The morals and religions of this world are probably the most difficult to decipher, the most easy to misunderstand, the most likely to bring hate towards each other. But why? It's not right to hate someone because of hair, or skin, or eyes, or religion. Religion is possibly the biggest reason we find to hate. But it's not religion. To those who offer acceptance and hope that others can be saved or protected or what-have-you according to their religion's doctrines without shoving it down other people's throat, religion is a peace of mind. It's a guiding light; it's something to believe in. However, when it comes to religion things can be drastically different from one to another.
But let's be honest. If there was no religion, none whatsoever, people would find other ways to hate and to control and to be greedy. Religion has nothing to do with any of the world's problems. It's human error.
Yet because of religion we are seperated and hateful. I'm not saying everyone. I don't care who the freak you are or what religion you practice, you're still a human. And I know other people like this.
However, it seems to be the theme. We hate on each other in the streets, over the phone, over the internet, over television even. Everything we can is a weapon of hate. We're even preaching the wrongness and horribleness (often made up from lack of better knowledge) of other religions in THE PLACES OF WORSHIP (or lack thereof).
Like I said, I'm not saying everyone is doing this. I'm generalizing (ouch. that's not a good idea). I know my church at least doesn't preach of the wrongness and horribleness of other religions, just the truth and goodness of our own.
But the people who think 'join or die' or that 'Christianity is a religion of hate' or what-have-you (all those extremists!) put a bad name on religion. These MINORITY groups cause yet more hatred, because, "If these are like this, then the rest must be the same."
It's like saying that just because I'm white, I hate every black or vice versa. Just because a small group does, doesn't mean the whole does. Even big groups don't mean this! (So yes, just because a small/big group hates doesn't mean everyone does).
And the wars in the name of religion. How can one say that God/G-d/Allah (Christianity/Judaism/Islam to show the difference in spellings/beliefs) condones a war? God would never want a physical war in the name of religion unless He felt it was necessary for the belief to be spread or the believers saved. And most of the time, in these modern days, it is not true. Is He not a God of love and mercy? Why do we believe He is not, then, and fight against people who are practically our brothers and sisters in the similarity of their beliefs? YES. THE BELIEFS ARE SIMILAR. In so many ways, in ways we cannot even understand. Each bounds off of the other!
The similarity between human beings - compare yourself to anyone, and your DNA is AT LEAST 99.9% the same (as long as they're human, heh). A fruit fly compared to a human has 98% of the same DNA.
What are the basic needs? Food, water, and shelter. Why are romance books so popular? Because everyone cares about love in some way, shape, or form. What should everyone have? Family and friends. What do we sympathize with the most in books, movies, and reality? A lack of food, water, and shelter, as well as a lack of family and friends.
If you answered similarily, agree with, and/or answered exactly what I said to these questions, you understand that everyone is so much the same.
It doesn't matter what you believe in. You have SOMETHING to believe in. Even atheists and agnostics have to take a leap of faith.
That's what the true definition of religion is: Something to believe in, and taking a leap of faith.
So why, if we are so similar, share similarities with everyone on the planet, do we keep gravitating towards hate?