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Is religion a war machine? 

  

Here’s one thing you might hear when trying to talk to someone about Jesus. 

“I hate religion! Religion has caused more death and wars then anything else!” 

Well, let’s look at some facts here. Philip and Axelrod’s three-volume Encyclopedia of Wars lists about 1,763 wars that have been fought over the course of human history. Of those wars, the authors categorize 123 as being “religious in nature.” That means of all wars, about 6% were religious. Now subtract Islam’s wars from the religious wars, and you have about 3%. So, of all the wars fought in our history, minus Islam’s wars, only about 3% have been religious in nature. 

The truth is, non-religious motivations, and atheistic philosophies have caused nearly all of mankind’s wars. 

Non-Religious Dictator Lives Lost

Joseph Stalin – 42,672,000

Mao Zedong – 37,828,000

Adolf Hitler – 20,946,000

Chiang Kai-shek – 10,214,000

Vladimir Lenin – 4,017,000

Hideki Tojo – 3,990,000

Pol Pot – 2,397,000

If religion isn’t the number 1 cause of wars, then what is it? The same thing that triggers all crime, cruelty, loss of life, ect…Sin. 
We shouldn’t be surprised though. Jesus told us, “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man” (Mark 7:21–23).”

In short, don’t believe people who shout religion is the number one cause of wars.

Does the Qur’an have the same evidence that the Bible does?

There are a lot of reasons for doubting that the Qur’an is inspired.

-It contradicts known facts of science. For example, it teaches that the sun actually descends down into a muddy spring on the earth (Surah 18:86). You could get away with a statement like that in certain parts of the world in the seventh century. Obviously, today, we know that the sun is actually on a circuit through space.

-The Qur’an contradicts known facts of history. For example, it denies that Jesus of Nazareth was crucified on a cross (Surah 4:157), something that has been substantiated not only by the Bible but also by extrabiblical sources, such as the Jewish Talmud and Flavius Josephus.

-The Qur’an has multiple internal inconsistencies.

There are no good reasons to accept the Qur’an as inspired Scripture. The most popular evidence that Muslims try to give for the divine inspiration of the Qur’an is its literary beauty, but this is a highly questionable means of testing a document for divine inspiration. What would stop us from believing that Shakespeare’s writings were also divinely inspired? After examining these things, it would be safe to conclude that the Qur’an is not an inspired book.