Ending Friction Between Different Religions

For friction between different religions to end, the concept of religion needs to be regarded not as cast in stone, but something that should be dynamic and responsive to the changing situation on the ground, says KISHOR KULKARNI

Prehistoric man lived in a cave, individually. Over a period of time, many people came together and started living as a community. The concept of organised religion probably evolved out of the need to facilitate peaceful coexistence of people as a community.

Since one of its purposes was to ‘discipline’ people, religion became a code of collective and individual conduct. This religious code was ingrained deeply in the people’s minds by using a carrot and stick approach. In order to enforce the code, the concept of god was introduced, who was an omniscient, omnipotent entity administering a system of reward for following religion and a punishment for transgressing it.  

It was natural that the code would be prepared to suit the local community’s needs and the situation on the ground. As different communities grew, multiple religions evolved. There were many differences among the religions, but the common factor among all religions was the idea of god.