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Religious Issues


Introduction

Religion is defined as a belief in and reverence for a supernatural power or powers regarded as creator or governor of the universe. Throughout history there have been many different religious beliefs. People have believed in nature gods such as Sun, Rain, Wind and Fire, and animal gods such as lions, bears, snakes and bulls. Other people have believed in multiple gods such as those of the Greeks, Romans and Hindus. In addition, there are those people who have believed in a single all-powerful god.

At various times and places in history, new religious beliefs have come into favor. Often supplanting the old religious beliefs, but, more often than not, there is a melding of the new and the old. Even today, after thousands of years, religious beliefs are still changing, and there are still many different religions. Although they have many core beliefs in common, they have many differences as well. Even within a single given religion, there are many differences that divide the faithful.

Conflict

At no time in our history, has there been worldwide agreement as to the truth of any particular religious belief. In general, the followers of each religion believe their religion is the one true religion and everyone else is wrong. This has led to religious persecution, conflict, war and terrorism. Unless there is understanding or at least tolerance, there will continue to be religious conflicts.

Religious Content

In the following subsections, I will try to explain what I believe are some fundamental truths about religion and what we can do to lessen the religious conflicts.

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Faith - How Faith affects our Religious choices.

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