Originally Posted by arbarnhart
The title thread "sharing", right? So it should be like a pot luck; everyone is welcome to bring their beliefs to the table and we all share.
Here is an interesting observation of mine...
The people who devote their lives to their faiths for little or no gain - monks or other "holy" folk who live simply, practice deep meditation and perform mundane duties (farming, cleaning, cooking, etc) exist in almost every religion and are generally very tolerant of each other. There are also religous leaders in nearly all religions that live elegantly and their sole means of support is contributions from their congregation. There tends to be less tolerance in this group (with some notable exceptions; there are some good people trying to change systems from within).
I believe all rivers lead to the sea, though there are backwaters. There are many mountains to climb and the view from the top from any of them is about the same, but beware of false summits. I am happy to share my beliefs with others as long as there is mutual respect.
A reasonable post. I think few people are enemies of faith or belief, even though many accept the possibility that it's a form of delusion, because it's essentially a private pursuit. Others don't mind religions of the quieter, non-proselytizing sort: Ba'hais, Quakers, Wiccans and Jews have never knocked on my door, offering up a sales pitch for their particular interpretations of Deity. Consequently, it is of little concern of mine what those people believe, because their faith doesn't "want me" or need to "save me" from some persistent moral stain splashed about when Adam fell off a dinosaur in the pre-Pharonic age. The political interests of Jews concerning Israel is another thing, but surprisingly, Israel isn't about Judaism, and never was, and many Israelis today are strong Zionists without being observant Jews. Funny, that.
But you are right in your comments, and I wish more people would share without assuming the default position that "I am right and you are deluded/heretical/in a state of "sin" (whatever the hell that is)".
We've had quite enough of that sort of talk the last few thousand years, and it's religious extremism that has brought us, in part, to our current sorry path, where we are bickering about sky fairies and insults to the mouthpieces of sky fairies while the world is becoming ever filthier, hungrier, more densely populated and less equitable...what a stupid bunch of monkeys!
Not to mention how all this blather cuts into the sailing time....