I’ve been feeling mounting frustration towards the Christian and Catholic religions and their continuing efforts to impose their will on the world. I am assuming that many believe they have the right and duty to impose their beliefs on others because their beliefs are ‘right’ and every one else’s has somehow chosen ‘wrong’.
My question, even to the most moderate religious posters on this board (e.g. those who don’t read the bible literally and take more progressive views on abortion, homosexuality, sin) is this:
Having given the issue even a moment of thought, how can anyone believe that their religion is the only true religion, and everyone else has chosen wrong? How can a person look around at all the devoted Buddhists and Muslims and believe that all these people have somehow stumbled down the wrong path? What about the other religious texts such as the Koran or the Book of the Dead or countless others? Why is one person’s book more valid than another person’s book? For those that are Christians because they have ‘experienced Jesus’ or ‘heard him speak’, why are similar experiences of people of other faiths less valid? What differentiates those ‘who have heard the word of God’ from those who claim to hear other, less divine voices, or those who believe they’ve seen or been taken by aliens?
Also, as I read in another thread, do those who believe they’ve chosen the ‘right’ religion really think they would have found Christ if they were living in Iran, for example?
I can understand faith and belief in a higher power. What I can not wrap my mind around is how anyone with even an average intelligence and the ability to think rationally can choose a specific set of beliefs, and with any inkling of integrity, claim that their religion is correct while others are wrong.
Maybe this is more of a rant, than a GD. If so, please feel free to move this to The Pit.