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Are religions the cause of clashes and wars?

  1. LensMan999 profile image51
    LensMan999posted 4 years ago

    Are religions the cause of clashes and wars?

    Religions are supposed to be establishing peace and love. But why have they now become the cause of so many wars?


  2. willrodgers profile image72
    willrodgersposted 4 years ago

    Not always directly.  The people who make the ammo and guns listed by Stockholm's SIPRI : USA[worlds largest army]; Russia;Germany; France and China  may like to stir up religious differences and get people to hate each other so much that they resort to violence.  It is called the Agitation Strategy.  If you want to see more clear examples of this follow the life of the world's most accomplished agitator: Barack Hussein Obama

    1. willrodgers profile image72
      willrodgersposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Obama promised in his Hope and Change Propaganda to get us out of the "Bush Wars" as he called them.  Now we are entering more wars in Syria, Libya and Egypt and possibly Korea.  No Hope ! No Change; Just more loss of personal freedoms.

  3. EJ Lambert profile image74
    EJ Lambertposted 4 years ago

    I won't say they are the sole reason by any stretch.  So many things go into it:  greed, power, territory, pride, desperation.  However, I will say religion almost always plays a big part in it.  Throughout history you'll find a number of wars fought in the name of this or that religion.  It's a big part of humanity and a rather ugly one unfortunately.

  4. d.william profile image75
    d.williamposted 4 years ago

    willrodgers almost got it right.  Except for his last sentence which is totally incorrect and inappropriate.
    Religion does play a major role in the majority of global conflicts.  Look around us today at all the global conflicts and you will find that internal fights are 99% religiously related.  The other 1% are internal problems with tyrants such as we see in Lybia, Syria, and Pre Irag, to name a few, and people simply wanting basic freedoms denied them for centuries.   Plus most of those repressed freedoms are fundamentally based on more flawed religious beliefs.
    Even in America, all the social unrest can be attributed to religion trying to mandate morality based on the flawed information being taught various religions' supposedly "holy" books.

    1. willrodgers profile image72
      willrodgersposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      so you don't believe there is a clear "Agitation Strategy " that goads people into war using religious and cultural differences, or you are offended that your President is the Agitatir-in-chief? Obama promised in his Hope and Change propaganda to get

    2. d.william profile image75
      d.williamposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      there certainly is a clear "A.S." but not owned entirely by Democrats. Obama is no worse than any other president as U appear 2 B stating. Or R U simply anti democrat or anti black president? No sitting POTUS can please every 1 all the time.

    3. willrodgers profile image72
      willrodgersposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      d.william the comment box did not let me finish.  I was saying that we were promised by Obama that he would end the "Bush Wars" but in fact he expanded them.  This is probably due to Economics rather than religion. Was "Arab Spring" religious?

    4. d.william profile image75
      d.williamposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      It is for freedoms lost through religious repression

  5. Abhinav Narang profile image74
    Abhinav Narangposted 4 years ago

    I cannot say that religions are surely the cause of clashes and wars. All that I can say is that maybe they are. Well, God owns the sole responsibility of creating us, the human beings. It is we who gave birth to religions. A perusal of the history of mankind clearly shows proof of this. A person who has succeeded to raise his bar of mental power very high as compared to a normal human, he is surely assumed to be supernatural and extremely powerful. So, the normal human beings start following and worshiping them and suppose them as their 'God'. They follow what he says and believes are his perspective becomes their 'religion'.
    It is a prevalent human nature that a person often argues that his belief is right and the others are (maybe) wrong. Religions often form communities. This belief that 'my religion and culture is supreme' leads to disputes between communities, regions, religions and even countries.

  6. CrescentSkies profile image88
    CrescentSkiesposted 4 years ago

    it's "a" cause of war. Then again people would murder each other if they discovered that some eat eggs in the morning while some prefer cold cereal. Wouldn't take long before the cerealites and eggheads started killing each other if all other reasons vanished.

    1. d.william profile image75
      d.williamposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      funny (comical) answer, but truer than we would like to believe.

