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Farokh Shahabi Nezhad

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Is there any way to prevent religious debates from turning into a big fight?

People discuss lots of things, politics, sports, anything
But when they discuss religious opinions, most of the time, they get all angry and try to win even with fight.
why is that? why that can't be a normal subject?
and more important, How can we prevent this?

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Closing Statement from Farokh Shahabi Nezhad

Tnx everyone for their replies. I enjoyed learning from different aspect for this problem.

I can only conclude this : Don't argue with someone unless they are open minded and ready to be changed and challenged.

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  • Ross G

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    Feb 14 2013: Speak only the truth, which has been revealed to you, and don't allow yourself to be provoked.

    It is admirable to protect the feelings of the individuals you are in deep conversation with. Truth can wound or it can heal. When you use the truth to deliberately harm, the truth may be removed from your heart. And if you use the truth to heal and edify, you may be entrusted with more.

    Consider Jesus Christ, the Messiah to both Islam and Christendom. Even He and his disciples found themselves in situations where the people became very "passionate". Even with their amazing skill in speech, their delicacy, love, patience, and the miracles; the people still crucified, imprisoned, stoned, beheaded, clubbed, and lanced them.

    It would seem that persecution for our beliefs is part of the territory. First you need to know the truth, then you need the courage to speak it.
    • Feb 17 2013: Ross,

      Your faith is admirable.
      But don't allow yourself to become subject to persecution for holding a personal belief.
      If you find yourself living under the thumb of a monster, move your feet.

      Courage means to be afraid to do something but to go ahead and do it.

      But, Courage does not mean for anyone to be stupid in doing so.
      I apologize, this remark is not directed towards you.

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