reply to post by badmedia
Respecting others as individuals takes the best and brightest minds.
Many people are too insecure to do that.
And there are many self appointed uniters of all religions
or self appointed destroyers of all religions.
Both extremists believe they are superior when actually
they are missing out on the great buffet of life.
And this buffet analogy holds up-who wants to eat the same thing all the time?
Most everyone loves the diversity of a buffet.
When you can relax and accept people as individuals,
you are certainly
moving towards the higher levels of spiritual realization.
I am not implying that I do this all the time
but at least I know that this is the wisdom path.
One of the problems narrow-minded people have is
they make snap judgments about topics such as religion with little depth and knowledge.
They are like the deluded person who goes to a John Tesh concert then thinks all music is bad because Tesh sucked.
Same as the person who makes snap judgments about art based on Norman Rockwell paintings
or a shallow Andy Warhol corporate/celebrity painting.
There is so much to explore in music, art and religion
that if you close yourself off to any of these
then you live a stunted life with a bad case of mental poverty.
Curiosity is the fuel for a joyful life.
And with today's technology there's no excuse to prevent exploration.
Unfortunately some limited people only listen to corporate received music
and don't have the high level of intelligence it takes to explore
all the world's music, art and religion.
Being limited to only Christianity and atheism
is like being limited in music to only Lady Gaga and the Rolling Stones.
What about Buddhism, Native American reverence for life, Transcendentalism, Bon Shamanism, Dzogchen,, Jainism, Hinduism,
Krishnamurti?... to name a few.
Most Christians are not even close to the level of spiritual understanding and loving compassion that Jesus was at.
Therefore they really need to stop
distorting his message with their low level hate and intolerance.
I can understand why so many people become atheists
because they hear these hate-mongering perversions of the loving message of Jesus.
Jesus message of kindness towards the poor and love toward all has nothing to do with the con the church power trippers perform to hoard money and
live in luxury.
Martin Luther King Jr. at least had some spiritual understanding of the truth Jesus spoke of.
That's why Jesus and Martin Luther King Jr. get holidays and narrow-minded distorters of the message of Christ get angry, unhappy faces and we
psychically kick them in the ass when we see them on the news.