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Explain What the Views Of A Christian Pacifist Might Be Regarding War.

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Explain What the Views Of A Christian Pacifist Might Be Regarding War. 1a) The views of a Christian pacifist regarding war will be that they should not go because as a Christian they should follow Jesus. And the things that Jesus did shows that he wasn't at all violent. We know this from various stories such as the story of the woman caught in adultery. In this story a woman was about to be stoned to death because she had committed adultery, but Jesus said to the people who were about to stone the woman 'If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her'. This shows that Jesus was very forgiving and that he was against violence completely. Jesus also says things that reflect his attitude towards violence, thing such as 'Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God' this shows that Jesus praised the people who brought peace. ...read more.

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Pacifism remained strong during 'holy wars' at this time not all pacifists were admitted into monasteries but preached about there beliefs whilst leading an ordinary life. Christian Pacifists may also follow the Society of Friends, the society refused to take up arms, but because of this they were prosecuted also they suffered being imprisoned. Being a pacifist means you have to be vigilant, strong and most of all persistent, a pacifist must show there opposition to war strongly but never using violence, Martin Luther King gave speeches and said things to inform people about his beliefs. A pacifist may talk about the just war theory to make people understand about what is wrong with war. A lot of protesting has a lot to do with the degree of Christian pacifism - Quaker to International Christian e.g. Roman Catholic, Anglican and reformed, i.e. mainstream groups. It also depends on the type of war either, traditional war or nuclear war. ...read more.

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For example, some Christians decided to fight in world war two because the thought it was wrong that Hitler was killing innocent people, and one of the just war conditions is that no civilians are killed. Jesus was violent at one point in the bible when he was in the temple he turned all the tables over; Christians might use this as an excuse to fight in a war. Even if you were a pacifist you could fight in a war, you could join the non-combatant core, this means you could help with the medical care, joining the fire brigade or helping at home. People might fight I a war because of just war but also many things, they might want to because it might make them proud ' it is right and fitting to die for your country'. Ghandi said that ' In my opinion, non-violence as I understand it is not passivity (peacefulness) in any shape or form. Non-violence, as I understand it, is the most active force in the world'. Overall I think no Christian should fight in a war, there shouldn't even be wars! ...read more.

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