First off, I’m going to make a feeble attempt to ask if this discussion can remain respectful. You might have different views than me, or someone else, but thats okay, there’s no need to flame. If you want to do that, do it in another thread please.
Here we go: I don’t dislike Christianity, not in the least. While it does have it’s extremists, just like every other religion, I believe it has brought out the good in millions of people. The basic ideas of morality and goodness that come from the Bible are on the whole, very positive. However, I have issues with some notions many people have about Christianity, one of which I will be addressing.
I grew up Christian, and still occasionally attend my old church. The gist I got about being “Saved” was that you had to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior or something similar. If you’re not saved, you are not destined for heaven when you die.
Here is the dilemma: What about those people who have never been exposed to the Jesus and Christianity? Does this mean they are not going to Heaven? I picture God as a very fair and loving being. I do not believe that He would send these people to Hell just because they never had a chance to experience Christianity. This does not fit the image I have of Him from my exposure to the Bible and Church.
Here is my answer to this problem: Every major religion is based on a few major and very similar things. Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity are the first ones off the top of my head. Excluding the extremists and bastardizations of each of these religions, the general idea of each is that everything is connected by a central entity or higher power, and that in order to reach heaven/enlightenment/whatever, you have to live your life based on a set of (very similar) moral rules. I think that on the whole, every major religion is similar in its most basic ideas.
Each religion is essentially the same; therefore it does not matter what you call your God, or how you worship him. It is by living a morally sound and just life, and by accepting that there is something greater than you, that you will be “Saved”, for lack of a better word, and will go to heaven, also for lack of a better word.
I am not trying to be on a soapbox here, rather I wish to get some input on my ideas, in order to fine tune them. The biggest things I’d like you guys to think about are:
Your answer to the dilemma,
If it really makes a difference whether you call praise Jesus or Allah (providing that you are living a moral life),
if I have any misconceptions.