18 Religious Facts People Get Wrong All the Time

SharePinEmailReligions have existed since the dawn of time. But many people link religion with confusion, fear, and misconceptions. Here’s 18 facts about religion that most people misunderstand. Conflict With Science Many people think that there is a conflict between religion and science, with zero possibility of finding any common ground. But there are many occasions…

Religions have existed since the dawn of time. But many people link religion with confusion, fear, and misconceptions. Here’s 18 facts about religion that most people misunderstand.

Conflict With Science

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Many people think that there is a conflict between religion and science, with zero possibility of finding any common ground. But there are many occasions when you can find agreements between religion and science. Key examples are the Biblical references to cleanliness and hygiene.

Psalms 5:7: “Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.”

Ezekiel 36:25: “I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols.”

Religions Promote Violence

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Some people cherry-pick excerpts from religious texts to claim that religions promote violence. But the issue of violence is more complex as different Biblical quotes are contradictory. The Ten Commandments prohibit killing someone, while the Proverbs state that avoiding violence is the honorable action to take

Proverbs 20:3: “Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor; only fools insist on quarreling.”

All Religions Believe the Same Things

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If you’re non-religious, you might falsely believe that all religions believe in the same God and practices. Christians believe that Jesus Christ was the Son of God, following His teachings in the New Testament as well as the scriptures in the Old Testament. Jews follow the Old Testament but this is one of five books that make up the Torah. Muslims follow The Quran and believe that Jesus was a prophet but that Muhammad was the last prophet.

Buddhists Are Atheists

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Buddhists do not focus their attention on a creator God and so are often accused of being atheist. But instead, Buddhists consider a vast variety of spiritual beings and a selection of deities and the four noble truths. They believe that human life is a cycle. The cycle of suffering and rebirth continues forever until you reach a state of enlightenment, also known as Nirvana. Once Nirvana has been reached, it is possible to escape the cycle.

Islam Promotes Extremism

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Since the beginning of the 21st century, sections of society have believed that Islam as a religion promotes extremism and terrorism. But this is completely misguided and discriminatory. Quran 5:32 explains that killing one person is the equivalent of killing mankind, whereas saving one person is the same as saving mankind.

Quran 5:32: “Whoever kills a soul unless a soul or for corruption (done) in the land – it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one – it is as if he had saved mankind entirely.”

Hinduism Worship Idols

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You might believe that Hindus worship idols, but they actually use statues and images to help them think about God. This helps them with their worship.

Agnostics Are Atheists

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A widely believed falsehood is that agnostics and atheists are the same. But an atheist believes in no God, whereas an agnostic believes that we do not know whether God exists but that there is something out there that we need to find out about.

Christians Disagree With Evolution

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Many people think that all Christians disagree with evolution, and this is true if they think that the creation stories in the Book of Genesis physically happened. But many Christians actually believe that the creation stories were symbolic, with some completely agreeing with evolution.

Hindus Worship Many Gods

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It is a popular misunderstanding that Hindus worship numerous Gods. But this is not true. Hindus believe in Brahman, one supreme reality that then manifests itself in many different forms or deities.  

Religions Are Static

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It is a common belief that religions never change and are completely static. But that’s not true. Over time, all religions have evolved and have been influenced by changing societies as well as scientific developments and cultures.

Religions Are Against Equality

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You might think that religions are against equality, particularly gender equality. But many religions and their denominations actively promote activities that encourage and promote gender equality.

Atheists Are Sinners

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Some religious people genuinely believe that atheists are sinners and lead immoral lives. But people who do not believe in God can still possess ethical principles and follow a moral framework.

Religions Are Patriarchal

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Traditionally, religions are patriarchal and are led by male leaders. But today, many religious denominations actively involve powerful roles for females in their structures.

Religious Texts Are Literal

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Many people think that religious people take the stories in religious texts literally, including the stories of miracles. But most religious people understand that religious texts are metaphorical and should be considered in the historical context of the time they were written.

Religion Causes War

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Throughout history, religion has been blamed for causing wars. But the truth is that politics is the main cause of war, along with other economic and social factors.

All Christian Denominations Are the Same

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Christians are considered globally as one religious group, but Christianity consists of many denominations. Roman Catholics have seven sacraments but Anglicans only have two sacraments. These are baptism and the Eucharist. Additionally, women can be ordained as priests in the Anglican church but not in the Roman Catholic church. Alternatively, Lutherans follow the Two Kingdom Doctrine, believing that God created the temporal kingdom and the spiritual kingdom.

All Religions Believe In the Same Afterlife

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The concept of Heaven and Hell differ depending on the religion you follow. But most religions believe in an afterlife of some sort. Buddhists are slightly different as they believe in a cycle of suffering and rebirth, only escaping the cycle when you reach enlightenment. 

Christianity Is the Main Religion

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With over 2.4 billion followers, Christianity has the most followers. But this does not make Christianity the main religion. All religions are equal and important to each follower and believer.

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