There is an old saying that if a man only has one watch he knows the time. If he owns two watches he is never sure. This saying seems to have particular significance when it comes to faith.
For the most part people stay with the faith into which they were born. In general terms the world of faith followers may be approximately divided into the main religions with Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism – each having a significant share.
But this is to gloss over the exclusive understanding of all the sub groups. For example both Christianity and Islam are particularly noted for what might loosely be called denominational differences. Thus the followers of Catholicism in Christianity, and the followers of the Sunni branch of Islam might well be the most numerous in their respective faiths but there is little sign that they value the watch of their fellow members in the other faith branches. Baptists do not generally accept Catholics or Mormons as having the truth (and vice versa) any more than the Sunni accept the Shia or Sufi as having the truth (and vice versa).
The question then becomes should we assume that each one of us is certain to tell the correct time without reference to the others watch? Your thoughts please.
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