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Essay on “Discouraging Religious Conversions” Complete Essay for Class 9, Class 10, Class 12 and Graduation and other classes.

Discouraging Religious Conversions

 

Conversion in any form is the destruction of the culture of a community and a nation. Conversion of Hindus in India to Islam and Christianity is the cruel destruction of the culture of India. Christianity and Islam are the two great religions of this world. True that everyone should have the right to convince someone else about his beliefs and ideas. True that there is nothing wrong for a Moslem or a Christian to tell a poor Hindu all about his beliefs. We need free flow of thoughts during this age of confusion and conflicts. Unluckily, missionaries inject lies about Hinduism when they preach about their religion. They falsify the facts and figures documented in the world history. They prey upon the “poor and sick” of India.

What a paradox! One is not even allowed to carry a copy of the Holy Bible in Saudi Arabia; One is not allowed to convert a Jew into any other religion is Israel; One is not allowed to convert a Muslim to any other religion in Malaysia, Pakistan, Jordan and even Turkey; but in India, everyone is allowed to convert any Hindu into any other religion forcefully or otherwise.

Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya’s first elected Prime Minister (1963-1964) and President (1964-1978) said: “When the missionaries arrived, the Africans had the land and the missionaries had the Bible. They taught us to pray with our eyes closed. When we opened them, they had the land and we had the Bible.” Hope and pray that this will not happen to India.

Most of the conversions in India are rice converts, people converting to other religions so that they can have free food. Hindus do not have the bank balance Moslems and Christians have. As such nobody is discussing every aspect of Hinduism in a market place. It is a shame that claims of Christians and Moslems, about the superiority of their religions, are going unchallenged through out the world. Like all other religions and cultures in the world, Hinduism has the good, the bad and the ugly aspects in it. Caste system is a disgrace and it is a curse on Hinduism. It only brought misery to India. The humiliation lower castes face in India everyday is deplorable and it must be completely eradicated. If we study world history, we will see that the whole idea of conversion does not make any sense at all. History shows slow development in thinking process of men. Even though every religion claim that Almighty God wrote their scriptures, it was men who wrote all scriptures. Nobody has the monopoly on God or truth. Those things are universal.First Man was a nomad and this nomad man settled on the banks of rivers of the world. First thing man did after settling is agriculture. When man started cultivation, he had problems with nature. So he worshiped all natural powers like Sun, Moon, rain, thunder, serpent etc as gods. Then finally man started worshiping one and only God instead of many. Hindus and Jews worshiped many gods. When man settled on banks of rivers, for the proper functioning of society, he made many laws and regulations such as Manu Smriti in Hinduism and Ten Commandments in Judaism. So first man started cultures all over the world near riverbanks. Then out of these cultures came organized religions. Hinduism and Judaism are two ancient cultures and all organized religions of the world today came from those two “mother cultures”. Islam, Christianity, Bahaism etc came from Judaism. Holy Koran mentions the name of Jesus Christ many times in its chapters. Buddhism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism and to some extent Jainism came from Hinduism. Everything that is coming from the west has its roots in Judaism like the Ethics and morality segments of Islam & Christianity.

Similarly, everything you see in the East has its origins in Hinduism. Believe it or not, even the rituals in Christianity that people in the east follow has close resemblance with Hindu rituals. Similarly, in the Hindu scriptures one is studying about the culture of India, the culture of the people who gave up their nomad life style and settled on the banks of the rivers such as Ganges, Brahmaputra, Godavari, Indus etc. The point is that all cultures in the world are the result of “slowly developed thought process in the man” and organized religions came from those cultures. Nobody has the answer even for a question like “whether there is a God or not or are we speculating?” Nobody has monopoly on God or truth. God and truth are universal. Nobody can describe what God is! As such we have to and we should respect each other’s beliefs, since nobody can prove or disapprove any one’s belief.

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