These capabilities regularly develop in humans, regardless of where they are born. Though they can all be reduced to attractions and aversions based upon the illusion of a real self, which desires certain things and is averse to others, yet this is not immediately obvious or a point easily grasped: The story of Jesus gives absolutely no warrant for violence.
Today we see a growing battle in the Middle East between Shi'ite and Sunni; a Jewish state unleashing militancy against Christian and Muslim Palestinians; and an anti-gay crusade led by some Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders that threatens the sanctity of life itself. The threat of an all-powerful God or gods watching for anyone who steps out of line likely helped to keep order in ancient societies.
There is such a thing as becoming positively proud about it, and psychologists have written many books about people who enjoy pain. Men can be very thick headed when it comes to feelings, and not realize how much their wife has been suffering and maybe because of him.
It is good to remind ourselves that there is suffering beyond this world, and in fact, that is not a bad motive for putting up with suffering in this world. Yale theologian Miroslav Volf argues that as far as Christianity goes, it will only be violent if it is stripped of its content— thinned out - and infused with a different set of values.
It is thus a religion of self-transformation and self-improvement, through application of continuous effort: Strive to be "not attached to the pleasures of mundane existence.
In any case, there are subtle and pervasive forms of suffering and impure states of mind even for rich and happy people. One classification is mainly based on where the suffering begins.
Yet it's true, religion has been a major feature in some historical conflicts and the most recent wave of modern terrorism. The essence of expiation as mortification is that we voluntarily give up a creature to which we do have a right, in order to make up for the indulgence of a creature to which we did not have a right.
Dawkins, at a dinner with de Botton and others in London inrecounted a conversation he'd had with Hitchens. After proudly claiming responsibility, the Taliban told the world that the teenage education activist's work represented "a new chapter of obscenity, and we have to finish this chapter".
In other words, the suffering he has is not that which has been brought on by his own sin. In a recent analysis of religious belief systems of nearly traditional societies from around the world, Joseph Bulbulia at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and his colleagues found that those places with harsher weather or that are more prone to natural disasters were more likely to develop moralising gods.
Consequently, when we talk about expiation, on the first level it is expiation through reparation to God. A sinful society must expect to be a suffering society.
We must embrace the idea that evolution is utterly indifferent and that there is no ultimate design or purpose to the Universe, even though our intuition tells us differently.
On the other side of the world, Anders Behring Breivik slaughtered 77 Norwegians. Where sin consists, essentially, in the love of self, it is repaired by the love of God; and if there has been more self-love in the sin committed, there must be more God-love in the reparation offered.
Whenever we sin, we attach ourselves to a creature to which we have no right and prefer it, either more or less or completely, to God.Will religion ever disappear? Atheism is on the rise around the world, so does that mean spirituality will soon be a thing of the past?
Rachel Nuwer discovers that the answer is far from simple. Religion is not responsible for human suffering, at least not directly.
The attacks and pain inflicted upon people across the years, arises from the interpretation or to be more specific, from personal interests of the few who rule the many. The Guardian - Back to home religious slaughter can generate such a huge amount of publicity and media scaremongering when in fact the number of animals affected is extremely low.
Halal and. Therefore, we can correctly say that fallen nature is suffering human nature, and a large part of our suffering is the struggle and the conflict between, as Saint Paul tells us, what we want to do and don’t do, or what we do and shouldn’t do.
The interaction between religious leaders and practitioners, the role of religion in the banal components of everyday life, and the ways people express religious values in social interactions—all might be topics of study to an interactionist.
Religion, unfortunately, provides a useful cover and powerful motivator for the evil-hearted. That religion can be so markedly different in the hands of the power-hungry, as opposed to the altruistic and virtuous, really says more about human psychology than it does about religion.
That's why so many human conflicts unfortunately involve religion.Download