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I think that we shouldn't look down on the other religions because if people are really strong in their beliefs, there's no more we can do but pray they have a change in heart. It's sounds wrong at first, like no trying to change a persons beliefs, but it makes sense afterward seeing as the world is a relly big place.
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| November 2, 2010, 6:01 pm
I think they are to be respected. Do to thy neighbor as you would do unto thyself. Something like that is a verse, right? They believe what they want and we should not force our views on them. They have all the right to object God and worship who and what they want.


Cyril, Islam is basically the same as Christianity. They have a few changes but is basically the same. Here is the Islamic Ten Commandments

1. "There is no other god beside Allah." (Qur'an 47:19)

2. "My Lord, make this a peaceful land, and protect me and my children from worshiping idols." (Qur'an 14:35)

3. "And make not Allah's (name) an excuse in your oaths against doing good, or acting rightly, or making peace between persons; for Allah is One Who heareth and knoweth all things." (Qur'an 2:224) This quranic verse is not entirely analogous to the Old Testament's "You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God..." Verse 2:224 is explained by the Prophet Muhammad as: "If anyone takes a solemn oath [that he would do or refrain from doing such-and such a thing], and thereupon realizes that something else would be a more righteous course, then let him do that which is more righteous, and let him break his oath and then atone for it" (Bukhari and Muslim; and other variants of the same Tradition in other compilations).

4. "O you who believe, when the Congregational Prayer (Salat Al-Jumu`ah) is announced on Friday, you shall hasten to the commemoration of GOD, and drop all business." (Qur'an 62:9) According to the teachings of Islam, the Sabbath was abrogated by the revelation for Muhammed. Furthermore, the Sabbath was only decreed for the Jews. (Qur'an 16:124) God, however, ordered Muslims to make every effort to drop all business to attend the congregational (Friday) prayer. Believers are permitted to go about their affairs during the rest of the day.

5. "....and your parents shall be honoured. As long as one or both of them live, you shall never (even) say to them, "Uff" (the slightest gesture of annoyance), nor shall you shout at them; you shall treat them amicably." (Qur'an 17:23)

6. "....anyone who murders any person who had not committed murder or horrendous crimes, it shall be as if he murdered all the people." (Qur'an 5:32)

7. "You shall not commit adultery; it is a gross sin, and an evil behaviour." (Qur'an 17:32)

8. "They shall not steal." (Al-Mumtahanah 60: 12) and "The thief, male or female, you shall cut off their hands as a punishment for their crime, and to serve as an example from God. God is Almighty, Most Wise." (Qur'an 5:38)

9. "Do not withhold any testimony by concealing what you had witnessed. Anyone who withholds a testimony is sinful at heart." (Qur'an 2:283)

10. "And do not covet what we bestowed upon any other people. Such are temporary ornaments of this life, whereby we put them to the test. What your Lord provides for you is far better, and everlasting." (Qur'an 20:131)

Now here is the Christian's Version

1 "I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and fourth generation of those who reject me, but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments."

2 "You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not acquit anyone who misuses his name."

3 "Observe the sabbath day and keep it holy, as the LORD your God commanded you. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God; you shall not do any work—you, or your son or your daughter, or your male or female slave, or your ox or your donkey, or any of your livestock, or the resident alien in your towns, so that your male and female slave may rest as well as you. Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm; therefore the LORD your God commanded you to keep the sabbath day."


4 "Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God commanded you, so that your days may be long and that it may go well with you in the land that the LORD your God is giving you."

5 Roman Catholic - New American Bible) You shall not kill

6 "Neither shall you commit adultery."

7 "Neither shall you steal."

8 "Neither shall you bear false witness against your neighbor."

9 "Neither shall you covet your neighbor's wife."

10 "Neither shall you desire your neighbor's house, or field, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor."



How different are these? Not very, so saying Islam offers NO SALVATION is confounding. To them Allah is the Same as God, and he seems to be. Also, Buddhists and Hindus have Nirvana and Moshka respectively. A release from all selfishness, desire, and pain. Sounds like salvation to me. The list goes on and on.
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| November 3, 2010, 5:54 pm
Quoting Matthew Novosad
I think they are to be respected.


