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  1. Religions undoubtedly unite their followers, but they often set them against other people. For example, Christianity unites Christians to some extent (although this does not prevent different branches of Christianity from disliking each other; even between churches of the same direction, there may be conflicts – for example, between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Orthodox Church of Ukraine), but it sets them against pagans, followers of New Age and many other religions.

    Different religions may have different points of view in relation to non – believers: some are inclusive and tolerant, while others cultivate a negative attitude towards other religions; sometimes they are tolerant of some, but hostile towards others.

    All this is due to the fact that we, in general, tend to form our identity through creating an image of the other, the image of the enemy. The stronger this image, the stronger the cohesion of the social group. Therefore, religions face a problem called bridging / bonding dilemma (which can be roughly translated as “the dilemma of building bridges/strengthening ties”). Its meaning is that the most cohesive and stable groups are those that oppose themselves to the rest of the world (for example, the Amish in the United States), but this opposition leads to isolation. If a group wants to integrate into society, it has to make compromises and sacrifice internal cohesion. If it becomes completely open, accepts everyone and does not oppose itself to anyone, it turns into a poorly organized network, and people circulate among several such groups and associate themselves weakly with each of them (as in some New Age movements).

    In summary, religion, like other forms of identity, unites some people (helping them maintain their communities and identities, such as Judaism) and simultaneously separates them from others. This is not a specific feature of religion: for example, political ideologies work in the same way. Moreover, religions often reflect already existing differences: ethnic, economic, etc. In this sense, religions only sanctify and give a sense of objectivity to the boundaries that already existed.

  2. Any search for truth and personal choice divides people. The same thing happens, say, in science. Until now, there are people who do not believe in the spherical shape of the earth. Within the scientific communities themselves, there are continuous discussions about various scientific hypotheses. Separates people and art. Some do not accept some directions, some others. Etc.

    Diversity is the norm of human existence. What is destructive is intolerance of diversity, attempts to forcibly (against human nature, which is the key to diversity) bring everyone to uniformity under the guise of unity.

  3. Any religion unites people! If they wanted to divide, they wouldn't make a religion at all!

    The fact is that religion is a direction in which followers believe and follow customs.

  4. When the first brother in the history of mankind appeared, and the man multiplied, the older brother killed him FOR a RELIGIOUS REASON. This tragic story is described at the beginning of Religious Book # 1 (The Bible, chapter 4).
    Is there any other field of activity in which it would be so blatantly stated at the very beginning of the main manual: this activity causes fratricide?
    Perhaps only in medicine: they say that this medicine leads to obesity, blindness, dementia, etc.and so on. But we still accept it.
    Religion is also medicine. Sinfulness is a spiritual disease.
    Man's sin is that he is a plural god. That's why Cain killed his brother. There can only be one God.
    That's why all our wars. Religion melts many gods into a single God-manhood. But it's sooooo hard.

  5. Currently, the word Religion is not used correctly.

    That's why so much negativity has stuck to him. Religion (reunion) and religious worship are two different things.

    For example: There are two health schools: one believes that push-ups with squats are the best way to improve your health, and the other school believes that jogging is the head of everything. Both schools strive for the same thing and that's what they strive for is Religion, and the way they achieve it is a religious cult.

    In other words: Religion is health, and religious worship is fanaticism and obsession. Therefore, in my logic, the answer is: there is nothing that would divide peoples more than the Abrahamic cult, BUT religion unites EVERYTHING

  6. Humanity is divided by culture, customs, language and geography.

    Each religion is tailored to a specific ethnic group and solves specific tasks. Another thing is that today these ethnic groups are mixed up and there are tensions among them in an unnatural environment, and religion seems to justify these tensions. That is, roughly speaking, before there was a need for a local religion, now there is a need for a global religion.

    Religion is just a warning mechanism. The same as knowledge of laws and moral norms. A kind of hint from the creator that even if we are free to do what we want, but there are things that destroy everything in the world. In isolated cases, they are critical, but on a large scale, they are deadly.

  7. This is a useful and important question , but it runs into another question: what is the horizon and what is the measure of “unification of humanity”?

