war and peace

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  • War and Peace
    • nuclear weapons
      • The possession of nuclear weapons has kept the major world powers from coming to war since 1955, out of fear of what might happen
      • The knowledge of nuclear weapons cannot be removed. It is preferable for the major powers to have these bombs for deterrence than for an unstable dictator to use them in war
      • Their destructive power is immense and long lasting. Even countries that have nothing to do with the war will be badly affected. Some people estimate that a small nuclear war could wipe out human life on Earth.
      • They are very costly to develop and maintain. The money could be spent on raising everybody's quality of life.
      • There is no effective protection against them, nor can people control who has access to them.
    • What does Christianity teach about war and peace?
      • Most Christians believe that war should be avoided if possible
      • "They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more."
      • "For the same reason you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay all of them their dues, taxes to whom taxes are due."
      • "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you."
      • "And let him who has no sword sell his mantle and buy one."
      • "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
      • "Do not murder."
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