Mixed Reactions by Christians towards Other Religions
In our present day lives, we engage in conversation with people of different cultures and religions and they have varied perception about other religions. Theology has undergone major changes to accommodate the fundamentals of all religions and to abolish biasness (Chopp and Taylor 4). However, people are practicing religious prejudice which is an attachment to their religion, and they sometime despise the other religions creating a gap between them. Therefore, some Christians have developed varied opinions about people who belong to other religions, which affects how Christians treat different people.
Christianity is a religion that affirms Jesus Christ as the son of God and they should live according to his teachings (Chopp and Taylor 52). Christianity has both similarities and differences to the non-Christian religions and it is the largest in the world. The differences create assorted opinion about others; for example, Christians believe that a person can only be connected to God through salvation which is not the case with Muslims and Hindus. In regard to this, some Christians hold the perception that people who are not saved are leading an immoral life. On the contrary, Hindus believe that Buddha appealed to his followers to pursue honesty, chastity, and community service and that guarantees them a moral and ethical life. Muslims on the other hand, believe in God just like Christians, but they differ when it comes to Jesus and Mohamed resulting to a religious prejudice.
On the other hand, Muslims believe in upholding moral behaviors among the female gender in the society. Their dress code is usually universal and it covers the larger part of the body; hence, they feel that Christians way of dressing women is unethical. Similarly, Christians have a perception that Muslim women are oppressed by the religion resulting in suffering. According to Chopp and Taylor, suffering is an oppression and dehumanization through cultural images and social beliefs (2). Therefore, some Christians will feel that Muslim women go through suffering because of autonomous religious system. Another prejudice act by the Christians is that society is organized around Christian festivals. It is universal that Sunday is a resting day because people are supposed to worship, but there are other non-Christian religions and their holidays are not honored universally. For example, Friday midday is the official praying time for Muslims, likewise Sabbaths pray on Saturday, but no employer will allow his/her employees to honor these events. In addition, Christians believe that God is a supreme being who should not be compared to any other being hence they despise Hindus for using symbols in their worship. Chopp and Taylor assert that faith is expressed by believing in one God and not many gods (50).
However, all religions share a lot of similarities in their beliefs. For instance, both Muslims and Christians believe in God as a supreme being. Additionally, all religions teach their followers to abide by ethical truths and uphold morality in the society. Due to diversity, most of the religions are combining their opinions to abolish the differences in between them. Religion prejudice has caused ugly incidents such as wars, misunderstanding and hatred among people. Chopp and Taylor state that people should focus on appreciating one another rather than concentrating on differences created by their beliefs (53). Therefore, people should observe their attitude and the way they treat others from a different religion and avoid perceiving them as enemies.
Top of Form
Chopp, R. S., & Taylor, M. L. (1994). Reconstructing Christian theology. Minneapolis: Fortress Press.
Bottom of Form