Religion and War

Who Has The Right God?

For very many years there have been religious wars. We see it going on today. In my opinion,it is going to get worse. The wars are not just religion against religion,but can be sect against sect.

You have in the mix Muhammed,Buddah,and of course Jesus Christ. Everyone wants their way to be the right way so they can reap the rewards of their "heaven". In each of these religions there are sects. Christianity for example you have Baptists,Catholics,Methodists,Pentecostals,Mormons,Jehovahs Witnesses,and many others.{Sorry if I left yours out.} From what I have seen many in each of these sects think the other one is going to hell. I don't get it; all believe in Jesus Christ but are going to hell?

I have had to control my speech when visiting some "christian" people who proceed to tell me that another "christian" is going to hell because they are another sect. It makes me sick! That is exactly what causes wars.

Enough of all that,you know my stand. I am a firm believer in Jesus Christ and I respect your beliefs. I'm not going to tell you your going to hell,but I'm also not going to jump to your beliefs either. Let's learn about some of the older religious wars. Maybe that will give us more incentive to stop the one's happening now.

The Crusades

From the 11th until the 13th centuries we had the Crusades. The goal of the Papacy was to take Jerusalem and the Holy Land from the Muslims.

The Popes used these to also take over other areas such as the northern crusades which was launched only for political reasons.

Wars of Religion

In France in the 16th century, they had many wars between the Catholics and the Protestants. This was called the French Wars of Religion. Many,many people died in these wars. Why? Didn't they all believe in the same deity?

Thirty Years War

In the first half of the 17th century, German states, Scandinavia (Sweden, primarily) and Poland were beset by religious warfare. Roman Catholicism and Calvinism figured in the opposing sides of this conflict, though Catholic France did take the side of the Protestants but purely for political reasons.

Can't We Learn

Can't we learn from history? All that comes from war is death and destruction. Would any god want that? If they did, why would we even want them as a god.

We CAN live together as human beings. It is ok to tell people about your beliefs,but not to make sure they believe the way you do. Ramming your beliefs down someone else's throat just causes dissension.

I have friends who are Islam,Buddhist, Jewish, Morman,etc... I love and care for them all. Jesus didn't teach me to do it any differently,just as I believe other religions in in-depth reality{deep in their scriptures}believe in peace with all man too.

I believe this, The WORLDWIDE WEB can help us. Yes,we can be brothers and sisters without religion dragging us into battle. Let's all get along!

Give Peace a Chance

© 2008 Greg Boudonck

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singpec476 8 years ago from Not Too Far Away

Really great hub Froggy, religion (not faith) has caused so many wars, you are so right lets all get along.


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dhoosier 8 years ago from Shelton Washington

Very good Hub, mankind influenced by the Devil has caused war, not what faith or Religion.


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neenee1960 8 years ago

What you say has a lot of meaning, If we would just follow as close in Jesus footsteps we would be less concerned about the facts surrounding each other opinionated beliefs and misinterpreted scriptual discernment. Everyone wanting to be religiously correct has hidden the one true fact, Jesus is the way, the truth, and the light. We would do well to follow in his example of love and realize he is the hope for mankind. Only the tools of Satan could possibly keep man from focusing o love and peace, and focused on who's right and who's wrong. I personally want to spend my time trying to be more compassionate and loving to even a small proportion of my Savior. We were given a choice to earn our way back to the Heavenly Father and thats everyone right, we should not down others but spread love and peace for this is the example left by Jesus Christ. Prayer will do the rest, after all focusing on all that is going on today, we do well to just be compassionate and loving, it crosses barriers. The ultimate conclusion is already in place. The bible does not lie and the One and Only True Author.


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True Song Media 7 years ago

Let's look at Hitler...Stalin...Lenin...and those types. They were atheists. You cannot make a legitimate argument saying that religion causes war.

Foolishness and an imperfect, violent human nature cause wars.

The crusades were labeled as religious, but they were in complete violation of what the Bible says. You don't kill someone because he/she doesn't believe.

The same is true with the Catholic vs Protestant conflicts you mention. Stupidity caused those wars - not religion.

This is an old and dead argument - so easy to discredit with a little research.

In fact, religion (perhaps with the exception of Islamic extremism) teaches peace - not war.


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Froggy213 7 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

I don't believe there is such a thing as a true athiest. Everyone has a god of some kind.

Sorry if you don't agree-but I don't agree with you.


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Abrushing1968 6 years ago from USA- Florida

Froggy213:

I appreciate your greater point that we as Christians have and obligation to example the love of Christ not only to our fellow Christians buy to the world as well. Amen! Great point!

Romans 12:18: If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.

1 Thessalonians 4:10-12: But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more; that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.

That Said, It is imperative that we make some important distinctions.

Christians are people who have a personal, Intimate, and tangible relationship with Jesus Christ. People who gained that relationship, not by works, but by faith! Faith in what they have been taught from the Holy Bible.

People do not often make a connection between their Faith and their understanding. Our faith is based on what we believe hence, that which we have been taught.

I am laboring on this point because it is Doctrine that characterizes each philosophy. Not all doctrine is Christian. Many non-Christian faiths believe in Jesus but it is what they believe about Jesus that matters.

Islam believes that Jesus was an important prophet a voice from God. But they do not see him as God. Would you categorize Islam as Christian? Of course not, the differences in their beliefs, or their doctrine, is to severe.

In your list of "Christian" faiths you made the correct point that within Christianity there are several sects. However, may I point out that in order for that sect to be considered Christian it must share the understanding of scripture that is held by the majority of Christianity. For example, Baptists and Pentecostals both believe in the deity of Christ Jesus, His virgin Birth. They are both Trinitarians. They believe that the Holy Bible is God's word and that it is infallible. They are in agreement on all the most important Christian doctrines. The differences between these sects are not salvation issues.

Jehovah Witnesses and Mormons are not Christian faiths. They are separate religions altogether. For nether of them believe that Jesus is God, Their doctrines do not subscribe to salvation as it is laid out in the Holy Bible and both religions have their own Bibles. Like Islam, it is what they believe about Jesus that matters. Those who subscribe to their beliefs put their faith in a totally different Doctrine then do Christians.

Catholicism is a different animal altogether as well. While they share in a good number of our Christian doctrines, they worship multiple God's and put their faith in man. Further, it is a works based faith. You must earn your salvation through good works. Like JW's and Mormons, they are not a Christian faith, for the Jesus they worship is political and is unapproachable and unknowable to the Common man.

I agree with you that There is no such a thing as a Holy Ware. The Crusades were not in keeping with the teachings of Christ and could not be justified by scripture. They were blood thirsty and politically motivated. Never the less They, like all wares, were the reaction of humanity when one faith or Government, in this case Islam, attempts to force their ideals and belief on other men. All men, Christians and Non Christians alike, will not tolerate easily being forced to believe in someone else's god.

We as Christians must never force our beliefs on others. Allow the Holy Spirit to do the convicting. But at the same time do not be fooled by imitations that would disguise themselves as the Bride of Christ! Discerning between the real deal, and a fake comes by understanding Bible Doctrine, Make no mistake, What you believe matters for what you believe becomes your Faith.

I appreciate your Hub my friend It gave me something to think about. Thank you for letting me voice my thoughts

In Christ

ABR


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Froggy213 6 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

Thank you ABR--couldn't have said it all better myself. May your life be blessed my brother!


Ralph Lenes 5 years ago

I can't believe a this site (religiouswar.org) actually promotes religious people to kill each other.


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Froggy213 5 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

Yep, stupid ,foolish people Ralph.

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