Converting from one religion to another

@deepti15 (1190)
India
April 30, 2007 4:03am CST
Hi friends, I am posting this discussion because something happend here in my country today, that became a burning news. A person from a specific religion was abused and beaten. He was found to force people to convert from there religion to his own. He was being paid by another institution to do this. Do you think this is correct? Do you think converting from one religion to another is right? As far as I am concrened I believe that there is one and only one GOd who we can call with different names, you can call him Jesus, Ram, Ali, Budhha, Mahavira or anything else. But all in all they preach the same thing and teach to love all other fellow human beings. What is your opinion?
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• India
30 Apr 07
Thats a horrible thing to do, just beat up any one for converting, i mean, just for his own chioce?/ thats really cruel..........may be according to you, all religions are equal, that's waht is better and safe, just to end this wars n all, but i choose to follow the truth, coz if you beleive in religion, you believe in god and if you beleieve in god, u should know devil exists, so if devil exists, who can save you?? of cousr god, so if we dont know, who that god is that can save us, then, whats the whole piont in beleiving in a religion?? i mean, i dont know about every 1 else, but i was lost and i TRIED many religions and wanted desperately to know the truth, and guess what i found it and i am completely happy with it, so that means even i converted from being some1 to some 1 else, and i wouldnt want any body to even point afinger at me, for doing what i did or what ia m going to do,,,,,,,,,so i think ppl better are left alone, and decide for hemselves, what they want to do and follow.....coz never can awar end war ,,,,,,a man who lives by the sword shall die by the sword!
• United States
30 Apr 07
Its a choice that each individual makes on his own free will. Thats a terrible thing for someone to beat or abuse someone else for sharing something positive.
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@zahoor007 (273)
• India
30 Apr 07
See what ever happen you were not able to do any thing, i think converting people from one religion to another is not due to some efforts of various people who believe that they are religious and can do any thing, if there is any convertion under compulsion than that is madness, we must not favour such things happening in our surrounding, but if incase somebody is converting with out any compulsion, then that is fine, we must not interfer in any bodies life, let them get converted, that will between Allah and them. but if there is any compusion going on, then Allah will punish the person who will force the other person for convertion
@samrat16 (2442)
• India
30 Apr 07
I know what has happened in India as I'm a fellow indian. Yes, this guy was beaten very badly and had many fractures. I think this incident took place in rajasthan where they have hindu oriented government that is BJP. No, I disagree with you that he was forced to convert hindu people into christians. I don't find anything wrong in converting from one religion to other untill I'm not forced to do so and I'm satisfied with it. Yes, I agree with you that there is only one god and we must all also trust the same. Ohh you took name of buddha also. Strange. My opinion is rajasthan ki sarkar gira do. Deepti tum sangharsh karo hum tumhare saath hein.
• India
30 Apr 07
this is wrong leave people how ever they are leaving why dont you all become one and remove that man out from u r city so he can do that again and till when you will not become one till that time this will go on ok so make some unity and i know that all god is only one who preaches us in different ways in different face so be one make some unity and fight with that person ok and here that matter comes again veg and non veg so i cant say any thing about it so i tell that live as they ae living
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@rdurusan (624)
• Philippines
30 Apr 07
Forcing people to convert his religion is false and morally wrong.We have freedom of religion,and i think it is a common practice in many countries.If he is beaten by forcing other people to convert to his religion may be his own doing,meaning he reap the fruit of his labor.
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@samson1967 (7417)
• India
30 Apr 07
It is really pathetic, that people misunderstand, the preachers. When the preacher teaches about the goodness of his religion, he is often mistaken to be a convertor. It is shame on the people to abuse and beat such people.
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• India
1 May 07
my opinion also the same .god is one .but the ways r different to go to him . those different paths r may be "religion" r someother thing . what ever may be the path we should reach the god finally. we should not force other person to change their religion it his whish to change or not. finally what mean to say is "THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD IN THIS UNIVERSE",it is true belive it.
