Reading the thread about Islam, I was wondering how people relate to the different religions and affiliations out there. Would you be happier if someone were an atheist, or if they were Muslim?
Good question, and to be honest I really don't know for I personally met both good and bad muslims, I never met a militant atheist in person, so I really don't know. I would love to get along with both, but I would have to say that I would be happier if they were Muslim......just for the fact that Muslims believe in a "higher power", and alot of the non militant muslims are nice. But I really don't know for I really loved my atheistic professors too......it's a hard one.
Would you think that Judaism is more acceptable than Hinduism?
Yes, just for the fact that we have more in common with Judaism, but there seems to be certain forms/sects of Hinduism that would share alot of common ground with Orthodox Christianity. I heard or read somewhere that some Hindu sects are "Panentheistic", so it would be interesting to see how much in common we would have with "some" Hindu groups.
What about the different Churches that identify themselves as Christian?
Some would be closer to Orthodoxy than others.....thus we would have more common ground with some more than others.
I don't want to get too involved in discussion of whether or not Orthodoxy is the most true, or the only true, faith - I just wondered what people's snap decisions were when they thought of other religions. So, for example, if someone tells you they are Muslim, not atheist, do you think, 'ah, thank goodness, at least they believe in something'? Or do you believe that Atheism would be better?
I would rather a person be a Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist(I know that orthodox budhism is suppose to be atheistic)
, New Age.......etc than Atheistic. But that is my own personal view.
Infact, I would be happier if an Atheist practiced some form of religion.......many do anyway.......believe it or not.
I know I always react against atheists and struggle to treat them with respect, whereas I am always fascinated to learn about religions that have had a great impact on history. This shouldn't make a difference to the way I treat people, but somehow it does.
I know what you mean. If you pray for me, I'll pray for you.
Lord knows I need alot of prayers!
What kind of instinctive value judgments do you make about religions, and do you wish you didn't?
Now that I''m Orthodox I tend to have a nicer view of other religions....whereas before...outside of Judaism, I almost always had a negative view of other Religions. I have alot of respect for some Hindu sects, some Budhism, Hasidic Judaism, Suffi Islam, I love the Ahmish, old school Mennonites, .....etc.
I love monks and Nuns, long beards, long robes, and that whole sort of thing......so.....hey.