    It is not possible for me to compare the doctrines of social philosophers here with those of personalist and existentialist philosophers, as well as with the Christian view of man: it is enough to recall the famous aphorism of Rabindranath Tagore:

    "Люди злы, но человек добр".
  8. It's like asking if a knife kills people or helps you cut vegetables. The knife does neither. Both are done by the person who holds the knife in his hand. So are religions: they can combine, and mogur can divide, depending on how they are used. And how they are used will depend on the person's intentions. That is, the problem is not in religions, but in ourselves.

  9. Religions simultaneously unite and divide peoples, because thinking is ALWAYS CONTRADICTORY. Globalization is an action against the world order.

  10. Of course, they combine them. Undoubtedly and unambiguously. What doubts can there be?

    But not everything is so clear in the question of a fan of asking questions in the space of light.

    One small trick still emerged from the nothingness of spatial darkness and viciously declared: “It unites to divide into interethnic confessions, intra-confessional churches of various kinds, small national trends, microscopic reformist teachings, and so on to an atomic state.

    You can imagine huge religions covering most of the world's countries and go down a descending ladder to some catacomb Orthodox church.

    Recently, there are reformers in monastic robes who do not agree with the policy pursued by local Councils and the Highest Spiritual Hierarchs.

    Just like in the eastern mandala : “yin and yang, at the same time yin in yang and yang in yin.”

  11. If religious views make people enemies, this is a disease, and the point is probably not in religion, but in the person himself, who does not adequately accept others… he brought his bitterness about life into his worldview.

    The goal of Christianity is to unite people all over the world into one family, and the name of God is the same for everyone – Father, not Allah, Krishna, etc. The name Heavenly Father is close and understandable for a person of any nationality and religion. And in the family, people live in love, otherwise it is not a family. Until we understand this, there will be no order or peace here.

  12. All religions have one common source. To understand this, you don't need to complete a philosophical facultet. It is enough to independently analyze the texts of the main religions of the world. You will find the same thing there in the part concerning the One Deity, morality and not only.

    Religions are given to man in order to lead him to perfection ( God). Each religion leads with its own stitch, understandable for those to whom it is intended as leaders.

    The separation began when religion was “wrapped” in the wrapper of an institution-the Church. The church is people. And people are imperfections and sin. So they ran to their palaces. In order for a religion to unite, it must be united. At least for a weak mind. For an advanced consciousness, this does not matter, because a developed person sees the connection.

  13. We live in the material world, where the laws, ideologies, rules, and customs of the material world apply.

    Now let's think together about whether people are united or separated by the laws, ideologies, rules, and customs of the material world.

    Some unite, others separate.

    It also happens that in certain situations, those laws that “yesterday” separated,” today ” unite.

    Similarly, in the religions of today, given that the real religion “controls” the inner world of a Person, and not its external manifestations.

    Of course, we all know that it is the inner that determines the outer, and not vice versa, BUT!

    How many people are there who, understanding the inner wrongness of lies and theft, will give up a tasty “piece” if there is nothing for it according to the laws of the material world?

    Here's the answer : PEOPLE don't want unification, PEOPLE want separation, but how else is PERSONAL enrichment possible?

  14. Religion is the recognition that there is a Lord-the Lord of the earth and sky, the natural world and the Heavens, and the acceptance, that is, the fulfillment, by man of his own will, of all the truths of the Creator. These rules in different religions are essentially the same and boil down to honoring God and not doing evil to your neighbor : do not kill, do not steal, do not lie, do not commit fornication, and so on. No religion in the world calls a person to do evil!
    Hence, it follows that God gave His law to all people, regardless of the forms of religious worship. They are only external worship, but true worship is in Spirit and in Truth.
    This is the one thing that unites all the truly religious people of the earth, no matter what religion they profess.
    What separates people is their own thinking about divine truths. This is a manifestation of people's self-love, and it is a lie. Therefore, the mere existence of differences in religious worship is not strange, since this difference is only external, but not internal. If they exist, then it is God's will.
    But this does not mean that one religion is correct and the other is not. Hypocrites are terrible, who are only outwardly religious, but in fact-wolves in sheep's clothing.

  15. Religion has nothing to do with the unification or division of humanity. Religion has a certain function in society. And there is no way to replace or avoid it. This is how a Person works, otherwise it is impossible. They are separated by completely different things and they are not connected with religion.

