Respecting everyone's own religion...

United States
June 13, 2009 3:25pm CST
The way I see it is since everyone has their own religion whether they are catholic, christian, atheists, agnostics, scientology, jewish, pagan, wiccan and such is to respect their beliefs. Only thing I don't approve and everyone can relate to is one who forces their religion on you. It doesn't benefit anything if another religion dispects another religion because it differs from their beliefs. There's no point getting into arguments or debates or trying to prove another religion wrong. If people are happy with what they believe in, if they are inspired by what they read or hear then it's all good. Don't you agree? It's kind of like people's ethnicity, it's not worth it to look down on someone of a different race. I believe everyone should be cool with everyone and respect other people's opinions or matters. Do you respect everyone's own belief or do you have a hard time respecting other people's religion?
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27 responses
@uath13 (8204)
• United States
13 Jun 09
I have no problem with other religions so long as their not trying to cram it down my throat. Unfortunately there are a few that feel that's the proper way to conduct themselves. Those kinds I'll happily step up & put in their place.
2 people like this
• United States
13 Jun 09
I hear you on that part. There's a few religions I know that come around trying to force or cram it down especially those that go door to door knocking in their suits not wanting to leave until you have accepted their offer. Definitely not right.
@uath13 (8204)
• United States
13 Jun 09
Is minic a gheibhean beal oscailt diog dunta! An open mouth often catches a closed fist !
2 people like this
• United States
13 Jun 09
Thanks for your thoughts on this topic. I believe that people should accept a no if someone is not interested and not continue any further to persuade people. Definitely, it is a waste of time.
@jayrene (2712)
• Philippines
13 Jun 09
i respect other people's religion... what i really hate is when people try to force theirs in me... its ok for me if they talk about their religion and they can tell me all about it and share what it is all about, just dont try to make my faith and belief all wrong and theirs the right one. some people does that, and its so freaking annoying that it sometimes ends in debate. for me it should be like this, mine would always be right for me, and i wouldnt force it on you, yours will always be right for you and dont force it on me, that should be the right attitude.
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• United States
13 Jun 09
So true and one thing I can add as well is it is alright for someone to talk about their religion if I accept them to do so, then again if I did do so I've known people that get so carried away then merge into trying to get me in their religion and then that's when I tell them no thanks or ok enough already. As it is, there are people that lose control with what they do and believe.
@jayrene (2712)
• Philippines
13 Jun 09
i hear that... i've known some people who are like that before... and then there are those who would knock on my door, and then when i try to be nice to them, they just go on and on and dont want to stop even if i already said, ok, we have different belief...
@YazEid (1139)
• Philippines
13 Jun 09
hello darkangel I think that all religions command its people to respect other religions , otherwise it is not a real religion . I do respect all religions , each one has the right to believe in the religion he sees right as I have the same right to believe in mine . I never tried to force my religion on anyone , it is a matter of thinking and beliefs which control what religion to follow , IF any one asks me about my religion I will gladly answer him , without forcing him .. thanks for this discussion and have a good time
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• United States
13 Jun 09
That is well put about what you said that it's good to answer truthfully without forcing it on that person. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this topic.
@YazEid (1139)
• Philippines
13 Jun 09
you are welcome dakangel , have a good time
@andy77e (5161)
• United States
16 Jun 09
The aspect of various denominations can be simply put to the test of what does the Bible say. People routinely make their own specific rules, and that's their deal. The real question is what does G-d say through his word. This is why I pointed out that G-d's word says no one is to be called father, but our heavenly father alone. The Catholics have invented their own rules. Rules of the pope, of a hierarchy. Rules about indulgence. Yet none of these rules are in the Bible, yet they claim to believe in the Bible. Every christian denomination can be checked in this manor. But as to whatever makes one happy, happiness is a very superficial notion. A child can be happy to eat chocolate cake and ice cream all day every day. Is that good for a child? A man might by happy to sleep around on his wife, is that a good thing? A person might be happy use heroin everyday, is that a good thing? Eating alone might make one happy, but do a search for fattest man, and you'll see what the end result of that is. Point being, truth and happiness are not directly connected. You might believe something that makes you happy, but at some point reality will kick in, and you'll have to face the truth. A unfaithful husband will eventually lose his family, his wife, his kids, his relatives. A child will get sick from eating junk food, or become a fat kid who get's picked on at school. A heroin addict will end up with disease form dirty needles and their teeth and hair falling out. Similarly, at some point we will die. When this happens, one view will be correct, and the others will be false. We can't be both "one with the universe" under Buddhism, and at the same time be "saved through a personal relationship with Christ" under Christianity. We can't both go to an "Eternal Martyrs Paradise" under Islam, and go to "Purgatory" under Catholicism. They can't all be right, yet obviously some are happy to be in those systems. Which leads to the obvious statement that many are going to happy for a short time on Earth, and unhappy for a long time in Eternity. So let me ask you... which is the better way: To doom people to a false sense of short-term happiness despite their eternal destiny? Or to try and reach out with eternal truth, even though it may cause them short-term unhappiness at their views being questioned? I'm going with the latter.
