In the Buddhas time, much like current times many people turned to religion for answers, for guidance for understanding. Then as now the world was riddled with false leaders and systems that had one motivation in mind – to mislead others for reasons of control, money or temperament.
The Buddha taught that religion can serve a valuable purpose in ones life, but Religious strife must be avoided at all cost; under no circumstance should it be allowed. People may hold different religious beliefs, but the bottom line is that we are all human beings. We all seek happiness and desire peace. Religion should bring people together. It should unite the potential for good in people’s hearts toward benefiting society humanity and creating a better future.
Then as now let each of us use our minds and hearts to honor our diverse values and systems so that we may indeed come together and come to know each other.
Peace and Love, Jim