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War Christianity and Islam - Explain what the two religions you have studied teach us about war

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War Christianity and Islam Explain what the two religions you have studied teach us about war The church has not always been politically powerful, and before the fourth century Christians did not involve themselves at all in war, they were a religion based on the teachings of peace and forgiveness. This however did not last forever as the church became more and more powerful, she wanted to support war, the teaches at this time used bible verses to convert the minds of the Christian followers and to win them over. In the bible there is a lot of war-based verses, one of the following might have been used to convince the people and gain their support: `Go and attack the Amalekites and totally destroy everything that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.' (1 Samuel 15:3) `And he sent you on a mission, saying, "Go and completely destroy those wicked people, the Amalekites; make war on them until you have wiped them out.' (1 Samuel 15:18) After using similar verses to these the political Christian leaders persuaded the people that they could go to war on be-half of God, this is now referred to as Holy war. ...read more.

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This word has two general ideas, these two different views often get misused, people refer to jihad when talking about wars involving Muslims. The two general ideas are called the greater jihad and the lesser jihad. The greater jihad is a personal struggle against evil (munkar) as each Muslim follows Allah's will in establishing right (mar'uf). While the lesser jihad is an assembly of conditions to war, rather like the just war theory in Christianity. The conditions used in a Muslim's just war are similar the Aquinas's, if all other ways of trying to settle the disagreement have been unsuccessful a war is allowed to take place, also when Muslims are not allowed to practise their religion as freely as they may wish. War is also just in Muslim eyes when their community is suffering and being attacked, when it needs to secure its freedom and protect its civilians. Muslim's also have a view on when a war is not just, this view includes the attention of whether the crops or animals are being protected on top of the innocent lives that may be lost. When there has not been any peaceful ways in which the war has tried to be stopped and has been declared by an individual, whether they are political or not, the any leader who can declare a just war is a religious leader. ...read more.

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Muhammad Ali is a great example of some one with the right priorities, he would not fight in war if he got given the chance, when he commented on his views in this area some people questioned his judgement on himself, a number of people did not understand why he fights in the ring if not in combat. Fighting in a ring is his job, it is what he does for a living, and it amuses people. People do not often die in the ring as there are supervisors watching. Boxing is a sport, it maybe more violent than the majority of sports, but it also contains more excitement and keeps people on the edge of their seats. Conscientious objectors realise that there is a war going on and then hide from it, and in doing so they are also hiding from reality and the world around them. In my eyes conscientious objectors are cowards, they do not have the nerve to stand up for what's right even if it isn't fighting, helping out in the war effort can be a great help and people appreciate it even when they don't comment or seem to notice. When others don't see what you have personally done to help, you always have the reassurance that God has. 1,717 words ...read more.

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