What if I say your religion is wrong?

  • Article by: Jeffrey Weiss , Real Clear Religion
  • Updated: October 3, 2012 - 1:17 PM

Is it slander to say that a religion is wrong? Or that a person is wrong to believe in such a religion? I don't think so, but it appears that a number of conservative Christians disagree with me.

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msfb99Oct. 3, 12 1:48 PM

Any religion is fine as long as you don't push it onto other people.

smdentOct. 3, 12 1:55 PM

Great article. Thanks. But to answer your last question, if you are a monotheist, than for your one and only god to be the "right" god, the others have to be "wrong." If you note, with the exception of the Hindus and Muslims, which is more political than religious, all the religious strife and wars are caused by monotheist religions protecting the "rightness" of their god. Silly isn't it? But also sad when you consider the human capital wasted on such ridiculous superstitions.

jimmywestoneOct. 3, 12 2:10 PM

Religion is a personal choice. Anyone that says "My religion is right, and yours is wrong" has no understanding of what religion is. Religion is PERSONAL. I don't know a single person that has the exact same beliefs as someone else. Certain churches try to teach a set doctrine, but that doctrine is up to individual interpretation. Anyone that follows a set church doctrine without making any intrepretations on their own might as well be a cow in the field munching on grass all day long. We should all strive to respect other people's intrepretations of their own religion and to keep it personal faith.

firefight41Oct. 3, 12 2:20 PM

Religion has destroyed more countries, lives, families than any other source in the history of this world.

Brad57Oct. 3, 12 2:20 PM

msfb99, if you read the Book of Acts, you will note that the newly formed Christian religion is all about trying to convert Jews and Gentiles into Christians. To say a religion should not push itself on other people is a slam against the very roots of how Christianity started. Jesus himself taught his followers to go out and push his ideas on others.

bethmdOct. 3, 12 2:22 PM

Well thought out article, I am a Christian, I don't believe the President meant slight Christianity or any other religion for that matter. Their was not secret code in is speech. smdent - I'll leave the apologetics debate for another time but I would say their is a great deal of human capital gained on the basis of religion as well.

bethmdOct. 3, 12 2:36 PM

Brad57 - I am a believer in Christ but it depends on your definintion of "push", I believe Christ told his apostles to spread the gospel but if a house should not recieve you, to move on (after kicking some dirt). I don't think anyone is againist a person having a right to say who they are or their beliefs, it is the "push" that become offensive. I have non-believer friend that I engage but on our joint terms.

ruphinaOct. 3, 12 2:52 PM

The problem in all this is that no matter how many times Islam's mouths the words "religion of Peace", there are a very significant number of Islamists who believe fervently that all infidels must convert or die, and an even greater number who won't tolerate anyone else even mentioning their religion. It is VERY convenient to set up a religion that makes anyone following another religion subject to persecution and prosecution. Christianity has matured past that notion; when will Islam? Bill G.

ruphinaOct. 3, 12 2:56 PM

smdent- are you saying all wars are caused by monotheistic religion, or only the wars actually about religion? I would submit that our Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam were not religious wars, and we all KNOW Iraq and Afghanistan are about oil, right? Bill G.

jgmanciniOct. 3, 12 3:12 PM

"Jesus himself taught his followers to go out and push his ideas on others."---------No, he didn't. He told his followers to "proclaim the good news to the world." Anyone who can interpret that to mean that they should push either his or their own ideas on others, or force people to follow certain religious doctrines, doesn't understand anything about the message of Christ. The problem isn't in what Jesus actually said, it's in how a entire religious institution has subverted his message in order to gain power and control others.


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