A rejection of and intolerance for another religion is not a clever and civilized path to follow.
One of the things that makes humanity is living all together and side by side. The question of whether that togetherness will be constructive or destructive is a matter that depends largely on the people themselves.Looking at past history, there is plenty of justification for both conditions-side by side or head to head. The memory of centuries of friction and conflict and the pain caused thereby is not easy to erase; but the experience gained from being all together is not easy to acquire either and most of the time has to be gained at the expence of overcoming many different obstacles.
To condemn all other religions beside one’s own is the common attitude of a person who has studied neither the history of other religions nor the history of his own faith.
An undiscriminating standpoint is that all religions contain some good, perhaps equally, at least enough good for their own followers.
An awareness of the range of religious beliefs and practices, and of their role in the lives of the people…. to look for all these forms, and to investigate all the ways in which they influence a culture as a whole.
Faiths do not have to coverge. But the distance between them would diminish and the risk of misunderstanding be less, if they no longer regarded each other, amoral, fanatic, dangerous….
Having the sense of “belonging together” and rethinking of how religions relate to one another is a reason for profound hope.
We should hold the belief that, in the long run, every faith can coexist peacefully.
We should look at all people equally. The important thing is not a person’s religion, but whether he is a true human being.
“Even as a tree has a single trunk but many branches and leaves, so there is one true and perfect religion but it becomes many, as it passes through the human medium.”
“Religions are different roads converging upon the same point. What does it matter that we take different roads so long as we reach the same goal?”
“In times to come the people will not judge us by the creed we profess or the label we wear or the slogans we shout but by our work, industry, sacrifice, honesty and purity of character.”