The thread yesterday "How old were you when you decided" went so well, I would like to ask another question in the same spirit.
Assuming you are firm in your belief (whatever that may be) and that you are content you have found truth, do you think it is the only right path for everyone else too? Basically I want to know if you feel everyone needs to share your belief.
I am aware that there are relgions heavily orientated to converting others, but what I am interested in knowing is if YOU think everyone needs to share your belief.
Again, I do not want to debate any particular belief.
I think if everybody would believe as I do, we could all be together in the afterlife, whatever it might be. We could all be in heaven, hell, reincarnated, transported to another plain, whatever. Now let's all sing a couple verses of Cum By Ya!
I do. But my philosophy is all prophets and religions have and share the same knowledge that of the Light or god, you.
There is no need to convert as all lead to god.
Hence, the problem, Christianity is hell bent on converting others. It is ones duty as a Christian to shove their beliefs down everybody's throat.
That isn't "sharing" beliefs, fyi.
My own response...
I am content with my belief, and I know it is available to everyone. My need to share it is on an asked for basis rather than a beat-you-with-it or shove-it-down-someone's-throat type thing. Everyone has freewill and I respect that. My belief is my guide for how I am to live.
@ Q - You failed to answer the question in words, but I gather you are hell bent on converting. And fyi, I clearly understand the difference between "sharing" and having something shoved down my throat. You missed the part where I stated I was not interested in debating any particular belief.
Not everyone is comfortable or confident enough in their own skins and beliefs to fly solo. I believe in a higher power, not power --- it's what gives people security and peace, not what or who you chose to follow or believe in. If you have to force people or frighten them into your beliefs then you have just a lot of scared people comdemning others in the hope of saving their own skins.
I dont think so, others might find the "TRUTH" in their own way and time
I don't think everyone NEEDS to share my beliefs. I just think many would benefit from the open, curiosity of them.
I don't believe that there is "a truth." My belief is that people should have minds that are open to ideas and possibilities, that seek to find new views and expand understanding. There's so much out there that is interesting and enlightening and amazing... so much to humble us and awe us.
I guess some can be awed by just one source of information though, so, who am to judge them? If you're happy, you're happy.
I don't think everyone should necessarily share my beliefs (I am an atheist among other things), but I think the reasons behind my beliefs and the method I use to form beliefs are the best I have encountered. In that sense, of course I think it would be best if everyone adopted the same method.
I'm ok with atheists not believing it means more pudding for me in heaven
A part of my personal belief is that no one else has to agree with me or think like me or in any way be like me, hey you don't even have to like me
Relying on others to do or think like me is the fastest way to unhappiness! Besides I don't want to be responsible for your or anyones beliefs just in case I am wrong
Great answer... I think that if we prescribe to the Christian faith, we must live by it and will be held accountable for our indiscretions. The same should apply to other faiths. I do not know about other people. I'm just trying to do the best that I can with what I was given to understand.
Truth is the hardest thing to find on this earth.
But God is with all who walk in line with their truth.
For example if an atheist lives exactly as he believes, in that there is no God that governs the affairs of Men and reward each with his just reward and he that atheist allows nothing to stand between him and his hearts desire.
He will stands a greater Chance of receiving the real truth in this life ahead of those who boast in their belief in God but live contrary to what they preach.
For some people the best option is to devote themselves entirely to the idea some mythology or other is true. It makes them happy, it doesn't hurt anyone, and the results of their general happiness and well-being are good for the people around them.
But others (and relatively proportions are impossible to say, all I have is anecdotal data and no one is going to be honest about this sort of thing on a survey) suffer due to their beliefs and/or try to harm others due to their beliefs. They spend a lot of time living in fear of phantoms, and no one can help them so long as they continue to believe as they do because you can't protect them from something that was never there to begin with.
We'd all be better off if that second group abandoned their mythologies.
I am comfortable in my beliefs but I do not think that it is the right path for everyone. And it is not my place to try and convert nor bash anyone else for their beliefs. Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs.
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