ok... I'm ready to be misunderstood and flamed now. bring it on
(no I'm only joking... I know that most of you here are so way better than that. and i REALLY enjoy that we can have these open discussions even when it's... well... not always pretty and simple. TIA for trying to understand what I'm getting at here)
I do think I understood you appropriately... maybe I expressed myself
incorrectly.... I will try again
I realized you weren't implying making all religions the same. I didn't get that impression at all. But the point you make about saying all religions agree that there are many ways t truth... well that was what I was getting at. The firm belief of MANY religions is that there ISN'T many ways to divine truth (or whatever they would call it in their religion) and that by ignoring even this seemingly small part of the religion, it would actually destroy the religion or recreate it to be something completely different. (of course I could see how outsiders to one of those religions would say "and so why does that matter? maybe it needs to changed"
... but I will put that on the backburner for the moment)
I mean to say that I would never ever agree that there are many ways to truth (b/c i don't believe that). But I would ALWAYS agree it's a very personal journey and not my place to tell another person how they should go about it....unless they desire my input.
where it gets sticky is that if your religion (God) commands you to "proselytize" (and by that I don't mean westernize or destroy other people's cultures, but to make effort to make the gospel of your religion heard by all peoples)
then you're not going to just lie it down.
so then like I said, we're back to this point: leaving behind that "annoying" aspect of a religion may sound great to some (not of that religion esp!!) but it would greatly dissatisfy the others (who are apart of that religion) and who get to decide what or who has the more important goal - to live our their commands, or to leave in "peace".
I will always vote for living in peace... I am fine with getting along with other religions and religious peoples and letting them do there own thing, and me do mine, but I will never ever be willing to say I think their religion will get them to the divine truth (unless I feel it would) b/c I would be lying... as I don't feel that way. I dont expect them to feel this way about me either... My desire to empathize with my fellow man over their journey comes second to my priority of fulfilling the commands of my religion. and i think many devout people of other religions feel this way too.... and so the idea that they will ever all fully "get along" isn't going to happen past a certain point. I will never expect a devout muslim to say "hey, you christian, I totally think you're on the right path!"
... and then the "wars" between muslims and christian nations in general will just suddenly dissolve. . I wouldn't expect them to give up what they believed to be the truth to pacify me, and i don't intend to do it either...
I'm SO not trying to be harsh or distant or anything of the sort. I'm just trying to be realistic. the ideal religious peace between religions will never happen on this earth anyhow, b/c so many religions (at least traditionally) believe there is ONE way. and unfortunately too many people also carry anger and resentment b/c of this and it turns UGLY and into war. and really, no matter how much it sickens me, I know it wont stop.
I think too many people believe this but are too scared to admit this... because it seems unfriendly or cold. and it's not meant to be. this isn't baout MY judgement on other religions, it's about my judgement on MY religion (if that makes sense).
so what I'm getting at is that though what you say is an ideal... I never see it playing out. it just... isn't possible. I totally respect what you mean, wholeheartedly. But I would never give up any part of my sacred commands to pacify anyone or anything, when it comes down to it. Not because I think myself smarter, wiser, or better than anyone else. simply because I believe my commands sacred and that comes first and foremost in my life. I realize to some thing seems shallow... but what else can I say? their opinion of life isn't my highest priority. and if we all look inside ourselves I think we can all find things we are UNWILLING completely to bend on. we rarely admit these things, but they exist in all of us, right or wrong.