Saturday, 2 April 2016

Exclusive religions- problem for humanity

Exclusive claims of religion have been the cause of bloodshed. In the wars and massacres from 800 CE to 1700 CE alone, some 400 million people were killed. And the principal reason, which accounted for almost three fourths of this kind of human loss, is religion. In his last speech at the Parliament of Religions at Chicago in September 1893, Swami Vivekananda declared,
If the Parliament of Religions has shown anything to the world, it is this: It has proved to the world that holiness, purity and charity are not the exclusive possessions of any church in the world, and that every system has produced men and women of the most exalted character. In the face of this evidence, if anybody dreams of the exclusive survival of his own religion and the destruction of the others, I pity him from the bottom of my heart, and point out to him that upon the banner of every religion will soon be written in spite of resistance: "Help and not fight," "Assimilation and not Destruction," "Harmony and Peace and not Dissension." (CWSV, vol. I, p. 24.)