why are people so sensative about religion?

@ESKARENA1 (18299)
December 27, 2006 3:08pm CST
why does what other people think or say matter to you if the truth is in your heart
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@lucalucky (1840)
• Italy
27 Dec 06
Good and BIG question! How I can answer? For sure people think the truth (about everything not only about religion) is in theur truth and not in yours! It's not easy to accept what other people think or trust if is different from what we think or trust. About the relgion this become bigger and bigger and some religion are not tolerant (also if they preach exactly the opposite).
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
27 Dec 06
thank you for your stimulating response, if they are secure in their own truth however, why the need to be so defensive, guess i never will understand that part, unless they have secret doubts
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@lucalucky (1840)
• Italy
29 Dec 06
In some religion (but as I told before not only in religion) the problem is not if they are so secure in their own truth because they trust in it or because they have secret doubts. Religions have DOGMA and you must accept them (you cannot think to understand a DOGMA) and that's why people is so sure about their own truth. They accept and believe in DOGMA and they wnat that you accept and believe in that!
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
29 Dec 06
but surely doesnt the sensativity to a logical challenge suggest doubts in the minds of those who often respond with violent indignation to the slightest challenge to their position? usnt dogma a convinient shield to protect insecure belief?
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@sunita64 (6473)
• India
27 Dec 06
It is a sensitive issue because everyone loves his or her religion, and if a person does not know about your religion and criticises then yes average crowd feels humilated and they take it personally as someone is criticising them.
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
28 Dec 06
thank you, but it is not them it is an idea
• India
30 Dec 06
In indian culture there is a word 'Dharma'. but it does not mean any community or group of the followers of any perticular belief. all that is moral is Dharma, all that is legal is Dharma. we are living in the world of sciense. anything that is good for the earth must be our religion. the concept of religion or Dharma was to unite the people not to devide them. we must know that. now if we go with the actuall meaning of religion(morality) then everyone must be sensitive about religion. here i am not talking about any perticular community. but i am trying to say that we all must be sensitive about such issues which are related with humanity, morality and values. we all need a religion not a community.
@ESKARENA1 (18299)
30 Dec 06
ok i see your idea of community and mutual support, it is one of the things that holds a culture together, but i still do not see why such things as cartoons or even people expressing alternative ideas on mylot, justify violent reactions?
@Netsbridge (3242)
• United States
29 Dec 06
Mostly has to do with insecurity and lack of knowledge. However, it is simply human to want to defend one's beliefs, even if such actions are not necessary - such as fighting over Biblical issues or attempting to impose one's belief upon others, rather than patiently explaining and persuading.
@ESKARENA1 (18299)
29 Dec 06
is it not enough for you to believe it? why the need to tell anyone else? isnt truth self evident ?
@magikrose (5423)
• United States
29 Dec 06
The problem with religin is that everyone thinks that there religin is the one for everyone else andthat they feel obligated torecruit as many as possible without taking in consideration that if that person was intrested then they would have already joined.
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
29 Dec 06
yes you are exactly right, but why fear people who disagree?
• United States
28 Dec 06
This is an interesting question! There are probably many different reasons why-- and we'll probably never fully grasp the answer. However, we all have ideas. I think that it's because everyone is looking for validation. Most, or many, people love their religion-- that may be a factor. But, at the same time, almost everyone has the unconscious desire to belong and to be accepted. It isn't just religion that people are sensitive about-- in most arguments, we want to be right. We will fight in order to be right. A lot of the time, does it even matter? Is it that big of a deal? Usually, no. But we still get into these big arguments over something that might not even be significant. Because we want to be right. Why do we want to be right, though? When I'm fighting, I just want to be right-- I don't want to feel stupid. I want the other person to accept my viewpoint as being significant. Is that it, then? We want to feel significant? Anyways. I don't really know what I'm saying. It's hard to explain. People may feel the truth in their hearts, but they want others to accept that and to validate their own positions. Is that too heartless of a way of looking at it? I think I learnt something like this from either my Sociology or Communication class. It's only one explanation. I don't feel like I'm being very clear, so I'll stop talking-- except I can never do that, so I'll try to clarify one last time. People may believe in something very strongly-- but they want others to see that they are right. This may be because they want others to be "saved" or to know the truth, as well. It could also be the result of the feeling the need to belong or to be respected. We WANT to be right, usually. We LIKE being right-- most of the time, at least. It makes us (I suppose I can only really say this for myself, but I am generalizing and making perhaps inaccurate assumptions, I'm sorry) feel good-- in general and about ourselves. It's a strange thing, but people just don't want to admit that they are wrong. When someone challenges that, people become defensive. And because religion is such an important part of a person's life, maybe people become extra sensitive to it. They want to feel justified in how they are living, and they want others to ACKNOWLEDGE us and the things we say or believe. It's probably just a weird human thing. Anyways. I really cannot seem to focus on the question. I'm sorry. I do think it's interesting to think about... Because I've wondered, too. If you believe it so strongly, why do you act that way when someone challenges you? It's silly to become so upset. But, really, I do think it's just a human thing. It makes no sense, but that's how we are. And I'm going to go now, before I say anything else stupid. But, again, this was an interesting topic. Bye!
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
29 Dec 06
thank you so much for your very well developed answer. Im not sure about people reacting with extreme violence , bombing others who do not believe the same idea as you is a bit extreme. I also feel that no idea is worth giving or taking a life for, however strongly you believe it to be true
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@miryam (6507)
• Italy
27 Dec 06
but I think that no are very people, a few are sincery religius, many are lie......but we need believe in God, for the our soul, and heart live, I believe Him!!!
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@catchsharad (1328)
• India
29 Dec 06
people who are sensitive about religion,they think from the heart and not from the mind
@ESKARENA1 (18299)
29 Dec 06
thank you for the response, i strongly feel if people react violently to a challenge (remember some cartoons) then they are insecure in the validity of their own ideas
@casper20 (1465)
• India
29 Dec 06
so many people are like this.i saw some discussions in mylot too.it is sad that people are talking about and discussing religion in here.i don't agree with religions,or any thing that brings division between people.but everybody have their own opinion on this matter and i respect that too.
@ESKARENA1 (18299)
29 Dec 06
i believe fully in freedom of speech, just because someone disagrees with me doesnt make them wrong, even when we are discussing religion