Saturday, September 11, 2010

Remembering September 11, 2001: Killing in God's name or Killing God's name?

Today marks the 9th anniversary of the September 11 attacks; a day that came to be known simply as 911; a day that will never be forgotten, but most importantly, a sad day for humanity - for the billions of people who believe in the existence of a one true God. A day for reflection.

If the love of God and the fear of his wrath implies that one should neither take his/her own life nor the life of others, how can someone kill in God's name? Or is it an attempt in killing God's name?

Throughout recorded history, the world's major religions have been embroiled in violence; desperate to either gain new converts - sometimes, by any means necessary - or to gain territory to consolidate power. All are guilty of a violent past and in using God's name to justify their actions. Religion has been used as justification to deprive fellow humans of their basic rights. Religion has been used as justification to enslave people. Religion has been used as justification to kill, to insult, to provoke, to go to wars.

If religion came about to lead humans to the right path - primarily to avoid evil - how can acting evil be God's way? Should it be a case of "I am right and you are wrong. I worship HIM in the right way and you are a loser"? Is this really what God wanted?  Are we killing in God's name or are we trying to kill God's name?

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