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Describe Biblical teaching which might be used to support pacifism.

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Describe Biblical teaching which might be used to support pacifism. In the Bible, there are varied situations reflecting the teaching of war and peace, and Christians may have different views and opinions concerning the morality of war and whether the right to use violence can ever be justified. The Bible can be used to support many different views. People who hold the view that war can never be justified and recognise that there is evil in the world, but that evil cannot be overcome with the use of weapons which harm and kill are known as pacifists. ...read more.

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Much of the New Testament is about agape and peace and some may say that this is because Jesus had not come in the Old Testament (which suggests war and violence) and Jesus showed the nature of God much more clearly. Several verses such as; "Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you."(Matthew 5:44) and "If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also." (Matthew 5:39). This may support the view that violence is never acceptable and Jesus is teaching that the right response to aggression is love, and Christians should not behave violently even when they are attacked. ...read more.

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The 10 Commandments may be referred to i.e. "You shall not murder" reinforcing the point that killing people is never right in any circumstances. The sanctity of life teaching; "man is made in the image of God" suggests that killing in a war might be wrong, because it involves taking a life away that has been made and planned by God. In Isaiah 9, it talks of the "Prince of Peace" (Jesus) and is a message of peace referring to the coming of the Messiah so in this way people should prepare for the coming of the Messiah in a peaceful way. These biblical teachings all confirm that it is never right to retaliate or to use violence even when others are aggressive, supporting pacifism. Kome Emuh 11H ...read more.

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