Y Conversation is Important
Since God is invisible, there’s room for people around the world to have different views of him and for people to deny his existence. This is why multiple religions exist. Around these religions elaborate explanations and doctrines are formed. These doctrines are self contained and so many religious people don’t interact with people of other religions. When they do interact it can often lead to condemnation: The Hindus condemning the Muslims or the Muslims condemning the Jews, and so on. What is needed is active and open conversation between people of different beliefs. This conversation should be conducted humbly because we are all human beings with limited knowledge searching for the truth.
Question:Do Jews, Christians, and Muslims worship the same god?"
- Raj
Answer:Jews, Christians, and Muslims all agree that there’s one god, they just call him different names and understand him in a somewhat different way. In addition to believing that only one god exists, these monotheistic faiths also have the same historical roots, and are called ‘Abrahamic religions.’ According to Christians, there is a special relationship between Judaism and Christianity since the Jewish Scriptures-- the Old Testament-- are included in the Christian Bible. The Muslim term, “Allah” is simply the Arabic term for “God” although some misunderstand Muslims to be referring to a different god. The biggest disagreement between Christians on the one hand, and Jews and Muslims on the other concerns the personality and divinity of Jesus.
Question:Why do I need God to be a good person?"
- Corinne
Answer:Everybody has a conscience and people who don’t are considered psychopaths. So since the vast majority of human beings have a conscience, they can tell the distinction between right and wrong. But where does this conscience come from? Religious people believe that our conscience comes from God and is some of his goodness reflected in us. The problem, however, is if you don’t believe in God, you can do good deeds, but you don’t know where the goodness comes from. It certainly doesn’t come from your evolutionary urge to survive and reproduce, in fact it often operates against those desires. So in conclusion, the atheist has a limited account of morality whereas the believer has a more complete account of morality.
Question:I’m a Christian but most of my friends seem to be nonreligious and don’t go to church. Should I be open about my faith in God?"
- Ashley
Answer:Definitely. Your faith in God is a part of who you are. You should be yourself and share your love for God with others because they probably don’t think twice about sharing their love for playing soccer or dancing. I can understand how difficult it can be to share your belief in God and just be yourself, but if you don’t, you’re the one that will end up suffering. Not to mention your spiritual life. I used to have reservations about sharing my belief in God as well and I think it's something many Christian teenagers go through. I encourage you to stay strong and true to who you are.