What was the upside to martyr ones self? Does it further the cause? God would be angry if they didn't?<quoted text>Michael, I think you need to look up the definition of 'martyr'. Martyrs are those who are persecuted and killed for thier faith.
The mad men who killed themselves and murdered thousands of others were NOT martyrs. The where murderers. There is no comparison in the two.
Look at the number of christians back in the day that killed people who would not conform to christianity? Heretics they were called.
Organized religion is the root cause of hatred towards others in our world. It is not the losing team of the superbowl that gets so angry.
The problem with organized religion is that the adherents have been taught ONLY ONE way from childhood. I remember. Doesn't matter what belief or faith structure. You are taught that you are right and everyone elese is wrong. God watches over you and not them, and that! is the core of the problem. IGNORANCE! arrogance and blatant hatred all because mom and dad didn't know better to teach us about all religions and those that have none and respect them for what they are, and never say "I am better than you"
There is no upside or positive outcome for any spiritual leader to say "WE ARE THE ONE TRUE CHURCH" and to hell with everyone else. That just claims ignorance, hatred and arrogance. You see it everyday on this forum.
Why would you want to stay in a belief that makes you look down on others?
No religion takes away all the hatred, and ignorance.