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Religion And Peace Essay

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Religion and Peace
I was living in Iran during eight-year war between Iran and Iraq in the 1980s, the war which Islamic government of Iran called it ‘Holy war’. I was always wondering how fighting and killing innocent people could be called ‘holy’. The Islamic party which seized the power in 1979 in Iran tried to construct a government based on religion. After one year, while Islamic party was still struggling with its internal opposite political rivals, they confronted a compulsory war with offensive Iraq military in Iran’s western borders. Islamic leaders inside Iran who were governing the country, called the Iraqi military the evil army that is trying to destroy the divine government of ...view middle of the document...

224). Hinduism and Buddhism are also inviting their follower to peace and elude the violence and aggression. As a matter of fact, non-violence is known as the primary article of faith in their religions (Wahiduddin 1). According to religion claims to provide the peace and establish the equality between humankind, most of these religious mottos hasn’t come true in real world. In other words, religions have not been successful in their prophecy. I think religion, has not played a really constructive and positive role in peacemaking process through human life history. On the contrary, sometime religions have been the reason of war and enmity between nations and countries.
Politicians and governors are one of the culprits of religion failure in providing peace in the world. As a matter of fact, they have taken advantage of religion in order to hide their real purpose to attack another country and invade other nations. In the most recent war between Iraq and U.S that is still hasn’t come to end President Bush and Saddam Hussein were two political leaders who have used the religion to justify their battle and stimulate the army to fight. President Bush, in a meeting just before attacking to Iraq said: “Behind all of life and all of history, there's a dedication and purpose, set by the hand of a just and faithful God” (Wooldridge). This is the easiest way to hold God responsible for our actions, so if something wrong occurred nobody can blame him to misconduct. It was all will of God and we have to follow it. Taking advantage of religion by governors and especially dictators to justify the war has happened in different forms through the history. One of this very first wars which was called holy war occurred October 312 CE the roman emperor Constantine in his battle with pagans inscribed a cross on his solders armor that he saw it in sky with inscription "in hoc signo Vinces" which means that you will win the battle (BBC Team).
Why has religion usually been misused for governors throughout history? In other word, what factors make religion so important and powerful that could be exploited by world leaders for their political issues. Religion is the core of culture and culture is the center of civilization (Futurist). Up to hundred Religions are extensively influenced to the majority of people inhabiting the world. Statistics shows almost %75 of population in the world follow five of the major Religions in the world: Christianity (2.1 billion), Islam (1.3 billion), Hinduism (900 million), Buddhism (360-376 million), and Judaism (14-20 Million) (Futurist). According to this information we can recognize the importance of religion and its significant power to drive the future of the humankind.
Religious leaders can also be blamed as another culprit to not using the religion in a constructive and positive way to create the peace in the world. Religion and especially religious leaders, despite of their real prophecy to obtain peace in the world, has...

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