20 thoughts on “Let Me Ask You a Question – 2/2/19

  1. I think it depends upon which religion you are asking the question of….there are several that are extremely tolerant of others. Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism are all tolerant. Judaism is tolerant (they may think others are just plain crazy but they tolerate them). Christianity is (IMO only) along with Islam the least tolerant of other religions or differing ideas….but then again it totally depends upon which sect of each is being compared. So far as anything to make them MORE tolerant? No, I strongly doubt anything at all would make them more so.

    1. I can see your point, but even war and death occurs under the auspices of Buddhism and Hinduism. Judaism, Islam and Christianity are not the only violent religions.

  2. Too difficult because religion was created by man, not actually by God or whatever energy force you believe in. As such it is all corrupted by power, so one religious leader will not want to relinquish power to another. What none of them can see is that they are all on the same bus, they’re arguing about who’s driving it. 😀😀

  3. If, which seems unlikely, some religious communities could give up several key articles of faith, then it is possible. Those include: Our God is not your god. Our scripture is God’s Word and yours is not. Our interpretation of that scripture is the only true one. Our truth is the only truth. If you disagree with us in any significant way, you are eternally damned.

    I don’t see any reason to expect that to happen.

    1. It will never happen. It is insecurity. If one has Truth as one’s objective, then one will always find Truth even if it takes a lifetime or more. Religion has a difficult time with freedom of thought and always will. Each individual journey does not fit in a box and religion needs the power and money so it creates the box to control thoughts. Control thoughts, control people. Control people and viola, you have power.

  4. Any clustering as a group and naming it, exclusive of other groups, only encourages separatism. Religion, by its very name, implies an intolerance to that which is not a part of the religious process. I agree with the commentor above who states that each religion considers its own version of the Creator to be the one and only true Omnipotent source. If we could just all agree that it doesn’t matter what name we give it and allow one another to worship as we are accustomed, things would work just fine. I just don’t see that happening so long as humans remain..well, human. I say scrap religion and return to simple appreciation of living and honor the gifts that we enjoy. Again, many humans only react to being told what to do, how to act and what to believe. It removes responsibility. “God loves me and gives me things” but “Satan made me do that awful thing.” Someone else pulling all the strings….

    1. Ultimately leaders learn that people want to be sheep. They want to be told what to do and that makes them feel secure. From there leaders are tempted with “we will tell them what we want them to know” and this begins the process of manipulation and the creation of the power structure. It all goes downhill from there.

      1. Yep. The manipulation of the BIBLE through the centuries has left it a mere shadow of what it likely began to be. It is one of the most political tools modern religion uses to control and direct society.

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