Originally posted by LadyV
There really is nothing more to say in these threads....we tend to think of something by the people we know......though I have met some Christians
here that seem like good people, the ones I have ever met IRL are hard, hating, intolerant, blaa, blaa, blaa.....noting will ever be settled in these
threads, or the "gay" threads....it's a constant, God said this that and the other thing, stating their "opinion: or "belief" as fact, and the
other side doing pretty much the same.....they are pointless threads anymore....nothing new to learn, a back and forth "uh hu"....."uh uh"
I'd like to add a few words to this.
I disagree that religious threads are pointless. In fact, I think that there isn't enough of reasonable religious dialogue in this world. It is very
rare to see on TV representatives of various religions talking about SIMILARITIES of their belief, or simply explaining it to others. TV is loaded
with hatemongering idiots, images of hate, screaming morons calling for death of others or conversion of others. Such fools are minority but they get
majority of air time.
If one is a believer then their belief is a fact
to them and they present it to others that way. I myself am a believer and my belief is the
TRUTH to me. But I also understand that the way I feel about my religion is how others feel about theirs too. I wish more people would think this way
Thats where religious dialogue comes in. There are a lot of misconceptions about religions, false informations, people who deliberately want to
distort certain religions. Talking about religions in civilised manner can greatly influence all the ignorance that exists in this world. But in order
to do that, we must be ready to question that belief, to ALLOW others to question it.
I do not perceive a christian as ignorant or hateful who tries to tell me all about their religion, who tries to explain to me how to recieve Holy
Spirit or find Jesus, things like that. They simply truly believe that and want to share it. The only problem would be if they would take a gun, point
it to my head and force me to convert. Now that is different. As long as they just talk, I will listen.
I met a really nice evangelical christian girl a while ago on the street. I listened to what she has to say for about an hour. I asked about their
belief, their way of praying. I told her I was Muslim, she then asked me about my belief in Jesus. Now, when someone tells her how those Muslims are
ignorant of other religions, she will say that is not true. She talked to a nice Muslim girl on the street who listened all about Jesus and seemed
like she respects such belief.
I let Mormons come to my door 3 times to talk about their belief. I told them a lot about what I believe and we figured we have a LOT in common. They
will have a similar story to tell about Muslims like that evangelical girl. So will my catholic and jewish friends, and a few ATS members too , me
Our different beliefs and truths are not the actual problem.
The problem are people who close their mind to other ideas.
The problem are ignorant people who know very little about others and whos answer to everything is hate.
Hopefully, their numbers will go down as the information age progresses.