Top Ten Most Misunderstood Religions

The Top Ten

1 Islam

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

If you are going to hate Islam people because of 911 and bin lain or other bad things that were done in this religion be prepared to hate every culture, and religion because every group evil or good has done something bad, so if you are gonna hate something because of a sin, you mine as well hate yourself because you are apart of a group that has done bad it would take hours for me to list something bad each country and religion has done but you are the same as everyone you are apart of the human race, and almost all sins are done by humans. If we drop racism we can live the desirable life everyone wants.

Those who are true in their way they have to face problems in life and same way Islam is facing problems. Islam is most misunderstood religion because of some violent terrorist who don't know Islam and they are not Muslims. In the name of Islam they do anything they want and people blame Islam for it but in reality they don't have to do anything with Islam. Islam never believe in war but it is a religion of peace. And if Islam is spread by the sword and war then the whole India should be Muslim because Muslims ruled India for many years. Isn't that true?

Bother to read the Qur'an and maybe you'll realise that Islam is not misunderstood. The only 'misunderstanding' of Islam is that it is in any way peaceful. Christianity too has had its dodgy eras in history, but Jesus was fundamentally a peaceful person who preached loving kindness. The first Christians were harmless hippies, persecuted by the Romans. Muhammad was very violent and he wrote a book ordering Muslims to violence. The first Muslims went on killing sprees in Arabia and subdued many nearby tribes, especially Jewish tribes (maybe this is where Muslim anti-Semitism comes from, or maybe it's because the Qur'an calls Jews mutated rats, pigs and apes). Muhammad also had sex with underage girls. I agree that there are nutters in every religion, but in Islam's case the nutter was Muhammad. This is very unfortunate. There are many nice Muslims in the world - I have nothing against Muslims as a people - but Islam is corrupt and violent.

2 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?

Judaism should be number one because of the holocaust.

3 Sikhism

There is no discrimanation between a boy and a girl and also the gurwara is open for all casts and religions. Also Sikh follow the concept of giving and forgiving...

God is only one love each other

The 5th largest religion.

I love your daughter.

4 Wicca

Your religion isn't misunderstood, it's just a bunch teenage feminists, going through some faze, who like to pretend that they're "witches". No offense, but you guys are the laughing stock of the occult. The most knowledge of the occult you have comes from Disney movies. Also, satanism​ is not devil worship, try reading up on the occult outside from your feminist man-hating group talk. Lastly, anyone who sticks with Wicca either becomes some over weight feminist hippy, or a sex maniac male. A word of advice: do some real research into magic and if you're going to spell magic with a k at the end, at least know why you're doing it.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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

People don't even read Vedas, Bhagawat Gita, and talks about Hinduism, I feel pity on them.. Hehehe..

Sati system and Caste is nothing to do with Hinduism, its british who divided everyone and tried to ruin this way of life.. But west is now understanding the truth.

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.

6 Christianity

Christianity is very misunderstood. We are viewed as overprotective, past-loving, stuck ups who try to force our beliefs on others. If someone who has claimed to be a Christian has done this they are not real Christian. We don’t believe in abortion because we believe life is a gift and we don’t believe in homosexuality because we believe in being happy with who you were born to be and how god created you.

Our beliefs are based on love. Jesus died on a cross so we could live. And think about it, would Jesus really die on a cross for no reason?

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".

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.

7 Satanism

Everyone gets satanism all wrong. The Church of Satan for over looking some things in history, Christians for not doing any research outside of their churches, wiccans for not doing any real research into the occult and atheists for getting their information from Mr Pickles. During the Inquisition, the Christians called people who question their beliefs satanists. People who didn't worship their Christian God were called devil worshippers. There was no one literally worshipping Satan at the time. How LaVey thought it meant being a selfish sociopath is beyond me.

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.

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.

A true Satanist does believe in Satan but Satan did not force us to worship him and which is why we have Satanism and Satan Worshipping. Satanism is about you being your own god but with only logical standards to it, not stuff that is over your limit and there are different types of Satanism. Spiritual, Theistic and Atheistic. Satanism is not evil, look it up.

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

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

This is a business not a religion

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

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!

9 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.

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

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.

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.

10 Haitian Vodou

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

The Contenders

11 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

12 Seventh-Day Adventist Church

This one ooh,.

13 LaVeyan Satanism
14 Anglicanism
15 Ravidassia Dharam
16 Buddhism

I don't think that this is misunderstood

17 Voodooism
18 Neo-Paganism
19 Roman Paganism

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

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