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War and Peace

If most organized religions support peace and love, why are there so many wars with religion as the cause.


Asked by salexander at 4:06 PM on Jun. 29, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Religion is different from having a relationship with God. Religion is about rules and structure and tradition and punishment. Having a relationship with God is about knowing Him, his love, peace and freedom, walking with Him and passing it on.

    Answer by NikkiMomof2grls at 4:45 PM on Jun. 29, 2010

  • I don't necessarily think religion is the cause. More like a tool used in order to garner support for political actions. People are closley tied to their religions. Easiest way to gain support is convince the people their religion is under attack and watch the droves come out.

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 4:08 PM on Jun. 29, 2010

  • Most religious people are just quietly living their lives, and taking care of their families like everyone else, they aren't starting wars. There are many reasons for wars, usually it's about power, land, or freedom. Religion becomes a part of it even when it's not the primary cause.


    Answer by RyansMom001 at 7:11 PM on Jun. 29, 2010

  • Because most of these religions also have a huge superiority complex as well. It's the idea that as long as we are killing in the name of god, or to help spread our beliefs and "save" all those being mislead, it's okay... Peace and love are a bases of belief, but they aren't a rule for conversion... If you look to the crusades you'll see that many of the men felt it was better to kill a "non-believer" than it was to let them spread their beliefs to others who needed saved... I think that is generally still the idea behind it. Sad, but true.

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 4:19 PM on Jun. 29, 2010

  • Because people realize how powerful religion can be, and how easy it is to manipulate religion to use that power in the wrong way.

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 8:42 PM on Jun. 29, 2010

  • Yep there is alot of hypocrisy in that. It doesnt make sense to me. This is why alot of people turn away from religion.

    Answer by 3gigglemonsters at 4:25 PM on Jun. 29, 2010

  • I beginning to think the idea of "love and peace" in the name of a God is a complete misunderstanding of the religions. B/c alot of what I read from people who follow a God are full of anger, bitterness, hatred, bigotry, and misery. AND the things i've read in the bible from the Christian God are anything BUT love and peace.
    So, it's totally confusing!!
    But then again, religion is a manmade idea....not spiritually initiated. (IMO)

    Answer by sahmamax2 at 4:30 PM on Jun. 29, 2010

  • 1. In 1095, Pope Urban II calls upon the Franks to invade the more civilized Muslim world, beginning 5 CENTURIES of war.
    2. In 1204, Christian crusaders sack and ruin the great city of Constantinople.
    3. In 1231, Pope Gregory IX authorizes the Inquisition for dealing with "heretics".
    4. In the 14th century, the burning of the Jews of Cologne because of accusations by christians that this race is the cause of the Black Death. They were burnt from the Mediterranean into Germany for admitting, under extreme torture, that they caused this deadly disease
    5. In 1486, two Dominican monks, Henrich Kramer & James Sprenger, take time from burning books to write the Malleus Malleficarum, the cause of tens of thousands of deaths thru accusations of witchcraft.

    A partial selection from the list "1,000 years of Christian barbarity" at Something's wrong here.

    Answer by witchqueen at 4:52 PM on Jun. 29, 2010

  • I agree with what KristiS said. For Christianity specifically I think it is also a result of a confusion of the two kingdoms and what our responsibilities are in each.

    Answer by solamama at 7:15 PM on Jun. 29, 2010

  • You're going to get responses that say religion is not the cause, MAN is. But even if it IS man, religion is the reason behind it and therefore still the root cause.


    Answer by IhartU at 4:09 PM on Jun. 29, 2010