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• United States
16 Jun 09
I'd ask you of a short info on what Christianity is to you and your belief is, because you saying that every denomination can be broken down, yet as I said every part of it has their own saying. As said what is truth? Surely the early Christians back then knew. But now? Is it being practiced? And where is it?
@andy77e (5161)
• United States
15 Jun 09
In your response you asked, are we put here to determine who is right and who is wrong? I say yes. We are thinking creatures that always try and determine what is true and what is false. You do this every day and in every aspect of life. When someones says something to you that you are not sure of, do you not try to figure out of the person is correct? Truth is at the heart of everything we do as humans. In relationships, the worst possible thing to bring into it is a lie. Nothing is harder to repair than broken trust. Similarly there must be truth in our world view, which is all a religious view is. Why should we not strive to determine truth in this one instance, when we try for it in every other aspect of life? I have looked into many religions, and research many belief systems. In as much as I have checked out, all have fallen short of creditable evidence, except one. The Bible. I only came to that conclusion because I looked for truth. There is no support for the Mormon belief that there were golden tablets, that Jesus and a tribe of Israel came to the US. There is no evidence that Mohammad met an Angel that attacked him three times, or that he wrote the Quran when he was illiterate. There is nothing in the Bible about a "pope", and actually a specific command that no one is to be called "father" except for G-d himself. But is there support for the Bible? Yes. Prophecies, historical evidence, and the empty tomb. The list of evidence for the prophetic and historical accuracy of the Bible is amazing.
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• United States
15 Jun 09
Yes the Bible I have read it in my time. Of course I know you speak of Christianity. Yet here is my thing that puzzles me is that where the real truth and original roots are? For so many years it has lost its original roots. Now thousands upon thousands of denominations have came in this world -- Lutherans, Protestants, Methodists, Jehovah Witnesses', Mormons, Catholics, Quakers, Baptists, Pentecostals and many of the like. One religions says this to be the truth while the other says different. So many debates have occurred through the Christian religion. For one the doctrine of how one must become a Christian...who's telling the truth? Is it the people that bring the testimony of accepting Jesus Christ as your person Savior? Is it one who quotes John 3:16 and Romans 10:9 as how to become saved and to be a Christian? Is it going up to an alter asking God in your heart to forgive your sins? Or what was the actual truth that the early Christians spoke of of what it means to be saved or in order to become a Christian? Then the doctrine of what baptism means...That has been debated so many times...Yet who's telling the truth? It's a scrambled egg! So as to say who knows who's telling the truth? So much confusion as to which one is right and what is wrong. Therefore I see it as if people are happy with what they believe in and are inspired by what they read and do then I'm all for that. Whether someone who is a Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Monk and such.
@zura80 (48)
• Singapore
15 Jun 09
Hello my friend.. Ok,i have to say this is interesting because i'm of mixed parentage and my mother is a convert. She was a christian but she convert to muslim when she married my dad. And since most of her family members are still christians, the issue of disrespecting one another's religion does not exist thankfully. In fact,whenever they organised any kind of family gatherings,they always make it a point to get foods which is 100% halal. So we were taught in the family no matter what your religion is, we are still GOD's creation, we walk the same earth and breath the same air. I do admit that some of my friends are confused as to why i won't convert since majority in my family are christians. But to me,i was born a muslim and i want to die as a muslim. So there is really no point in arguing as to who's religion is the right one...
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• United States
15 Jun 09
That's good. I know a few good muslims here and those from the Philippines. Thanks for sharing.
@chelsit (105)
• United States
14 Jun 09
I totally agree with you, because I have had many friends who were from different religions, or sectors of life and we try our best not to discuss religion because everyone was brought up in a different way with there own views and ideas. All I know is we all believe in God no matter what image he might have, or what name we call him. To me he is one person with many different faces.
