Religion: The Excuse For Violence
In a World Without Religion, There Would Still Be Violence
Throughout all my years I have encountered several average and professional opinions. They all reflect reasons why the world would be better off without religion.
Some people seem to believe that the primary reason why there have been so many wars and conflicts domestically and abroad is because of the existence of religion.
Religion is believed to somehow compel another person to burn down a village, commit a massacre, generate terrorist acts, and commit genocide. Some people think that religion is believed to fuel hatred and intolerance. And also, that religion is the cause of social divide in the world. Conflicting beliefs and ideas about worship fosters social unrest and issues.
Well, I never could nor do I believe that. I think some people place the blame for their behavior on their religion or another person's religion. I think most people use religion as an excuse to hurt someone else. Religion has been used as an excuse for discrimination and racism.
I realize there are some religions with more followers than others. These religions dominate the world in popularity with followers that spread their messages. Nobody said anybody must be apart of these religions.
Sure, we have some people who walk around with their strength in numbers and backing who demand that the world convert to their religion. This is common. We also have people who take it to the extreme using violent means and degrading language.
I recognize that some people are in bad situations. Unfortunately they live in some places that are violent and oppressive towards them and their beliefs. Unfortunately people come across different groups of extremists that use violence against others to enforce their beliefs.
To the world I say with this hub, I don't think religion should not be looked upon as the reason why we bear arms and start wars. I also don't think it should be removed from society like a bad disease.
The Two-Edged Sword
Today, or not too far in our past, a self-proclaimed prophet always steps forward and says he’s had some vision just like in the times before or after Christ. He or she will say, they have been touched and heard the word of God etc…
And I can’t believe it's never a coincidence to anyone else that the first thing out of the group leader’s mouth are words that are meant to degrade, discriminate, or hurt someone. They state their beliefs, fears, oppression, throw a couple of verses in there from whatever book they are using, some racial slurs, and/or their hatred of the government or business entity.
Next, their fear for their religion and lifestyle forces them to become a type of militia. On some given day, prophesied in their own imaginations, there will be a battle. It will be a battle between good and evil. Good will be the people who are their followers and evil will be the people who aren't including other characteristics.
For these leaders and groups, Christ wasn't preaching the gospel of peace and love, healing the sick, feeding the hungry, and promoting toleration. And he was in Rome, the wildest and strongest empire in the world. Apparently to some people he was all about taking down Rome and it's oppressive religions and traditions with his followers turned soldiers.
Nobody wants to be Christ, not really, because everyone is so quick to pick up arms and violence for their beliefs and religion when Christ only picked up peace. That will always be the reason why I believe that only one man, that is Christ, ever existed. Nobody that starts these militia movements walk in the footsteps of Christ or anyone that promotes peace. They are all about power and control.
For leaders that have these types of groups, religion is interpreted as the thing in which they use to justify acts of hatred and destruction. They see religion as the vessel that will contribute to the amount of control they have over their followers.
This isn't different for the terrorist leaders either. For the terrorist leader, religion is used as the controlling vessel to create subjects. The subjects will commit acts of terror to instill fear into people so that people can be influenced and controlled. If religion isn’t being used to create followers with anger, resentment against the government, or some people, or some other race; it is being used to control people. It is being used to control the weak and the people that love and have strong beliefs in their religion. The leader promotes the idea that their precious religion and way of life is threatened by the powerful and greedy. And if anything offends it or threatens it, the followers should be ready to kill.
Overall, religion is used to justify this violence and has been turned into a two-edged sword that can harm the believers. It can harm some Joe or Jane going to and fro in his or her life peacefully. A lot of people too often use religion, something so powerful and precious, as a way to justify doing evil things to others. Some people have symbolized religion as an oppressive tool rather than the guidance it really is to having a great life.
The Ten Commandments of the Christian religion have been blown so far out of proportion it’s ridiculous. Religion has been treated as a burden to bear. It doesn’t matter what religion someone practices, it can be treated as some oppressive vessel that people should be bound by.
The truth is you have a choice. You have God-given will power, the power to choose your own path in life. This world is mastered by humankind. It has been placed into the hands of people. The bible guides us to refrain from doing things that can potentially harm us. Killing can harm you, lying can harm you, and adultery can harm you; you can get killed by someone’s spouse.
The law is only, 'don't do this or that, the State doesn't like it.' Religion is loved and worshiped, and people are compelled not to do evil things, such as kill indiscriminately because they have made a devout promise within themselves not to.
From what I have understood, everyone chooses whether they want to take a certain path or not. Nothing chooses for us unless it is the pain of persecution and death. Some people, upon pain and persecution, still decide not to renounce their religion. That is the strength we all carry in our will throughout life.
The truth is no one or nothing can make anyone follow or abide by any commandments, laws, or rules. Society can say this and that, but there are constitutional rights here in America to America’s credit. There is also he God-given rights to everyone, which in laymen terms means that one can live however and whatever lifestyle they want.
Violence is a part of human nature. It doesn’t have to be and that’s up to every individual person. Religion is not the driver of terrorism or a creator of militias. We live according to our beliefs, experiences, and situations.
Terrorism is based on an individual's choices and the followers of these terrorists. They think they are abiding by a proverb yet their listening more to a leader they believe in or fear who actually has them like a puppet master with strings.
If someone wants to be an atheist; be an atheist. If someone wants to prostitute, prostitute. If someone wants to be a Christian or Muslim, be a Christian or Muslim. The majority of the world doesn’t care or bat an eye long enough to judge. And even if they do judge, so what, ignore them and what they say will naturally go in one ear and out the other.
Do what you want or need to rather than allow them to convince you to look at a religion like it’s some type of condition you are forced into. For some of us this is so, and they have to fight oppression and violence everyday. For others that are not in this situation, like me, word's of wisdom; just move on pass it.