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@aradia (68)
• United States
30 Apr 07
I agree with you. that's how i view god as well. and no, i don't think it's right to try to convince other people to join your religion, but it happens. it happens every day. people are constantly trying to coerce other people into doing something they don't want to do. it's part of the human condition. i don't understand why humans can't be more accepting...why this stuff has to come up time and time again...why people can't just leave each other alone. i get so disgusted with this life, sometimes, and wish i just didn't have to be a part of it. people are ugly to each other, and it's hard to witness. the religion thing is only one aspect of it. but as long as religion exists, someone will be trying to get more people "on their side." it's sad, but it's true. and no, i don't think it's right.
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• Malaysia
30 Apr 07
first of all.. i don't agree with converting one religion.. but... there's always an exceptional.. to me.. religion is just a way to reach to our god.. i believe there's only 1 god in this world.. and religions are the ways to reach them.. so.. in another words.. we have 1 god... but the way we're reaching to 'him' is not the same.. that's what i understand about it.. how bout you? eventhough we don't preach the same prayers.. but we actually have the similar teaching in most of the religion.. don't you think so? i don't see any religion asking their disciple to kill.. have you seen any? no right? that's the point =)
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@navtech (1776)
• India
30 Apr 07
Hi, Deepti15, I do agree, nobody should try to convert from one religion to another religion. It is an individual preference. Some religious fanatic trying to do this. Those who are trying to convert from one religion to their own religion, uses muscle and money power. They specailly target poor and uneducated masses. They pay them money and will also assure them that their children will be given education. Convertion from one religion to another relgion is going for a long time. In short I abhor religion conversation.
• United States
3 Jul 08
I agree with you in many aspects. I love open minded people. What he is doing is horrible. One can not force another into a religion. Allah(God) does not accept this. One has to have true intentions in his own heart, not force. I agree that there is One God, who has many names. But depending on your religion they may teach other than that. Im mean no disrespect to any one here. First let me say, Im a convert to Islam only 6 years, but prior I was Christian, or I was raised in a Christian family. Some, not all Christian churches teach that Jesus is God, and to worship him. This is a form of idolatry. jesus yes was a prophet, the messiah, a savior and did many miracles, but only with the permission of god. Jesus did not create the world, he did not create him self, he did not create man kind and he will not judge us on the day of judgment, God will, and jesus will be sitting at his right side. Thats why often times there are issues. Idolatry is the one thing God will not forgive, other than that he is merciful. Read more about my ideas about Islam and faith at http://www.aishaladon.com
• India
3 Jun 08
i heard that incident... converting religion againtst someones will is too bad, but else its just fine, here in india everyone has liberty to choose the religion he/she wants to follow
• India
1 Jun 08
hi, intersting subject and you can go on and on talking about it. I am a god fearing person and belive there is only one God have as many names as you want that is immeterial. I agree with you on that one. I also believe you can think you can change you religion as many times as you want but all of this is man made. You are who you are and and the end of the day we have to face the one and only. So no i do not agree it is the right thing to do.
• Japan
1 Jun 08
hi... i don;t see any harm in converting to any other religion. But if it is done forcefully by anyone else, than its really bad. Why to be so rigid about the religion issue... if it can be changed as per ones wish and as per few ritualus then y to be so fussy abt it... afterall Religion is nothing its just the way to live one life ..following cerayin rules, regulations and values.. named as culture....
@EvanHunter (4028)
• United States
1 Jun 08
I can agree with what you are saying I beleive God calls people to where he wants them and its not for others to argue it. In the new testament it says: Romans 14:4 Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. SO if someone is right where God wants them to be than you could be working against God's will by trying to push someone into the religion you want them in.
@wrangel15 (1443)
• Philippines
1 Apr 08
For years now I believe that religion doesn't really matter. It's all about having a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
@arjun999 (1004)
• India
1 Apr 08
I hink both are wrong. Beating a person for converting is wrong as well as forcing a person to convert. I have seen preachers go to people in need of help offering them money but asking them to convert for it. This is exploitation. In some cases they deserve a beating theough in most cases people are beaten up unnecessarily.
• United States
1 Apr 08
Here in the States we are free to convert to any religion we wish. Or we have the freedom to be atheist. Beating a person for converting people to another religion is wrong.Although there are some people would love to make it a law here that religious person couldn't knock on anyone's door early on Saturday mornings.
• India
14 Aug 07
yup i'd seen that report, i also belive that theres only one God, but ppl have faith in one religion, they obey the principles laid down by that religion, and if u r forcibly trying to make them obey some other religion then thats bad.