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Do Religions which preach peace fuel more wars than they prevent?
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Posted 2/2/08 , edited 4/18/08
Ok i just have to say that i think its very stupid to think in something "higher power" or place like heaven to exist, it doesnt make any sence. If i could decide, everyone who are religious would die
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Ok i just have to say that i think its very stupid to think in something "higher power" or place like heaven to exist, it doesnt make any sence. If i could decide, everyone who are religious would die


Now you are being immature. Kill off all the religious people? The idea of heaven is stupid? Well what if I said, I think you should die? You wouldn't like that would you?

I'm not a firm believer in anything. But I have to agree with the topic. Religious people in powerful positions (*cough cough* Middle East issue) use religion to justify war and death. It is sad. I've never read about a loving God that wanted his people to kill and plunder in his name. It's human nature. That's what it is. If people weren't using religion as an excuse to fight, they would make up new ones. So we can't really condemn religion.
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Posted 2/25/08 , edited 4/18/08

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primalhunter wrote:

Ok i just have to say that i think its very stupid to think in something "higher power" or place like heaven to exist, it doesnt make any sence. If i could decide, everyone who are religious would die


Now you are being immature. Kill off all the religious people? The idea of heaven is stupid? Well what if I said, I think you should die? You wouldn't like that would you?

I'm not a firm believer in anything. But I have to agree with the topic. Religious people in powerful positions (*cough cough* Middle East issue) use religion to justify war and death. It is sad. I've never read about a loving God that wanted his people to kill and plunder in his name. It's human nature. That's what it is. If people weren't using religion as an excuse to fight, they would make up new ones. So we can't really condemn religion.


Problem could be also solved by killing humans wich would be best for this planet.
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Posted 2/25/08 , edited 4/18/08

primalhunter wrote:


xSe7enx wrote:


primalhunter wrote:

Ok i just have to say that i think its very stupid to think in something "higher power" or place like heaven to exist, it doesnt make any sence. If i could decide, everyone who are religious would die


Now you are being immature. Kill off all the religious people? The idea of heaven is stupid? Well what if I said, I think you should die? You wouldn't like that would you?

I'm not a firm believer in anything. But I have to agree with the topic. Religious people in powerful positions (*cough cough* Middle East issue) use religion to justify war and death. It is sad. I've never read about a loving God that wanted his people to kill and plunder in his name. It's human nature. That's what it is. If people weren't using religion as an excuse to fight, they would make up new ones. So we can't really condemn religion.


Problem could be also solved by killing humans wich would be best for this planet.


everyone make sure this guy never gets a gun
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Posted 2/25/08 , edited 4/18/08
War is bad. Let's pray go pray to god to save us. Maybe we'll prevent more wars! Yeah! (/sarcasm.)

^3 Sentences.
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nice joke! (sarcasm)
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Well i believe that religion can start wars such as in the crusades but i think thats an excuse. What religion would ever want the killing of innocent people where in any religion can you find kill all those who oppose us. Religious fanatics use it as an excuse but i blieve that religion should never be in wars as it does fuel the fire since it gets people wrapped up due to some religious figure preaching about it. Then the innocent suffer for that persons pride and belief
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Posted 2/25/08 , edited 4/18/08

crimsonkiba wrote:


primalhunter wrote:


xSe7enx wrote:


primalhunter wrote:

Ok i just have to say that i think its very stupid to think in something "higher power" or place like heaven to exist, it doesnt make any sence. If i could decide, everyone who are religious would die


Now you are being immature. Kill off all the religious people? The idea of heaven is stupid? Well what if I said, I think you should die? You wouldn't like that would you?

I'm not a firm believer in anything. But I have to agree with the topic. Religious people in powerful positions (*cough cough* Middle East issue) use religion to justify war and death. It is sad. I've never read about a loving God that wanted his people to kill and plunder in his name. It's human nature. That's what it is. If people weren't using religion as an excuse to fight, they would make up new ones. So we can't really condemn religion.


Problem could be also solved by killing humans wich would be best for this planet.


everyone make sure this guy never gets a gun


lol
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Posted 2/28/08 , edited 4/18/08
i think it hte old days u could say religions caused wars, such as the crusades and what not
but nowadays religion may be working behind the scenes, but the main cause of the wars is greed for power and wealth
religion is jus an excuse used to initiate the war, after that its all about gaining the power
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Posted 2/28/08 , edited 4/18/08

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If you ask me, it's the "non-believers will be punished" aspect of at least some religons that start Holy Wars (of course not including "power-hungry dictatiors using religion as an excuse" into the equation) due to a distorted form of 'helping others'.
And I think it goes something like this...

"Non-believers to to hell (or some equivilant nasty place)" is part of a religon > Nasty place is nasty! > Nosy, but otherwise caring, people want to prevent others from going to hell (or said nasty place) > Said nosy, but otherwise caring, people convert others to their religion, even if it's against their will > in the latter case, said unwilling converts 'will' fight back > ???? > HOLY WAR!!

If only said "non-believers will be punished" clause were to be removed from the worlds religons, then at least most of the world's Holy Wars would not exist.


makes sense, however what the believers themselves fail to understand is that God is saying non-believers will be punished in the afterlife, and its not a message to hte believers to go out and kill the non-believers, thats just false interpretation or in some cases the false interpretation is done on purpose by leaders to get their followers to kill supposedly in the name of God.
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Posted 2/28/08 , edited 4/18/08
There are many countries that actually do fight because of religious beliefs.
But others fight for political reasons.
Like the USA.

It's kind of funny, religion to me is like a myth, a legend. Yet people take it so seriously.
I'm more of a neutral person on religion, if someone tells me their believes on their religion, I'd accept it, but I wouldn't take it as serious as others.
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Posted 2/28/08 , edited 4/18/08
I think my teacher said that religion was created so that it could explain the unexplainable or the unimaginable to people. Because back then, they didn't have technology and were poor with math and science. So because religion is made up, you could therefore make up answers to things. Such as, what happens to people after death. But over time, people sorta abused it and took it to their advantage. You could eventually use religion to justify violence. On one hand, violence is completely and morally wrong, but on the other hand "you're doing in God's name". The crusades are another example of using religion. " In God's name" is just a cover up for "...uhh, I sorta want to kill you and take you stuff so I can be wealthy." Soo....I don't think its actually religion that causes violence, it's the people who take control and use it to their own interest.
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Posted 3/3/08 , edited 4/18/08
To answer the question in this thread's title... it depends what you mean by fuel.

Religion is highly volatile, so in that sense, yes, even peace-preaching religions can fuel war. But something else has to spark it to start the fire; usually socio-political factors.
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Posted 3/3/08 , edited 4/18/08
religion is the root cause of war
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Posted 3/4/08 , edited 4/18/08

lunatic-exorcist wrote:

religion is the root cause of war


the root cause of war is difference in opinion
religion just happens to be one of those differences (and it is something taken very seriously) hence in some cases it causes war
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