Top Ten Most Misunderstood Religions

The Top Ten

1 Islam

Ok so there are extremists in every religion and every religion has its time in the limelight for being 'violent' and I guess its out turn. The media play it big time! We are not a violent, hating religion. if it was then I would not call myself Muslim. so many things are misunderstood, the basic principles is belief in Allah, giving money to charity, fasting and praying and pilgrimage if you can. we are told to speak to people kindly and it is forbidden for us to back bite and speak badly of people behind their backs. we are told to take care of the elderly and be good to our parents, we must not steal, lie or cheat anyone out of their money. this is our religion, we need to all learn to start opening our eyes and respect one another as human beings. I have many friends from different religions and we all realise the similarities between us all, we all follow the same preaching: peace for everyone. Salam alaykum.

Those terrorists who call themselves Muslims, they're not even real Muslims! They're nothing more than politically-motivated savages with an over-developed sense of masculine pride with no respect for women! - AlexTopTens

A lot of people misunderstand Islam but they really need to know the true meaning. We are really peaceful I really blame Muslims with giant egos for his E. G osama bin laden and Muslims who consider themselves better than everyone else etc. So maybe we all can live peacefully for a change, I mean come on its 2013! PEACE

A large amount of the Christians are writing about how Islam is misunderstood by its own people, Muslims. Only terrorists who aren't true Muslims misunderstand what Islam is really about. It's about peace, love and forgiveness. People in Western countries killed Muslims after 9/11. So don't tell me that Islam is only misunderstood by Muslims. It's COMPLETELY misunderstood by millions of other people.

Tit for tat. Let this thread be a loving one where we share good Islamic teachings and the rich history of Islam. Let it be a slap on the faces of the thread on worst religions. I encourage you all to read about Muslim Spain and the immense goodness that has come from Muslim rule, where Jews and Christians were treated like brothers and allowed to govern and carry out important responsibilities in society. I dream of that kinda society today. Islam is an ideal way of living, and I understand people have pressing questions about certain things but why not go about learning, finding out why all those Moose limbs say Islam is peaceful and the one true faith? No wonder the first word revealed in Islam was Read

2 Satanism

By far the most misunderstood and not very well protected under religious freedom either. I will never be open about my beliefs at my place of employment. Way too much of a risk because will assume I am a hateful evil person.

They don't believe in a literal Satan and it's pretty much a religion that likes to make fun or nut heads.

I think that may people believe all Satanist's to be evil, but I think that at least some of them are just misunderstood. I am a writer and my yet-to-be-written story "How to Hold a Satanist's Heart" will probably hold the moral about not judging a book by its cover, and that not all Satanists are bad, very much in its own heart (please take note of the pun here).

I sometimes find it hard to believe this is an actual religion, with it's similarity to athiesm. Really, a lot of Satanists don't actually believe in Lucifer, let alone worship him, that's just fluffing bullshleez. It's simply a belief of not letting yourself get brainwashed by the majority or authority, focusing more on yourself than society (within reason of course) While I am an atheist, a lot of this applies to me personally.

3 Christianity

So true! There are many stereotypes about Christians such as we are homophobes! Some even called our practices "bulls*&!@" and somebody even said the Bible's not realistic! Look at other religions, would you say they are not realistic? They think we hate dark stuff and aethists! We are targeted, and if you think Christians kill Muslims the most, just look at the Islamic terrorist organizations (I do understand how misunderstood Islam is). Please respect our beliefs and this religion. I cannot thank whoever added this enough.

There are lots of groups and people that gave Christianity a bad image when all it's supposed to be is a peaceful religion that accepts non believers and non followers. Other than that, there are people saying that we believe in fairy tales and stuff like that. Please don't. We are allowed to believe in what you consider "unrealistic" or "a fairy tale".

Repent for the kingdom of heaven is near. He who reads this woulda should take this to heart for Jesus is coming soon

Oh yea lets pigeonhole all the real Christians with the Fundamentalists ones. I mean they are all the same right? Every single Christian is waiting for the Rapture, reads Chick Tracts (Including the "Lisa" one)

Every single Christian agrees with Ken Ham, is a creationist. They all went to the creationist museum and ark encounters.

Every Christian believes magic, homosexuality, abortion, halloween is evil don't they?

Christians in the past did terrible things but that's the past, and yes we have fundamentalists but you think every single one of them is a fundamentalist.

4 Wicca

First of all; Wicca is not a religion. A Wicca is Pagan, but not all Pagans are Wicca.
Wicca is mostly misunderstood because it violets the Christianity's Magick prohibition terms. As being a Wicca, I have experienced that it does no harm, it has nothing to do with Satan, it is not bad at all. Wiccans practice white magic as you all know, we have a motive which goes like "An he harm none, do ye will (Since I am Scottish and I heard this accented motive in covens, I have no idea what is the explicit one)". The motive itself is self-explanatory.

Wicca is a sense of being in tune with yourself, your mind, and everything around you. It's earth based. It's not us worshipping Satan or us being in a cult like so many people say. And I can promise that we're not bad people.

