As Christians, we sometimes never get the perspectives of others. A lot of times other religions tend to get left out of the equation as we walk out our lives with Christ. I had the opportunity to speak to each one of these people, of different religions, to see what they had to say. So, here are things Non-Christians want Christians to know.
1. “Stay strong and continue learning about your religion. I know that a lot of people claim they’re Christians, but for someone to actually know about it and apply it to their daily lives, that takes a lot of strength in this world so definitely stay strong.” -Mariam, Sunni Muslim
2. “I want Christians to understand that the animosity people have against them isn’t baseless. Like, I see the way that Christians are beginning to be treated in the world, and while I don’t approve of it (at all), I do know where it comes from. Today, it seems like telling someone you’re Christian is a one way ticket to an argument, or losing a friend. That feeling, the prosecution – that’s what people – who flew the same banner as Christians, who called themselves Christians – were doing to the rest of us since the days of Constantine. Growing up, I remember almost every person I ever met getting angry, visibly, physically angry – some even violent -when I did nothing more than tell them I wasn’t Christian. As if the idea that I have the freedom to believe what I want was offensive to them. I got in fights with people because I didn’t believe in their specific Messiah. I was even jumped once over it, simply because it was known that I wasn’t a Christian. The kind of stuff you’d compare to the Salem Witch Trials – and I am not alone in that experience. Now I’m more open minded than a lot of people are, and I know that behavior doesn’t constitute a true Christian – but it is nonetheless the behavior of people who called themselves Christian. And it’s what fuels a lot of the fear and hate that other people have for Christians today.” -Anonymous, Germanic Neo-Pagan.
3. “I want Christians to know that the majority of religions all teach peace, and attempt to better one’s life. At the core, everyone wants the same things.” – Teddy Finley, Agnostic
4. “From my perspective, as a spiritual person who has spent a great deal of time with many people of different religions, we are all much more alike than we are different. The religious interpretations of books written by men many years ago are actually much more similar than they are different. Jesus loved and cared for all unconditionally and without regard for label or membership in any specific group. If we all lead a similar life our planet would be a much nicer, kinder, safer place for everyone. But so long as we cast judgement upon those whom we have given a label to and exclude them from the generosities of community then we will continue to live in a world of fear and violence. I have faith that there is more goodness in the world than bad, but I also seek out the good while trying to understand the bad and our role in it. If I can do my part to create a more inclusive and welcoming community then I know we will all be better off. -Niki Kelly, Spiritual Connected
5. “Be more open minded about other religions and perspectives that differ from their beliefs.”– Nyabinghi Ngoni, Ancient Egyptian Religion
6. “ਏਕੁ ਪਿਤਾ ਏਕਸ ਕੇ ਹਮ ਬਾਰਿਕ ਤੂ ਮੇਰਾ ਗੁਰ ਹਾਈ ॥
एकु पिता एकस के हम बारिक तू मेरा गुर हाई ॥
Ėk piṯā ekas ke ham bārik ṯū merā gur hā▫ī.”
“The One God is our father; we are the children of the One God.” -Sikhism
7. “Don’t be afraid to have an open mind. Having an open mind, doesn’t mean you have less faith.”- Jason J. Cutler, Agnostic
8. Buddha: “What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create”. -Jasmine Tiara, Buddhist
9. “Don’t put us in Hell when you don’t have that authority to do so. Show us the same love that your religion teaches. Your love will move people way more than your judgement.” -Anonymous, Agnostic
10. “The best way to change people is not by ridicule, but by showing them a new way of thinking and giving them an opportunity to change.”-Lord Krishna, Hindu
Regardless of religion, let us go about loving one another as Christ loved us. NEVER is hate and separation going to win the heart of someone. If we actually apply that same love that was shown to us when we were drawn to Christ, maybe the world would be a better place to be in.
The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying:
“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with loving-kindness I have drawn you.