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'If a Christian loved his neighbour he would not fight.' Discuss.

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'If a Christian loved his neighbour he would not fight.' There are many arguments agreeing and disagreeing with this statement. The bible teaches Christians that they should not fight. An example of this is "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." This is telling Christians that they should love everyone and not fight them. Another biblical teaching is "If someone strikes you on he right cheek, turn to him with the other also." This is saying not to fight even in self defence. Although this is in the bible another teaching is "If you don't have a sword sell your cloak and buy one." This means that if you do not have a sword, or a weapon, get one. ...read more.

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Jesus never fought in all his life, even when he was being arrested and knew that he was going to die. This is an example that some Christians follow. They choose to follow Jesus and the example that he gave. There are other Christians that believe that under certain circumstances war is eligible. One of these circumstances is if the war is a Holy War. When people fight a Holy War they believe that they have God on their side. An example of a Holy War is the Crusade. This was between the Christians and the Muslims fighting for the Holy Land-Palestine. This is different from Pacifism as this type of Christian believes that a certain type of war is acceptable- although it is the last resort. ...read more.

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A final reason that some Christians may give for disagreeing with the statement is that they believe in Liberation Theology. This is a movement believe that the gospels demand that the people stand up and fight against injustice. This does not necessarily involve violence but for some it does. There is a lot of Liberation Theology movements in Latin America where there is a lot of poverty and suffering. They do not believe that God has left them, they believe that it is up to themselves to stand up for what they believe in. There are many viewpoints that a Christian can have and none of them are right. Personally I most agree with Liberation theology but not through violence. I think that it is good to stand up for your rights and what you believe in. Word Count: 704 words Jerome Francis 10 OL ...read more.

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