Religious Corruption - Source of World Conflicts
[GREED OF NATURAL RESOURCES, SLAVES AND TERRITORY HAVE BEEN THE MAJOR SOURCE OF CONFLICTS THROUGHOUT HISTORY.]
The problem of corrupt religion has attracted the criticism of many prophets and saints. The Qur'an recognizes the human propensity for conflict and permits defensive warfare, however, the Qur'an censures religious hypocrites:
Among the people there is he whose discourse on the life of the world pleases you, and he calls on God as a witness to what is in his heart, yet he is an unyielding and antagonistic adversary. When he turns and leaves, he walks about corrupting the earth, destroying crops and livestock – God loves not corruption (Q2:204–205).
Muslim scholars developed a just-war theory (Jihad), which was later used to further the territorial ambitions of ruthless leaders. Corrupt warlords and religious leaders raised great armies to support their territorial conquests and conflicts. They recruited desperate followers to die on the battle fields on fake promises of virgins, fruit gardens, and flowing streams of wine, milk and honey.
Like law and politics, religion can be used to defend the oppressed and to oppress the defenseless.
Religion has been implicated in all sorts of conflict and violence throughout human history by providing motivated warriors for the evil hearted leaders. There is blood on the hands of the faithful, and in the service of the wrong people, religion can be a force of great harm. The vast majority of wars have been conducted in the pursuit of profits or power or waged for territory or tribal supremacy. The idea that most of the wars of history were waged to promote religion is generally false.