(11.3) Christian attitudes towards other religions. All Christians . believe in religious freedom. i.e., that everyone has the right to choose to follow any or no religion. However, there are different attitudes to other religions . Many Christians (e.g. Jehovahs Witnesses) believe . - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
(11.3) Christian attitudes towards other religions
All Christians believe in religious freedom.
i.e., that everyone has the right to choose to follow any or no religion.However, there are different attitudes to other religions
Many Christians(e.g. Jehovahs Witnesses) believe members of other religions should be respected;members of other religions should have the freedom to practice their religion;because Christianity is the one true religion, they have a duty to convert everyone to Christianity.
They believe this because the teachings of Jesus, including: I am the way and the truth and the life. Noone comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6)Jesus commanded us to love our neighbour. If you love your neighbour, you would want them to go to heaven (so they must be Christian);When Jesus told his disciples to make disciples of all nations, this means everyone should be converted to Christianity.
Many Christians(e.g. Roman Catholics) believe other religions contain some truth; members of other religions should be respected, and they may get to heaven;that because only Christianity is the full truth, Christians have the right to convert everyone to Christianity.
They believe this because it is a teaching from the Catechism;Jesus is the Son of God, and he shows the true nature of God;the Bible teaches that Christianity is the truth, and only Christians are guaranteed of salvation, although other religions, e.g., Judaism can contact God.
Some Christians(e.g. liberal Christians) believe that all religions are equal, and just different ways of finding God; members of other religions should be respected;all religions should work together to help make the world a better and more spiritual place.
They believe this because they do not believe that the Bible is the literal word of God;they see members of other faiths living good and holy lives;they believe God is a force (like gravity) and can be found in different ways;Jesus taught:In my Fathers house are many rooms (John 14:2)This means that there is room in heaven for a variety of religions.