  7. rexy profile image65
    rexyposted 4 years ago

    All wars are created by man... one example... there are 3 main types of religion in India that are at war all the time.. but war is caused by the Brit's who ruled India for 100 years... a line was drawn to separate the Country in half ..That was a big mistake. but it has created war and hate with all three.... The Pakistanis, Sikhs and hindu's ... because of the partition of 
    India... there have fought war against each other... and hate within the communities ... that is the truth of the matter ... as it is a simple fact... The Hindu's and Sikh are on one side of the boarder and some still fight and kill each other... and the Pakistanis are on one side.... but India and Pakistan fight for Kashmir....it is a shame ....there seems no peace since Partition

  8. kess profile image60
    kessposted 4 years ago

    It is a good enough as any other excuse if you looking to place blame esle where.

    But for those who is desires worthwhile and effective answers,
    There are wars without, because the man ( as an individual and singular collect) do not yet understand the war raging within himself.

    And any who will not accept this, will not have control over himself and will be the cause of any and all wars without.

  9. WalterPoon profile image79
    WalterPoonposted 4 years ago

    No, religion is never the cause of clashes and wars but sometimes, it is being used as an excuse. The real cause is always money. As Voltaire says: "When it's a question of money, everybody is of the same religion."

    1. Rev. Akins profile image75
      Rev. Akinsposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I agree, but would agree more if it was "material belongings" instead of just money. What you have, I want, and God told me I can have it, so war is a must.

  10. Mercia Collins profile image70
    Mercia Collinsposted 4 years ago

    It is the misuse of religion that causes war. All the worlds major religions tell adherents to respect and care for others.

    What those who use religion to justify war do is pick bits out of their holy book, cobble them together and make their own religion. Whereas, whatever religion one is, one should look at its scriptures in the round.

    As others have said people will use any excuse for war and religion is a handy excuse.

  11. kunle profile image37
    kunleposted 4 years ago

    No, religion is just a way of communicating with our maker. War arises when people decides to use religion to achieve there selfish agenda. And because some men are gullible they are easily manipulated to the wrong thinking that they are doing the right thing. So the problem is not religion but man

  12. ChristinS profile image97
    ChristinSposted 4 years ago

    They are not the cause - they are the justification.  Greed, fear, anger, hatred and the desire to exploit people are the reasons.  Wrapping it in religion just gets people to willingly become cannon fodder.

    1. arksys profile image91
      arksysposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      very true.

  13. profile image0
    Ben Blackwellposted 4 years ago

    I do not believe it is the religions themselves, but the misuse of them, especially in earlier times.  I, as a person who believes in religion, find it hard to believe that anyone at war over religion believes he is doing the right thing.

    It is also possible that in many cases, religion was just the rationale, the "official reason."  I am sure that many wars would've happened anyway.

  14. bethperry profile image90
    bethperryposted 4 years ago

    I think arrogance is the incentive behind practically ever war ever fought, whether it is a war fought to fight a tyrant's arrogance, war created to fulfill some arrogant greed (for land, oil, power, ect.), war incited by someone's arrogant sense of revenge, or war spurred on by the arrogant view that one belief is the only right one and that it should be forced upon others. We all have wants, needs and personal beliefs, but it is when we embrace arrogance that we pursue these things with intolerance, hatred and a sense of privilege.

  15. lone77star profile image84
    lone77starposted 4 years ago

    Absolutely not!

    The only cause of conflict of any kind is ego.

    Does ego affect religion? Of course it does. But ego affects science, government, family life and much more.

    Ego has poisoned Christianity. After about 300 AD, the name "Christianity" was more political than spiritual. And after Justinian, there was hardly any spirituality left in it. How many popes have walked on water. Only one to my knowledge, and Peter likely would not have counted himself as a member of the abomination that the Catholic church became.

    Religions don't cause wars. Ego causes wars and other conflicts. Ego is "I'm right and you're wrong." Ego is self-entitlement. Ego is vulnerability and retaliation.

    So long as people keep pointing to the wrong source, they will keep having trouble finding a solution. You get a flat tire, so you kick the dog. Dumb!

    Don't be dumb. Know the truth and the truth will set you free. This has always been true, but very few have taken advantage of this wisdom.

  16. M Asif Jameel profile image75
    M Asif Jameelposted 2 years ago

    No, off course no religion is cause of war and conflict but some people make it for their personal interests