I refuse to believe in a god who is the primary cause of conflict in the world, preaches racism, sexism, homophobia, and ignorance, and then sends me to hell if I’m ‘bad’. – Mike Fuhrman
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The most detestable wickedness, the most horrid cruelties, and the greatest miseries, that have afflicted the human race have had their origin in this thing called revelation, or revealed religion.”
Thomas Paine (1795)
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It is still harming people, Evangelical religions are causing problems and Indoctrination is still creating Unintelligent Idiots from potentially intelligent children. It never ceases, in history it has incited massacres as religious leaders seek power and control over others such as the Catholic popes during the first millennium where they persecuted opposing religions and non-believers, often massacring them. Some wars and conflicts that the US stupidly jumped into were caused by the US leaders considering it a Christian duty to interfere, when they truly were not wanted, such as Vietnam and Iraq. So Christian ideology is still causing death and destruction, as is Islamic fundamentalism. Religions are bad for Society.
They need to be reduced into just becoming another Superstition like Astrology, which is what they really and truly are!
The freaking Crusades were a huge series of wars started by religion just because the Catholics and Muslims couldn't let the other have Jerusalem. The Spanish inquisition in Spain resulted in several thousand Muslims getting killed because they weren't Catholic. Even outside of Europe in the Palestinian area TODAY Muslims and Jews are still fighting over whose homeland it is. The Black Plague was said to be a sign from god, without religion, we would've had people actually opening their eyes and trying to find a solution.
Because every human believes they have natural right to believe what they want to and therefore conflict arises,
At the dawn of the twenty-first century, a casual glance at world affairs would suggest that religion is at the core of much of the strife around the globe. Often, religion is a contentious issue. Where eternal salvation is at stake, compromise can be difficult at or even sinful. Religion is also important because, as a central part of many individuals' identity, any threat to one's beliefs is a threat to one's very being. This is a primary motivation for ethno-religious nationalists.
However, the relationship between religion and conflict is, in fact, a complex one. Religiously-motivated peace builders have played important roles in addressing many conflicts around the world.
"Happy is the one who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.." - Psalm 137:9
"“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn
“ ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’
“Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me"
These are but two examples of the god of love and peace. Most religious pretend these passages do not exist; effectively putting their own opinions above that of the "holy scripture" and preach their own versions as divinely mandated. There will NEVER be peace while anyone can freely assert to speak for the gods and not face demands to support their claims.
This is neither a yes or no question here. Religion itself, whether Christian, Muslim, or any sort of the variation isn't to blame. They're scriptures, books, stories. No different from a comic book and any other fictional novel. It's what you do with these books that makes the difference. The blind loyalty and need to force beliefs on others and for whatever reason, spread their religion to others is the problem. People in power know that religion is a strong tool as it doesn't require logic, but unquestionable faith and belief without hesitation. As long as people can justify horrible actions or decisions because they think their deity condones it, then the cycle will continue.
How did religion come to be? From the dawn of time, when people became conscious of the seasons, the sun, the moon and the four elements, earth, wind, air and fire. So, when there was a drought they began to create idols to call forth the rains. As small tribal villages grew so did the need for "laws". Intertwined in the growth of laws were the idols and usually the head tribal person dictated how his people should live. Through the ages, the head person had the most power over his people and the need to corral them into obedience. Then there was the "healer" or "shaman", a person that began to have a lot of influence that usually worked hand in hand with the leader. The root of course was to maintain control over the masses. As the human race continued to grow, expand their horizons so did the power of the leaders and priests (or healers, etc.)
From idols to creating imaginary gods, putting a face to an idol for a better way to put fear into the people. As a collective this grew into what became "religion". Thus, religion was used throughout history to control and overpower others.
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First of all, this is NOT a yes/no question, and shouldn't be interpreted by merit mere numbers. Each human conflict is different, and in many, to this day, religion is a factor. While it is a source of joy, solace, and meaning for many people, we cannot deny that people that take it too literally have used it as an excuse to cause much suffering. The question might be better phrased as: to what extent do differences in religion or interpretation among people cause violence?
Taking a very broad look at the Middle East today, many conflicts can be traced back to regional tensions caused by religious differences. The Sunni and Shiite interpretations of Islam seem to divide peoples living in similar circumstances who really have a great deal in common, and seem to distract them from their oppressed existences under tyrannical despots. The mere being of mass belief is being exploited to pit one group of people against another, to nobody's benefit. Please people, don't let religion rule your lives.
I don't think Religion would provoke violence generally. I think it's the people in power/radicals who simply know their being ignorant and/or wrong in their actions and use Religion as a scapegoat for their deeds. So no, it comes down to the individual (usually a Radical/Psychopath) who abuses and distorts the name of Religion for their own greed and ignorance.
Imagine putting all the written texts of different religions in one room, all the bibles, the Vedas, the Qurans (pronounced as koran), the Tripitakas, then closing the door, and putting your ears close to the door. What will you hear? Nothing, it’ll be silent. There will be no scuffles, no pounding, no angry shouts or hysterical screaming. Why? Because the books, the written religions do not create conflict. They do not fight. Books can’t fight. But humans can.
Religion itself is unable to provoke violence, but the people who belief in religion is able to. Just like the French invasion of Vietnam, the mass massacring of the catholic merchants were simply used as a reason for the French to invade Vietnam and colonize it.
Religion is and should never be the cause of any conflict unless that religion condones and promotes violence. In the Bible (Christianity) Jesus says to turn the other cheek and let them slap that one as well instead of resorting to violence. He says to forgive an infinite amount of times as he forgives us. Religion does not start conflict- People Do. People may blame religion for conflict when in reality- most of the time conflict is brought forth by personal greed. Saying religion is the cause is the easiest way to justify themselves and makes it easier for people to rally. For example- Two different religions, eradicate the opposing religion, war actually begun because of woman. Helen of Troy and Paris started a massive war (my opinion) because they -believed' the gods had paired them together (religion) but it was only for personal need, desire, and lust. Religion does not start conflict and it does not rule people's lives. If anything it allows people to live freer lives with the safe knowledge that something that is protecting and watching over them with loving and caring arms that will always forgive. So no. Religion is peace not war.
Religion causes conflict, only as much as any differing ideology does. Often, this is done by corrupt leaders who abuse their power to further their own interests. Look at the US government. Are they wonderful peace-keepers coming in the name of democracy and freedom? Or are they more of a oligarchical powerhouse striving to maintain supremacy? We as humans have always been willing to kill over our differences, whether they be religious, economic, political, racial/ethnic, etc. That is our main problem. We need to coexist.
Conflict more than any other thing.
As long as humans have been living on Earth, they have fought each other over all manner of things: freedom, democracy, money, resources, race, etc. Religion has been one thing that they have fought over, but it is only one thing among many things. Taking religion away would not stop conflicts.
Certain world leaders can easily corrupt the message of religion to serve their own purposes. It's no different than wanting to rule an area because you believe it is your right to do so. Religion is not religion if its central message has been changed and then used for acts of evil. Just think of all the things that are made better by people adhering to religious moral codes.
Then why isn't every single religion currently fighting in a war right now? Why is it that not everyone is fighting; why is it that some people, Who believe in a religion, Can live happily? In some countries, People of different religions can live harmoniously together, Without any fear of danger. War is not caused by the religion itself, But rather by the greedy and corrupt humans who conquer and kill other believers just to have a bigger base. The Bible, For example, Tells us, That when someone slaps us, We should turn the other cheek and let them. Does that mean we should begin to start hitting people? No! It means that when some one is angry enough to make a mistake, We should be the bigger person, And retaliate without causing pain.