religions comes a sense of moral superiority which makes many of their adherents intolerant, judgmental, arrogant, and preachy.
It seems to me that a person would need to have a strong belief in themselves in order to respect a belief that differs from their own. They'd have to be able to say 'it's not right, wrong, good,or bad - it just is.'
When people don't respect another person's view or beliefs, they're coming from a place of fear. Fear of something different, of change or of their foundation unraveling perhaps.
You might like the Charter for Compassion site (http://charterforcompassion.org/site/) Karen Armstrong, the founder, has studied the various religions and found that the common thread amongst them all is compassion.
If people focused on being compassionate, then they may be more able to respect others views...
Religions are pure hype. A religion's primary purpose is to sell itself so as to obtain more adherents, more influence and more power.
The more adherents a religion has the more control it can exert over what is, and isn't, permissible for people to think (the members of a religion tend to police each other).
Most religions say its pretty much ok for its members to kill the members of other religions (but a mortal sin to kill one of it's own).
Respect and compassion are fine things but where are they?
I pick up a paper or watch the news on tv and all I see is Christians and Jews killing Muslims and Muslims killing Christians, Jews and each other.
I was wrong. Religion is more than just hype - it is a murderous contagion.
We can believe what ever we want to believe. However everyone will not respect other peoples opinions.
Most people think they are right and they are told everyone else is wrong. Be true to yourself and never argue with a fool . . .
religion is from man and that all the hype. God is truth and if you refuse The Lord its you choice. as Psalm 14, 1 said ,The Fool has said IN HIS HEART,There is no God. they are corrupt,they have done abominable works, there is none who done good. and read Romans 1, 18 to 32..
some great answers here, all i can say here really is that in the Abrahamic, within their holy texts, it is either commanded to convert/destroy people of other faiths,or told that they will all die anyway.
So yeah, superiority complexes, perhaps a hint of megalomania in some extreme cases, and an inextinguishable sense of righteousness handed from god itself
All religions are projections of the ego that doesn't understand its role in the Devine plan. See my hub and videos for more explication about this topic.
Disrespect is sometimes a learned thing. Either through not being taught or being taught another way. Respect usually arises naturally however different experiences can sometimes alter what naturally arises.
In my opinion, everyone needs to feel significant. It is a basic human need.
Most people don't feel significant in their daily lives. They feel like their job, parents, society, government and maybe even their spouse have control over them.
Joining a group gives them a feeling of significance. That becomes part of their identity and no matter how illogical or misguided the dogma of that group is, they will defend that group because anything different is a personal attack on that person's identity.
It doesn't just have to be religion. Take guys who are overboard fans of a certain sports team or women who list shopping as their 'passion' in life.
In most instances, these people do not have their own true identity so they need to define themselves by these groups.
Most people just want to follow.
I have no problem in people believing anything they want to believe. I do get a bit upset however when those people want to control other peoples lives (and sometimes even kill them) based on their own particular belief. Most religious people seem to have no problem with becoming an atheist when it concerns other religions. They will happily tell you that it is nonsense to belive in Zeus, Ra or Osiris because they don't exist. They can't seem to see that their own religion is exactly the same - a bunch of adherants implicitly believing in their own brand of fairy-tale.
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