Living in Peace

United States
March 31, 2009 4:41pm CST
Why is it so hard for religions to accept others? Why can't we just have the 'that's your opinion attitude'? It bothers me to see a lot of hateful religious fanatics out there.
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• United States
1 Apr 09
Since peace is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit, at least the Christians need to question their religion if they are not manifesting at least peace. Not to mention other attributes like love, joy, KINDNESS, etc. I think you make a good point.
• United States
1 Apr 09
thank you very much for your response. you make a good point as well.
• United States
31 Mar 09
it is possible. i, myself, am a strong christian, and am very open-minded to other people and their views, whether they're a fellow christian or not. i see a lot of what you are referring to. i think as a whole, the population on earth thinks their way for doing anything is the right and only way. this doesn't just follow through with religion, but nearly everything. i hate that our society is this way, but they are. i'm not sure how to change it, but just to let you know...what you spoke of, is out there. may be rarely found, but it is lol.
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• United States
31 Mar 09
Peace is possible! Thank you so much. I'm really happy to see open minded people on this blog. After a year at a private school I was beginning to think we were all doomed.
• United States
5 Apr 09
Well, here are my two cents: I follow the Old Ways, and as such I accept the fact that there are plenty of gods, and that other ways can exist alongside mine. I don't presume to tell people that they are wrong, and they are going to Hel, regardless of what they believe. However, in certain religions, which are generally the mainstream monotheistic ones, the holy books dictate that everyone else is wrong. Now, while this is still fine, those books say to do things about it, i.e. Christians are told to go out and convert people. Muslims, well...I don't know to much about their book, having never read it, so I won't post some erroneous statement. But I somehow get the impression that they are not exactly tolerant of other faiths. So, as my area of knowledge dictates, I will focus mainly on the Christians and what I believe that they are doing that disrupts relations between religions. As I said, Christians are commanded to go and make the world Christian. However, as we have seen, mankind often takes things to extremes, whether or not they are still doing what is asked of them by their gods. For example, take 'St.' Olaf, king of Norway. His policy was, literally, convert or die. The Christian's god loves peace, surely he'd never tell anyone to do that? I have several friends who have been strong Christians, and the reason why I get along with them is because they strive to convert people by the way they act, not by aggressively pursuing others. My point, in summation, is that religions can very easily coexist, but flaws inside individual followers of said religions will always be there to ensure that that never happens.
@Pose123 (21660)
• Canada
1 Apr 09
Hi goingtothesun, I'm with you on this one, we should all respect the beliefs of others, unless of course they advocate violence. There are many religious fanatics out there as you say and we have to be careful not to lead them on. I think we also have to remember that there are also those who are very open towards others, and some of them I consider among my best friends. Blessings.