While reflecting on how a Christian might benefit from the study of other religions, one key factor came to mind, that key component being the overall commission to evangelize and spread the Word to all the world. To achieve this sort of task, the most valuable asset a Christian should possess is a diverse knowledge of other faiths. I say this, as I feel it is important to understand the beliefs, practices, and acculturation of those you seek to reach. While one might have absolutely no stake in learning about other religions; the knowledge of other cultural and religious beliefs and traditions form effective relationships. The key principal, is to know your audience and how to relate to them with an empathetic mindset.
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Jesus' life is seen as the ideal way of ... ... middle of paper ... ...ir emotional and spiritual wellbeing. As well as guiding it’s adherents and contributing to individual peace, Christianity also contributes to world peace. There are various Christian groups and organizations that contribute to world peace. Interfaith dialogue aims to ensure that religious faith is not used to warrant future violence. The Interfaith Encounter Association promotes interfaith study and dialogue between Christians, Jews, Muslims, Druze and Baha’is in Israel and the Middle East.
It also educates society and helps them understand the religion better and have a clear understanding of how peace is integrated in their religion. An understanding of the Christian belief of peace is gained through the importance of the life of Jesus Christ in the beliefs of adherents. Peace is believed to be at the heart of Jesus' life and ministry and accordingly it is a foundational element of the Christian communities that seek to follow him. In order for Christians to exper... ... middle of paper ... ...n, a personal fight against evil in order to achieve peace and Lesser Jihad refers to the outer-struggle against wrong and evil in encouraging others to strive for the same goal. It is therefore through the sacred texts that a comparison of the understandings of peace in Christianity and Islam can be achieved.
Scholars have also been in the fore front to bring to the understanding of interfaith dialogue. Perelman and Olbrechts- Tyteca (1969) explain dialogue as follows: "it is not supposed to be a debate but rather a discussion in which the interlocutors search honestly and without bias for the best solution to a controversial problem" (196, 37). Related to this description, Gulen (2000) describes interfaith dialogue as seeking to realize religion's basic oneness and unity, and the universality of belief. Religion embraces all beliefs and races in brotherhood, and exalts love, respect, tolerance, forgiveness, mercy, human rights, peace, brotherhood, and freedom via its Prophets" (The Fountain, September 2000). Another major proponent of dialogue was Seyyed Hossein Nasr, a professor
In order to do this everyone, both religious and the not religious, need to be aware of and recognize the lifestyles of each other. Non Christians should at least study the Philosophy of Christianity, as Christians should explore the philosophy of infidelity. Justin Martyr found discussion with Tryphno very stimulating because the two ended up sharing similar viewpoints on important religious philosophies. (Justin, Dialogue with Tryphno, Ch.1,2) First of all, as in any intelligent discussion or argument, each opponent can use the knowledge of the other to put their own claim in understandable terms and analogies. (Tertullian, Apology, ch.21) By gathering facts about the non-Christian culture such as social interactions and entertainment sources, Christians can understand what kind of mind set the non-Christians are in and better explain how Christianity can improve their life.
The Qur’an and the New Testament both express the importance of peace and peacemaking as evident in Jesus’ Beatitudes “Blessed are the peacemakers”. The search for inner peace is the core message of the Qur’an and the New Testament and the adherents of both traditions are taught that inner peace will come through faithfully devoting yourself to God. The word peace is mentioned over ninety time is the New Testament and in other passages the quest for peace is address without actually using the term. In the New Testament Jesus’ life is the perfect model for living in peace. To have a close relationship with Jesus and his teachings will enable the adherent to experience this peace.
In religious symbols, both fit perfectly together so that each reinforces the other. Religion formulates conceptions of a general order of exis... ... middle of paper ... ...hem, church is not simply a place of worship, but it is a community center where they know they can go and be among like-minded people. This offers a sense of relief to an individual. Geertz states that religious symbols help with the pain of hardship, so does the knowledge of having people by your side no matter the circumstance. This may be true in any religio-cultural institution, but I can only speak for my own.
In a world where religion is becoming more and more important so is religious tolerance. Dennis Quad once said, “Certainly I'm a Christian first and foremost. But I do believe in religious tolerance and finding the commonality between all of us. I think that's how we're all going to come together”. Because of people like this, if one million Jewish people and one million Christians moved within the borders of the same country the level of religious conflict would be low in the country because the similarities such as being monotheistic and believing in similar ideas and have the same holy sites.
While reflecting on his religious background, being raised Hindu, he finds importance in “not [clinging]!” or focusing “upon fundamentalism and literalism!” (Martel 49). Pi thinks religion is meaningful because of the followers who believe in it. Without belief, religion is nothing, so fai... ... middle of paper ... ...love found in each one. This objective is majorly important to Pi because of his desire to find “a relationship with God [that is] personal and loving” (Martel 61). In conclusion, Martel creates Pi with such ambitious characteristics and describes all of the religions in such a manner because he wants to emphasize the importance of each religion and how they balance with each other.