Hah, that's a funny mental picture. Anyway Jews, Muslims, Hindus and others see Christians as idolatrous so why are they wrong?
They do? I didn't know that. Why?
This is often a major shortcoming of many Christians (and probably other theists as well).
It's funny that you go on after this comment to talk about how little people know about their own religion and others because I don't think you know what idolatrous means.
I don't think that other religions say that Christians are idolatrous because the basic tenets do not involve worshiping idols. "You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth."
However,many Chinese religions who worship their ancestors and their bones, African culture who believe that gods are in objects such as trees, many shamans believe that objects have powers themselves to give predictions of the future. Read Chasing the Dragon and you'll see that many people in Hong Kong worshiped idols and called themselves "idol worshipers".
I believe that Buddhist, Muslims, some Hindus, Christians are not idolatrous because they don't believe that the gods reside in objects like many ancient religions do.
So when I ask the person why other religions consider Christians to be idolatrous I wanted him to clarify because I didn't think that he meant to use word idolatrous. Maybe he should have used the word "wrong", "incorrect", "blasphemous" , "impious".
They know so little about other faiths that they assume that their faith has a higher level of validity because of some innocuous detail or another (such as your comments about a personal savior).
I'm constantly amazed at the assumptions that people make based on a short conversation. You mistakenly believe that I:
assume that their faith has a higher level of validity because of some innocuous detail or another (such as your comments about a personal savior).
I was simply answering a question
"Is there something uniquely Christian about your experiences that you wouldn't get if you were in some other religion?"
And I said "The experiences that a Christian has is very unique to Christianity. Other religions don't experience having Jesus as their savior from their sins. They have other gods and things that save them. They have idols to save them. They have themselves.
Where in what I said made you think that I assumed my faith has a higher level of validity because of this detail? I was simply saying that Jews, Muslims, Hindus will not experience Jesus as a savior from their sins. This in no way makes Christianity more valid, it's just a fact. (Muslims don't believe that Jesus is the only way to make atonement with God because their sins.)
Most of the Christians I know are profoundly certain that their faith is the only valid faith, or rather, the only one that will result in salvation. Yet in general, they have only a casual knowledge of a tiny fraction of the other faiths that people practice. And an astonishingly high percentage of them have only a fleeting knowledge of Christianity.
Fleeting knowledge? I wouldn't use the word fleeting. I'm sure you are familiar with the latest study done the Pew research center. http://pewforum.org/Other-Beliefs-and-P ... urvey.aspx
. Evangelicals, which I'm guessing is who you talk to the most about religion, know the most of their own religion than any other group.
How is it that these people can be so certain of something that they know so little about?
I'm not so sure that people are so certain. I think most religious people DO go along with whatever religion they were brought up in. But some of us don't blindly believe. We research, we come on atheist/christian forums to learn and discuss, we understand facts about science and we still see that they fit into our beliefs. (Ie. the age of the earth being 2.5+ billion year still fits into the creation model.)
I can honestly say that I believe that Christianity makes the most sense. I like that the Bible was written by so many different people over thousands of years and the details match up so perfectly (some of you may think there are too many contradictions. read my article on this http://www.mensbattleplan.com/2010/12/10/condradictions-in-the-bible/
I like how the Bible in Gen 17:20 predicts that Muslims will be what they are today "As for Ishmael, I have heard you; behold, I will bless him, and will make him fruitful and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall become the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation."
I love that Christianity is the only religion where your behavior doesn't determine where you spend the afterlife.
Spiritual salvation must be a complex concept because it is practiced by billions and has been in existence for all of known human history. So the idea that I should simply assume the religious tradition that I grew up knowing is the only valid one is a most absurd concept.
You are right!