I know people will say that religions separates people. But in history, religion have brought people together. So, which one is it?
I would say that separation comes from misunderstanding religion, and not from religion itself. Most religions, at their core, have many positive points in common, if people would only wake up and realize it. This is why I support interfaith endeavors, as well as cultivating friends and contacts from many different beliefs and philosophies. I’ve found that I have more in common with atheists, Muslims, Pagans, Hindus and all the rest than I initially realized. When we look for similarities instead of differences, we can find understanding. Almost every form of discrimination seems to result from misunderstanding. People cling to their differences and don’t want to look for points they have in common, but common ground needs to be found for humanity to move forward. As long as we continue bickering with each other instead of getting together to find real solutions, we’ll never get ahead.
In a sense both – we can not know what the origin of religion was intended to be because that is simply lost to history – but over the past 2500 years or so, it is clear that religion is designed to unite people into a groups that feel no real connection to the individual members – and at the same time misunderstanding religion has created a more intense separation of both religious individuals within groups as well as other groups, thereby compounding the earlier attempts of preventing solid unity and giving people in power even greater power over both individuals and groups..
As long as the concept of having a leader persists,in religion and government etc…) no system will have the best for the people as its primary intention. Power corrupts all systems regardless of their name.
It is generally the misunderstanding of religion that separates people. This is usually caused by the fact that instead of studying a religion that they ‘oppose’, they just rely on what they are told (by friends, family, strangers, the media etc). The information given by these people is likely to be erroneous.
A good example is that 9/11 caused many to believe that Islam is a violent religion. However, Islam promotes peace, and anyone who takes the time to read the Quran will discover this. On top of this, the media then fails to show what is happening in places like Palestine where Muslims are being terrorised in their own land everyday.
If the time is taken to understand a religion, it will help you to understand you’re fellow beings
Misunderstanding religion separates people, but sometimes so does religion in and of itself (the Crusades, the disputes over the Abrahamic ":holy city": of Jerusalem, Salem witch trials-although one could make a valid argument that Salem was due to misunderstanding and mistranslating the scripture-et cetera.) Honestly, I think the problem is having a ":majority religion": thing going on, because people often read ":majority": as ":everyone.": Larger religions tend to dominate others in their way of thinking and try to impose rules based on their mindset (see Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Prohibition, ":morality taxes":… and the list goes on.) Smaller religions then rebel, and both sides get distorted.
Religion brings people together… under a condition and that is that there is only one religion. As soon as you have more than one (and thousands exist) you get people picking sides and this creates the mentality of ":them vs us":.
The ":misunderstanding of religion": I think is a common excuse for when religion shows its true nature.
Some apostate in the Middle East is killed because he left Islam. His murderers may be said to be misunderstanding Islam but Islam states the death penalty is acceptable for male apostates. This isn’t just Islam. Most religions have this mentality.
Religion was made by people. Opinions created those religions. No one will agree on everything all the time. Religion can separate or unite, depending on the opinions of the people involved.
I think once people understand what a religion teaches- it can cause discomfort- if their particular lifestyle is condemned. Religion only brings together like-minded people, or people who find a specific belief to be true. But, most religions uphold their own faith as ‘true’ and all else as false at most, misleading at least. Even in understanding, there will always be the very core of that religion that other religions will say ":but thats where its lies.":
faith the two separates and unites human beings. faith separates human beings, purely as non secular ameliorations led to the progressive conflict that based u . s . of america. faith brings like-minded human beings at the same time in factions. Intolerance and absence of appreciate interior of individual non secular sects for the ideals of alternative communities is what finally ends up in dividing and oppressing human beings. And, sarcastically those features are additionally area of what binds the persons interior of a definite sect at the same time. Political events are a stable occasion. They do the comparable as faith. They unite human beings, and polarize human beings on the comparable time. Our u . s . is almost 0.5 Republican, 0.5 Democratic. One is progressive socially the different conservative and reserved. yet, the two declare to be greater often than not Christian.
It’s people that separates people not religion
tribalism are the cause of misunderstanding religion which in turn separates people=
Mankind were one community, and Allah sent (unto them) prophets as bearers of good tidings and as warners, and revealed therewith the Scripture with the truth that it might judge between mankind concerning that wherein they differed. And only those unto whom (the Scripture) was given differed concerning it, after clear proofs had come unto them, through hatred one of another. And Allah by His Will guided those who believe unto the truth of that concerning which they differed. Allah guideth whom He will unto a straight path. (213)