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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Tolerance And Respect For All Believers

An interesting find on the Web:

Tolerance & Respect for all believers,
Posted by Preet K Lidher
(sikh net/ discussion.nsf )
This section contains selected passages calling for tolerance and respect for believers of other religions, and for conscientious people generally. Believers are urged to treat everyone with equal respect, not to have a different standard of conduct for people of other faiths than for one's own community. Religious disputes and doctrinal conflicts are condemnable; they are often motivated by egoism disguised as piety, and by displaying enmity they do not give proper witness to one's faith. The polemicist betrays his ignorance: attached to his own partial viewpoint, he cannot see the possible validity of another's. Herein is included the famous parable, found in many sources, of the blind men and the elephant. It teaches the folly of regarding any single religious perspective as absolute and complete. Such is also the import of the Jain doctrine of Anekanta, which regards all disparate doctrines as complementary parts of a single whole.

There is no compulsion in religion.
1. Islam. Qur'an 2.256
Will you then compel mankind, against their will, to believe? No soul can believe, except by the Will of God.
2. Islam. Qur'an 10.99-100
Those who praise their own doctrines and disparage the doctrines of others do not solve any problem.
3. Jainism. Sutrakritanga 1.1.50
The Buddha says, "To be attached to a certain view and to look down upon others' views as inferior--this the wise men call a fetter."
4. Buddhism. Sutta Nipata 798

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