"Do Jehovah's Witnesses Believe That Their Religion is the Only True One?"

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  • ziddina

    Yeah, St Ann, Robson, Wobble, glenster, and Hoping4Change, I understand that "religious exclusivism" is a vital component of the Judaeo-Christian religious faith[s]...

    As glenster's first link states: "Exclusivism is most prevalent in Abrahamic religions. In Jewish tradition, it manifests in certain interpretations of the concept of the "chosen people", in which anyone who does not accept the teachings of Jewish monotheism is excluded from the messianic "world to come." In Christianity, religious exclusivism is seen in the teachings of the Catholic Church and the teachings of several denominations that only those who adhere to the true faith will reach Heaven, while those outside of the true church will go to Hell. Exclusivism is seen in Islam in the acceptance of sincere Jews, Christians, and Sabians as people "of the Book" along with Muslims, but the rejection of polytheist—as well as impious Jews and Christians—as "infidels" who have no part in Allah or paradise. ..."

    THAT is the attitude that causes me to view "Johnny-come-lately" Middle Eastern religions with [ahem...] disgust and contempt... Intolerance is an INTEGRAL part of such religions...

    The mainstream Christian religions have softened this stance, quite a bit... (At least, nowadays... We all know what snits they were when the first started out, though!!)

    BUUUUT - the JWs are still clinging to a rigid, fundamentalist interpretation of such statements of exclusivity in the bible...

    That's why I started this link. Their superficial 'softening' was - imho - merely another form of dishonesty regarding their religion's true structure, to entice the unwary and naive potential convert...


  • glenster

    "We all know what snits they were when the first started out, though!!)"

    I'm surprised the article missed a few important points on the subject,

    Actually, the most popular view of the afterlife for the first 600 years or so
    of Christianity was Christian Universalism.

    Christians were to go among Jews and Gentiles of any land without giving
    offense, sacrificing of themself to gain people to God (1 Cor.10:32-11:1).

    Christianity began as a change from a religion as the law of the land with a
    military to defend it, and it wasn't until the 300's AD that it was made law of
    the land, which was a regression (with Muhammad, too). When either belief or
    non-belief in God is made law of the land people can get hurt or killed over
    something nobody should be hurt or killed over--neither has to be that way.

    Believing in a particular religion doesn't have to mean being too 'centric and
    intolerant as to hurt others any more than believing in certain songs and not
    other ones means you have to be that way. It's when the person gets too
    'centric and intolerant of others about either one that the trouble starts.

  • ziddina


    Thanks again, glenster!

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