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Criticisms of Sikhism
Recently, during a conversation my friend (sikh) had ith a pakistani muslim, an agrument was started about each others religion.
Now, as much as I wanted to jump in, I sat by and said nothing. Interested to hear a sikh persons defense of Sikhi, I listened to both arguments. Now, the conclusion they both came to, is that they are different religions, from different thoughts.
However, I was really disappointed with my friends defense of the critcisms that this muslim man made.
Therefore, I want to hear peoples defense of the critisms of sikhism, as explained by sikhs, and I am interested to hear your defenses.
By no way do I support these critisms obviously, and I know the right answers to all of these, but I am itnerested to hear to answers of the sikhi youth:
First off, the man claimed that Sikhi is a man made religion. Claiming that it is an enlarged cult that is just an offspring of Vedic religions. Claimed that, Sikhism in accordance to its own text, the origin has no real connection to god, and that people in human form came spread the word of god, similar to many cult leaders would. The word that they spread is too similar to other religions from that region, and that the differences those between the religions, could be the word of those in human form (our Guru`s) and not that of God. He claimed, it was a man made religion, and with a wide enough following, it could happen again. He claimed that Islam has known prophets and known decendents from god.
An important point of his was that they both require of leap of faith. Meaning, that in Islam they believe that they were prophets. In sikhi, we believe that our Guru`s were messangers, however, he claims that difference is that our Prophets were decendents from God, and sikhi claims that the Guru`s arent technically decendants of god, according to the sikhi text.
Now, he did argue this is a calm manner, so I didnt get upset, only at his content was I upset at. His argument is problematic in some fronts, but understandable to the common non-sikh. Im interested to hear, sikhs or any vedics would say to him...
DISCUSSING WHAT PEOPLE PERCIEVE AS WEAKNESSES IN OUR RELIGON WILL ONLY MAKE US STRONGER. IT WILL EDUCATE THE FEW, AND FURTHERMORE, IT WILL PROVIDE US WITH MORE TO SAY THE NEXT TIME IGNORANCE IS PASSED FORTH.