Originally Posted by kingcoffee
It's ok for people to be soothed by their faith in something bigger than themselves. That's just part of human nature. All I'm saying is that no one can be completely correct in their assumpstions and beliefs in a Higher Power. If something works for a person, then that's cool. I have plenty of friends who are devout religious people of many denominations and faiths. I have no problem with this. I was merely commenting on the small-mindedness of claiming that one faith with one set of beliefs is supreme to all others. There are many people in many walks of like who get by in their everyday lives by using different faith based methods and practices and beliefs. I just disagree when people claim that their way is the right way for everybody rather than what works for them individually.
Well first of all, you have to realize that if someone tells you that a faith like Christianity is "soothing," there is a severe lack of understanding somewhere. In order to believe in a heaven, you have to believe in a hell. Jokes aside, hell is one of the scariest possibilities imaginable. Even if you believe you're
going to heaven, the thought of others
going to hell cancels out any form of comfort contained in the religion. Religion is not soothing by any means, unless you choose to manipulate it like that.
The other thing is, I know what you're saying about people claiming to know the one true religion. For one person to say "you're wrong, I'm right" is pressumptuous and unconfirmable. However, someone is
right. Not two different beliefs can be correct. You can have a belief that everything
is correct, or that two
beliefs are correct (as long as they don't contradict, which is difficult), but you cannot believe that one person who believes in Islam and disbelieves Hinduism, another person who believes Hinduism and disbelieves Islam, and a third person who has picked and chosen different areas in each to believe or disbelieve, are all correct. They may all be plausable, but either one is correct, or they're all wrong. We can discover one that makes a lot of sense relative to the others, we just can't know for sure.