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  •  You see... (3+ / 0-)

    I love understanding all faiths (even if I don't agree with their teachings).  I live in an area that's predominantly Mormon and rather than listening to people's opinions of them, I go straight to the source to find out stuff about their faith.  You never know what you'll learn by speaking to those that know it better than anybody else, ya know?  It's not to say I agree with what Mormons believe, but it's nice to get an understanding of it all.  I enjoy doing the same thing with other faiths and groups as a whole.  Maybe if people could sit down and have civilized discussions we'd all be more understanding of each other.  Unfortunately, I think many would rather bicker and point out differences than ever try to understand each other.  I simply stand by this verse from the Holy Qur'an:

    "Surely those who believe, and those who are Jews, and the Christians, and the Sabians -- whoever believes in God and the Last Day and does good, they shall have their reward from their Lord. And there will be no fear for them, nor shall they grieve" (2:62, 5:69, and many other verses).

    •  When people start to use religion as a weapon (4+ / 0-)

      as opposed for a source of enlightenment or quest for knowledge or understanding that it becomes a problem.

      We have centuries of evidence of this.

      I'm not sure how to move forward... even the wealthiest societies have consistently used religion as a control mechanism throughout history.

      Baby's on fire And all the laughing boys are bitching, Waiting for photos, Oh the plot is so bewitching-- Brian Eno

      by jethrock on Mon Mar 29, 2010 at 01:16:24 AM PDT

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      •  I totally agree... (3+ / 0-)

        I could never imagine God wanting people to use faith as a weapon.  What I take away from my religion is peace, respect and love for all.  Yet, that seems to go right over many people's head.  You'll find plenty of Muslims that say I'm not a real Muslim, because I believe in gay rights, I'm pro-choice, I don't wear a hijab (that's due to different interpretations and I don't believe women are required to wear it) and probably for plenty of other reasons.  But none of that stuff fazes me, because I'm confident in my beliefs.  And at the end of the day, I still believe that only God's judgments are the only ones that truly matter.  Forcing people to believe never worked and it never will.  Killing those that don't believe will never work either.  I'm believe it's all about your own personal relationship with God.  If your friend doesn't believe, then who cares?  Why is it your business?  As long as you're secure in whatever do or don't believe, then that's all that should matter.

        •  I almost forgot what this thread was about... (2+ / 0-)
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          ninkasi23, no way lack of brain

          and had to double check, because we got so into this discussion.

          I didn't mean to hijack an otherwise important post.

          It was great talking to you though.

          Baby's on fire And all the laughing boys are bitching, Waiting for photos, Oh the plot is so bewitching-- Brian Eno

          by jethrock on Mon Mar 29, 2010 at 01:44:31 AM PDT

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