Name: Ismail Junaid Oluwadamilare
Dept: Accountancy ND 1
Receipt No: R00022
ESSAY TOPIC: RELIGION HAS DONE MORE HARM THAN GOOD
WHAT IS ‘RELIGION’?
i) Monotheist and Polytheist Religions
DISCUSSING THREE MAIN (MONOTHEIST) RELIGIONS TOWARDS NON-VIOLENCE
i.e., Islam, Christianity and Buddhaism
DISCUSSING THE MAN-MADE RELIGIONS TOWARDS NON-VIOLENCE
i.e., Buddhism, Hinduism
ABOVE MENTIONED RELIGIONS PREACH PEACE BUT STILL VIOLENCE IS DONE IN THE NAME OF RELIGION
REASONS BEHIND RELIGIOUS VIOLENCE
The world from it’s nascent has been and seen much disharmony among its inmates. As days are passing, this disharmony changed and his changing into sanguinary hatred. We all upbraid Religions for this.
Religion in it white form, is God’s response to the yearning for guidance and light man is born with. If properly savvied and practiced, it’s an indisputable grace but if it is misunderstood and misused, then there would be more dangerous evils as we have witness over the course of history. Therefore religion is not to be blamed but the people who have misunderstood it. It’s human nature to find ways to vitiate just anything and make it destructive. Guns may have killed more people than it saved yet guns are not responsible for the death of millions of heads.
Religion is an important aspect of life. It string is tied to many things and lives positively. The odd point is that many people are not actually clear on what religion is “Religion is human beings” relation to that which they regard holy, sacred and divine perhaps spiritual. It is a system that uses symbols to allow people to explore their spirituality.
Firstly, Monotheistic religions; these are those in where there is the concept of one all powerful God. The three major Monotheistic Religions of the world are; Islam, Christianity and Judaism.
Secondly is the polytheistic Religions; Are those in which there is the concept of more than one God we in Hinduism, Buddhaism.
Most religions are believed to be divine religions while some are man-made. Divinity is actually the state of things that came from a Supernatural Power such as God (Allah) and are therefore regarded as sacred and holy. So divine religions are those that were revealed to the Prophets (chosen by Allah Himself) via His Angle Gabriel. The Prophets would then diffuse the humanity about the revelation. Islam, Christianity and Judaism are three main Divine Religions yet alive on Earth.
Man – made Religions are those that are rooted with set of credence(s) prescribed by some human, no divinity is involved. (Hinduism Buddhaism, Confucianism) are polytheistic Religions.
All Religions be it Monotheistic and Polytheistic disseminate Peace and not violence. Every Religion talks about love for humanity. No Religion preaches violence but peace.
In the Holy Qur’an it is said: “Who so ever kills a human being not in retaliation of murder or spread of mischief (corruption) on the earth, it shall be as if he has killed all mankind and who so ever saves life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind.” Al-Ma’dah :32
In the Bible it is quoted : “Do not repay evil with evil” ~ 1 Peter 3:9 and in other place its said as “ Our scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he’s thirsty, get him a drink, your generosity will surprise him with goodness. Get the best of evil by doing good.” Roman 12:21
Now let dive into the teaching of Man – made Religions. We will talk in regard of the main Religions in Asia (Buddhaism and Hinduism).
Buddhism is generally portrayed in the West as a religion of peace and non-violence. The very first of Buddhism’s ‘Five Moral Precepts’ is: “To abstain taking the lives of living beings”. The Buddha condemned all forms of violence and famously said, “Even if bandits were sawing you limb from limb, you should still have compassion for your torturer. Not a word of anger should slip from your lips.”
Hinduism is also a very peaceful religion, the example is in form of all the world, The Gandhi, who himself was a peace lover and was a great advocate of peace. According to the Bhagavad Gita, “That even our speech, what to speak of actions, should not be harsh and insensitive.” If Hinduism teaches its followers not to be harsh by speech then how will It teach to be violent by actions?
We talked about Divine and man-made religions and about their teachings and uncompromising condemnation of violence and preaching of peace. But still we see religious violence almost every day as fresh and new like never-ending. These all violence are done by the followers of their religions regardless of the teachings of their respective religions.
The unrest between Shia-Sunni started soon after the demise of Prophet Muhammad P.B.U.H which now has become a grave danger for the world peace. Almost whole of the Middle East and South East is wrapped in this Shia-Sunni schism violence due to which hundreds of lives of innocents are lost. Sunnism and Shi’itism is never in the Holy Quran or in the teachings of the Holy Prophet P.B.U.H but lives are being slaughtered in the name of Sunni Islam and Shia Islam. Is it religion and Its teachings doing the violence or is this the misinterpretations of Islamic dogmas by Its followers? Islam is and has always been the religion of peace.
Buddhism teaches not to be violent, then what of the massacre of Muslims in Myanmar? Why so many lives of innocents were taken in cold blood? What of the homes burnt to ashes? Buddhism never advocated violence so here is religion to be blamed or its followers?
As discussed before that Jewish Bible says, “Love your neighbor as yourself”, but the violence of Jews isn’t confined to any boundaries. In May 2008, the Chief Rabbi (Jewish Scholar Title), Rabbi Shmuel Eliya’hu calls on Israeli army to hang Arab children from trees. In 1983, three Jewish terrorists entered in Islamic college of Hebron (Palestine), spraying bullets and tossing grenades killing students and wounding around 40. On April 9, 1948 around 120 Zionist (Israeli Jews) entered Deir Yassin, a village of 600 people in Palestine. 107 villagers were killed including women and children. The others were captivated and were later killed. So here religion is not responsible for the cruel acts of its followers. It says “love your neighbor as yourself” but Palestine being its neighbor has borne much violence by Zionists.
Islam, Judaism, Buddhism or Christianity should not be blamed or called violent religion but their followers should be blamed for they have not fully comprehended the religion. All religions in their pure forms are too peaceful and non-violent.
We criticize the basic fundamentals of others religions due to which hate stats budding between adherents of a religion towards other religions, supplemented and watered by our cumbersome criticism. Religious leaders who do not deter such comments, themselves say hateful speeches against other religions, thus provoking their followers. One of the reasons for discord among different religions is the opprobrious and derogatory comments against each others religions. As the blasphemous movie – Innocence of Muslims, triggered too much hatred among Muslim community towards Christianity and many Christians were then subject to torture and death in the Muslim World. This act is something that no religion of the world allows or propagates. This is what done because of hate among adherents of different religions.
There is no religion on this earth that preaches violence, be it Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism or Buddhism. The right thing to be blamed is human nature. Each soul tries to control and rule the other soul. They are the ones who misinterpret the holy scriptures that is of grave danger to the world peace, as now our world is wrapped all over in the darkness of evil deeds like terrorism, man slaughter, genocide etc. which are done by making the religion as the platform due to which the beauty of our beautiful world is bloodied by the everyday bloodbath of innocent lives who have even caused no harm to humanity themselves. Lastly I would say, to be blamed is us not religion. If there was no religion then there would be something else to be blamed.
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