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• United States
14 Jun 09
I have to say amen to that what you said no matter what name we call God as long we're happy what we believe in. Thanks for sharing.
• Philippines
14 Jun 09
I do agree with you darkangel. Irregardless of what religion we have, it doesn't matter, but what matter most is how we believe on the religion we believed in. How we practice the words written in good faith and how we spread and share the good news to everyone. We go fishing with various techniques and strategies in our hands but we have the same goal and that is to catch a fish.In religion, we may speak different languages but we believe in one person - the savior, thus respect is important in order to unified.
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• United States
14 Jun 09
I totally agree with you. As long people are content and happy. Thanks for sharing your opinion of the matter.
@nitu1952 (286)
• India
14 Jun 09
I am really agree with this that everyone has the right to respect his religion.one should not force other person to not to respect this religion.if you cannot make trust on someone's religion then at least dont interrupt someone to do this. this is a very habit of indians.
• Philippines
13 Jun 09
Perhaps people failed to notice that enforcing one's religion starts out when we were young. Our parents enforced their own religion to us and had us baptized to what religion they are into. Which, in turn, most of us have or will do the same thing to our children. It is one of the flaws of the teaching of religion most specially those that have existed for hundreds of years. During the time when it was established, it is important for them for the religion to grow thus they instruct their members to spread the religion and have people join them. I think it is but nature for a society to try to spread what they think is correct and try to enforce it to others is possible. Though, most laws does not allow them anymore. Thus, new strategies are created.
• United States
13 Jun 09
I have to say it depends on the religion where parents force religion on their own children. As a child I grew up going to catholic church and school, but that time I didn't seem to mind. But I think it is pretty harsh that parents do that to their own child though.
@sdboy619 (83)
• United States
13 Jun 09
My family grew up in a Christian background, but I really don't care what other people's business is with their religion. I just keep it cool to everyone I know as long they don't get in my business with my religion.
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• United States
13 Jun 09
Well said it is just best that we keep our own business to ourselves what we believe in and what other believes in.
@andy77e (5161)
• United States
15 Jun 09
First, I don't believe in Ethnicity anyway. I happen to believe we all have a common origin, so race is completely irrelevant to me. Now as to the other question, I see the two concepts as different. Respecting someone else who has a different belief, is different than respecting that belief. You could believe the moon was made of cheese, and I could respect you with that belief, but that doesn't mean I'd respect the belief. I could treat you well, go hang out at a party, or help you if your car breaks down. I'm respecting you, no matter your belief. I might even respect that you have that belief. But if you ask me what I think about that belief, or if I happen to share my beliefs, and you protest... in either case, I will not show respect for the belief. Why? Because it's wrong, and I can show you how. Similarly, I have a close personal friend who is Muslim. I respect her, and I respect that she believes in Islam. Nevertheless, I do not respect Islam. I know it's false, I have evidence that's it's false, and I could no more respect it, than I could a claim the moon is made of cheese. How does this work? Well it goes something like this. When I have brought food to eat, I made sure it didn't have pork in it. When it was her time to pray, I left her be to do so in peace. During Ramadan, I made sure not to bring up food, or to tempt her in any way, during her fasting. That is respecting her, and that she believes in Islam. But when she brings up religion, and asks me what I think, I tell her plainly why I don't believe in Islam, and what reasons I have for claiming it isn't true. No, I will never respect false religion. Sorry, not going to happen. But yes, I do respect people.
• United States
15 Jun 09
Put it this way there a thousands and thousands of different religions in this world. Who are we to say what is wrong or what is right? We're we put in this world to say hey that one is false and this one is only right? No! We weren't! It's like people who speak of Christianity, yet look at how many denominations it has (Pentacostals, Mormons, Catholics, Methodists, Baptists, Protestants, etc.) and developed throughout the years. How are we to know which one is right or wrong? How about many that preach different ways to be saved and about salvation? How about those that preach different opinions on baptism? How many preach about different topics of how the world will end? Who knows! Where's the truth? What is truth? Yet people in their lives follow or practice a religion they love, enjoy and are inspired with. Therefore, it is not my place to call a religion false. I have to say throughout the years the truth is we will never really know what the truth is no matter how many debates, protests, preaching or the like. This is why myself don't claim any religion, yet I do respect people's religions.
• United States
15 Jun 09
If there be a false religion to say I'd say what I wouldn't respect is those that lure women into lewd conduct or in matters of child molestation. That right there I can say is a false religion to whom one practices it. That also being someone (talking about a human being) claiming to be God or the Messiah himself.
