Truely speaking from transatlantic wars to World Wars. We Have seen the influence of religion in this world causing trouble to humanity. Our pastors in South Africa have done scandals to people. They have fed people snakes. They have made drank petrol and also have made people eat grass others have gone to the extent of opening forex schemes inside churches. Where many people were robbed by pastors. Many ethnic wars erupted because of Christianity in Rwanda where religion instead of bringing unity instead it escalated killings of people. Today in Rwanda some churches were closed which might be a warning step to UN to consider the resolution.
Therefore can it be said in all honesty that religion is just an innocent, helpless victim of the foregoing resolutions? Or, frankly, have the world’s religions given the U.N. delegates reason to view them suspiciously? How many of the world’s religions that claim to be Christian, for example, have really lived up to the standards set by Christ? During the debates, the Commission on Human Rights raised some historical issues that an honest person would surely want to consider.
For example, in 1973 the representative of the Ukrainian SSR asserted that “history was full of cases of oppression, crusades, and blood-letting which one religion or another . . . carried out against persons of other faiths.” And an Arab delegate pointed out that in the eighteenth century “trade was followed by the Bible and the flag”9 of greedy exploiters. Other delegates voiced similar reservations about religious abuses.
The soviet bloc has cried out about churches taking part in colonialism of Africa. Also in France the catholics were accused of killing protestants. Today we have seen how deadly the Muslim youth maimed and killed people in France.
Are Today’s Religions Blameless?
Have violent religious passions been cooled by modern influences and enlightenment? Two editorial cartoons in widely circulated newspapers recently gave the answer quite graphically:
One pictures the skull-faced Grim Reaper with words “Religious Killing” emblazoned across his black robe. Under heaps of victims, the caption reads: “It’s been the greatest century ever.”
The other illustration, which won a Pulitzer prize, depicts the tragic slaughter in Lebanon, with combatants shouting over the “rat-tat-tat” of their guns: “Here’s one for Allah!” “And here’s one for the blessed virgin!” “Take this for Muhammad!” “Well, here’s one for Jesus!
But Lebanon is not unique. “It is a dismal truth,” writes New York Times foreign affairs specialist C. L. Sulzberger, “that probably half or more of the wars now being fought around the world are either openly religious conflicts or involved with religious disputes.”12 And George W. Cornell of the Associated Press also notes that “the world’s religions teach peace, justice and love,” yet religion “still figures in most of the world’s major conflicts.”
In addition to the Moslem-against-“Christian” tragedy in Lebanon, note some of the religion-related trouble spots that these two columnists listed to back up their charges:
Northern Ireland—Catholics against Protestants
Middle East—Jews against Moslems
Cyprus—Greek Orthodox against Moslems
Philippines—Moslems against Catholics
In Ethiopia the Moslems of Eritrea are at war with Coptic Catholics. In a poignant appraisal of such tragic slaughter in the name of God, Lebanon’s former Moslem premier said not long ago: “If Islam allows murder, then I don’t want to be a Moslem. If Christianity allows killing, then I am against Christianity.”14 Surely religions that bring such disrepute upon God bear a heavy responsibility.
How can an honest person overlook the role of these religions in all of this? Have not religious abuses always been a major factor in upsetting the world’s peace and security by fostering or condoning wars and bloodshed? Yet, among the “causes of war,” notes Mr. Sulzberger of the Times, religious passions “tend to be ignored.” So he asks: “Is it not, for example, worth a special study in the United Nations?”
Can We Know What Will Happen?
Yes the Bible has foretold about the beast with a woman riding it. Scholars of the Bible explain that the woman riding the beast represents religion. While the beast represents UN. What I have seen is that the world governments especially here in South Africa have put their eyes on churches. Already the government has made Bushiri escape. Which means if religion does not behave it will see destruction from UN and world governments. United Nations is a world body promoting international peace. But as religion keeps on promoting violence indeed it will turn against it.
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