Religion: To argue or not to argue? share your thoughts.

Philippines
September 8, 2012 1:22am CST
I believe in the saying that no RELIGION can save us... For me it's our personal relationship to God that will save us.. and i believe of knowing the TRUTH.. because the truth will set us free... I believe in a truine God.. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit... and i also believe the Jesus is the Son of GOD.. HE(Jesus) is the way the truth and the life.. And this is my belief.. But others will always find a way to debate or to argue about our belief system.. why not just share God's love.. act more.. talk less... Share your thoughts.. God bless you.
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• India
8 Sep 12
Some persons are very much interested in creating quarrels in the name of religion, this kind of persons have fun and enjoyment while watching other persons arguments and fighting activities, we must be very careful with this kind of persons and never fall as a prey to them. We don't get any benefits by quarreling with the name of religion and having religious arguments, simply we are wasting our time by doing this kind of things. All religion people are equal in from of god. No religion is superior and no religion is inferior, each and every religion is having their uniqueness and expressing their concept in their own way. In fact the concept of all religion is to reach the good with our good activities. Different kind of religion may have different kind of God's name, but all the God's are same and give their blessing to the persons whoever believe them. We must avoid unwanted arguments with the name of religion. Treat all the religion in the same manner and consider other religious persons as our siblings and give real love and affection to them. This kind of activities will improve the humanity. Never join with a religious argument and try your maximum to stop this kind of arguments and guide the ignorant people in a good way.
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• Philippines
9 Sep 12
I agree with you.. we can actually share our beliefs but we don't need to argue with it... if they would not believe then fine.. the thing is you shared it... share what God has done in your life.. for me testimony of God's goodness in our life is the best thing be can share to others..
• United States
9 Sep 12
Thanks. The argument happens when a follower of one religion believes we All Must follow their religion even though we already have our own path or... we don't believe in G-d in the first place. I believe there is only one Superior Being but He has many names and takes many forms. So your Jesus is G-d to others and Allah to others and is splintered into the many versions of G-d's essence in Hindu G-ds. So to argue over who's version is best Is pointless! You won't get a person to drop their path to follow yours.So we all should respect each other and live in peace.
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• United States
8 Sep 12
Because there are so many different opinions about God, it's easy to be led in the wrong direction. Therefore, I don't consider it arguing but debating the issues. People need enough information to make an informed decision. That phrase "the truth will set us free," is incomplete. What Jesus said was, "If you HOLD TO MY TEACHING, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free." There are too many false teachers who do not hold to the teachings of Jesus, but claim they have the truth. What would happen if we never challenged their assertions?
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• Philippines
10 Sep 12
hi precious... you got that right verse.. i just shortened it.. but anyways, i believe in God's command to spread the Goodnews and make disciples and we can spread it through our life testimony... because i observe most of those who argue or debate about their teachings sometimes don't put it into action.... i'd rather live a life in obedience to God's command and display His glory in my life that many would be draw nearer to HIM than to argue and insist in a teaching but not living a life according to what is being taught... that makes me believe in action speak louder than words... If they would say they're claiming the truth then the evidence must be their life... If we say obey God's commandment we must obey first before tell others to obey.. :) God bless you.
@shello (964)
• United Arab Emirates
8 Sep 12
There is no need to argue about what we believe and what we don't. We cannot force someone to believe what we do, either. But it is essential to share what we know about God and His word. It is our responsibility to let it be known to those who doesn't know Him. God bless you too.
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@visavis (5934)
• Philippines
8 Sep 12
Ok I agree on you of not forcing or arguing anybody to believe. I just asking about you said "who doesn't know Him", if you ask somebody (Christians) if they know Jesus - for sure they will tell you yes from my childhood... so that how you can share Jesus?
