Why do Christians criticize others about their beliefs?

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  1. Mark O Richardson profile image83
    Mark O Richardsonposted 12 months ago

    As Christians, we should be the most kind and loving because of our faith and because of the ultimate example, Jesus Christ. I've noticed that some denominations are criticized for being different within Christianity. For example, many mainstream Christians seem to focus on the teachings of Paul versus the whole New Testament. On the other hand, most of the beliefs of the various Christian denominations are very similar in the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John). Examples: Baptists, Catholics, Methodists, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS, formerly Mormon), Penticostal, etc.
    A great quotes come to mind: "...you must get at a man through his own religion, not yours." -George Bernard Shaw.
    "Seek first to understand, then to be understood." -Stephen R Covey
    Why not build on common beliefs? Thoughts?

    1. wilderness profile image95
      wildernessposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      Because, at the very root, the power and money does not flow to where it should be.

      Money collected by Mormons does not end up at the Vatican, to be used for Catholic purposes, for instance, nor vice-versa.  The complaint is then issued that the beliefs are wrong of everyone else and the fight begins.  Gotta get those non-believers (whether Mormon, Baptist, Lutheran, Catholic or other) into the church (whatever the church of the speaker is) to save their souls...and collect their gold.

      1. Mark O Richardson profile image83
        Mark O Richardsonposted 12 months agoin reply to this

        It's not about money.
        Common beliefs tend to be ignored. You do not make friends by telling others they are wrong.  I believe in one true church, but others have some of the truth. I know that many get offended by the idea of one true church. But I would not want to be part of a faith that does not believe they have the truth.  We should still be kind, even to those who believe differently or are a different kind of Christian. I don't tell people they are wrong. I just defend my beliefs when I am under attack.

        1. Castlepaloma profile image75
          Castlepalomaposted 12 months agoin reply to this

          https://youtu.be/l3fAcxcxoZ8

          Christians fight more often with each other than any other group of people.

          1. Mark O Richardson profile image83
            Mark O Richardsonposted 12 months agoin reply to this

            I agree

            1. Castlepaloma profile image75
              Castlepalomaposted 12 months agoin reply to this

              Wouldn't you find more peace into something else, without the conflicts?

              1. Mark O Richardson profile image83
                Mark O Richardsonposted 12 months agoin reply to this

                What do you mean?

                1. Castlepaloma profile image75
                  Castlepalomaposted 12 months agoin reply to this

                  Jesus came with a sword to divide.

                  I prefer the world to be my family

                  1. Mark O Richardson profile image83
                    Mark O Richardsonposted 12 months agoin reply to this

                    I see. It was a figurative sword. He was loving and not violent. He broke up tradition, which was more focused on the letter of the law than the spirit of the law. They wanted to look good instead of just being good. I see that today with other denominations where they are critical of other Christians. They draw near to God with their mouths, but their hearts are far from Him (Isaiah 29:13). Many are searching for truth but know not where to look. Confucius said that the man who chases after two rabbits, well catch neither. I'm other words, if we're do not focus on one way, we may never find it. I know of no better example of how to live than Jesus Christ and my faith/religion/church is the best guideline to follow to help me accomplish that.

        2. wilderness profile image95
          wildernessposted 12 months agoin reply to this

          You are absolutely right - we should be kind to those of differing beliefs, including Islam, Buddhism, the Jewish faith, Wicca, and all the other myriad of belief systems.

          Unfortunately, some believe that they have the "one true church" as you put it, and that they have a God ordained duty to convert everyone else to their belief.

          1. Mark O Richardson profile image83
            Mark O Richardsonposted 12 months agoin reply to this

            Not sure if any similarities with Wicca, but I know of other similarities with those other religions that you mentioned. I find that to be fascinating. Going back to your prior comment, instead of money, it is about souls, if you look at it half full. We want everyone to have a chance to accept or reject the Gospel. My faith is not fear-based and it is not my place to tell others that they will go to Hell if they do not believe as I do. But I was just thinking today if how un-unified Christians are as a whole. But what a wonderful world it would be if we could put aside our differences. That is what the Savior Jesus Christ would have us do.

            1. Castlepaloma profile image75
              Castlepalomaposted 12 months agoin reply to this

              Don't think wilderness wants to be a fighting Christian soldier . Lol.

              1. Mark O Richardson profile image83
                Mark O Richardsonposted 12 months agoin reply to this

                Oh, wanting to get along? That's fine. As you know, religion is a hot topic and there can be strong emotions. But we're all adults and can be civil. I wouldn't expect to change anyone as change doesn't come easily. I would just want to clear up misconceptions because there are a lot out there. If there is truth, evil/Satan will definitely want to cover it up and keep people in the dark.

                1. Castlepaloma profile image75
                  Castlepalomaposted 12 months agoin reply to this

                  God lives in the dark and satan is his adversary relationship.

                  1. Mark O Richardson profile image83
                    Mark O Richardsonposted 12 months agoin reply to this

                    God lives in the dark? I've never heard that nor do I believe it. On the contrary... See Genesis Chapter 1

 
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