More in concurrence with #7 than #5: People in some of oil-rich Arabic countries receive gratuitous salaries of anywhere up to $40,000/year (Kuwait), yet many of these citizens still hate Christians. Some religious ideologies teach that those of antithetical faiths are infidels and other words of anathema, encouraging hatred.
This is a great discussion. In my opinion, we will never achieve perfect unity. However, we will gain some momentum when people realize that not all religions are the same. The more people try to reduce all religions to its essence, the better it will be. Moreover, secular people need to realize that secularism is also a faith position. From this perspective, this is a "religion" as well. So, when people are honest about these points, we will see some progress.
I agree with #7 and would also add that, aside from the wars on territory and inequality, many religions dispute their worthiness in terms of whether they are "the chosen ones". There is also a sidebar battle, seems to me, on whether their beliefs are actually backed by the Bible or by their mere ego.
Living in the Bible Belt South, everywhere I go has more new churches than new businesses. Then again, the churches seem to serve as small businesses around where I am. Whenever a new church pops up it seems as if they go overboard trying to justify, through the Bible, their faith, beliefs, and philosophy, that they are the "true" church of God.
This being said, as long as people keep interpreting those so-called "Holy books" their way, I do not see an end to the battles that continue to happen today. Isn't it just sad how harmony and religion simply do not mix the way they should?
I agree with post number 5, though I wouldn't go quite as far down the doux commerce path as pohnpei does. I do think that many religious quarrels are strongly rooted in structural concerns such as land disputes, economic inequality (i.e. where one religious group dominates over others), and ethnic disputes that are only tangentially related to religious dogma.
Individual religious leaders need to preach and teach tolerance to their congregations. A lot of religious intolerance comes from the religions themselves. Religions should encourage acceptance and celebrating diversity.
The best way to bring harmony among the world's religions is to have economic growth. This may sound dumb, but the conflicts between religions tend to spring up most among people who are not as well-off as they might be. If we could have better global economic development, conflict between religions would diminish because people would simply be happier in general.
There can never be true harmony between the world's religions because they are fundamentally opposed to one another. They can't all be right. So they're going to quarrel. But if the world were richer, the debates would be more on the philosophical and theological level and would not end up in violence as much as they do now.
The presence of interfaith dialogues is a powerful element that can help to bring about a sense of harmony amongst different modes of religious expressions. I think that the more discourse there is about how religions are the same or share common interests, the greater the chance that harmony can be brought about. Interfaith forums and dialogues are rooted in the idea that disagreements can be understood through discourse and open, public communication. This would serve as a very good starting point in bringing about religious understanding because it no longer sees anger and disagreement as something private and internal. Rather, interfaith dialogues help to bring about a sense of the public to the discussion. In doing so, the notion of public good and general welfare replaces bitterness and a sense of subjective misunderstanding. At a particular point where so much challenge has been thrust upon religious forms of worship, interfaith dialogue might be one of the few avenues where people can turn in order to find both a validation of faith and harmony amongst different religions.
the most importent thing is that america and israel should leave the lands they have invaded and believe u me,u will see a change.........that is a point to ponder,not just a mere statement
Religions are based on beliefs and they teach us moral lessons that we don't feel of any worth today. I have gone through all the posts made here. Most of us have put forward views contrary to the beliefs. All the religions of the world teach us to have control over our greed, material advancement, material prosperity, aspirations etc. But we are talking about economic growth which is subject to decay. If we peep into all the religions, there is only I mean only one thing is common and that is there is someone who has created the universe and it lasts on his will and wish. We have only bounden duty to act morally. Consequenes of our works or actions rest on his blessings.
We all will agree that there is a kind of energy which is the cause of all we see in the universe. Water we drink to fulfill our thist is also an energy which kills us in the form of electricity. Thus everything is energy only. In Hinduism, they talk of three 'Gunas' like "Sattwa, Rajasa and Tamasa". If we see scientifically, they are nothing other than Electron, Proton and Neutron. Brahman constitues of these three. These are the cause of the effect of the universe and all material in it. We don't see electricity generating unless there is a bulb of matter and it cannot express without it. This is the theme on we we all need to work and find out a solution to bring to the light of the people that God is an imaginary thing of mind and he is in the form of source of all energy.
in my candid opinion, i think a call to foster harmony among world religions will be like ' A golden fleece chase '. people tend to hold differing views, beliefs, tenets as to the true existence of a higher being, GOD: this forms the foundation of our interactions religious wise. no amount of emphasis can be laid that will sufficiently profer the desired results in this regard. note that man is a moral agent with the power of will, the way we choose to spend our will power is solely individualistic. it is sad to say however, no matter the views we chose to hold or defend in this subject; man did not fall from nowhere neither did he just appear from the space.