Wiccans are so misunderstood. People are ill-informed about us, and make up myths about us that are not true. They just like to say how so very terrible we are, being devil worshippers. (Which isn't true, Satanists are. ) Honestly I can't stand that. Wicca has good meaning, it teaches us to respect nature and all that is in it. How is that so terrible?

Its new Paganism isn't it? Paganism was banned by churches in past times, it was churches jealousy that banned it.

5 Hindusim

People judge Hinduism bad, because of some fake Sadhus, who think they are god. But I think they should judge religion by it's teaching, holy books, and gods. In this things Hinduism is always no. 1, and always will be. There is no fear and depress in Hinduism as in Islam and Christianity about Hell or Heaven. Hinduism is only true religion, because it people doesn't force other people to be in their religion as Islam and Christian do by showing them fear. People also think how can Hindu have thousands of god. And answer is because we believe that god have many avatars. We believe god is only one, but he have many forms and avatars. So we have god or goddess of Knowledge, water, fire, air, earth. Veda and Geeta have the best path of teaching than other holy books like Bible and Quran. Hinduism is most peaceful-best religion on this earth ever.

Many think Hinduism is full of rituals but in fact rituals are optional in it and devotion is more important

Peaople hinduism with cow, elephants, rituals etc. But the truth is that these are the symbols which are used in hindusim to explain human attitude and improve it towards purity and god.

People always picturize it like it has many rituals, many stupid things, killing of animals/ birds for Gods, old age stupid rituals etc
Sorry folks these are characteristics of Vodoo religion, not Hinduism
But dears, while criticizing it for the things which are not there in Hinduism you always forget that it is nothing but a science itself, if you don't belive them search for vedic science and other sciences are also there in Hinduism including almost everything and every aspect of our life in scientific language in sanskrit, which is the ONLY CONTEXT FREE LANGUAGE IN THE WORLD till date.
There is a big list of sciences included in it.. just in short they cover everything right from your birth to the death and after death life, new birth, reincarnation, universal truth by meditation, yogas, surgeries, astronomy, geology, space travel atc

6 Judaism

They have many haters because they're saying about themselves that they are the chosen ones. And many of them truly believe that as a fact. Does that make them superior, special or what? It's like saying that of all humans living on this world they are better. They should stop thinking and saying that about themselves because that's the kind of attitude why many people hates Jews.

Jews do not believe they are superior to others. Jews believe they are A chosen people, not THE chosen people. Judaism has many lovely concepts and it has a long history of philosophical debate, questioning, interpretation and creativity. Unlike many others, it is not a fundamentalist religion.

Everybody criticizes the Jews for no reason what did they do?

I don't like it when people make fun of this religion.

7 Roman Catholic

I am a Catholic and I do believe this is a very hard religion to understand for two reasons. 1) WE DO NOT WORSHIP MARY! Mary is the Mother of God; therefore, she deserves love and respect. We pray to her and ask for her guidance in times of trouble. 2) we do not hate homosexuals. I think that it is 100% to be part of the LGBT Communtiy. Love is love no matter what. It's just bad to have sex with someone of the same gender because HIV was passed through men having sex with other men. Also, God wouldn't make a bunch of homosexuals just so that they could go to hell.

I hear all this stuff about how they hate homosexuals but not everyone in that religion is a homophobic person. some actually tolerate me but say I am going to hell anyway. I feel like it is misunderstood for a reason.

People just judge based on what they hear about this, what they think is a completely differrent story from what goes on in the catholic church. Trust me I used to judge it negatively but after actually becoming part of the church, I began to understand.. So don't judge before you actually know something

We don't hate the people who are homosexual, we hate what they do. I should know from being a past homosexual-Catholic myself. It's quite hard and insulting but you can get through it.

8 Sikhism

God is only one love each other

In Sikhism we believe in equality and don't differentiate between girls and boys we also are the most scientifically religion as we are the newest and have no place for superstitions

The 5th largest religion.

I am a Sikh and I proud to him.

9 Mormons (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints)

Youd don't know how many times I've been asked,"how many moms do you have? SERIOUSLY WE haven't HAD A CASE OF POLYGAMY SINCE THE 1800'S!

No chocolate, cars, technology... Were Mormons not Amish.

This church is picked on because of its past relations to the FLDS part of the church and so is given a bad name when very few people in the religion actually practise their ways

This is a business not a religion

10 Scientology

How is this even a religion?

I'm christian and I understand Islam a bit but number 3 is deffinitally my most misunderstood religion

The Contenders

11 Haitian Vodou

Jeez, nearly everyone nowadays thinks Vodou is devil worship or something like that due to crappy Hollywood movies.

12 Seventh-Day Adventist Church

This one ooh,.

13 Anglicanism
14 Ravidassia Dharam
15 LaVeyan Satanism
16 Buddhism

I don't think that this is misunderstood

best one

17 Neo-Paganism
18 Voodooism
19 Roman Paganism

Who invented Christmas... but was originally called Saturnalia in honour of Saturn.

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