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

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.

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.

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.

As a Jew on Thetoptens, I see a lot of mean stuff about Jews and Israel and I really don't like that. There are al lot of haters for no reason. We did no mass genocide, we didn't try to convert any nation to us and I as a Jew never did anything RACIST or RUDE or GREEDY like everybody thinks Jews are. Go watch Inglorious Basterds...

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?

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...

I am a Sikh and I proud to him.

The 5th largest religion.

There is only one God for all and we we all His children (no matter what religion or caste). And he is our best friend. EK Pita Ekas ke hum Badal, tu mera gurhai.

4 Hinduism

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 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.

Hinduism is the most liberal and peaceful religion. That is why it is taken for granted.

5 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.

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.

It's not a bad religion honestly, it's just that many of them are so misinformed about the occult and it's history. The actual religion part is neet though. All the drugs, sex, magic and crazy rituals, it's no wonder people join this religion.

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.

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.

Everything is always blamed. Yet the muslims do it we are still the bad guys. We are just minding our own business when all of a suddenly a suicide bomber jumps in front and kills like 30 people and injures 10. It is not our fault is the muslims fault.Their are bad muslims like Osama Bin Laden and bad christians like racist Donald Trump. But ate least Trump did not kill anyone. And I don't wan't to sound like Trump but it is mostley all the muslims fault. Sorry if I sounded racist but still you do not see any other people from differnt religions countries and cultures doing it. I just hate it when the christians have to take the blame when it was the muslim dude that killed himself by blowing himself up killing a lot of people.

7 Satanism

This "religion" is not misunderstood whatsoever. It is literally the worshipping of the evil Satan. No normal person would ever worship something as evil as Satan. Of course the moment they do they are not humans, they are demons disguised as humans so they can wreak havoc everywhere in the name of Satan. Satanists deserve no love because they are evil like terrorists, murderers, rapists, etc. They deserve to be hated forever because of their love for Satan and hatred towards God. They deserve to be crucified and ostracized forever for their stupid utterly useless belief that Satan is good and God is evil.

Satanism isn't misunderstood, they worship lucifer, the demon responsible for all sins in the world, whether you're a christian or an atheist, you shouldn't respect a person who worships the devil, a lot of them end up being serial killers and rapists.

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.

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.

8 LaVeyan Satanism
9 Voodooism
10 Roman Paganism

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

The Contenders
11 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.

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

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

13 Haitian Vodou

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

14 Scientology

How is this even a religion?

15 Buddhism
16 Seventh-Day Adventist Church
17 Anglicanism
18 Eastern Orthodox
19 Ravidassia Dharam
20 Neo-Paganism
21 New Age
22 Rastafari
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