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Northwest, a very reasonable argument
Originally posted by northwest at 2006-10-8 10:14
What I mean is... do you think that being religious and increasing religion's followewer will make the world a better place? Being religous will create lasting peace and harmony, avoid war and ...
My statement was that increased morality benefits society, and I think anyone would agree with that.
However, you bring up the point that if there's a whole lot of Christians and a whole lot of Muslims, won't that cause less harmony instead of more. Well, there's a couple ways to look at it.
For one thing, monotheists, such as Christians and Muslims, are not as intolerant as you might think. For instance, the USA is a nation made up primarily of monotheists (Christians, Muslims, and Jews). The people from these 3 different religions all live side by side in harmony in America. In fact, there is a Muslim mosque located just next to my own Christian church back in America, and that hasn't caused any problems.
There is nothing in the Bible that instructs Christians to kill people who don't believe the same way -- rather the Bible says to simply live a moral and loving life in the midst of a world that does not believe. Likewise, the Muslim Koran espressly instructs Muslims to give special courtesy to "people of the book" (meaning Jews and Christians). Thus, if Christians and Muslims are following the teachings of their respective religions (and there lies the catch), there shouldn't be the conflict that we see going on today.