My husband said this to me when I was in a crux over the situation in Iran and Iraq. He said, " These people have been fighting over that same chunk of land for years before the bible was ever written." This gave me reason to believe that it's not about really the chunk of land. It's about the power to have "More." The more people who back up a religion, which ever that religion may be, the more power you have. Religion is one of the first forms of governing people to think and feel as you do. Really. Taken out of context and substitute another. Ex: I feel gold is better than silver. Well, you may think,...I like gold and silver. I don't know? Why do you like gold? My response, gold is shiny. Silver is dull. You then say, Wow! You're right! Now, I have convinced you (this is a GENERAL You) that gold is better. Please do remember, this is an example.. ! With this example, you can see how easily "one" may be manipulated. I hope this helped :)
Hi, Zoe. Honey, there are SO many reasons. It's unfortunate that anyone has to fight over religion. But there's such a diversity in what people believe and a lot of people believe that their way is the only way and will voice that opinion, make no bones about it, hurt people's feelings or make them mad and then "there it goes" a great big fight. And quite frankly, there are people who just love to fight over religion for the pure sake of it and enjoy it, period. No matter what is said, they come back with something else at you. I think everyone should be able to give their opinion and no one argue with them. We all believe what we believe. But it's happened for thousands of years and I'm sure will always be a problem.
It's possible to have a civil disagreement about religion. However, fights occur due to the attitude of the individuals involved. Usually it's a feeling that they have to be right and acknowledged right, that there's no alternative other than their viewpoint. This is commonly the cause for political arguments as well. Sometimes people see things in absolute black and white rather than the shades and nuances that actually exist.
My take of the matter is this: Religion (or lack of one) makes up a groups politics. A groups politics are going to make up the "rules" for who gets what, when and how. As long as a group is relatively comfortable with this, no problem right? Right. Until....Certain changes come about to upset the "world view" or order of the group. These changes can be internal such as when Jesus of Nazareth upset the old Jewish World Order, or the Christians upset the old Roman World Order (which was MUCH bigger than the Jews at the time). Or they can be external such as when Mohammed did his number throughout the Mediterranean. I'm sure too, when the first "white" men from 15th and 16th Century Europe landed in the "New" world, many wise Native Americans could see not only their tribes way of life/religion/world view change, but perhaps other tribes as well. (Even those they may have warred with!) And the changes for them were much more traumatic due to the speed or rapidity of the changes. (CONT. AS COMMENT)
any Idea how much money is made from religion? if you could control all that? they all have some story about the person tithe a penny is more to god than a the one who tithed much. yet they all gravitate to $
There's a Sufi fable that tells how God gave a crystal to one of his angels and said, "This crystal is the Truth. Take it to Earth and give it to the people." As the angel flew he was attacked by a demon. They fought and the crystal fell, shattering into tiny shards and, when people found a shard they said, "We have found the truth." But they had found only part of it They're still saying it.
But there's a quote from Hinduism's Rig Veda that could resolve all the fighting if only religious people didn't love to hate. It's this: "By whatever name you call me, it is I who will answer."