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What should one believe?

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Submitted by P Clarke (Canada), Jul 1, 2009 at 00:35

I came across this forum by accident, but I stopped to read what was written. I saw a fear ... of Islam, and an equally passionate believe that Christianity is the only true path. Picture however the person who is brought up in a non religious world. To them the whole concept of religion had to be explained by scholar equally knowledgeable of all religions. What would the student believe? Would not one religion be just as incomprehensible as the next? Is there any religion that is devoid of its darker side?

The greatest religious hope for the world will be the intelligence of the human mind to look beyond the religious dogma and appreciate that all religions have good and bad aspects to them and be able to recognize them for what they are. The realization that religious fanaticism is not just the domain of Islam, but every religion in the world, fanaticism is defined as holding of extreme or irrational enthusiasms or beliefs. If you prey, regardless to whom you prey to, prey for a rational outlook in all religions.

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