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Religion Used To Justify War - History Repeats Itself

After the Dark Ages, the CRUSADES represented a "brutal period of transition" from outward conquest to a time of inward enlightenment that would follow called the RENAISSANCE.  

Compare the Crusades to this socio-political and religious climate now brewing with the religious right and the Tea Party.  Can you see "Blackwater" as a redirected military force?  Do you see our military machine?  Do you see the Christian and Muslim causes that polarize society?   The conquest of land and the domination of people.  

The intolerance builds and the demonetization of peoples by the religious seeking conquest and power called "DOMINIONISM."

A time when religion is used to justify war.

The stage is set once again.

-- We fail to learn from the past --

The Dark Ages - Part 10 - The Crusades

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  •  Religion is invoking an ulterior power to justify (1+ / 0-)
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    domination. Some humans are intent on ordering other humans around and to minimize resistance they "blame" it on some other force. Gods, being immaterial, are convenient because they cannot be fought against.
    History does not repeat. Human beings do not much change, especially since those that aim to dominate are also creatures of habit. So, they do the same things over and over again.
    Why do some humans insist on domination? I suspect it's because they are incompetent to negotiate the material environment on their own. They need someone to do for them and, having nothing to contribute in return, they assigne reward and punishment to someone else.
    In a sense, the nation serves the same purpose as a divine spirit.

    "In the name of the nation, the dollar and the rule of law, you and your children shall be sacrificed."

    We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sat Nov 24, 2012 at 09:41:19 AM PST

    •  The difference between faith and those who use it (0+ / 0-)

      Through parenting classes I was to learn the difference between an authority and authoritarianism.  The difference between guidance and control.  Only through empathy can one hope to become an real authority over others.  

      One's belief in God is greatly affected by one's own experiences.  Their God is a reflection of their own experience.  If one's parent was forceful and unforgiving, then their God is forceful and unforgiving.  If one experienced love, empathy, and encouragement then their God is an encouraging God.

      Now, as we observe history, we can see authoritarian Religion and its effect on all society.  It is the rule of control by submission. There is no room for encouragement with compassion.

      I have questioned at times how to some Christianity means one thing and to others it possesses a much different meaning.

      My conclusion, expressed faith is more a reflection of the condition of the heart.

      If we truly want to change the world what we need to do is rather than judge one another's beliefs,  reach for heart and change the soul.  

      An authoritarian sees the world only from their perspective and their rule is primarily toward their gain or benefit.  An authority is gained by understanding the needs of others with a desire to help them grow.

      The teachings of Jesus (one of many religious teachers of various faiths) carried "authority" and spoke to the heart.  But the religious hierarchy of the Church used those worlds and added their own interpretations.  They became the "authoritarian"rulers.

      As John Lennon once said, "all we need is love".

      We need to look to the youth and change the heart of future generations.

      •  Unfortunatly, almost (if not all) wars in history (0+ / 0-)

        were/are in the name of one Religion or another.

        •  keeping this in perspective (0+ / 0-)

          Well said, so keeping this in perspective what do we have to learn from this?

          Is it faith or religion that we can hold accountable for all wars?

          Is it possible that the difference between faith and religion is that faith is a belief in something greater that ourselves that inspires us to do great things and religion seeks only to control or to limit us based on someone else's goals?.

          If this be the case, then those of faith can change the direction of religion for all once empowered to do so.

          I believe there was a sign of this with the recent Presidential election.  Leaders tried to direct followers in a path of anger, judgement, and hatred but the majority of the faithful were not buying it.  They rejected a message contrary to what they knew to be the core of their Christian faith caring for the poor, sick, and elderly.

          We need to point out the difference between faith and religion and not follow blindly those who profess to be the leaders of the faith.

          The last shall be first and the first shall be last.  Those who live a prideful existence will fall.  No further blood need be shed.

          To lead one must first become a servant and follow.

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