@shello (964)
• United Arab Emirates
8 Sep 12
When you say you know Him, it is not about knowing Jesus literally. I'm talking about your relationship with Him. Yes, everyone knows His name, even a young child can easily say His name and even some had their name named after His name. But do you know what is His true essence in your life? Perhaps, that's the one thing that I want to share about Jesus?
@visavis (5934)
• Philippines
8 Sep 12
Actually nothing to say my friend because all your information mentiones are correct and bible base truth. Those people with depends on regilion would sometimes mis-guided from rules of the religion. Sometimes religion teach them and brain wash the wrong way of truth - which far truth from the word of God.. That's why Hosea mentioned in 4:6 - My people will destroy because of lack of knowledge - what knowledge? About true God.. which is Jesus is the way...
• Philippines
9 Sep 12
visavis, yes you're right too.. i encounter different religion trying to argue/debate with me if i share the Gospel.. but i ignore the argument as much as possible and look for those who is ripe enough to open their heart to the Gospel not to the religion... :) God bless you more.
@micha5088 (554)
• Malaysia
14 Sep 12
If the other party is opened for an intelligent argument, then I will go for it. I will not expect anyone to convert to my religion after I argue with him or her, but I'll do my best to explain why I believe in the God of my religion. It is not easy to convert by just preaching, a lot of people do that. When you don't walk your talk, people will call you a hypocrite. The most effective way to convert someone to your religion is by showing them how you live, how deep your faith is to your God.
• Philippines
14 Sep 12
Yah you're right... my word for that is "Follow me as I follow Christ" and "live and practice what you preach" God bless you.
@urbandekay (18278)
8 Sep 12
A religion is an activity of man, man cannot save himself, therefore no religion can save you. Religion can however lead you to a relationship with God and God can save you. all the best urban
• Thailand
8 Sep 12
I can't help myself! I am biting my tong but the question still comes. What do I need a god to save me from?
@urbandekay (18278)
8 Sep 12
Yourself! all the best urban
@Gordano (795)
• United States
10 Sep 12
to save yourself from the evil of your soul, this is the purpose of All the Good teachings of religion.
• Philippines
8 Sep 12
In my own opinion, it is better not to argue / debate if the topic is all about RELIGION. Why? because everyone has the right to choose what to believe and whom to believe. Every Religion has its own beliefs but it only boils to one that there is only one GOD and he is the only one who knows what will happen to each and everyone of us. It is just a waste of time if we will argue with people that we know that there will be no end. Its just a matter of RESPECTING each others beliefs and practices. God Bless you too..
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9 Sep 12
As we have evolved we have, alongside other species, evolved a brain that will examine our surroundings and conditions and seek explanations for conditions and events. It is therefore natural that when something happens that we cannot explain someone will invent an explanation hence the idea that there is some sort of force or being causing these things to happen. As we have learned more and more about how the universe works and the natural laws that make it work the less we need supernatural explanations. However that are many humans who need something outside the logical explanations we have discovered and are still discovering so some of us carry on the idea of some supernatural being or entity which satisfies their need for such a belief. These beliefs are elaborated by priests and religions in general to give some sort of structure to these beliefs. That is quite right as that is what they are paid for. So this idea that there is some sort of god person that you have a relationship with is only in your head not in the real world but that does not matter as long as the idea keeps you content and stable. I on the other hand do not have that concept and therefore I don't need it.
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@bellis716 (4799)
• United States
10 Sep 12
Obedience to God's word will save us. However, arguing for the sake of argument drives people away.
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• Canada
9 Sep 12
Amen to this!! It's important going at a gathering (church) for building our faith and being in fellowship with fellow believers but not as religious duty!
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@echoforever (5180)
• United States
9 Sep 12
I do not believe in 'religion' as that is a man made thing trying to discuss or.. further what beliefs that religion has. I believe in God. I believe in the bible and its teachings. If it comes down to discussion I probably will not turn to argument because it is only my place to preach or tell the truth and good word about God. I dont' need to argue if they don't wish to listen.
