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

'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. But this teaching contradicts and is contradicted most of all buy this teaching "All who draw the sword will die by the sword." This is saying that all who fights will die fighting. Another reason that Christians disagree with the above statement is that some are pacifists. This means that they will not fight. Pacifists are those who believe that violence leads to more violence and rarely achieves the results intended. They also believe that war brings out the worst in mankind and 'lays bare the dark side of human nature.' Quakers are a branch of Christianity that are also pacifists. They do not fight at all with any weapons for any aim whatsoever. They say "The spirit of Christ by which we are guided is not

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Movies and teenagers behaviour.

Misr International University Course Title: CSC03-Introduction to Computer Science Professor: Dr. Raafat Abd el Aziz Due Date: Students' Names: Introduction..............................................p.3 Movies and Violence..................................p.3 Movies and Pornography/ Sex.....................p.5 The Continuity of Movies............................p.6 Introduction Movies regardless of origin or genre, with all their kinds have viewers who are seriously influenced by them. Whether negatively or positively, it is believed by many psychiatrists, socio-biologists and professionals that behaviour, and in specific that of teenagers and youth, is severely influenced by these moving pictures. In this research paper, the different effects movies impose on youth are discussed. Ranging from violence, to sex, from drugs to pornography, it is all debatable. Movies and Violence Violence in the media is a problem; the people exposed to this media violence are mostly teenagers. Violence on the silver screen has been an issue that has plagued man from the day it was invented. Numerous movies depict violent acts such as rape, murder, and other such acts that many people consider inappropriate for adolescents, to be a normal everyday event, that happens inevitably, so we might as well go with the flow. The question is whether this violence on television and in

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The church supports the bible's teachings to show compassion towards the poor in many ways. The church teaches Christians to love others. Famous Christian leaders such as Martin Luther King

WORLD POVERTY A01 Christians believe that they have a responsibility for other people in the world. A responsibility towards those less fortunate is very important to Christians, they believe it is their duty to help the poor and those less fortunate. It is important for Christians to be responsible and care for the people in countries of poverty. God made people in his own image, as it stats in "Pacem in Terris,": "God also created man in His own image and likeness, endowed him with the intelligence and freedom, and made him lord of creation, as the same psalmist declares in the words: Thou hast placed him only a little below the angels, crowning him with glory and honour and bidding him rule over thy works of thy hands. Thou hast put all under his dominion." This gives the human person dignity as He made us to be like him. Human life is therefore sacred and should be protected. God gave us gifts and talents that other beings do not have. This shows our dignity however with this comes responsibilities and we should protect all of God's creations, which includes humans. Jesus shows Christians that they should take pity on people in need. People are equal in the eyes of God and we shouldn't discriminate against others, especially when it degrades them and

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Israel and palestine is it justified?

The Middle East has over the years been one of the biggest fighting stages in the 21st Century world regarding Israel and Palestine. The conflict between these two countries started when Israel fought a war with neighbouring Arab states in 1967, and Israel occupied all those parts west of the State of Jordan west of the river Jordan to protect her borders (these areas are known as the West Bank and are the basis for the new state of Palestine). This contradicted the 1993-1995 Oslo peace agreement thus causing much attention from round the world. Israel was ordered to give up the occupied territories by the UN but has refused to do so until the Palestinians and the neighbouring Arab states recognize Israel's borders. The dilemma therefore is that Israel is still occupying much of the West Bank (also where Jerusalem is situated, which an important holy city for both Jews and Muslims), and the Gaza strip whereas these territories actually form part of Palestine. Another reason that Israel is occupying these lands is that Israel wants to maintain security for its people, especially preventing Palestinian suicide bombers from exploding themselves in Israel killing innocent people. Overall, as one may see, both countries have so-called valid reasons for their actions, but what exactly are the implications of this on-going hatred for both the Israelis and the Palestinians? Firstly,

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Violence is the only way to end disputes

Violence is the only way to end disputes There are miscellaneous beliefs on the uses of violence. The main Cristian view of war ethics is the doctrine of a Just War. Modern Christians often believe that wars should be avoided unless the conditions of a Just war are met. An individual may believe that the standard of evidence and argument required to support a war may be hight that that of national leaders. Christianity is no longer, if it ever was, wholly against war. Some say that modern Christianity has a ‘presumption against war,’ but others say that it has a ‘presumption against injustice,’ thus the bias against war comes from the injustice that war can do. This view says that the aim of Christianity is to promote a world in which peace and justice flourish everywhere: war may sometimes be the tool needed to do this, and waging war may sometimes be a lesser injustice than allowing injustice to persist or tolerating the victimisation of innocent people. The Christian view of war has changes throughout the history of the faith. the early Church was strongly pacifist, however this changed rapidly within the time of Constantine, who fought with the ‘Chi Rho’ in the name of Christ. shortly after the doctrine of Just War was formulated. For many centuries Christians did not regard violence as inherently bad and this thinking uncovered the idea of holy wars, for

