If ones religion states in its teachings that those that do not follow the same religion, that they should or shall be avoided, then how would that affect ones family members who are not of that faith, how would it affect a neighbor who may need help, the list could go on and on.
If you want to ensure a faith in a state, dose not change, your best bet would be to be Muslim in a Muslim Country
lol Castlepaloma.. you obviously have not been to Saudi Arabia where Islam was born; most of the Muslims only play at being Muslim to keep face! The rest of the time they are drinking, taking drugs and chasing women (prostitutes) in Dubai or over the causeway in Bahrain!!
You must of been hiding it well, alcohol is illegal in Saudi Arabia, yet understand the odd hidden away place like Dubai.
No matter how sh** face they get it won't change their faith
most don't have any faith - they only say that they are Muslim and attend prayers as that is what is expected of them.. I have often had a bunch of Saudi guys with girlfriends in tow sat in my apartment drinking during Friday prayers and my apartment was next door to the mosque!
I'm not sure which religion you are talking of--but I can tell you that Christianity does not state this, although many of its followers say that it does. it says "do not be conformed to the world" not "avoid the world." God said to go out into the world and to be His representatives of God--of love, peace, grace, truth, power, and more. This couldn't happen if people were avoiding those of different beliefs. The idea is to be careful who you trust--who you allow to influence you--the company that you keep. If you don't want to drink but you go to parties all the time where drinking is the number one activity, you will likely end up taking part in the activities. I'm not sure if this is what you were asking or not...but thought I'd respond. :-)
Thank you Seek-n-Find
Yeah, there are those "faiths" that teach that one is not to interact with those not of their faith.
This has bothered me quiet a bit as we go into this round of elections. It is my understanding that there may be a candidate who may practice this faith. Now, here is my concern. If a person follows this faith, how can he/she lead a country? How could they possibly make an unbiased decision?
I tend to follow the law of the land or man's law up until the point that it conflicts with God's Word as we as believers are not under any "religious" laws.
The Christian faiths I know that are like that are hard on families. Mennonites and Jehovah Witnesses are the two I've lived around. The faith is very, very controlling and uses emotional blackmail freely on those wavering. Those who step away are usually shunned after the threats are ignored.
It's very hard on children who drift away when older. Intellectually they know it's crazy, but they've been drilled in it so strongly that they never seem to completely get over the guilt their family continues to throw at them.
Family who never bought into it are usually bitter about the holier than thou attitude of the family members who are in the faiths.
Neighbors either hate it (if next to a JW) or ignore it (if by a Mennonite)
I studied the JW doctrine and knew this of them, I did not know the MNs also followed this.
The reason for my question was that I had heard/read that Mormons also follow this doctrine. ???
That is totally accurate for Jehovah's Witnesses. I have some in my family.
In fact, it does. Her Holy Pinkness makes it very plain that those who do not acknowledge Her will be trampled and sent to the Mines of Misery forever. I feel sorry for all of you, but that's the way the cookies crumble (or, more accurately, that's the way your bones will be crushed by Her Holy Hooves).
LeanMan said that most Muslims don't have any faith - they only say that they are Muslim and attend prayers as that is what is expected of them..
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Islam is the
world's fastest-growing religion by number of conversions each year: Is it hard to believe that most Muslim do not have any faith
I think that's what missionaries are all about.
Convert the heathens, then you can associate freely with them!
We Presbyterians love everybody. My church (when I attend) preaches tolerance and acceptance.
Her Holy Pinkness makes an exception for you, Habee.
Ok Pc, its early and I haven't finished my caffeine just yet. Who is Her Holy Pinkness?
You are kidding me? Her Pinkness is there for anyone to not quite see. She of the Holy Hooves, The Invisible Pink Unicorn?
You do not partake of the Holy Pineapple and Ham Pizza?
The steam rises from the succulent ham, while the juice of the pineapple nestles in the folds of the melted cheese. Raise a slice from the plate and inhale its glorious vapors before gently nibbling at the edge to taste its wonder.
Warning: risk of burning lips, tongue and roof of mouth. Her Holiness takes no responsibility for careless eating habits.
Now you've done it. Didn't think I'd notice it, did ya? How dare you? Cheese on ham? Never!!!
I will be back..... but for now, I am off to do my part in being patriotic.
Cheese Pineapple Ham. War.
Oh Habee. mine too. Being from the south as well, sometimes I think it is just our nature. lol. Company always comin over for supper or making and sending food to a sick neighbor and things like that. Do you think we would be classified as socialites? lol
We all know that we have to be cautious as we try to negotiate our way between and among the varied religions present in the world. By nature, we are all ''universal'', offering humanity a way of looking at itself so as to become better and more civilized and more developed as moral, sentient beings.
I think such ideas existed and was strong in the past. Things have changed and people change along the line. However, I would say that each religion would love it if all and the state would follow their way. Some people by their association, comments, and actions tend to isolate others. For instance some make others feel like a devil of whatever.
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