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.
Religion, in my eyes, has two original purposes. Its first purpose was to explain the unexplainable, such as how humans were created, where animals came from, and other similar questions. Christianity’s book, the Bible, attempted to answer many of these questions with the information known at the time. Over the years, however, many scientists have disproven what the Bible stated as truth – such as the very controversial ... ... middle of paper ... ...orist actions, whereas Muslims see American bad because, in their eyes, our culture disobeys the word of God and is destroying the true meaning of religion. Almost every war in the history of our world while religion has been present has been sparked or purposed with a religious view.
Religion was a really important part of their lives. The soldiers were taught to die for Allah in their holy war against unbelievers -- this was the so-called jihad. However, if one examines thoroughly the Quran, the saint book for Muslims, he/she will find that jihad carries a completely different meaning -- this is an internal struggle with oneself for achievements in a certain filed or, simply, for self-improvement. Even though most Islamic believers know what jihad really is, there are zealots that still look for excuse for their appalling and inhumane deeds in the abovementioned word. Nowadays, this is still a major problem, especially concerning the... ... middle of paper ... ...blatant example of how religion was misused.
Christianity, one of the three major religions followed today, says yes. “…The Wisdom of God said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and some of them they will persecute…’ ” (Holy Bible) This quote from Christianity’s great rule book also predicts that when prophets do come to the Earth, people will not accept them as such. This is fairly accurate in Christians’ reactions to religions that have their basis in Christianity but have diverged from the church into their own sects. One of the largest and strongest divergent sects of Christianity is known commonly as Mormonism. Mormons believe that there have been prophets in the past, so why should there not be pr... ... middle of paper ... ...ny different faiths from an unbiased perspective: the Unification Church section.
My research has led me to the conclusion that conflict between Muslim groups and the Western societies is purely political, but tinged with misinterpretations of the Quran by Islamic radicals. The false justifications these groups make about the Quran explicitly directing Muslims to attack anyone of a different religion is motivated by a few key instigators political ambitions and want for power. It is because of these few groups of radicals and their own misinterpretation of the Quran that lead Westerners to view Muslims with distrust and suspicion. There is a strong need to practice religious tolerance and identify that the problem lies within a few groups of disgruntled individuals. Islam is a religion that preaches peace among those that follow its guidance and tolerance for peoples of other religions.
Islam teaches that God is strictly singular, unique and inherently One. They believe God exists without a place and that God sees all but God himself cannot be seen. In Christianity God is simply called God although some people refer to him as Jehovah. Christians believe God to be both transcendent and imminent. Most Christians believe in the Trinity in that God is three Persons.
As I have said before, the number of atheist people has raised, thus, the number of religious people has descended. “When seeking guidance on questions of right and wrong, a plurality of Americans say they rely primarily on their common sense and personal experiences.” (“Chapter 1: Importance of Religion and Religious Beliefs”, 2015) Believers think that heaven is the afterlife for people who repent of their sins and want to be in peace forever, but they also believe “in hell, where people who have lived bad lives and die without being sorry are eternally punished.” (“Chapter 1: Importance of Religion and Religious Beliefs”, 2015) In the case of Christianity, it expanded very fast throughout different locations in the world creating different types of Christians. Some of the most famous are the Catholics, in which the head on the earth is The Pope, the orthodox, who do not believe in The Vatican, the Protestants who appear since Luther’s schism and the Anglicanism, in which the head of this religion is the Queen of
Terrorism and the Pursuit of God To set out on a suicide mission, to willingly kill thousands of civilians seems unfathomable for many Americans in the wake of the tragedy of September 11, 2001. Why would anyone do something like that? The answer from many sources has been: religion. More specifically, many people are blaming the Islamic religion, the religion that the hijackers are suspected to adhere to, claiming that Islam reveres its martyrs and sanctions war. But the answer is much more complicated than this, and a look at religion and technology can help get a clearer picture of Islam and the events of September 11.
Since September 11, the Muslim communities have been under siege by the media and the entire world. We have seen how the miss conceptions of Muslims have spread all over the media. As a Christian I begin to think that they should be treated as normal people. “When a radical fundamentalist, start a sect with ideas that differ from what the Muslim religion stands for, we begin to stereotype all the Muslims as the same. But when a Christian begins a killing spree a cross the nation, know one stereotypes all the Christians as one.” As a Seventh Day Adventists Christian, I believe that we as a church body, we have to reach this people with compassion and understanding, because not all of them are evil like they are shown to be.
Stemming from Pope Urban II’s rallying cry for soldiers to reclaim the Holy Land, this was a series of religious wars launched by Christian states of Europe against the Muslims. Thousands of men, both young and old, were motivated by promises of wealth, religious salvation, and chivalry to fight this religious battle against the Muslims. Despite the nobility, these wars had severe consequences between Christian and Islamic believers. In the article “The Crusades” by W. Robert Godfrey, he expresses, “Hundreds of thousands died, and the terrible massacre in Jerusalem by the crusaders has seriously damaged the reputation of Christianity among Muslims ever since.” This major event in history created tension between Christians and Muslim faiths. As one of the bloodiest wars in history, this conflict between the Muslims and the Christians represents how religion ruptures peace between two segregated sides.