Why Respect The Religious Beliefs Of Others?

Why Respect The Religious Beliefs Of Others?
We have seen that man is too ready to die for his religious beliefs. We have seen entire wars waged, masses slaughtered in the name of religious belief.

Man has suffered at his own intolerance to his fellow man, and nothing has been worse than intolerance of religion. Some of the greatest wars in history have been fought over religious intolerance. Religious intolerance has always brought unhappiness.

L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, wrote that Tolerance is a good cornerstone on which to build human relationships.

By asking someone to be tolerant we are not suggesting that one cannot promote ones own beliefs. He should.

Man has always engaged in debate about the nature of himself, his relationship with God. Even those who say there is no God, are but joining in the same debate, as to what is out there beyond, and where we come from.

People are generally happier with some kind of faith and for thousands of years man has enjoyed his religious beliefs. One should respect them. If people in the past thousands of years have not been able to come to any conclusion about the infinite, despite them being the brightest minds that ever existed, then it is well for the rest of us today to respect the religious beliefs of others.

Man does not know enough about man to be able to know exactly what happens when he stands on another mans religion. Generally man wants to be right, as being right is what his ultimate survival is all about. But making someone else wrong, for what they believe, is for some a condemnation worse than death. So for all, the best way to handle another mans religion is to be tolerant of it. And remember that Faith and belief do not necessarily surrender to logic: they cannot even be declared to be illogical. They can be things apart.

Tolerance may be reading other religious texts, finding what is right about the text. After all, if thousands or millions follow it, and use it, it will have a lot that is right about it. Tolerance may also simply be listening without objection. Religions are also related. They are all an attempt to explain the same thing what is life? We can at least respect a man who has the awareness to have a faith, as he is aware beyond the physical universe. And for those who have no faith and argue that faith is wrong, at least they care enough to argue, and one can have some tolerance of that too.

In Japan, where I lived for a decade, there is a saying, There are many roads to the top of the mountain, but the view of the moon is the same at the peak

Tolerance works. Try it.

Good luck!

Nick Broadhurst is the Executive Director of the Church of Scientology of Canberra. He has been in Scientology for 20 years and has read over 20,000 pages, and listened to over 400 taped lectures on the subject. Respect Others’ Beliefs , Church of Scientology of Canberra

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Your Self Motivation May Be Lost on Your Beliefs

Your Self Motivation May Be Lost on Your Beliefs

If you are new to my self-motivation articles, allow me a quick recap. The articles are based on my purchasing thousands and thousands of dollars worth of self help and self motivation material over the past 30 years. Yet with all the information I have acquired over the years I still have not received the endless abundance promised to me time and time again.

The sad part is I am not alone. The experts say 97% of the people who purchase self improvement materials never attain the goals they set for themselves. Thus the articles are a quest to find out why the terrible success rate. Is it the self help industries fault, our own lack of self motivation or maybe a combination of both?

Today’s article is about belief. I know you have heard it before “what the mind conceives and believes it will achieve”. Or Henry Ford’s “whether you think you are right or think you are wrong you are correct”. Yet I have done the positive thinking thing many, many times before and it has never yielded the awesome results promised. The question becomes why, is the law of attraction not real or am I doing it wrong. Well that’s a whole different story we will leave to a future article.

What I want to discuss is what you believe actually true. I think an example will help get my point across. Over the past 10 years I have owned three restaurants and presently a catering business. One made me a small fortune, one lost me a big fortune, and two did OK. 

Yet at the same time I have been trying to create a full time internet business. Because of this I never focused fully on my restaurants. My belief was sometime over the next two months my internet business of the month will start generating $ 10,000 a month so I don’t have to worry about building my restaurant business.

Well the reality was and is, I am not going to earn $ 10,000 a month from my internet adventures starting next month. I have 10 years hard data to prove this. Yet in my mind year after year I still acted as if these were a reality.

My point is to take a good look at your own beliefs and see which ones are true and which ones you just want to be true. If you have been telling yourself for five years next month I am going to get that promotion, yet it never happens maybe you need to take a look at why instead of just blindly believing next month is going to be different.

If you are like me and have spent 00’s of dollars on self help products, yet have not achieved the success promised in these products any new product recommendation is probably looked on with great skepticism. So I am not going to offer you any new products.

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How Much do Supposed Different Religious Beliefs Really Affect Typical Lifestyles?

How Much do Supposed Different Religious Beliefs Really Affect Typical Lifestyles?

A religion is a set of organized beliefs about creation, a possible God (or more), and a possible afterlife. Why do certain people have religions? A person may have been raised having been taught certain beliefs by his or her parents, and the person might choose to carry on those beliefs. Some may view religion as something more of a tradition than a lifestyle. For instance, this type of person attends a “service” or gathering, and then just goes back home violating the very beliefs he or she “proclaimed” to have had. It’s a VERY common thing.

Loyalty to one’s so-called belief system is not something very common, at least in the United States. It consists more of people who are religious by word of mouth ONLY. One of the biggest jokes is seeing someone who violates their own so-called belief system on a continuous basis trying to “convert” someone else to that so-called belief system.

If somebody worshiped the sun, for instance, but then proclaimed hatred towards the sun the upcoming minute, it’s a perfect example of the typical current-day “church-goer”. If a person told you he was an elephant, you would undoubtedly deem that person crazy. What sense does it make to claim you’re part of a certain belief system if your lifestyle does not back it up?

If you are not religious, don’t claim to be; otherwise you’re just misrepresenting a certain belief system as well as making yourself look like a hypocrite. It really takes no effort at all for somebody to not claim he or she is of a certain belief system of which the person is not.

Certain people may think that religion itself consists only of rituals, but what they don’t seem to understand is that it’s supposed to be a lifestyle. Perhaps the reason many “service-goers” can be seen is because they are trying to put up a moral front, and “disguise” for their true character. What actually doesn’t make any sense at all, is if a person is not religious, why the person would waste his or her own time on at least a weekly basis. It’d obviously be a lot easier for the person to instead do something far more congruent with his or her lifestyle. Lots of typical “church-goers” would probably deem it crazy and outrageous to do anything close to what the martyrs in their history did. If their personal possessions were taken from them, they would most likely curse their so-called “God”.

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