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Why do the believers believe in only one religion?

Do the believers estimate that their religion is truer than that of the others, but what proves to them that it is true?
If they had been born in buddhist country, they would be buddhist. Conversely, if they had been born in christian country, they would be christian.
Thus why do they believe only in only one religion?? (to make simple)

Topics: world religions

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  • Jun 6 2011: Religion has 2 important components: individual and political.

    People will answer all kinds of things about the truth about their religion in its individual aspects, and they can never be wrong about that part. That they're born into it is just fine and natural, and as such it can be very "true" to them. There's no problem with any of that part. In the internal and spiritual realm, there's nothing wrong with religion and the common truths about it are not too important.

    The political side of religion is the dangerous and problematic one. Religion has since its inception been used to rally, motivate, pacify, vilify, etc. groups of people in order to meet the aims of those who hold some power and wish to wield more. All of those niggling denominations and factions within religion were created in power struggles between two political rivals attempting to secure or increase their influence or power.

    To answer your question, skilled users of the political side of religion talk about religion from its personal aspects in order to make people identify with it strongly and remain relatively ignorant of the political goals they're actually working out. So for example they will point to the statements of a heretic and inflame personal feelings of indignation against personal deeply held beliefs which those believers need to be true in order for the religion-laced story of their lives to persist meaningfully. In this way, gaps are created between groups, and the indignation can be used to exert pressure against the declared heretics. The more skilled the politician (or despot) at making these personal beliefs result in more intense actions in their favor, the more power he wields, and that niggling distinction he made to effect his will becomes an enshrined belief (denom, religion) among those who did his will.

    This last step, the solidification of the issue as a deep belief happens because the used individuals must cling to it to justify their own inhumane actions.

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