Is religion dangerous?
I am writing to investigate the reasons whether religion is good or dangerous. Some people may say that religion is the cause of suicide bombings, terrorist attacks, violence and wars but on the other side other people may argue that religion brings joy, comfort and happiness.
Religion can sometimes be the cause of many wars and attacks such as 9/11, 7/7, the Iraq war, the crusades...etc. 9/11 and 7/7 attacks were influenced by Islam, but in many parts of the Qur’an many Islamic followers could misinterpret the texts, such as when it says “and kill wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out...” because many soldiers from the U.S came to fight in the Afghanistan war this angered many Jihadists, if they were to read this text from the Qur’an, they could possibly misinterpret this and think that it says that they should kill all their enemies because they have either angered or wronged them. Fighters in the crusades may also interpret texts such as in Isaiah 3:11-12 it says “too bad for the wicked sinners! For they will get exactly what they deserve. Oppressors treat my people cruelly; creditors rule over them.” Fighters in the crusades may think that it is their duty to punish sinners and kill them On the other hand, religion can bring comfort. Sometimes the thought of a God watching over you day and night through your troubles and successes and protecting you from evil can easily make someone feel safe and protected. In Isaiah 3:11-12 it says how God will punish the sinners, this could make someone feel protected and safe knowing if someone has hurt them they will be punished by God. Furthermore, in 2nd Corinthians 1:3-4 it says “Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we may be able to comfort those experiencing any trouble with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” This...
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