• United States
14 Jun 09
The thing about religion is that we all feel that our religion is the one that leads to eternal life, and because of that we have a duty to share that truth with others. However, if the other person isn't interested, we need to accept their rejection of our views and move on.
• United States
15 Jun 09
I'm very happy with my beliefs and I wish I could convince others to believe as I do, but I know while I might be able to convince some, I'll never convince everyone. We do what we can, but in the long run it's the individuals decision.
@Jimeous (858)
• New Zealand
15 Jun 09
I can't quite agree that you should respect everyone's religious beliefs because I can't in all honesty support a group which will be in support of aparthied, human mutilations and child abuse. In fact I can't say I would accept a religion that prevents the use of medical procedures which could save lives. To say otherwise would be hypocritical of me.
@Jimeous (858)
• New Zealand
15 Jun 09
I do see what you are saying... I personally respect a person's belief or non-belief in God, it's some of their religious practices which have me hesitant. For most parts, the main stream religions tend to promote "pure living"
@suspenseful (40313)
• Canada
14 Jun 09
Do you mean do I believe that all religions will lead you to heaven? I say no, but I do believe one should not make fun of people who wear turbans, who cover their faces, who do not eat pork, or whatever belief they practice. I also believe that God can open one's heart and we have to be nice in telling them how much our beliefs (I am a Christian) bring us joy. This is not cramming as usually they can see by our walks - but what happens is that when you try to force someone to change, they resist. So it is best to talk for all to talk nice so that if you are wrong and you will not wind up in heaven, you will feel that you made up your own mind rather then the other person forcing you to or visa versa. And you have to consider the result. If for instance, you believe that is is wrong to have short hair for women, and you die and meet someone who believes that it is wrong for women to have long hair, there will be a fight and heaven will not be heaven.
• United States
14 Jun 09
This is not a topic about who is going to heaven or not. Christians believe in heaven and hell, but who are we to say where people will die? Every person has their belief about where people go when they die. Some believe in reincarnation, some people say we go back to the dust, some people say different heavens, but can we say who's wrong? No! It's their beliefs and it's something we should not meddle with, but respect.
@celticeagle (123934)
• Boise, Idaho
19 Jun 09
I respect everyone's right to their own beliefs. I don't look down on anyone except the ones that put the peops down. I feel like the hatred of the white supremists is so strong it is really a scarey thing. I saw something on this the other night. White supremists want to have a total uprising. They want to take down everyone that isn't white. But, I have also heard some blacks who feel the opposite. I don't understand how the mellow peops can even infultrate any of this and bring about any kind of peace or understand. No middle ground to start from. The same thing with religions. Every one seems to think they are right. No open mind or willingness to look past their own singlemindedness.
@coolcoder (2019)
• United States
19 Jun 09
I hope you don't mind me pointing something out. Catholics are Christians...it's a denomination of Christianity, not a separate faith entirely. :D Some people might disagree with me, but that's their prerogative. As long as they're not outright rude and disrespectful, then it's all good with me. Happy MyLotting!
@debrakcarey (19921)
• United States
16 Jun 09
I try to find common ground. I have learned a lot from other religions and always try to be respectful of others beliefs. But there is a difference between tolerance (allowing for differences) and accepting those beliefs you do not agree with. Maybe this will make more sense: I can live side by side with those who who think differently than I. I will even fight for their right to believe the way they want as long as they are NOT HURTING others with their practices. BUT that does not mean I accept as correct every thing they believe and join in their beliefs or practices. AND if I turly believe I have found truth....and care about others souls...I will at least say something to them about what I believe. Otherwise, why would anyone believe something that they are not willling to share? I think society began to be more tolerant in my young years...we learned about each other and were tolerant. But now there is a anger and a unwillingness to be tolerant present in the world...sad.
@bestboy19 (5481)
• United States
16 Jun 09
As Christians, we are told to tell the good news to the world. We are also told, if they don't want to hear it, wipe the dust from our feet and go on to the next people. There's nothing at all wrong with wanting to share the news of Christ with others. Christians want others to have the hope of salvation that we have. If you don't want that hope, so be it. We should not try to force it on you. You know that old saying, "a man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still." I do think it's a shame, though, when people don't want to know the joy there is in Christ.
• United States
15 Jun 09
All I can say to this is "AMEN"...you hit it all on the nose.