Religious views on war and peace

ey religious views on War and Peace.

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  • War & Peace
    • Buddhist views
      • Against war
        • Principles of ahimsa (non-harming) say never to harm a living thing and war involves harming.
        • Principles of metta (loving) say to be kind and war is unkind.
        • All actions have consequences so violence brings back its consequence.
        • Many Buddhists are pacifists and refuse to fight.
      • For war
        • Idea that actions have consequences- those who choose war will get their consequences due to karma so it is their choice.
    • Islamic views
      • Against war
        • Islam is a religion of peace and war is not peaceful.
        • Forbidden to start a fight.
      • For war
        • Jihad: 'to struggle in the way of Allah'. Lesser Jihad is when Muslims fight to protect their religion and sometimes this is by war.
        • Muslims may only fight in self-defense but are forbidden to start a fight- so war may be seen as okay if it is to defend their religion.
    • Christian views
      • Against war
        • 6th Commandment: 'thou shall not kill' - war involves killing and taking sacred lives which are gifts from God (sanctity of life).
        • New testement: 'blessed are the peacemakers'- this implies that we should make peace rather than fight in war. Jesus was often described as a pacifist.
        • Golden Rule to love one another - to go to war is unkind and not loving.
      • For war
        • Old Testement: "eye for an eye, hand for hand, foot for foot". The words are intended to limit revenge, not encourage it, but are often used to justify war.
        • Just war: sometimes a war is for the greater good and is acceptable. It must be last resort and have a just reason as the cause to correct evil.
        • Conflict with authority: the Bible says to obey authority and sometimes there is consciption so we have to fight.


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