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Religion, Peace and Justice

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Religion, Peace and Justice a) Describe the teachings of the religion, which you are studying about war and pacifism. (40%) mples of the teaching against war given from the bible. Although Christians refuse to fight at war, they can still be part of war in a non-combat way (e.g. a medical aid to the injured of war.), or they might use non-violent methods as a different approach to war, e.g. a sile Pacifism is the refusal to use violence in any situation. Many Christians are pacifists, as they believe that God doesn't want them to fight their neighbours and the Bible tells them this. "Do not kill" the Ten Commandments given to mosses from God in Exodus Chapter 20. "Love your neighbour as yourself". Mathew 22.37-39 which is one of the two greatest commandments given by God. Mathew 5 teaches people to take punishment and not to be quick to take revenge. "Turn the other cheek." Jesus tells people to be good. "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you," these examples are one of many different exa nt protest which Martin-Luther king successfully achieved when attempting to receive the equal rights of black and white men. ...read more.

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They will fight a war only if they believe this on the day. This however, is not always a great idea, as the two Christian sides fighting may both believe that God is on their side, and God cant be on two side at once; or maybe he can. God is everywhere, so he could be on both sides; but the bible teaches that God is all loving, so I don't believe God would be on one side and not the other. Some Christians believe that it is all right to use violence as a form of self-defence; they will on attack if they are threatened or attacked. Roman Catholics may go to war and then confess to free him of his sins, but all these different views on fighting in war or using violence, are all opinionated, whether the Christian thinks that it is right to use there violence. As I have said before, there are different ways in fighting wars, other than violence and conflict. Christians look at real life situations, which can influence their belief. Martin Luther King was a powerful black man who fought the rights of black men. He believed that using violence was wrong, so he used his words and thoughts to fight his war. ...read more.

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By looking at the teachings of Christians, maybe I believe in a just war, I agree with all the rules, and seem to abide by them. A just war to me, seems the only good way to fight a war; only enough firepower to kill the enemy, the last resort and authority must be given for the war to proceed. Other religions such as Muslims may disagree with me when I say that revenge is ok, and that using the just war theory is a good war for starting a war, as Muslims believe that starting a war is forbidden, but they will agree with me when I say that using self defence is acceptable, because they believe that self-defence is the only way that violence can be used. They also believe that using violence must be in an attempt to build peace as hadith say "Hate your enemy mildly; he may become your friend one day." Muslim religion teaches that war is the Last resort based on the teachings of Qur'an O mankind! We created you from a single pair of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other, not that you might despise each other. Truly the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous. Sarah 49:13 ...read more.

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