Different religions like different people possess their various
samskaras or tendencies. Some religions, like certain people, have a
Samskara of exclusivism or violence. These samskaras reflect
deep-seated attitudes and behavioral patterns created by centuries
of religious activity. Religious samskaras are reinforced by the
lives of the millions of people who have followed these religions
and are deeply embedded in the collective unconscious.
Christian and Islamic samskaras have the imprint of the history
of these religions with their missionary fervor, martyrdom, holy
wars, inquisitions, evangelical movements, and political
imperialism. On the theological level they reflect the samskaras of
sin, redemption, heaven and hell, conversion seeking activity, and a
monotheism that does not accept other forms of religious belief.
This weight of samskaras cannot easily change, must less
disappear by pretending that it is all a misunderstanding of
something originally more tolerant. These samskaras will eventually
assert themselves when the circumstances or the stress arises. To
promote such religions as they are gives credence to these samskaras
and insures their perpetuation.