the Pastors eye
7/31/12 at 11:55 AM 0 Comments

Why do we kill each other in the name of God?

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Some very interesting threads raise lots of interpersonal, moral, and cultural issues. Occasionally religions and philosophies are discussed, including differences. I, for one, think differences may all be part of a bigger picture relating to basic religions, interpretations of religions, and the effects of religions and their interpretation on people (especially as interpreted by some so-called religious leaders).

Doing a bit of background research, I've not been able to find any proven, witnessed, documented, or otherwise authenticated "sightings" of God (pick any name or interpretation you like!). So here we have this abstract concept that, for the most part, states:
1. God is great and glorious and loving
2. God created the world and all of humanity
3. Humanity must worship and love God
4. Man must behave morally (within the limits defined by interpreters of religions)
5. "Thou shalt not kill" is stated in many ways as a prime part of all modern religions.

So here's the conundrum: given the abstract nature of God, interpreted over the centuries by many people (with mixed motives and ambitions), we now have numerous Christain sects (Cathlics, Protestants, Pentecostal, etc.), Muslim sects (Shi'ite, Sunni, etc.), Jewish sects (Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, etc.), and other religious and life-philosophy sects. The only thing these sects seem to have in common is that they basically hate each other!

So many sects state "God is great and God loves you and wants us to love one another" and in the same breath declare "if you don't believe our way, you won't get into heaven!" Worse yet, people of some sects willingly KILL people of other sects merely because they don't believe in the same interpretation of God!

Doesn't anyone think that this is symptomatic of a psychotic condition inherent in humanity? Too much religion (based on differences associated with a CONCEPT) and not enough humanity? Are any religious differences so great as to inspire hatred and murder?

So many contributors to these threads are really nice intelligent people, so I think this could be a very interesting thread.

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