  16. Religions unite people of all faiths, religions, but not religious variations (sects). Because religion is a person's connection with God, and a sect is a person's connection with the leader of a religious variation.
    The provisions of Christian teaching and faith include semantic opposites, since the object of faith is Christ, the Truth. Christ is the Absolute Maximum, the Truth, and the path to truth that should be revealed to man. Christ is the Maximum and unites in Himself the divine and material worlds. It is both an Actual and a Real world, says Nikolai Kuzansky . Man also unites the spiritual and material worlds. Man's reason is rooted in God, and man's faith is rooted in his reason, which removes all contradictions. The mind operates on the principle of the identity of opposites. Faith provides certainty about opposites. Faith requires the recognition of contradiction. Therefore, faith unites people, but this depends solely on the person, since he is a free person. When we believe, we move to the level of contradictions: mortal and immortal, spiritual and material. Reason is the bridge that defines contradictions. The mind, the human mind, is the image of God, which contains the whole “folded world” (N. Kuzansky). Cognition is the unfolding of faith, where there is no faith, there is no understanding of the divine plan as Absolute Reason. Faith is intelligent and rooted in God, because faith is a person's connection with God. Reason is given to man to resolve contradictions in our world. Faith is a curtailment, something that is curtailed in the mind, and the human mind has a connection with Objective Reason, independent of the external world, Kant believes.
    Hegel also believes that ” only speculative logic removes opposites. The term “removal” is one of the most complex concepts of Hegelian philosophy; it means, translated into ordinary”human language, such an operation with opposites, in which the contradiction in these opposites does not disappear, but goes to another level, as if resolved.” Therefore, a person is obliged to unite all contradictions, and even more so people as representatives of different religions, but a person cannot do this on his own. Because every person is a phenomenon in the world of multiplicity. For this purpose, Jesus Christ appeared, taking on human nature, and since in God all properties are identical, our space-time will be united by God Himself.

  17. Religions unite people who are sane, responsible, brave, and strong-willed. There are a lot of people in the world who understand that there is ONLY ONE GOD, and THERE are MANY RELIGIONS.

    The time will come when people will feel the unity of all for all, and it will no longer matter who professes what religion, because there will be a time of peace, the laws are the same for everyone, and their implementation is mandatory for everyone.

  18. In the modern world there is a Baha'i religion, the goal of this religion is to unite the world into one basis, so that religions do not fight, and peoples do not fight. Christians, Muslims, Arabs, and Jews gather at their prayers, and if someone knows them, they invite them to esotericism. They drink tea, with a cake, sing songs and pray. And this is the only place where representatives of religions can freely talk without fighting.

  19. Religions divide humanity, as evidenced by the fact that there are religious wars and adherents of one denomination consider others to be infidels and may speak negatively about them. This division was foretold, and it is written that the blood of those who were killed by it is found in religion, beginning with the blood of Abel. In the days of the Garden of Eden, there was only one belief in the Creator on earth, but after the expulsion of people for the sin of disobedience, different religions appeared,

  20. It is necessary to finally realize that the actions performed by people are done directly by people themselves.
    Religion is not a person, it cannot act in any way, it has neither hands nor feet. Religion is a set of tips, requirements, rules for achieving a certain result and nothing else.
    Religion can't do anything. And it can't unite people or divide them, either. This is done by people themselves, by personal choice, most often, contrary to all the rules and recommendations of religion.
    In general, religion covers the actions of the person himself as a garment. And if you were kicked by a person, can you say that it was his clothes that kicked you – the clothes are to blame, not the person?
    Therefore, we should not exaggerate the role of moral rules and laws. After all, the power of a moral or legal law exists only in the actions of specific people.
    If a person obeys the rule and the law, then the law is said to be valid. If a person spits on the law, then the law has no force.
    That is, only a specific person determines whether to unite or separate, because only he chooses what he will do.
    Even if a person has chosen to obey the majority , it is still a personal choice. And if someone says “I had to”, he still does not understand the power of this choice. He still thinks that the clothes are to blame – that she makes the choice for him.

    So don't attribute magical qualities to your clothes. Look for the real reasons deeper – under the clothes, in the people themselves.
    See who benefits from what and why.

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