Why do you undermine another persons beliefs?
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> I believe in Jesus Christ and consider myself a well educated christian as
> well as a fairly well educated person (I'm a veterinarian with two
> undergraduate degrees, theology & biology). Here is my question: why do
> you care so much to undermine another perosn's beliefs?
Because I care about things that are true. I don't think we should live in a world in which beliefs deserve respect just because someone holds them. As a vet, what would you say to someone who believed that their dogs incessant chewing of it's own feet is a good thing? Or someone who believed that their dog could take an unhealthy amount of medicine and handle it, what would you say? Would you try to undermine those beliefs? I would hope so. I would hope you would use logic and reason to come to a more reasonable conclusion. Why then don't we do this with religion? Why does religion get a free pass, but not life at the vet. I realize I'm making the assumption that you do in fact work as a vet supporting science and reason, however I could've made a faulty assumption. If I did make that assumption, and you actually would never think to undermine the incorrect beliefs of your clients, then I don't think you are doing your job properly. I think it's our job to each other to try and embrace reality, see things as they are, not as we want them to be. It's our job to speak up when someone holds an illogical or irrational belief, and we do so.
> I've never once woken up and thought "I'd like to crush Buhdism!" or "I'll end mankind's
> obsession with socialism." Here's a bit of good news, so to speak:
> You're free to go! You have complete freedom to believe anything you
Can I believe that murdering 7 million jews is a good thing? If I believe I can do it, do I really have that freedom? Do you think less of the beliefs that Osama Bin Laden holds? How about the KKK, do you think less of their beliefs? Do you think those beliefs deserve equal respect to yours? I think we should respect humanity, but in doing so you are required to disrespect certain beliefs. It's not respectful for someone to murder 7 million people, therefore we must not have respect for that belief.
Hopefully you have the tools to do that, perhaps some philosophical
> skills, maybe some grounding in the sciences. Especially here in the US.
> You actually can live in complete freedom. Look it up, its one of the
> founding principles of this nation.
You really should watch the usage of "complete freedom." No we don't have complete freedom, I understood what you meant, but you should be more cautious in using an absolute like that.
And as a matter of fact, my right to
> worship a god you don't happen to believe in remains intact as well. I
> wish you all the best as you too seek ultimate truth. Amy
Yes you are very right that we both have the freedom to hold our own religious beliefs, or lack thereof as the case may be. We don't however have the right to actually be true Christians, or true Muslims for that matter. To be a true Christian one must be willing to stone their son to death should they disobey them, however our government would imprison someone for practicing true Christianity.