Christian attitudes to war

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Attitudes to war

  • Some Christians believe it can be right to fight in a war.
  • Others believe it can never be justified.

The Bible has teachings on both views

  • Jesus used force against people, and God would often smite people in the old testament.
  • The Bible says that Christians should defend the weak and fight against evil.
  • Jesus saw people misusing the temple and turned violent.
  • Christians might use this incident to show that Jesus thought it was acceptable to use violence in some situations.
  • Others think that war is always wrong and can never be justified.
  • They say it is impossible to follow Christian teachings, to love your enemy, if you are always killing them.


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