War in the modern world includes terrorism and the threat of nuclear war. Explain how the Bible, the church and the teachings of Jesus may guide Christians in these matters.

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R1) War in the modern world includes terrorism and the threat of nuclear war.  Explain how the Bible, the church and the teachings of Jesus may guide Christians in these matters.

Christians may be guided by these things in different ways.  What I mean is, all Christians have slightly different        forms of authority.  For example, an evangelical Christian will take the authority of the Bible a lot more than the tradition of the church.  To expand on this point I have listed the mainstream denominations sources of authority.

So these different sources of authority give a Christian slightly different viewpoints on war.  So depending on what denomination you are a member of, you will be guided differently.

The Bible

The Bible does seem very clear in its teachings about war.  All through the Bible it talks about not fighting and being at peace with your neighbour.

In Romans 12:17-21 the teaching is simple.  The first verse, "Do not repay anyone evil for evil.  Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody "This is very clear.  The next verse "If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone."  “Live at peace" it is all very anti-war.  The emphasis is always on peace.  It also says that we should not take revenge, but leave it to God, "It is mine to avenge; I will re-pay"

In Micah 4:1-4, it talks about the coming of peace on the Earth, "In the last days the mountain of the lord's temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and peoples will stream into it".  I says that warriors "Will beat their swords into ploughs" meaning that the soldiers of Earth will become as peaceful as the farmers.  "Nation will not take up sword against nation."  Obviously saying that nations should be and will be at peace with one another.  "no-one will make them afraid" (speaking about every man on Earth).  This is very significant.  It says that when God brings peace, there will be nothing for men to scare people with.  This is important because it is saying that all means of war will be taken away, therefore saying that they are bad.

The teachings of Jesus

The teachings of Jesus are very similar, in the fact that they teach no to use violence.  However, Jesus himself did use violence, in the temple.  This does not mean that Christians should not take his teachings seriously, but that because he was God, he was justified in using necessary force.

In Matthew 26:52, Jesus states,

"Put your sword back in its place, for those who live by the sword, die bye the sword"

This teaching is one of Jesus’ simplest teaching.  It is obvious what he is saying.  But he is not necessarily talking about dying physically, but more of dying spiritually.  If you take arms up against an enemy, he is saying that you are turning away from God(not doing his will) and polluting your sprit.

In Matthew 5:9, in the famous Beatitudes, Jesus gives the teaching

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of God."

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Again Jesus is teaching that if you keep peace, and do not fight, you will be rewarded in heaven.

Jesus also teaches in Matthew5:44. "And I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you".  This also ties into his famous parable "The good Samaritan".  One of Jesus most profound teachings, and definitely one to look at when talking about Jesus’ teaching toward war, is in Mark 12:29-31, "The greatest Commandment"  Here he clearly states that it is a great commandment, which should be obeyed, to love you neighbour.  By "neighbour" he meant everybody in ...

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