But what do you tell someone who has broken a commandment? God's standard, as revealed in the Bible of the Old and New Testament, gives the command "Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly father is perfect." (Matthew 5:48, NIV) When standing before a holy God on the day of judgement, I don't want to just hope I've got it right. I don't want to have just assumed all religions are the same. I want the right answer. No one is perfect. I can't make it on my own, no matter how good I am, no matter what I do. Only Jesus is perfect. Only belief in him guarentees eternal life. That's why all other religions are considered false. Christians can respect the people who follow other religions, but ultimately, they must love them enough to tell them the truth.
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| December 14, 2010, 7:14 pm
Quoting Wes Pitter
Quoting Matthew Novosad
I think they are to be respected.


But what do you tell someone who has broken a commandment? God's standard, as revealed in the Bible of the Old and New Testament, gives the command "Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly father is perfect." (Matthew 5:48, NIV) When standing before a holy God on the day of judgement, I don't want to just hope I've got it right. I don't want to have just assumed all religions are the same. I want the right answer. No one is perfect. I can't make it on my own, no matter how good I am, no matter what I do. Only Jesus is perfect. Only belief in him guarentees eternal life. That's why all other religions are considered false. Christians can respect the people who follow other religions, but ultimately, they must love them enough to tell them the truth.

It's not you is? And if you really loved them, you would let them continue in the way they see fit. That's what I would do, it's not my opinion, it's theirs. Remember, free will.
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| December 14, 2010, 7:29 pm
Quoting Brendan Dore
Does the Bible say to kill the infidels (Non-believers, basically)? No. But does the Quran? Yes.

That's a biggie.

And for proof: "Allah is an enemy to unbelievers." - Sura 2:98
"On unbelievers is the curse of Allah." - Sura 2:161
"O believers, take not Jews and Christians as friends; they are friends of each other. Those of you who make them his friends is one of them. God does not guide an unjust people." - Surah 5:54

When were those written? Because from what I know, when it started out, they accepted Christians and Jews as a special class in their society. They even let them convert. Imagine that.
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| December 14, 2010, 7:49 pm
Wow can't believe I've missed a great little debate going on over here!

Wes hit the nail squarely on the head. This discussion is now rather pointless though thanks for posting the Q'ran's version of the old testament. Very interesting similarities.
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| December 14, 2010, 8:55 pm
One of my best friends is an evolutionist (he even named his dog Darwin.) We respect each other, and don't let our differences destroy our friendship.
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| March 17, 2011, 5:33 pm
I respect other people's beliefs,even though mine is different.I have a friend who dosent believe in anything,but he respects my religeon and i respect what he's believing.
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| March 22, 2011, 11:26 am
Quoting Nolan woodward
I respect other people's beliefs,even though mine is different.I have a friend who dosent believe in anything,but he respects my religeon and i respect what he's believing.

You should respect him, but also try to shine the light of god's word also.
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| December 15, 2011, 2:57 pm
Quoting Warehouse Reach (the Arbiter)
I'm not going to hat3 others because that would be hypcritical. Every day I am judged by other Christians because of the music I listen to. I have nothing against others. But if they screw with me than they better go dig their own graves because I'm going to put them there.

Is the music you listen to godly music that benefits you? Or are the lyrics not something the bible supports. If you are a christian, I would think about that.
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| December 15, 2011, 2:59 pm
Quoting Brickster ~
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Yeah I know what you me this March I will be celebrating my first year as a Christian. I have been improving my life day by day. I have surpassed every obstacle I have tried to overcome. I started small and got bigger however Metal is probably on the top of my list. *sigh* I have resorted to listening to bands such as Thousand Foot Crutch, and Skillet. You seem like an avid Christian would you like to be friends?
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| December 15, 2011, 7:01 pm
Quoting Wes Pitter
Quoting Matthew Novosad
I think they are to be respected.


