Do all religions promote peaceful living? Yes, they do. Take any religious book and no book will ever tell you to practice violence. Every religion teaches us to practice humanity and love. It’s us humans who are fighting in the name of religion but honestly, no religion in the world teaches to develop hatred for other religion. In the end, we must all remember we all have one God and we must have faith in him. Religion is just something to teach us about our culture and good values. We must therefore respect every religion and every human being.
According to the Bible
· “Because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”- Luke 1:78-79
· “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” -Matthew 5:9
· “Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry.”- Psalm 34: 13–15
· “Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honourable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.”- Romans 12: 17-18
According to the Quran
· “You may fight in the cause of GOD against those who attack you but do not aggress. GOD does not love the aggressors.”- 2:190
· “O You who believe! Enter absolutely into peace (Islam). Do not follow in the footsteps of Satan. He is an outright enemy to you.”- 2, 208
· “There is no compulsion in religion.” – 2:256
According to Bhagwat Gita
· That person realizes peace who, relinquishing all desires, exists without craving and is unidentified with the mortal ego and its sense of “mine-ness”.
· There are three gates to this self-destructive hell: lust, anger, and greed. Renounce these three.
· Free from all thoughts of ‘I’ and ‘mine’, a man finds absolute peace.
· You came here empty-handed and so will you leave. What is yours today belonged to someone else yesterday. And Tomorrow someone else will call it his.
According to Gautama Buddha
· “You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.”
· “Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.”
· “When you like a flower, you just pluck it. But when you love a flower, you water it daily.”
· “Neither fire, nor wind, birth, nor death, can erase our good deeds.”
According to Mahavira Jain
· Do not injure, abuse, oppress, enslave, insult, torment, torture, or kill any creature or living being.
· Anger begets more anger, and forgiveness and love lead to more forgiveness and love.
· Live and allow others to live; hurt no one; life is dear to all living beings.