Sunday, April 4, 2010

"My Religion is Better than Your Religion!"

This is the image in my head when I hear/read religious "debate."
I'm a little late, but Happy Easter to my Christian readers and happy Sunday to the rest. This morning while I should have been getting ready for church, I was on Twitter and the back & forth was ridiculous! I do not understand why people want to turn a religious holiday into a debate about who has the better religion and why other people are dumb for choosing to believe something different.

I know it's human nature to want to feel superior to others, to think that we are smarter and make better decisions. But can anyone tell me what satisfaction one gets from belittling someone else's beliefs? If my choice of who/what/how to worship does not directly and adversely affect you, why take it upon yourself to criticize what I do?

Even when trying to change people's minds in the name of converting them, condemning what they believe rarely produces positive results. Think about it. Many of us adhere to whatever religious upbringing we had. Those who choose to follow a different path probably did so through much thought, meditation, found something they could connect with or were majorly influenced by someone/something. Do you really think insulting that is going to "show them the light" and make them change? Trust me, coming at people like that will turn them off quicker than anything.

So if anyone can explain this to me, please do. What do you get from condemning my beliefs? Is it just a thing to make you feel good about yourself, or is it a genuine yet misguided attempt at "helping" others? Let a sista know!


25champ said...

It's exactly what you said "its to make you feel good about yourself" People love to feel better by reducing another. It's sad but true. When it comes to religion I say what I feel then let it go. I refuse to go back and forth tryna prove any points.I don't have a heaven or hell to put anybody in so who am I to judge.

Tori D. said...

"I don't have a heaven or hell to put anybody in so who am I to judge."

Exactly! It's not my place to condemn anyone for their beliefs, I just live the way I see best. I wish everyone subscribed to that way of thinking. And the truly sad thing is that if the tables were turned, those who are downing other folks would be highly offended. Hypocrisy isn't a good look in any religion.