They are guilty of provoking and practicing violence to gain power and political action. The legacy of violence and religion begun at the beginning of Christianity and Islam. Both religions have showed an unwillingness to accept views other than their own and have shown inconsistent behavior with their own beliefs. The Christian religion is a religion of peace, love of one’s neighbor and one’s enemy (93). Islam is the belief of devoting oneself to the Will of God.
The fears and pains create apprehension to live out my faith; since society accepted many sins, my freedom of religion in the Constitution would be exploited, making me acceptability to persecution. In First Corinthi... ... middle of paper ... ...an Christian believer, I faced racism from my physical appearance and persecution in my spiritual walk; the communities, the church, and the families I have cannot submit to God’s Word because preaching the Word will cause them to make sacrifices. In order to become the man I am, I had to create new friendships, to resist my friends’ atheist perspectives, to continue my involvement in church, and to isolate my presence from wicked people. Despite what may lie ahead of me, I am determined to live my life as Paul did. Both verses, 1st Corinthians 15:18 and Philippians 3:14, conclude that I have to live my life in faith and confidence without compromising my Christian beliefs to a secular, corrupted world.
This makes their views of man completely different when it comes to how religion has affected our lives and how we act toward one another. Like Winthrop, I believe that God is the basis of our life, and He has shown us the way to lead a productive life by loving our enemies. Without religion, America would not have become the civilized country that it is today.
Furthermore, religion can be a tool for either unifying a nation or a group or it can lead to the destruction of nations as well as internal state conflicts. However, the relationship between religion and conflicts is very complex (Barnard 1). Therefore, one must take into consideration many other factors before considering religion as the main cause. Most religions actually teach people that war is wrong and violence must be considered as a last option. Religious writings and books give guidelines on how people should act and when to use violence and when not to.
Whenever one’s religion is criticized, one instinctively become defensive, and attempts to defend their religion to the best of their ability. There are consequences, however, when one attempts to define others religions as “right” or “wrong”. Chinua Achebe, in his book Things Fall Apart, juxtaposes Christianity and the Igbo Religion to demonstrate how religion should not be judged as “right” or “wrong” because of the problems created when they are. Many instances occur in Things Fall Apart where the belief that one's religion is “right” or “correct” and other religions are “wrong” or “in-correct” creates problems for the people of the Igbo tribe, as well as the missionaries. A prime example of the consequences associated with judging a religion as “right” or “wrong” concerns the treatment of twins in Igbo society.
These religions will continue generating hatred for one another if they do not settle arguments over the “Holy Land” and live peaceably according to their holy texts. The stereotypes associated with these religions are based upon actions and words of followers. Works Cited ReligionFacts. Comparison Chart: Christianity and Islam. 2004-2010.
Christianity is the least uniform system of beliefs in comparison to many organized religions like: Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, and many others. Disagreements rise about topics like: one’s choice in life, how does one reach Heaven, do Christians really serve a tangible God, and so much more. These questions begin to undermine Christians’ theology because their judgement becomes clouded. All stem from unbelief, and one certain question, predestination or free will, causes disagreements throughout the globe for the followers of faith. Christians must look at all facets of one’s eternal election.
Throughout history, religious conflicts have led to war, turmoil, and devastation. From the very beginning of humanity, religion has played an active role alongside man. As religion began to establish various denominations, people started to question the superiority of one religion over another. The dominate religion in many countries reflected the religious views of the king or queen with little choice for the people to determine their own faith. Individuals wanting religious tolerance that was different from the national religion began to cause tension within the country.
When some of the villagers noticed that they were mislead by their gods they decide to convert to Christianity. Either because Christianity seemed stronger than the ... ... middle of paper ... ...taken up his religion also say that our customs bad.” Christianity is destroying and guiding two different societies. It guides the people that don’t believe in Christianity to convert because converts who once had the same beliefs as them are saying that theirs customs are bad. This causes Ibo people to convert to Christianity.Which guides the Christian society into better directions because they are gaining more converts. At the same time this destroys the Igbo religion because they are losing their members to the Christian society.
By leveraging their divine power, individual figures within a religion, as well as the religion as a whole, could gain secular power for themselves, or over others. A second view, which was developed by many theologians through history, suggests that that without religion there would be a general lack of morality in the people and leaders of a given state, which would give way to poor political decisions that would not be in the interest of the people and perhaps even God (or the gods). This argument, however, does not address the fact that morality can exist without religion. In sociology, it is commonly accepted that social norms, which include morality, can result from any number of things. Religion, laws, or the basic desire of survival can all create these norms, so it suffices to say that as a society, our morals reflect our desire to live in relative peace through the creation of laws that serve to help us to survive.