In Christianity, the general atmosphere is "Heretics and members of other religions are all completely wrong, and they are all going to Hell unless they repent and accept the Truth as we define it". As such I find that Christians are very hostile and antagonistic towards other faiths. (Lest anyone think that I'm blasting Christianity, I am Christian myself and am engaging in self-criticism). Eg if you mention Hinduism to a Christian, they'll likely respond with something like "They are polytheists! Polytheism is strongly condemned in the bible! Have nothing to do with Hindus or Hinduism unless you are trying to evangelise them."

Once I went on a short-term Christian mission trip to China, and most of the members of the team were very pessimistic about the native Chinese religion. Again, polytheism was a prominent feature of the local religion and the attitude of the team towards this was total condemnation, disapproval and even sadness because "those people are probably going to Hell unless they accept Christ and renounce their polytheistic ways".

I'm curious what the Jewish attitude is in this respect? I get the impression that Jews sorta just take the attitude "This is what we believe, that is what they believe. We aren't concerned with what other groups believe. They can believe whatever they want as long as they leave us alone to practice our Judaism in peace. If they follow the 7 Noahide laws then that's great! But in general we don't concern ourselves with gentile religions."

I feel like this is the case because I've heard that there are really good relations between Israel and India, and that there is a very old community of Jews living in India who have been there for ages, and that they have never been persecuted. I suspect that none of this would be possible if Jews were constantly picking fights with the Hindus on account of their polytheism.

It seems that Jews just keep to themselves and try to live devout lives without going out of their way to condemn other religions.

So for my actual question: What is the Jewish attitude towards other religions? For a concrete example, how do Jews react to the Christian doctrine of the Trinity? Do Jews generally find Christianity and the Trinity deeply offensive? Or do you just laugh it off and go "those poor Christians get it so so wrong".

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    Your specific example is one itself of contention (whether the Trinity is "natively" polytheism for christians), but the question is an interesting, if broad, one. Generally, Judaism doesn't prescribe to the concept of "eternal damnation," and there are undisputed statements in our tradition that the righteous non-Jews also receive a place in heaven/paradise/whatever term you wish to use. Feb 13, 2017 at 13:36
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    While living under an establish Jewish religious rule/monarchy within the borders of the land of Israel, the Noahide laws must be adhered to by non-Jewish residents. Outside those circumstances, it's not our place to prosecute non-Jews, even if our religion says they are wrong. Regardless, Judaism doesn't believe in coerced conversion to Judaism or prosletyzation (with the exception of some edge cases regarding prisoners of war being pressed into servitude). Feb 13, 2017 at 13:43
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    We've rarely been left to worry about ourselves in past, let alone worry about other people's religions! Intense persecution during previous centuries gave us little time to think about Gentiles, besides stay out of their way. Now that we actually have time to think about these things, we don't because we're not used to it!
    – ezra
    Feb 13, 2017 at 15:52
  • Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/7214
    – msh210
    Feb 17, 2017 at 7:53

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To my knowledge, Judaism is the only religion that has a pathway to Salvation for non-members (non-Jews) too.

It's not my way, or a "lake of fire", "eternal damnation", or "death to the infidel".

According to Judaism, God is the Savior of ALL mankind, and all of humanity can be "saved", by following His commands.

According to Judaism, the mission of non-Jews, is to keep the seven Noahide laws.

Those who accept the yoke of God, as it pertains to them, are referred to as Righteous Gentiles

If someone sins, he can repent to God, and they will be forgiven.

Of course, idolatry is not tolerated from anyone. God not only has a message of love, he also has a message of anger (at those who disobey His Law, or those who hurt His people), and jealousy (at those who worship others other than Him).

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