But what do you tell someone who has broken a commandment? God's standard, as revealed in the Bible of the Old and New Testament, gives the command "Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly father is perfect." (Matthew 5:48, NIV) When standing before a holy God on the day of judgement, I don't want to just hope I've got it right. I don't want to have just assumed all religions are the same. I want the right answer. No one is perfect. I can't make it on my own, no matter how good I am, no matter what I do. Only Jesus is perfect. Only belief in him guarentees eternal life. That's why all other religions are considered false. Christians can respect the people who follow other religions, but ultimately, they must love them enough to tell them the truth.
I agree with you entirely. I know a Muslim and we are despite are obvious differences we are pretty good friends. I've invited him to church and even once we traded scriptures for awhile. (no I wasn't going to become Muslim I did it because we were interested in each others religion) I thought that I was making some progress when he handed me my KJV and said you sound like a bunch of pasifists except for the conquest of my peoples Holy Land. So ya I believe that we need to do as much as possible to convert the non-believers as well as except them!

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| December 26, 2011, 11:49 am
Quoting Matthew Cox
One of my best friends is an evolutionist (he even named his dog Darwin.) We respect each other, and don't let our differences destroy our friendship.

I would remind you evolutionism is not a religion.
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| August 17, 2012, 1:05 pm
Atheism makes me uncomfortable, however I respect most other religions.
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| August 17, 2012, 1:12 pm
Well, all of us know that other religions/beliefs are false and offer no true salvation, but we shouldn't look down on people with other religions/beliefs. the Bible says we shouldn't look down on others with haughty (prideful) eyes.
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| August 17, 2012, 2:29 pm
Quoting Bob the inconceivably invincible
I would remind you evolutionism is not a religion.

Scientologism or whatever it is called would beg to differ, but they seem really off. At least the Islamic, Muslim, Hindi, and the other older religions have some reasoning behind them.
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| August 17, 2012, 4:40 pm
Thats a hard question, I really don't like Islam the most. there are some riots in NSW Australia with muslims marching around the streets insulting christianity and budism(not that i like budism). but they are copying christian stories to try and get people to believe in islam. But at least we know that jesus is lord and savior to all chritians and is ofering eternal life the anyone else. all we need is faith and courage to win.
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| January 19, 2013, 7:58 pm
Quoting Matthew Novosad
How different are these? Not very, so saying Islam offers NO SALVATION is confounding. To them Allah is the Same as God, and he seems to be. Also, Buddhists and Hindus have Nirvana and Moshka respectively. A release from all selfishness, desire, and pain. Sounds like salvation to me. The list goes on and on.


I'll base what I say off of Scripture. Actions don't earn you salvation, so regardless of whether certain commandments were the same (which would make sense as Islam was established after Judaism, and I can't remember whether Christianity or not but I believe so). Righteous behavior is for sanctification, not salvation.

Ephesians 2:8-9, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast."

Only God's grace gives salvation.

John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."

We receive salvation through belief in Christ's sacrifice.

John 14:6, "Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'"

Christ is the only way to salvation. No other gods can give that. No works can grant it.
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| May 23, 2013, 1:01 pm
Quoting Matthew Novosad
It's not you is? And if you really loved them, you would let them continue in the way they see fit. That's what I would do, it's not my opinion, it's theirs. Remember, free will.

We're not trying to force them to follow Christ. They are well within their rights to follow other beliefs, and we are not (or at least, are not supposed to) forcing anyone to our beliefs. Our duty, however, is to show them the love of Jesus, it's their decision whether they accept or not.
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| April 26, 2014, 2:17 pm
Quoting Matthew Novosad
I think they are to be respected. Do to thy neighbor as you would do unto thyself. Something like that is a verse, right? They believe what they want and we should not force our views on them. They have all the right to object God and worship who and what they want.
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How different are these? Not very, so saying Islam offers NO SALVATION is confounding. To them Allah is the Same as God, and he seems to be. Also, Buddhists and Hindus have Nirvana and Moshka respectively. A release from all selfishness, desire, and pain. Sounds like salvation to me. The list goes on and on.

In Islam, God did not suffer to save his people. You are correct in observing that the law is similar in both religions, but in Christianity, salvation comes through the sacrifice of God; there is no parallel in Islam. Since this is the most fundamental of Christian doctrines, really Christianity is not similar to Islam.
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| April 26, 2014, 2:33 pm
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