Look at the Romans waging war against the Jewish stronghold at Masada. Hunting and killing because of religion not land, they had already fled their homes and lands. Through the years so much hate. The pagans of Ireland were persecuted by the protestants, young families stolen and killed; lands and merger dwellings stolen; then those that were shot for their beliefs, refusing to conform.
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Religion is also a powerful platform: that is a great comment and one that is very direct. Thank you for that kaloomba.
The idea of controling people and preventing them from learning the truth about the real God seems a little off the wall, but then you think about it: and that really is what is happening today. People killing in the name of their God.
You can't just say that Christianity, Judaism and Islam are too busy fighting between themselves to seek truth. Billions of religious people are seeking truth. The fighting happens when evil people become governments and start wars to get rich.
twayneking. It's not religion people need to seek the truth, its spirituality.
So if there was no religion it would just be another belief of sorts that would be the governing factor. Ah! the world we live in. Thanks Tamara.
Islam unique for marrying religion and politics! What about all the Christian Bishops sitting in the House of Lords? And what about Israel. That's surely a marriage between religion and politics.
Power attracts the corruptible. Plenty of evil bishops, Imams, rabbis, kings, cardinals, popes and emperors to go around. Look at the hundreds of millions murdered by atheist governments in the 20th century. No religion there at all.
Atheist communist China and Russia had a cold war of their own.
Atheist communist Cambodia had a genocide that killed a third of its people.
Cool conclusion. I think we mean "equal in the eyes of God". My neighbor is much more crafty than I. Thank you for a nice answer.
We may be created equal, but God also gave us freedom to make of ourselves whatever we wish. To those who see themselves as our natural rulers, the opportunity for the proletariat to rise in the world is seen as a threat to their position.
And this happens at the Parish level. Vigilance is at a premium.
That's an amazing answer, one that will keep me thinking a while. I appreciate it.
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Good straight answer. Thanks.
Not really Puneet. The most effective 20th century mass murderers were atheist (or "neo pagan spiritualists"). Hitler 15 million. Stalin 56 million plus. Mao 78 million plus. Pol Pot 7 million. Not counting soldiers/civilians. None were "religious".
Could you say that is because they were killing those that were religious? Hitler killed Jews?
Religion have taken a broad view these days. The name you mentioned like Hitler Stalin Mao Pol Pot became such great leaders in fact gods for their followers. They invented the religion of their own.
Interesting position when we ask "what is a religion". Certainly most think of atheism as a religion. No clear cut definition. The following of a mass through faith seems fair. Communism is a religion.