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It Can Be Done

 I am a christian - baptist and I have had a few conversations with people of different beliefs and it never got out of hand or crazy - and to be honest the only time I had gotten into a heated debate was with another christian - go figure. 

I've had  talks with an atheist person, a jewish person, a catholic person and a native american person who held the beliefs of her ancestors and it was always respectful and interesting. I've even dated a Mormon and we talked about the difference of our religions peacefully.


I think if people are strong in their faith and are respectful and considerate and not so quick to judge it should'nt be a problem to talk with a person of  a different faith - Im just sayin 

SukYoung SukYoung 26-30, F 6 Responses Nov 6, 2010

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That's wonderful. It's so rare these days to encounter people of faith who have that I find it so very refreshing when I do :)



Since you have read the Bible, I'm sure you're aware of the nefarious reason behind the religious confusion we see all around us and the conflict they breed. If you recall, Jesus foretold that his teachings would be subverted. He said: “The kingdom of the heavens has become like a man that sowed fine seed in his field. While men were sleeping, his enemy came and oversowed weeds in among the wheat, and left.” Surprisingly, when servants brought the evil deed to the man’s attention and asked for permission to collect the weeds, the man said: “No; that by no chance, while collecting the weeds, you uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest; and in the harvest season I will tell the reapers, First collect the weeds and bind them in bundles to burn them up, then go to gathering the wheat into my storehouse.” —Matthew 13:24-30.



As Jesus himself explained, in his illustration the man who sowed wheat in the field represents Jesus, and the seeds he planted represent true Christians. The enemy who sowed weeds among the wheat represents “the Devil.” The weeds represent lawless, apostate men who falsely claim to be servants of God. (Matthew 13:36-42) The apostle Paul gave further details of what would happen. He said: “I know that after my going away oppressive wolves will enter in among you and will not treat the flock with tenderness, and from among you yourselves men will rise and speak twisted things to draw away the disciples after themselves.” —Acts 20:29, 30.



Ambitious men took control of the congregation that Jesus had established and used it for their own ends. Jesus had told his followers: “You are no part of the world.” (John 15:19) Nevertheless, power-hungry men formed alliances with rulers and formed State churches that amassed immense power and wealth. These churches taught “twisted things.” For example, they taught people to worship the State and to sacrifice their lives for it in warfare. Thus, so-called Christians participated in Crusades and slaughtered people whom they considered to be unbelievers. They also went to war and killed their own “brothers” of the same religion. They certainly did not practice Christian neutrality and love of neighbor.—Matthew 22:37-39; John 15:19; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5; 1 John 4:8, 11.



Clearly, the churches that for centuries have called themselves Christian represent merely a facade of Christianity. This explains why, as we observed in the preceding articles, there is a continuing trend of churches fragmenting into sects, churches meddling in politics, and churches disregarding God’s laws. Such bad fruitage is the product, not of true Christianity, but of counterfeit Christianity, which the Devil planted. Where is this false religion heading? As Jesus showed in his illustration, it will not simply die out for lack of support. It will be judged and destroyed.



Now, do you remember what Jesus said needed to occur before the “weeds” of false religion are collected and destroyed? :)

I'm glad you do. I do too :) I think he loves us so much he's given us everything we need to lead happy, fulfilled lives now and for all eternity. Most important of all, he loves us so much he's given us all the guidance we need to satisfy our spiritual needs and develop a close, personal relationship with him.



The Almighty himself tells us. "“I, Jehovah, am your God, the One teaching you to benefit [yourself], the One causing you to tread in the way in which you should walk. O if only you would actually pay attention to my commandments! Then your peace would become just like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea." - Isaiah 48:17,18



"He has told [us[ [[ what is good", we read at Micah 6:8, "And what is Jehovah asking back from [us] but to exercise justice and to love kindness and to be modest in walking with [] God?"



By reading the Bible, millions the world over have been able to learn from Jehovah what is good. He has taught us how to tread in the way we should walk. More importantly, we've gotten to know him deeply, personally and develop a pure and meaningful love for Him and his ways.



I'm curious. Have you ever had the opportunity to read the Bible in its entirety? :)

yes I have, it took me like 8 months but I was glad I did.

I guess it's pretty obvious. God isn't behind all of the religious conflict we see in the world.



If I could also ask, do you think God loves you? :)

Yes

You're right. There are hundreds of thousands of religions in the world. Now, if God set these up for us to learn to worship Him properly, learn to love one another, and have useful, peaceful lives, we can only arrive at one of two conclusions: Either he failed miserably or he didn't set them up in the first place and something else is behind them. What do you think? :)

Im kinda torn about this - the institution that is religion. I think somewhere down the line some people who were in charge changed things into what they wanted instead of what God wanted. "

Its like this story that happened with a friend, she use to be a witch but she belived in God. Just to note, I never told her she was going to hell or was mean to her - I always talked to her respectfully. I just asked her what happened, why she became a witch when she believed in God because as far as I know witches dont believe in God. She said she that they (her and God) were mad at each other. The church (jehova witness) she use to go to with her family told her that her father was going to hell because he was in the miltiary and told her parents that they needed to beat her and her sister more. I told her - That wasn't God, that was those people at that church. He can never be made at you, he's waiting til your ready to come back"

Very good comment, shangem; thank you =)

Sounds good! It's definitely possible, and it's a really nice and good experience to be able to talk to others of differing beliefs peacefully.

Back in high school, I was friends with a Muslim girl from Somalia. We actually talked about God one day, and I thought it was so cool that a Christian and Muslim were able to talk like that. =)

Thats awesome, in my opinion I think Christians and Muslims and Jewish people are bothers and sisters (who apparently can't get along). We all believe in God, can't understand why we fight so much