Religion, Peace and Conflict – KEY QUOTES / TEACHINGS

Key Quotes/Teachings

 

Christianity

 

“Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us” (Jesus – Forgiveness/Reconciliation)

“Forgive them father, they know not what they do.” (Jesus – Forgiveness/Reconciliation)

“Forgive not seven times but seventy times seven” (Jesus – Forgiveness/Reconciliation)

“Hate the sin not the sinner” (St Augustine – Reconciliation)

“Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult” (Peter – Pacifism/Conscientious Objectors/Reconciliation)

“Thou shall not kill” (!0 Commandments – Pacifism/War/WMDS)

“Love thy neighbour as you love yourself” (Jesus The Golden Rule – Everything!)

“Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth” (Old Testament – War/Self Defence)

Sanctity of Life  – God gives life only God has the right to take it away (Everything!)

All created equal in the eyes of God – Helping those affected by War

Mankind are created in the image and likeness of God – Helping those affected by war

Just War – War is acceptable under certain conditions eg started and controlled by the government

Holy War – A war fought in the name of God eg Christian Crusades against Muslims in the Holy Land – Jerusalem

 

Islam

 

“Take not life, which God has made sacred” (Qur’an – War/Pacisfism/WMD)

“Wish for your brother as you would wish for yourself.” (Muhammad – Peace/Reconciliation/Helping those affected by war)

‘He is not a believer who eats his fill while his brother goes hungry by his side’ (Muhammad – Hadith)

“In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful.” (Qur’an – Reconciliation/Forgiveness)

“Be merciful to others and you will receive mercy. Forgive others and Allah will forgive you.” (Muhammad – Forgiveness/Reconciliation)

Lesser Jihad – A struggle which can be violent if Allah or Islam is threatened. Has certain conditions eg innocent civilians should not be targeted and prisoners treated well. This concept is often used wrongly by groups such as ISIS as clearly they have not kept the conditions of Jihad. War must be a last resort or in self defence. If those who attack want peace then you should work for peace.

Holy War – A war fought in the name of Allah. The Crusades against the Christians in the Holy Land are an example of a Holy War.

WMDS – “Do not contribute to your own destruction with your own hands, but do good, for God loves those who do good” (Qur’an)

“Those who have been attacked are permitted to take up arms because they have been wronged – God has the power to help them” (Qur’an – War/Self Defence)

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