Do you respect other religions?
Do you respect other religions and are friendly with their followers?
Yes. They are all made up of people who want to do the right thing and, as such, are good.
Most people want to do the right thing, but there are a few egos in any group. I think ego is the real "bad guy." Take ego out of the equation and we have a pretty nice world.
Agreed. Religions are ultimately all the same - about being a good person and doing the right thing.
Good observation, lone77star. If we keep our eyes open for ego at play in the group situation we can understand the situation better and deal with problems and pleasures appropriately, don't you think? Thanks.
I'm not religious myself but yes I do respect all religions and their followers- like I respect all non-believers. I think what matters is a person's behaviour and conduct. If someone is bad it is not because they are Christian or Muslim or an atheist etc
Absolutely on both. What kind of person would I be to not respect another person and the way they think and believe?
Absolutely. And I find them fascinating and most customs and traditions enjoyable and meaningful.
We see too many these days claim to not respect another religion and use that as a basis for basically psychotic behavior. When in fact they are too ignorant of the other religion to even disrespect the religion at all.
This is a very cool question. And very good for self reflection. Thanks
I respect people despite their beliefs. We are all learning and just because we don't think the same things doesn't mean that they are wrong.
I neither respect or disrespect people's religious beliefs. I (accept) the fact that everyone is entitled to have their own beliefs. In most daily instances when I come in contact with others religion has nothing to do with our transaction. If I'm looking to buy a suit, have a good meal, get a loan, or whatever it may be I could care less about the person's religion or even if they believe in god at all. It's really none of my business.
I love learning about different religious beliefs and lifestyles. It absolutely fascinates me. The more I learn, the more I am coming to realize that so many of the world's religions are alike. Christianity and Buddhism, Islam and Judaism- very similar dogma. Hinduism amazes me. I love love love it's reach history. The same can be said of Taoism, Confucianism, Wicca, Gnosticism..., it is all so rich in history. I have had the good fortune to live by libraries, to be free to explore my own religious beliefs and have a home computer- which has allowed me access to information. Some people are not as fortunate as I, and I deeply feel for them. Some people chose to be bias towards other religions- I pity them.
So to answer this great question- YES! I would have to say that I do respect other religions. I have encountered Satanists, even. They really aren't an embodiment of evil, as one would think. They are folks who are self centered is all.
When we choose to shut our eyes, and stop learning- we too, become stale and ignorant. I do not want to be stale or ignorant therefore, I embrace all religions to the best of my capabilities. Great question.
I started as a Southern Baptist. I became a Scientologist, then a Buddhist, then I studied Judaism and Jewish mysticism (Kabbalah), then Taoism, and finally back to Christianity (but non-denominational).
There is wisdom in each. I have learned a great deal about Christianity by studying these other religions. I have found reincarnation and karma in Christianity, because I was able to recognize it after having experienced it in other religions.
I have even found a biblical timeline in Genesis (the Bible's first book) compatible with those timelines of mainstream science. This was possible because I also studied science, logic and mathematics. More importantly, I was able to make such discoveries because of humility and a hunger for answers.
As long as someone respects the beliefs of others I respect them.... that's all I have to say about that.
Why not ? I give respect to all of them because they all exhort the followers to raise themselves on a high pedestal and seek the truth. Though most of the religions are linked to God, there are two religions that do not believe in God. They are- Jainism and Buddhism. In spite of these two being so, I give them all respect as these point to a very lofty ideal sans God. Since all religions grew in different environment, their temperament is also different ; so they are not same in their appeal. However, the main thrust is same in all ; that is a fine evolvement of human being. That being so, my approach towards the followers of all of them is very tolerant and I see them with all respect. In my view, a first step of religion is to know that we all humans are equal. From this step, our journey takes us to a realm of knowledge or a kingdom of God,whatever name you may wish to assign to that destination. If we stick to a social decor and order but pursue a personal venture to grasp the essence of our whole existence, there must be no objection to it. Religion is another name of pursuit of truth; there must be a cordial approach towards one another. Having said it, I am of the firm view that all accomplished religious guys irrespective of religions love each other mutually for they have caught the truth though from different routes.
Religion is not the pursuit of truth, the pursuit of truth is in looking for evidence. Religion is a dogmatic belief system and ends the search for evidence by relying on a religious leader whose truth is based on the ideals of the founders there of.
What you say is not entirely wrong,however from reading the life stories of various prophets and enlightened beings, it is very much evident that their teachings were against the dogmatic ways and blind beliefs prevailing and they brought in changes.
I see nothing of these religious leaders that convinces me that they are prophets or enlightened.... but I am convinced that many if not all of them are fictional or at the very least exaggerated.
artback01, I give all respect to your way of life and your perception. Everyone of us has been blessed with an intellect that decides for us what is good or not. Thanks a lot for exchange of some friendly words.
I love learning about other religions, it is our differences that make us unique. Besides variety is the spice of life. I am not a Christian/Muslim/Jew/ Buddhist.... but I do respect and will defend their right to believe as they choose. I consider myself an Animist and I am sure that there are those that think it strange but again to each his own.
Absolutely. I do not judge someone's humanity based on their religious beliefs. I base it on their actions. We are all human, make mistakes, and our religion should not be how we associate ourselves with others. We should fellowship each other regardless of which higher being we believe in and try to save each other instead of trying to hurt each other.
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