Why is it that people believe their religion is the only true religion?

United States
January 5, 2007 1:32am CST
People will do anything short of killing to prove their religion is IT. Of course There was a time when killing someone was an everyday occurrence because their beliefs didn't conform to yours.
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• United States
16 Feb 07
There are many reasons why people are so very hardnosed about their religion. No one wants to think that they have been praying and soul searching in the name of a being that might not exist. Some people cannot accept that there will always be someone else who will believe differently from them. This results in a lot of people who will try to conform the world in one way or another to fit their view. In the end, there is no visible assurance that any one religion is the only true religion. It is (and should always be) left up to the individual to decide if their religion is true for THEM and only them.
• United States
17 Feb 07
It is true, the choice of one's religion should be left to the individual. The problem is these individuals as a collective are the ones who will try to make everyone else conform to their way of thinking. Most humans are gullible and easily led. They can be manipulated into most anything by reading well written verse or by someone with the gift of an eloquent tongue. the human race is a creature that needs to feel wanted and accepted, so we alter our behaviors and beliefs to make sure we do fit in. The truth be it told, there is one Supreme Being who is all things to all people but one in the same. Hopefully man will come to understand that all religions are correct as long as it's objective is the betterment of mankind. I truly believe that day will never come but the end of man will.
• United States
17 Feb 07
Anniedup, your words are very kind and accepted graciously. Please don't hold your thoughts in. Share them, at least with me. I'm always up for stimulating discussions.
@Anniedup (3652)
• Richards Bay, South Africa
18 Feb 07
Not always that easy, the light hearted conversations don't get easily lost in translation, real meaningful conversations are quite another story.
@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
17 Feb 07
I guess that's just what religion is. If people thought there was more than one way to get to heaven (or wherever they want to go when they die), then there wouldn't even be a reason to choose a religion. If other religions are just as right as yours, it kind of invalidates yours. If truth is relative, then religion is pointless. So people have to defend their "truth."
• United States
17 Feb 07
Definitely true. In defining our truths we need to use an open mind and understand that other's truths are indeed valid. If not for one but for another. Respecting each others truths is when we'll be at peace with all. Unfortunately for man, religion is based on untruths. Religion is fallible and never written by any God. Religion was created by man and his need to control and conquer. So to define one's truths one must first define the role religion has in one's life. This is where most people go astray. They cannot see that truth in religion is different to all and until we respect all we can never be one. I don't believe any religion is a hurtful religion. I believe there are hurtful people who distort truth.
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
17 Feb 07
The way I see it is, all religions contain truth; but no one religion is the sum and whole of truth.
• United States
18 Feb 07
Well put. There are so many pseudo truths in religion that man has to have a sound conscious to determine where the line should be drawn between truth and fallacies. It is unfortunate that the majority can't or won't separate the two.
@genie82 (65)
• Philippines
5 Jan 07
as a christian, what i believe as a true religion is what is stated in the holy scriptures.
• United States
5 Jan 07
That's just my point. Who's to say whose holy writings are right or wrong?
• Philippines
5 Jan 07
for me, i can't comment on the scriptures of the muslims. but as far as im concern, what's in the bible is right and true. what the problem is just the people preaching what is inside the Bible. i know, Bible is translated in many languages. but i know, for sure that the problem is the person preaching. that's all i can say.
• United States
5 Jan 07
I truly believe that no matter the religion, if you better yourself by bettering the lives of those around you then you are blessed. If I were to categorize myself I would have to give the answer of Christian. However if I was to be frank about it I would say I'm a religion of two. Myself and God.
• United States
27 Feb 07
Even though I was taught in school that my religion was the only true religion, I've never thought of it that way. I respect everyone's religion not matter what it is except for the extremists. Most religions, and I can't say for sure, teach honesty and integrity and to be helpful to one another (you can correct me if I'm wrong). I've always believed if you are a good person and try to do the right things it doesn't matter who you worship or what religion you are, it's the person themselves and how they conduct themselves.
• United States
27 Feb 07
Correct you? No. You couldn't be more correct. It doesn't matter what the name of the religion or the name that's given to the god they believe in. What matters is just as you stated. As long as these religions teach honesty, integrity, humility, respect, charity, etc., then you can't go wrong. As an individual, again as you stated. Live as a good person, be good to others and do what you can to leave a positive legacy. You're right, it's how each one of us conduct ourselves.
@smkwan2007 (1036)
• Hong Kong
16 Feb 07
That is why there are wars between Israel and the Palestinians. They both think their religion is the only one which contains the truth. Well, no body knows the truth behind the existence of our universe. Maybe the creator of our world and the ones worshiped by various religions are the same being. Maybe they are gods who actually befriend with each other. They co work as a team to manage the cosmos. Maybe they are beings far beyond our imagination that we can never understand them. So why do people fight, why do they try their best to hurt each other? I just want to know.
• United States
17 Feb 07
The human race is inherently evil. We are born with the ability of choice but not necessarily the intelligence or common sense to make the right ones. This is why "organized religion" was created. Because mankind needed something to help him make "the correct choices." As long as we believe that if we make the correct choices we'll be rewarded and be punished for the wrong choices, we will do whatever our religion tells us to do.
@xiongqh (791)
• Hong Kong
9 Jan 07
I don't agree with you. there are so many religion in this world, I know some people from kinds of religion is oppsite the other religion, but I am not the one. I think it is not problem they can be exist in the same area, it need people don't agry with it. In China, that is good, everything is OK.
• United States
9 Jan 07
xiongqh, What I'm saying is that so many people follow their religion so blindly that people have, are and will die in the name of religion. The world has shown that religious persecution is everywhere. It may be more in some places than others at any given time but persecution never goes away.