Religion and Ethnic Diversity Essay

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Religion and Ethnic Diversity Alicia Patton AAGG1AYHY6 February 14, 2014 Vanessa Lee Religion and Ethnic Diversity Both religion and ethnic diversity have long been controversial and varied. Many choices exist for both, though religion is usually a choice, not a birthright. Though members of both embrace this as heritage, only religion is changeable. Some may take this to mean that ethnicity is more sacred than religion. However, most people do not. A person’s ethnicity can be defined as “who they are”. A religion can be defined as “what one does”. No one can change how one is born. Since choice remains with religion, many see it as more valuable. Most religions are simply different interpretations of a single text. Most of these texts are ancient and written in dead languages. It is no wonder that the message appears in different ways to different people. The most common of these texts remains the Bible. Religions based on the Bible include Catholics, Baptists, Protestants, Pentecostals and Jehovah’s Witnesses, among others. Jehovah’s Witnesses are perhaps the most misunderstood religions in this group. Many people see them as separate from the Bible and perhaps even a cult. In reality, they strive to emulate the lives of the first century apostles. In so doing, they often take the Bible at its word, instead of an interpretation, and make less effort than most to bend these teachings to modern day living. However, they are not opposed to science, medicine or technology. A simple reason for this is that such topics do not often appear in the Bible. Still, the teachings from that period that they can apply to their daily lives hold great importance. For instance, they do not go to war. This is because of Jesus’s teaching to live by the sword is to die by the sword. They do not oppose the military, but neither do they vote, sing any

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