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• Italy
8 Sep 12
I think one's religion is his business. I don't think we should argue about it, because it is a very sensitive issue. And yes i totally agree with you on acting more and talking less. In my religion its a saying, let your left hand not know what your right hand has given to poor.
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@kris3rdE (156)
• Philippines
13 Sep 12
We don't need to argue about religion. We can always share what we believe and respect what others have.However, you're statement confuses me. You mentioned that having personal relationship with God will save you, so whats the need having a religion?
• India
11 Sep 12
Religion is more a way of life than a path to God. I believe that every soul has God in it. Religion sets different ways and paths to lead and ideal life, infact our forefathers had conceived with a view of maintaining peace in the society.but now a days its pity to see that the same religion stands for the symbol of intolerance.
@Christoph56 (1504)
• Canada
10 Sep 12
It's kinda funny how you say that it's your personal relationship with God... but there is no way that you could have just a personal relationship, because you believe in a very specific religion, which was taught to you by others. If you're believing in your own God, then shouldn't it be something that you've seen, yourself? Have you ever seen God? As in, the 3 parts of the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost? Have you talked to them, and heard them talk back to you? How do you know that the Hindus aren't right, with having hundreds of gods, or Buddhism where there is no gods, just Nirvana, the all powerful force, far beyond any of our understandings. I'm an atheist, and I think that having debates and such is a good thing, because we can all learn more about eachother, in where if you just turn the other cheek and ignore them, then you are blocking yourself out to other possibilities. I see things in a scientific manner. As in, if you believe something, then its not true, it's just a hypothesis. You have to put it through testing, see what your results are, and try to break those. It's all about learning more, not just saying, "This is the way it is." Don't stop thinking of new ideas and directions!
• Philippines
10 Sep 12
Hi.. you're asking me if i've seen my God? I haven't see HIM physically but i have so many testimony to testify how I feel HIS presence in my life... if i will believe in HIM when i only see HIM.. that's not faith... because FAITH is a substance hope for and evidence of things not seen... I believe in the Bible as the medium of God's word for us... Ok for example... You are an atheist meaning you don't believe God and even to Jesus.. The Buddish, Hindus and other sect who are a believers of Jesus Christ... Let think it this way..almost of these teach good works... if life is a gambling for whom to be save then who will be saved?... if all of you including the Hindus and Buddish are true.. nothing will lose on me as the believer of Jesus Christ.. because Jesus teach righteousness, good works, love and almost everything.. but if my i'm right that Jesus is the only way and all of you are wrong.. you're all be going to hell... another thing.. if you only believe in science how can you explain the universe, human beings, life and all around us? even logic can't explain it.. even science can't explain the mystery behind.. can you explain where the egg of the chicken came from? from the chicken right? so where is the chicken came from? from egg.. you can't explain it i think or maybe you have the explanation... God made the animals as HE utter the words when he created the world even the universe He created it... HE is the alpha and the Omega... meaning no beginning and no end.... If you don't believe GOD.. what is the purpose of your life?
@allknowing (130067)
• India
8 Sep 12
None of us are an authority on the subject. In fact I just surfed the Net to find out how many pages a bible contains and I was shocked to see each site talks of a different number. If, even the number of pages is debatable what more then, the contents therein? Whatever little knowledge we may have it is just the tip of the ice berg. It is the faith that makes us move on and not logic.
• Philippines
9 Sep 12
yah you're right because you cannot put God or your faith in logic... :)
@rog0322 (2829)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
8 Sep 12
Hi, Some people just like to share their insights on their religious experiences to the extent that they believe theirs is the true one and we are not on the right path. Talking back and getting them to understand out own point of view is no use, so the best way to deal with it is just to listen to their diatribe for after a while, I would learn something worthwhile. But it doesn't mean they have me on their pockets or my money for that matter.
15 Sep 12
Very well said simple-joy. We can argue but not to the point of cramming your religion to the mouth of the person you are arguing with.