Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Does Religion Create Conflict?

Oxford Light Evening
"Blessed [are] the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Religion has been used for a variety of purposes. It has been used to justify war, it has been used to inspire men to higher ideals.

Religion is tool that can be used in various ways. With a knife we can stab our neighbour, we can also use it to cut an apple in half and share.

The essence of a divine religion is to love God, and love the truth. If we love God and our fellow men, how can we use it to create conflict? If we see our religion as superior and the only right religion, then this attitude does invariably create conflict.

Often the prophets of God are misunderstood. Jesus told us to love our fellow man as ourself. He told us to love even our enemies. But have those who professed the Christain faith always followed this teaching?

Now whose fault is that - the prophet who teaches love or the adherent who listens primarily to his own ego?

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