Describe the teachings of Christianity about war and pacifism

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Describe the teachings of Christianity about war and pacifism

Throughout Christianity, there is not just one teaching about war and peace there are many different teachings and views. Christians believe that God wants them to live in peace but there are different ways to achieve this. This is were view

s on whether war is right or wrong differ. There are a variety of teachings concerning war ranging from: pacifism, non-resistance, just war, preventive and crusade.

Here are two definitions of pacifism:

  • The belief that disputes between nations should and can be settled peacefully.
  • Opposition to war or violence as a means of resolving disputes.

Most Christian’s are pacifist because that they believe that it is never right to use violence, whatever the circumstances, even to achieve what it ‘right’ or to defeat ‘evil’.

This is different to those who believe in non-violence, these can be Christians or non-Christians. People who believe in non-violence believe that there are other ways to get what you want. This is not doing nothing, they are just using other method’s to accomplish what they want for example marches, protests, boycotts and sit-ins. A famous example of a peaceful protest that succeeded brilliantly was they boycott of the bus system for black rights in 1955. This was led by Martin Luther King even thought he was not a Christian believed very strongly in pacifism and used his methods very effectively which helped him to achieved what he wanted.

There are also many different teachings in the Bible and Jesus’ word about war and peace. In the bible there is no set rules against war, there are many different passages that talk about war but they say many different things.

You have heard that the Law of Moses says, 'Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.' But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. 

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Here Jesus is telling Christian’s not to ‘Hate your enemy’ but to ‘Love your enemies’ he is telling you to be peaceful and to be good even to those who are not good to you. Jesus says to ‘pray for those who persecute you’ by praying you can get God to help you instead of sorting it out by other means such as violence, aggression or fighting. Also by doing this you will be demonstrating actions of a true Christian.

God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God. 

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