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Is religion terrorism?

Posted in blogging, global terrorism, pain, religion, religous, suffering, terror, terrorism with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2009 by scientificallychaotic

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“God is a concept by which we measure our pain.

John Lennon

Hello blog world! 😀 ❤

I woke up this morning thinking that John Lennon would have the perfect quote for me this morning and, well, I was correct.  It inspired blogging and picture material.

Now, let us think about this concept, God.  What did Mr. Lennon mean when he spoke these words that God was a concept that we measure PAIN with.  I find this to be extremely interesting.  I have been on both sides of the religious battle lines, but ultimately I have found myself as more of a religious outsider than an insider.  I can say that I see that pain appears to be a big mechanism of religion as a whole.

Now, one definition of pain is “annoyance: something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness.”

I also want to quote the definition of suffering,

  1. “The condition of one who suffers; the bearing of pain or distress.
  2. An instance of pain or distress.”

So the definition of suffering includes the word pain, so we could assume that suffering could be considered the extended experience of pain.

If you have ever noticed, many (often most) religions say that pain and suffering are two of the things that can bring you closer to God.  This statement is contrary to the other prominent statement that most all religions carry, which is that if you come to ‘their’ pre-defined God(s)/Goddess(s) that you will be free of pain and suffering.  SO it sounds like to me that even the religious do not even have a clear understanding of their purpose.

Which is true for the religious?

Is it so endure through pain and suffering for their creator?

Is it to come to the creator for relief of pain and suffering?

I suppose this is why I like Mr. Lennon’s quote, “God is a concept by which we measure our suffering.”  People appear to inherently draw closer to their God in times of needs, for those that are already religious.  Even those that will claim over and over again that they are not religious and would never be religious will look for and begin to cling to this concept in a time of great and utter despair.

Now, for my next definition:

Terrorism:

“the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion”

Terror:

“1: a state of intense fear

2 a: one that inspires fear : scourge b: a frightening aspect <the terrors of invasion> c: a cause of anxiety : worry d: an appalling person or thing ; especially : brat

3: reign of terror

4: violent or destructive acts (as bombing) committed by groups in order to intimidate a population or government into granting their demand”

If terrorism is the systematic us of terror as a means of coercion, then could we not then say that religion is just a legal, organized and publicized form of terrorism?  I think it is fair to say that most people are intensely afraid of pain. So to re-state, people FEAR pain.   I can easily give several examples of MAJOR religions terrorism:

1. The Christian Crusades – Christian (Middle Ages)

2. The Assassins – Islam (c.1090)

3. Thuggee – Hindu (1900)

4. Jihad – Muslim

I just find it all very interesting when one takes a step back to really look at the concept of “God” and/or “religion.”  I do believe that religion can be a useful tool, like any other concept from city judicial systems to global systems.  My point is that perhaps we all should be more thoughtful before committing ourselves to a belief with an intensity that could easily incite major global conflict.  Perhaps we should carefully question our own beliefs and then look at the belief’s of others is a way that is more constructive.

Ultimately though, you, the reader, will have to make your own decision.

Till next time,

The Chaotic Questioner