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Causes of Youth Violence

Causes of Youth Violence A certain amount of violence is present in every society. Empires through out time have been created thought violence. However, violent acts are only necessary if the survival of a culture is at stake. In modern America, mass media has twisted the youth point of view in many of life's aspects. Violence has not been looked down upon it has instead been glorified. Youth violence stems form the glorification of violence on television, in movies, and on the Internet. Many fictional television programs' scripts contain enormous quantities of violence. Action shows main character often caries out numerous violent acts throughout an episode. These acts are not looked down upon. Instead the acts are depicted as heroic. Shows like "Walker Texas Ranger" feature multiple fighting scenes. These scenes often involve firearms and are very realistic. These "heroes" are not judged by the content of the character but by how severely they mutilate their adversary. Even in dramatic shows violence is prevalent. These shows, although not as flashy, are often more true to life in the violence they depict. Often they use "dry-humor" to make the violence seem less severe and in some cases even humorous. Reality and News programs both show real-life violence. Shows such as "Cops" feature sixty minutes of real life violence. Cases of domestic violence, assault, and even

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How might a Christian apply these beliefs about justice forgiveness and reconciliation in situations of conflicts today? Refer to 2 specific situations to illustrate your answer.

Year 11 RE coursework AO2 How might a Christian apply these beliefs about justice forgiveness and reconciliation in situations of conflicts today? Refer to 2 specific situations to illustrate your answer. Christians' beliefs of justice, forgiveness and reconciliation are applied in conflicts in society today; here are some examples to illustrate this. Some Christians use the idea of justice in war, people like Quakers believes that war is wrong because there is something of God in all people and more can be gained by appealing to love and goodness. Another example is pacifists who believe in peace and violence should be settled with justice. For example, A Christian called William Harrison responded it to World War I, he said he would not commit murder and said that love, pity and forgiveness from Jesus have all been forgotten, this led into the forming of Conscientious Objection; people who refused to be enlisted between the age of 18-41 to fight in the war. This is because they believe in peace and justice to solve conflict in war. However, their conscientious conviction caused them to be discriminated and jailed as they refuse to fight for their country. Some people agreed with their views of non violence and supporting Christians' view of "thou shall not murder" from the Ten Commandments from Exodus 20:1-7. On the other hand, many people were against the views of

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Colflict Justice And Reconciliation

Conflict, War and Peace Catholic Beliefs about Justice, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation are quite simple although sometimes to outsiders they appear difficult. This I think is because many people dislike others and so act against them; they hold grudges and will exact revenge because they feel they have been treated badly. Peace can only happen when people are prepared to give to others the things they demand for themselves - to love their neighbour as themselves. This often requires people to go against their basic nature. A basic principle of Catholic belief is that forgiveness is an essential aspect of love. When someone does an injustice to you, you should, if you are a Catholic, forgive them. When you forgive someone you do not hold the person's offence against him or her , and you also do not seek revenge nor treat them as an enemy. Christians are instructed not to do evil to their enemies, but instead to be kind towards them, and to pray for them. True Christians also have a forgiving attitude towards those who have offended them and must always be prepared to be reconciled with them. When we are hurt or injured, we often feel rather angry and resentful. These feelings are often difficult to get rid of those feelings even if that's what we want to do. To overcome this, Christians should always remember that forgiveness is an aspect of love for

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By comparing 'The Homecoming' with at least one other appropriate play, discuss the importance of violence in post 1945 drama.

The Homecoming By comparing 'The Homecoming' with at least one other appropriate play, discuss the importance of violence in post 1945 drama Up until 1945, the world has endured decades of war and violence which affected the lives of everyone through the duration of it. It affected the way people lived, the way people worked and even how plays were written. Since the war, violence has subsequently become one of the key themes in post 1945 plays such as Pinter's 'The Homecoming' and 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf' by Edward Albee. Although both plays include the theme of violence, they contrast with one another. This is because Harold Pinter expresses violence to the audience in a subtle, unusual way which is dissimilar to Albee's play. In The Homecoming, there are no scenes of physical violence. It consists of a house filled with male characters where hostility is an accepted constituent of their lifestyle through the use of verbal warfare so to speak. This reflects the situation in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. In Albee's play, George and Martha find themselves in the same situation as violence is an accepted part of their lifestyle too. This play however, demonstrates more direct acts of violence such as the incident where Martha is consistently teasing George about his novel and, despite numerous warnings from George, he lashes out and strangles her Martha by the

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Evolution of warfare in the war of the professionals

Katrin Endrikat Evolution of warfare in the war of the professionals Warfare is defined as the use of physical force to settle disputes between organized groups. Fighting war ensures the use of weapons, strategy, logistics, training, and discipline, but also relies on political strategy. (from a dictionary) In the 17th century the wealth from the Dutch enabled them to keep their forces under arms throughout the year. They paid their soldiers regularly they could make them do two things: dig (self-evident) and drill (fire power), which were very important activities in increasing power of defence. Sleeves of protective shot become normal in the 16th century. Musketeers were countermarching in their files and were able to always give fire continuously. This development gave control on the battlefield. Control of movement, control of fire and self-control were the successes in this century. All there was left to pay attention to was the discipline. This concept becomes an important part in the 17th century. In spite of the armies pay, the rate of desertion was high. The army received classes about self-control, Self-abnegation and submission to authority provided the necessary counterpart to the type of roman military models. Gustavus had great impact on the development of warfare in this century. He had provided a pattern for the conduct of war to which the states of Europe

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