Religion and Beliefs

@Raine38 (9193)
United States
August 8, 2012 3:19am CST
I am a Catholic. I am not too religious, but I do believe in God and do my best to abide his commandments. I also have friends from different religions and I'm okay with that. We respect each others' beliefs. We do have this one acquaintance whom I am not comfortable talking to. She is a member of this particular religion (maybe you guys have heard of it) and each time we talk and the opportunity presents itself, she will always say that she and the rest of the people who belongs in their religion are the only ones who will be saved come judgment day. I used to tell her that salvation is a matter between me and God, and an affiliation in any religion isn't a 100% guarantee. But she adamantly refuses to hear anything, but the fact that everyone in her religion have guaranteed seats waiting for them in heaven. She got in trouble in our school one time when she refuses to stand and pay respects to our flag and national anthem during flag ceremony; reason being is it is forbidden in their religion. They also don't celebrate Christmas, but she becomes b!tc#y whenever she's the only one who doesn't have a gift (she refuses to join our kris kringle, but she wants to receive a gift). I later on learned to just ignore her. What would you do if you were criticized for your beliefs?
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@anklesmash (1416)
8 Aug 12
I am a Christian as well and i try to follow Jesus's example the main rule i try to live my life by is to treat others like i would like others to treat me.This is often called the golden rule which in my opinion is correct as if everybody followed this simple rule the world would be a much nicer place to live.I too have friends of other faiths and some of no faith at all.I sometimes talk to my friends about religion but luckily we all respect each others views and it never descends to anbody saying how they are fine and that the others are going to hell.In my opinion this is just plain wrong and simmilar to the attitude the likes of the westboro baptist's have.
@Raine38 (9193)
• United States
9 Aug 12
Me and my friends who have different religions can co-exist well; I mean, their religion might be different but we all believe and serve one God. And I don't think that fighting other people for God is how our Lord even wants us to serve him.
@riyauro (6428)
• India
8 Aug 12
I hate it when people say things about religion when they themselves don't know anything. We are free to serve whom ever we want to. Just tell that girl that keep her religion to herself and do not mess. Tell her to keep her believes and everything to herself. If I were you I would have ended my friendship with her. because I don't like people telling me crap they believe. I hope you will be able to tell her off next time. have a wonderful day.
@Raine38 (9193)
• United States
8 Aug 12
Me too, I hate it when people starts arguing about beliefs and God. I really don't like how she put down other people's beliefs. My friend who is a bit outspoken than I am actually told her, "If you are so sure that you'll be saved, why wait? Enjoy salvation now! Jump from this building!"
@aerous (13474)
• Philippines
10 Aug 12
Not bad being criticize on what we believed. This is a kind of thinking to learn the truth if our religion really the one who save by Christ on judgement day. Because if we read the bible there are many verse that there is a religion established by Christ. So we came to think about the reality of religion. If we read in the bible about the existence of our religion not bad to depend it with words of God coming from the bible and other references...
@srjac0902 (1170)
• Italy
8 Aug 12
Christ once said - " Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and give to God what belongs to God". The word "Religion" has been dervied fro the latin word relegare that is to bind. When we practice a religion first comes our relationship with God and then the community attached to it. Whe is so much esstial is we strive for the union with God, to meet God and establish a loving relationship with Him. Adhering to a community without being in communion with God is being empty. Nowhere Jesus has said who and how many will be saved on the last judgement Day. But Christ has said - On the last day... those who have done good he will say... I was hungry and you gave me to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me to drink and I was naked you clothed me, I was in the prison and you visited me.... come now and enter into the kingdom of my Father... Then they will ask When Lord we saw you hungry and we fed you... When Lord we saw you thirsty and we quenched you?........ Then He sai truly truly I say to you, all that you did to the least of my brothren you did unto me. "... If Jesus has said if you give a glass of water to the thirsy, it will not be forgotten but will be rewarded. Then tell me friends those who do good upon this earth will they be doomed forever?