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Should Christians Fight In Any War?

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Should Christians Fight In Any War? War is never a good thing. Many people are often killed in war and this leads me to my first point: In the 10 commandments it states 'thou shalt not kill' In a war situation almost any man would have to kill another and then this would be on their conscience, if a Christian is forced to do this then he may find it morally and spiritually hard to do, I would see this as a valid reason for them not to fight as many Christian pacifists believe that violence is never allowed even in a just war situation as it goes against the Commandments in the bible, and violence is not the Christian idea of love. Christian pacifists also look to other parts of the bible to show why they do not to choose to fight 'turn the other cheek' and love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.' ...read more.


people who have come to arrest and in due course kill Jesus are hurt he stops the violence and cares for his enemy. However even more powerful than this is when he has been hung on the cross and is dying he says: - "Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing..." Most Christians try to keep peace as it also says in the Bible 'Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called sons of God.' On the other hand though Christians should have to fight in wars especially if the war is to the criteria of Aquinas' just war guidelines as if it is the last resort then they would be fighting to maintain or reclaim peace. Also it is submitting to leaders which it teaches in the bible. ...read more.


There are also verses that seem not to condone violence or force, like when in the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus stopped his disciples fighting the guards that came to arrest him, although this was a desperate situation for him he refused to use violence and was taken away peacefully, he continued with this pacifistic attitude right until his death, he didn't defend himself whilst in custody of Pilot. I think after reviewing both sides of the argument that when Christians make a conscious decision to fight or not fight that they will have a justified reason for it and they should not be ridiculed by anyone, including others of their religion who share different views, for their decisions GCSE Religious Studies: Should Christians fight in any war? James Eadon 10TDE CSE Religious Studies: Should Christians fight in any war? James Eadon 10TDE ...read more.

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