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Religion- Good or Evil?

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´╗┐Religion can be seen as a force for good as it inspires and influences those that have faith to do things to help others. Many Christians are encouraged by their beliefs to take part in charity work and often go as far as to travel around the world to the least developed countries in order to help people. There wouldn?t be as much help for those suffering and in need if religion did not exist in the world as it acts as a form of motivation for many people. Religion also allows those who are suffering to have hope and faith in either things improving for them or even that eventually when their suffering on earth is over that they will reach a better place. Christianity shows people that are believers or not the evidence of good morals and teachings throughout the religion and the bible. ...read more.

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Religion, even without proof, offers those that find faith and believe in it an idea of the answers to life such as what is our purpose and why we are here. While certain member of a religion may be driven to do evil does that truly make the religion or the majority of followers? evil too? However religion can be displayed as being a force of evil as it is based on belief and independent interpretation of each believer and their views. This means that it is easy for people to twist the religion in order for it to fit exactly what they want, this then means that it can be changed to make what is evil seem acceptable to them within their faith. Many people believe that religion encourages and enables evil and use the examples of the past for this such as the Crusades. ...read more.

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People can believe that their cruelty towards people of other religions is excusable as long as they use the excuse of religion; this displays religion being used as a force and a tool for evil action in the world and even within multi-religious societies. Almost every religion has been both the perpetrator and the victim of evils such as war and persecution. The most convincing argument is that religion is a force for good as it shows factual evidence and many varying examples in order to show the idea. Rather than showing religion is evil the second argument displays how humans manipulate religion in order to use it as a force of evil rather than religion itself being necessarily evil. There are more recent and common/daily examples of religion being good where as those for it being evil are rare yet extreme which has occurred due to non-religious ideology also. ...read more.

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