General Question

mcsnazzy's avatar

Where do I end up in their religious belief?

Asked by mcsnazzy (426 points ) February 10th, 2014

I has a discussion today with my Muslim friend. I’m a Catholic and I was wondering something. Since they believe that pork is bad and eating it is something that can get you sent to hell, then do they believe that I will be sent to hell for it? I guess I’m wondering if their rules extend to to others that aren’t their religion. Am i considered a sinner to them or is it just the people in their religion that eat pork who are condemned?

Observing members: 0 Composing members: 0

12 Answers

Mandeblind's avatar

I would say so, yes. But I don’t think they think too much to it. Muslims are very generous and understanding people in general of course depending on how much religious they are. I was raised in a muslim country and now I am in the US, but I don’t eat pork not because it is a sin (im an atheist) but because pork eat their own shit and it just sounds gross to me. ^^

Cruiser's avatar

I am not going to tell you how to approach other religions. But once you start comparing your religious beliefs to other religions beliefs and more specifically how other people approach their religious beliefs you fall down a rabbit hole of conflicts there is no bottom to. I choose to view the similarities of other religions to my core spiritual beliefs and find comfort in there is a lot of common ground we all share.

thorninmud's avatar

My understanding of Islam’s position toward non-Muslims is that God will accept faithful followers of other religions “of the Book” (i.e. Christians and Jews) as long as they have not had occasion to understand and reject Islam. So a pork-eating faithful Christian who died without really understanding Islam would not go to hell.

Vincentt's avatar

It’s similar to how there are Catholics that believe that if you’re not a believer (or at least not part of that specific religion) that you’ll get sent to hell – how about the baby that died at birth, or that guy in this remote civilization, who never got to hear about those religions?

The point being that your friend might not actually believe you will go to hell. Or if he does, that he respects that it’s your choice.

Or you might be wondering: “what if he’s right?” I’ve no answer to that, really, except that it’s kind of inherent in religious belief in general, and you might want to check some of your assumptions.

Response moderated (Unhelpful)
Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

Since they believe that pork is bad and eating it is something that can get you sent to hell, then do they believe that I will be sent to hell for it?
That is the operative word, they believe. If they believe in God, then they should know what God said.

Matthew 15:10, 11
10 After Jesus called the crowd to Him, He said to them, “Hear and understand. 11 It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man.”*

Acts 10:10–15
10 But he became hungry and was desiring to eat; but while they were making preparations, he fell into a trance; 11 and he saw the sky opened up, and an object like a great sheet coming down, lowered by four corners to the ground, 12 and there were in it all kinds of four-footed animals and crawling creatures of the earth and birds of the air. 13 A voice came to him, “Get up, Peter, kill and eat!”14 But Peter said, “By no means, Lord, for I have never eaten anything unholy and unclean.” 15 Again a voice came to him a second time, “What God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy.”*

I guess I’m wondering if their rules extend to to others that aren’t their religion.
I can’t say, I am not into religions, but those of us with a relationship with God, can eat anything we want, because God had ordained that all living creatures on the face of the planet is fair game for man to eat; which means if I were in an area I can eat dogs, cats, and horses, it would be no different than cows, chickens, fish and deer.

Am i considered a sinner to them or is it just the people in their religion that eat pork who are condemned?
You would be considered a sinner to them, same as I, but for more reasons than eating pork. There are some Jewish sects that still do not eat pork, but they are no closer to being embraced by the Muslims.

flo's avatar

Religion wastes so much time. Your friends and other theists are probably not as ridiculous and cruel as parts of their respective religous books.

kritiper's avatar

Yes, if they can’t eat pork and you did then you would be headed to hell in their opinion.

Darth_Algar's avatar

@Hypocrisy_Central

And, of course, your fable is the one and only correct one and all others are false.

Buttonstc's avatar

There are different types of Muslims. Some are mostly just culturally Muslim because that’s what is prevalent in the area they grew up in. They don’t get all bent out of shape over the extremely strict interpretations of the fanatics (the fanatics being he type who fly planes into buildings and don’t care how many innocents are killed.)

The fanatics are the ones whose position is that anyone who doesn’t interpret everything as strictly as they do is an infidel. And that includes other Muslims as well.

In all likelihood your friend is the normal type rather than the fanatical type and doesn’t spend excessive amounts of time consigning people to hell.

JLeslie's avatar

As a Christian do you think he will go to hell for not accepting Jesus as his savior? I know many Catholics don’t really think this way, but the religion basically does say this. So, essentially you both are in the same boat with each other.

@thorninmud I’ve never heard that before, that makes sense. Does Christianity have the same loophole? I never could wrap my head around people who believe a Chinese farmer living a life of integrity with his family and community 100 years ago, who never heard of Jesus, would be blocked from heaven for not believing.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@Darth_Algar And, of course, your fable is the one and only correct one and all others are false.
101011001001011101010110101010101010100111010100111010100010101010
1101010101011011010101101010101011010101010101010101011011011010101
010100000101010100101010101010101000

Which is why you can believe whatever you please, God bless you and have a nice day.

Answer this question

Login

or

Join

to answer.

This question is in the General Section. Responses must be helpful and on-topic.

Your answer will be saved while you login or join.

Have a question? Ask Fluther!

What do you know more about?
or
Knowledge Networking @ Fluther