posted on Feb, 12 2008 @ 12:40 AM
Well I'm Christian, and I DO believe in not only the simple of idea of tolerance, but the more deep ideology of acceptance. Some of my Christian
friends do hold some beliefs that I see as arrogant however, such as the fact that Jesus must be acknowledged as God himself before I can go to
Heaven, and the idea that all other religions are nice and all, but they don't understand they are actually going to hell.
To be honest, that actually offended me, as I have close friends from every religion. My friends and I are actually close enough we talk quite a bit
about our different religions, and more often than not we end up seeing how much they all have in common. My Muslim friends are always interested in
the way we conduct ourselves at Church, and what certain Christian symbols mean, and in turn I have also learned a lot about Islam. On Christmas I
even had one of my best friends, a Muslim, have his entire family call me and wish me a Merry Christmas.
Even though I am Christian, I also read the teachings of the current Dalai Lama, whom I believe to be an Outstanding example of humanity at its
greatest. He has been through adversity, kicked out of his very own homeland, and had his fellow Tibetans massacred, oppressed, and alienated, yet he
maintains a peaceful attitude of being at ease with himself and life. That is something I myself could most likely never do.
I believe that one can call themselves a Christian, a Jew, a Muslim, or Buddhist, but unless they believe in the acceptance of others, and are at
peace with differing ways of worshipping the same God, then they are not truly religious, and are not truly following the teachings of God and his
Mortal Prophets who bestowed such knowledge upon us.