Thank you for your interesting question. Within the context of this faith focused blog I assume that you are asking about the fighting and the argumentation that is frequently related to our religious beliefs.
While fighting and arguing happens regularly about what we believe, I do not think that it is necessary to fight and argue about our beliefs. It is reasonable to expect that most topics including faith issues can be resolved through negotiated and peaceful discussion.
- Is arguing the only way that you will be heard?
- By arguing are you trying to convince yourself that you are right?
- Does arguing prevent you from listening to others? What are you afraid to hear?
- Is arguing a way of life?
- Do you feel threatened by others and argue to protect yourself?
- Does arguing get you noticed or win you admiration?
With this question it is important to differentiate between a polite debate and a venomous fight. There can be a value to a good lively debate about matters of faith within a respectful environment. Such a debate is likely to ignite healthy discussion, ask searching questions and clarify and inform about matters of spirituality and religious belief.
Damages Done Already
Beyond the polite and enlightening debate arguments about belief may also become irritating, humuliating, annoying, dangerous and intolerable. Among neighbours, friends and within families religious beliefs can cause great hurt, disownment and division. We have witnessed centuries of war and bloodshed among Christians. We continue to see the naked face of hostility and hatred among members of organised religions on the global stage.
- The consequences of continuous arguing about beliefs can be very damaging.
- This kind of ongoing argumentative behaviour can create confusion, doubt, fear and insecurity.
We have a right and an obligation to protect ourselves from anything that is damaging and intrusive on the goodness of our precious lives.
What’s Behind the Fight?
There can be some significance related to our fighting. Arguing or fighting about our beliefs can often be an indication of our need to communicate something that is close to our heart. It may also suggest that we feel that we will not be heard unless we fight. Sometimes our fights may hold very valuable information which we can use to advance our personal development and enhance our beliefs. It may be worth observing the pattern of who we fight with, how often and why the fight begins. Some of the questions below may help!
Reflective Questions about Fighting for our Faith !
- Do you feel you are in control if you continue to argue?
- Will arguing keep others away from you?
- Is arguing a sign that you are just angry at the other person or with some other issue?
- Are you using religious issues to fight over power, history, and cultural hatred?
Does your God really want you to argue and fight about what you believe in? (Written by Fr Ben Hughes)There was a man who fought without violence but was killed violently, Jesus Christ. Let the gentle presence of Jesus conquer many hearts with love.
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Tomorrow’s topic: ‘How do we know that there is God?’