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Do you think that Religion can easily be manipulated into a tool for those with maliscious intents?

I mean *Religion* not any ones individual beliefs, or any particular brand of Religion, not a personal relationship with your God, but *Religion* as an entity of itself? By malisciousness I mean control, manipulation, oppression, repression, suppression, etc. Or is *Religion* not the issue merely human nature? Is *Religion* neutral or does it just lend itself to misuse?

Any and all viewpoints welcomed & encouraged to respond!

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 11:04 PM on Apr. 5, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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Answers (31)
  • Haha....I'm pretty sure that was the original intent of many religions!
    metalcowgirl34

    Answer by metalcowgirl34 at 10:18 AM on Apr. 6, 2009

  • I think the idea of religion can be manipulated into a controlling enviroment. How many "religious" cults have you heard of? The whole Charles Manson thing was started b/c he thought he was a messenger of God. And, no, I don't think all religions are a way for others to control us. But there are some groups out there that do twist things so that they fit what they want.
    -Ashley
    spiritguide_23

    Answer by spiritguide_23 at 11:12 PM on Apr. 5, 2009

  • If you study history, pretty much every country we invaded, put sanctions on, or had "special" diplomatic relations with were sold under the guise of religion. The people were told we were invading the Philippines to "save them" because they were brown and Catholic. Both World Wars, our South American foreign policy and our dealings with Africa and Asia were centered around doing the "Christian" thing. And we're the "good" guys. Imagine what it does in the hands of someone like a Roman emperor.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 11:13 PM on Apr. 5, 2009

  • Exactly...NotPanicking
    pnwmom

    Answer by pnwmom at 11:15 PM on Apr. 5, 2009

  • Uh yea...religion in itself is nothing more than social control.

    legalmommy101

    Answer by legalmommy101 at 11:17 PM on Apr. 5, 2009

  • Religion has proven to be used as malicious intent.
    that is not the true purpose,but it has and there is no denying it.
    God's religion is meant to liberate us from the devils control.
    Sadly the devil can use it as a tool for his gain.
    He has proved it here in this section alone.
    Also in the past.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:26 PM on Apr. 5, 2009

  • So I can neither agree or disagree fully.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:27 PM on Apr. 5, 2009

  • devilYea we nonchristians are evil....whahaha!!!

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:28 PM on Apr. 5, 2009

  • Actually non Christians are not evil.
    just lost sheep.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:30 PM on Apr. 5, 2009

  • In other words lost Children.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:31 PM on Apr. 5, 2009

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