The Silver Rule: Respect the sincerity of people with different religious beliefs, as long as they believe in the Golden Rule.
Many people sincerely believe that their beliefs are the only true ones. Most religious folks believe that God is the final judge. Therefore, let God be the judge of those that do not believe as you do.
Denise - the Silver Rule is stated in the first sentence which is simply to be tolerant of the religious, spiritual beliefs and choices of others - this includes the choice to be atheist. I would like to suggest that you do not get hung up that the explanation of the rule set forth in the following 2 sentences uses the word God. The suggestion to "let God be the judge of those that do not believe as you do" means simply to be tolerant and not to persecute or to take personal action against others based on them having different religious beliefs than yours. I understand it may be sometimes difficult to be athiest living in a world where many people do believe in some sort of "God" ...I would ask that you do not take it personal if an example is set forth using the name of God- especially in this case... please just look for the deeper intended message which is not to persecute others for their personal religious belief. DUO welcomes all who respect others.
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Religious strife is wrong.
The second rule was written because of the tremendous animosity between and within religions. This animosity makes no sense. For the most part beliefs are passed on by family and community. Folks should be judged by their actions, not by their religious convictions. I love DUO folks from all religions and philosophies—those that standup for human rights and world peace, and especially those that follow the DUO personal goals.
Welcome to the group and to the site, Patrick.
"Most religious folks believe that God is the final judge. Therefore, let God be the judge of those that do not believe as you do."
I'm not religous, I'm my own religion.
This is how I explain the second rule.
Let their God be the judge. I will not hurt anyone with words or deeds. I will let everyone in his/hers value.
ps: I'm just trying to understand how one can feel comfortable by a judgement on one bij a God one doesn't believe in.
This post was modified from its original form on 27 Jul, 23:57
I'm new. I have a problem with the second rule. How can one agree with the second rule if one is an atheist?
I understand it is difficult to make up a rule that everyone can agree to, but still this is my question.
Estive a ler e gostei do que escreve, entrei no WodPress e li textos muito interessantes com o qual me identifico....
Tudo de bom para si.
Aproveito para lhe desejar um feliz Ano Novo!!! fique bem
Thanks Again for the invite Gary. I am new to Care2 and it was very cool to see that my Care2 page is getting the right kind of attention right away. The basic concept of DUO is just perfect and I was raised hearing it quite often. Not sure if it is socially acceptable to shamelessly promote my own cause so, I won't. Anyway Hello Everyone.
This post was modified from its original form on 30 Dec, 10:06