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IYO, Why does religion sometimes lead to violence?

In your opinion, why does religion sometimes lead to violence? Most religions teach about love and what is morally right. Yet many religious people become intolerant and strike out against people they see as their enemies. We see this all over the world, but more so in the middle east. If we are taught to love and honor our Gods/Goddesses, then why the intolerance? Why the fighting and hating? What can we do to promote peace and understanding? How can we stop the senseless murdering in innocence?

 
SalemWitchChild

Asked by SalemWitchChild at 1:57 PM on Mar. 7, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • "first rule of the fanatic: when you become obsessed with the enemy, you become the enemy"

    As stolen from a Babylon 5 episode that was paraphrasing a few slightly more famous philosophers.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 2:04 PM on Mar. 7, 2010

  • because religions are different and some people think any one outside of their religion is the devil incarnate. not sure what's not understood about that. who what makes you feel the way you do about things in your life? probably you've had ways suggested to you to behave or change and you've said close to no thanks I'm great as is. each person believes pretty much that its their way or the highway with religion and many other things in life.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:02 PM on Mar. 7, 2010

  • Religion is a way to organize people. Fear mongering is a way to further organize people against a common enemy. If you are the one created the problem and creating "solutions", your the one the people will give power to. This is not exclusive to religion.

    Farrahann

    Answer by Farrahann at 2:02 PM on Mar. 7, 2010

  • each person believes pretty much that its their way or the highway with religion and many other things in life.
    ____
    I certainly don't feel that way. But why do others feel that way? I really don't understand why people think we should all do and say and believe the same things. Individuality is a great thing! Not a curse.
    SalemWitchChild

    Answer by SalemWitchChild at 2:04 PM on Mar. 7, 2010

  • because to many religions there is no ROOM for an infedel or a pagan to be allowed to live peacefully
    sati769leigh

    Answer by sati769leigh at 2:05 PM on Mar. 7, 2010

  • each person believes pretty much that its their way or the highway

    No, it's pretty much only a few religions that believe that way. Most of them don't care what religion anyone else practices.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 2:05 PM on Mar. 7, 2010

  • Why does religion sometimes lead to violence? THE LEADER IS EVIL SO THAT IS WHAT THEY SHOW EVIL .HATE .AND KILLING.. RAPE..AND SO FORTH.. .. If the leader is LOVE  and KINDNESS and shows MERCY ... AND passed it on to HIS followers then they will show LOVE and so forth ... Most leaders are dead and only JESUS is a live for ever more HE showed LOVE HE died for all who would follow HIM... we have to tell JESUS we are sorry for all our sin and repent of them and JESUS will change our sin nature to HIS nature.. and we will KNOW LOVE.... and PEACE .... .. RELIGION IS NOT WHAT WE NEED WE NEED JESUS.. ONLY.....WITH OUT JESUS YOUR DEAD IN YOUR SIN...

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:07 PM on Mar. 7, 2010

  • i think it's about people being fanatics and i also think it has a lot to do with satans influence
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:09 PM on Mar. 7, 2010

  • i think it's about people being fanatics and i also think it has a lot to do with satans influence

    How ironic.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:11 PM on Mar. 7, 2010

  • I also thought of the middle east as I read your question. In that sense, I think they are mislead and misinformed. Thier information is owned by its leaders/religious leaders so really what choice do the common people have? Its very political and religious at the same time and leads to war. They are in terrible situation like that.
    3gigglemonsters

    Answer by 3gigglemonsters at 2:14 PM on Mar. 7, 2010

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