Religion and Religious beliefs instigate war. This is seen when people try to compel others to adopt their religion or religious beliefs, when a nation of a particular religion conviction goes to war against another nation and when a communities of different religious convictions develop intolerance and distrust for one another.
Firstly most wars are created when fanatics try to compel others to adopt their religion or religious beliefs. The desire to convince another human to follow similar beliefs can be accompanied with a strong passion, so strong in fact that if others were against their particular beliefs, extremists’ may resort to violence to achieve an end. One example was shown during the initial broadcast of Islam when the prophet Mohammad actually declared a holy war against the desert kingdoms and cities or Arabia. The purpose of the holy war was to compel the Arab society to accept the new religion he had founded. This kind of religious conflict was also sufficiently demonstrated during the thirty years war of the 1600’s. Catholics and Protestants in Europe were locked in a long and devastating conflict that arose because warring religious and political leaders were trying to force each other to accept their own version of what Christianity should be.
Secondly religion causes war when a nation of a particular religious conviction goes to war against another nation, not to convert it to their religion but to simply eliminate them as non-believers who are unfit to populate a certain geographical locality. It is nothing more but the expression of a bias against another group because they do not subscribe to the same faith or religion. This was the nature of violence that erupted between the Old Testament Hebrew, the nation and their neighbouring desert tribal nations such as the Canaanites, Edomites and the Moabites. In the bible, the Hebrews had to wage wars against these neighbouring kingdoms, not so much to convert them to the Hebrew faith, but as an act of cleansing commanded by no less then there God who wanted to rid the promise land of civilisation that believed in other religions. The kind of war that partakes of the nature of a cleansing act has a more recent version such as the Serbian Christians’ attempt on ethnic cleansing to clear the newly created public of Kosovo of its majority Muslim population so that the minority Christians of Kosovo could take over.
Finally, religion causes war because supporters of different religions can easily distrust each other. In this instance, there is no attempt to convert or eliminate each other. Two communities or nations go to war against one another because they have a sense of uncertainty towards each other that can be traced to their difference in religious convictions. An example of this was the long conflict that had characterized the relationship of the Catholics and the Protestants...