The problem is not with religion. It is simply that no one really knows what love is. The moment we understand the meaning of love, it will become obvious that it is more important than religion. Love is a single unifying concept, but the way religions are organized today, they only provide excuses for people to hate each other.
It isn't the religions themselves that cause the war it is the men who claim to have knowledge of the religions but misinterpret them because they don't understand the true meaning of love.
Because everyone thinks they have the answer and the truth about God...and if others don't agree they'll make them agree (or kill them in the process).
Religions don't cause war, people cause war. Just like guns don't shoot people. The problem is everyone is so concerned about their religion being the right one that they forget what religion is supposed to be about. Wars aren't even really about religion at all, but ignorent blinded men figthing and using religion as an excuse to do it.
Because they suffer from the arrogance of I am right everyone else is wrong and they need to prove it by dominating those who have a different way of life.
Before there was modern day government many countries used religion as the back bone for their laws. Much like the various races, nations, and political parties people by and far tend to have a "my team is better than your team" mentality.
If you don't believe what I believe than you are wrong or going to hell. Sometimes groups feel threatened and they attack each other. If everyone truly believed "Thy shall not kill" there would be no such thing as war, murder, abortion, suicide, or the death penalty. If we really bought into "Love thy neigbor as thyself" there would be no such thing as racism.
Deep down on some level everyone of us is a hypocrite. We tell kids they shouldn't lie and then we turn around and call in sick to skip work. We say it's wrong to steal and then turn around to claim tax deductions we aren't entitled to. We say follow the speed limit but if it's 55MPH we go 60-70MPH. We exchange wedding vows promising to be faithful and then we cheat.
Ecclesiastes 7:20 "For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not." (There is a big difference between knowing what to do and doing it)
I don't think the religion itself causes such things, but rather the greed and lust for power within the hearts of those who use them to their own selfish ends. For eons mankind has used principals and dogma from any given religion to justify their own agendas. Many of the faithful do not have such guile, they are innocent comparatively speaking and therefore can't imagine such in others, especially those they trust and look to for guidance. They are and have always been the pawns who are directed while the kings sit back and maneuver.
For many people, love is happiness. One really wishes to achieve his/her absolute happiness. Anyone will do anything to fight for it. And that causes wars. If a certain religion supports love, it will impose principles to a person that will make him/her fight for the love that he believed in.
The implied assumption in your question is that religions like Christianity cause wars. It's a bogus claim made by anti-religious and anti-Christian atheists and agnostics. When Constantine made Christianity a state religion by fiat it put the Christian leaders in the middle of the country's politics. Where you have politics you have people of ambition who used Christianity as a means to an end. Christian leaders ordained kings and princes while the kings and princes upheld Christianity as the only religion in their kingdoms. The anti-religious and anti-Christian are also an ignorant group of people. Wars occurred in other places. The Chinese, the Mongolians, the various tribes of Africa, the Mayans, the Incans, the ancient Greeks, the Native Americans, the Vikings, etc...you get the picture -- also went to war, but these are hardly ever mentioned. Think about where your assumptions are coming from and question it.
I think it's just a crazy thing but I think most wars are political. The religious war business in my opinion is just as ridiculous. People should be able to believe what they want to believe. That is what free will is all about. Somebody somewhere always wants to rule the world. You would think that by now we would have come up with a way to have world peace rather than to fight and be some high and mighty ruler.
I think all religions believe in and support love. The problem is human nature. When we believe we are right, whether it is with regard to religion, or politics or whatever passion we find ourselves embracing, we fully believe we are right and want to share that--when it is not embraced, and we are convinced our way is the right way--it can turn ugly and end up in wars, and battles of words, hate crimes etc.
And all the while, because we are so convinced our way is the right way, we get angry and instead of telling, sharing or asking--we demand. And the result is often hatred and war.
God must look at us at times and just shake his head in disappointment.
Religions do not cause wars. It's the people who follow religion and are so obsessed with their religion that they think of their religion as being the be all and end all of goodness. These are the fanatics who cause all the terrorism and strifes that occur in the name of religion.
All religions teach love towards other humans andtolerance of other religions. It is the intrepretation of these texts that vested interests do which causes all this ill will and acts of terror.
The unnecessary blood shed to me, derives from historical vendetta's that many cultures and social groups have established over time in dealing with differences and issues of many types.
Religion is something that has been at the center of many societies, which main purpose is for the order and control of societies as a whole. So-called loving religions also have their defense mechanism built into their beliefs which allows for them to defend one-selves in the event of conflict, and or persecutions from outside forces.
It's inevitable that people will clash no matter what their beliefs dictate, and no matter how peaceful they may seem on the outside. This is direct result of our human conditioning as being lower life forms who attempt to attain a higher achieved positional status in the full existence of things as a whole. As long as we continue to maintain such a status the battles will rage on, because we're only human at the end of the day.
Love and war, They make you love people and other around you, so you cant defeat them and becoming like them and they keep you busy with love. Now they can kill anyone they want because your so much in love you dont think of making an army to kill inocent people. because all the innocent people are realigious and all the people who kill are not in love, and each soldier ends up with body parts missing. Love is very delicious thing on my mind, its free and no one kills you for it. but as soon as you hold a gun they say your attempting murder, carrying weapon, well I dont understand this they got all the weapons held by normal people wearing uniform calling themselves "ARMY" and not criminals and now they are walking in shopping centres and in front of Iraqi public next to child with their toys(Guns) Its rediculas and unbelievable people out there. What do they want soon the whole world "bad people" are killed they stop employing armies, 90percent of politics will disapear because theres no war to report everyone will then realise "what the hell was that" this is controlled by 1 massive murdered who pays money to others to murder other and not question a thing about why the hell they are make them shoot another being. I think its just an arrogant thing because they dont want to sit on their back side and wait for someone else to do just that, they are scared if someone else had more army who would defeat them because their generate may die. its a big organisation but they are just regenerating and protecting their families I agree with this known how many mass murderes are their around the world.
religion in itself is suppose to be in most cases about love and caring. the problem is a huge percentage of so-called religious people are as fake as a $3 dollar bill. there are lots of people even on here that act religious but if you read their comments and hubs, you realize that religion is just their way of hiding from their fears. life is about love, not religious teaching by people who don't even believe what they are saying.
In the end, not only is it not religions that cause war, it's not the faithful that cause war - it's:
(a) each religion's fanatics - people who are so trapped in their own very tight interpretation, or in many cases MIS-interpretation of their own religion's dogma, that it causes them to fear and subsequently hate those who are not of their own close sect,
(b) those who have difficulty separating church (religion) from state (politics) and draw geographical boundary lines around religious groupings of people, then make war when they want more territory, and
(c) those who are consciously using religion as a smokescreen to make war over something entirely separate and unrelated, such as oil, money, or revenge.
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