Pulse of the World on Christianity and Culture
Christianity claims to be the only way to God. Isn't that extremely narrow and intolerant?
Questions for Discussion and Personal Reflection
- Did you identify with anyone’s expressed views in the film? If so, who and what resonated with you?
- Do you agree that all religions teach the same lessons?
I think I'd be ignorant to say that Christianity is the only right religion. I don't know what the right religion is. It's just what I believe it is.
I know that different religions, you know, have their different belief systems, but I think, at the end of the day, it all boils down to being one God, no matter what, over all of us, even though people put it in different, you know, terms and languages, et cetera, et cetera.
Some people just, they need religion. They need Jesus, and they need something to believe in. And, uh, my response would just be, Good, good for you.
I think there's, um— religion's a double-edged sword. It's, there's a lot of good, and there's a lot of bad that can come out of it. And I'm not sure if it's from religion that the bad or the good comes out of it or whether it's the people.
These days, I think too much religion's based around money when money has nothing to do with God. What the hell does God need money for?
The fundamentals of Christianity, like, the values that are taught are important, and they all serve positive purposes.
Some people that I've met, it's just— I've , I've had friends, and and the minute they find out about me or the minute that I, I do anything that doesn't follow their religion, um, they're— they don't want anything to do with me.
There are as many ways as there are people in the world to God. Each person has their own path.
My view on anyone who claims to have a monopoly on truth is that, you know, it's not— there is no one truth about, about anything. I think that a lot of religions say the same thing in different ways.
I respect a lot of faiths, and I think that Christianity is a pillar that's influenced by the other great religions in the world.
I think that a lot of it is intolerant, and I think a lot of the intolerant Christianity is used as a battering ram to try to either create or go back to something that doesn't exist anymore.
I think, um, that people tend to confuse the word "religion" with, um, with Christianity and what the Bible actually says.
I think there's some wonderful teachings in Christianity and wonderful sayings, um, and I find that there are many, whether it's priests or whatever relig— Christian religion, people who are really spiritual, but unfortunately, I find them the exception, not the rule. and I think, again, it becomes more enforcing a set of values rather than exploring truth with other people and trying to tell people what to believe rather than helping them find it.